Meri Aawaaz Hi Pehchan Hai…
Continuing with our special series on legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar’s 84th Birthday, we bring you yet another fascinating fact from her life!
Initially the Filmfare Award had no separate category for female playback singer. Hence from 1953 – 1957 only male dominated this honor.
In 1956 when the song ‘Rasik Balma…’ (CHORI CHORI) won the Best Song award, Lata Mangeshkar refused to sing the song on the stage in protest to initiate a female category. Hence, Filmfare obliged and started the female Best Singer award from 1958. The First recipient of this award was obliviously Lata Mangeshkar for her song ‘Aaja Re Pardesi…’ (MADHUMATI)
In addition after her fourth award, she sidelined from the race giving room for youngsters!
Lata Mangeshkar was first Indian to perform at London’s Royal Albert Hall