Lata Mangeshkar, who celebrated her eightieth birthday few days ago, would indeed be one of the few singers who could still be singing at this age. Starting her career in the era when nasal twang was the order of the day, characterized by the voices of NoorJehan and Shamsad Begum, she really evolved into her own after independence of the country. She also could be one of the rare few stars around the world whose voice has been selected as the signature tune for a film banner that too Yash Raj banner. It would not indeed be out of place to mention here that had not Yash Raj banner used his voice it would not have reached the monumental position it has.
While there are scores of songs that have her trademark stamp on it, still there are gems that she has rendered which nobody else could have done justice to. A few of these songs that made Lata Mangeshkar what she is could include: