Older hits of Lata Mangeshkar include "Aayega Aanewaala" (1949), "Aaja Re Pardesi" (1958), "Pyar Kiya To Darna Kya" (1960) and "Prabhu Tero Naam" (1961). In 1962, Mangeshkar won a Filmfare Award for her performance of "Kahin Deep Jale Kahin Dil," written by Hemant Kumar.
Other popular early Lata Mangeshkar numbers include "Tu Jahan Jahan Chalega," "Bellane Belagayithu" and "Naina Barse Rim Jhim." Lata Mangeshkar is widely recognized as one of the most popular, well-respected Indian playback singers in history. Though Mangeshkar acts as well, she is best known for recording film songs that are lip-synched by actresses.
Mangeshkar started her career by recording a song for the 1942 film "Kiti Hasaal," although Mangeshkar's performance was ultimately cut from the film. Her first released playback performance was the song "Natali Chaitraachi Navalaai." Lata Mangeshkar is the older sister of Asha Bhosle, another popular Indian playback singer.
In 1973, Lata Mangeshkar won the Best Playback Singer category for her song "Beeti Na Bitai" from the movie "Parichay." Singers Manna Dey and Lata Mangeshkar recorded the duet song "Pyar Hua Iqrar Hua" from the 1955 movie "Shree 420." It is a popular romantic track from the movie that features characters played by actors Raj Kapoor and Nargis. "Pyar Kiya To Darna Kya," composed by Naushad, is an evergreen romantic song from the movie "Mughal E Azam."
Lata Mangeshkar also sang the track "Ajib Dastan Hai Yeh" from the 1960 movie "Dil Apna Aur Preet Paraya." The well-known duo Shankar-Jaikishan provided the music while Shailendra wrote the lyrics for the song. The song "Aayega Aanewala" is one of Lata Mangeshkar’s greatest hits from the movie "Mahal," released in 1949. Music director Khemchand Prakash composed the song, which featured actress Madhubala.
Although Mangeshkar primarily sings in the Hindi and Marathi languages, she has performed songs in 36 Indian and non-Indian languages. Mangeshkar is prolific, having recorded over 5,000 songs in Hindi alone. A recipient of India's highest civilian honor award, the Bharat Ratna, Mangeshkar was the second singer to achieve this distinction. As of 2014, Mangeshkar is still singing professionally and recording music.