Mumbai: Describing her as the "Goddess of music" and an "inspiration", several Bollywood singers as well as actors wished the legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar good health on her 82nd birthday today.
"I wish Lataji a very happy birthday. She is the Goddess of music. She is not only an inspiration to me, but to everyone. On this beautiful occasion, I wish her good health and many more wonderful and beautiful years ahead," playback singer Sunidhi Chauhan told reporters.
"For me, Lataji is next to God. I feel, music is alive today only due to her. I am fortunate enough to have sung songs with her," Abhijeet Bhattacharya said.
Abhijeet got the opportunity to sing with the melody queen in numbers like `Darwaza Band Karlo` (Darr) and `Ole Ole`, `Lagi Lagi Hai` (Yeh Dillagi).
"Lataji meri bahut pyaari hai (Lataji is very sweet). I have known her for a long time...our association is very old.
Even if I don`t say anything, Lataji knows that I love her and will wish all the good in life," evergreen star Dev Anand said.
"Lataji has been a significant entertainer, not only for our countrymen, but everyone across the globe. We all love her a lot...If I get a chance, I would meet...and wish her," superstar Shah Rukh Khan said.
Singer Sonu Nigam said, "I wish her very happy birthday filled with loads of love and care. I think it is our fortune to take birth in the times of Lataji. She is an inspiration for me and will always continue to inspire several other generations."
From light classical music to film songs, from ghazals to bhajans and pop, Lata has sung a variety of numbers like `Tumhen yaad karte karte`, `Ajeeb daastan hai yeh`, `Bahon mein chale aao`, `Bangle ke peeche` and `Choti si umar main` as well as devotional songs like `Paoji maine Ram ratan dhan pao` and `O palan hare`.
`Aayega aanewala`, `Pyar kiya to darna kya`, `Satyam shivam sundaram`, `Kabhi kabhie mere dil mein`, `Neela asman so gaya`, `Meri bindiya teri nindiya`, `Dholna` and `Tere Liye` are just a few of the hit numbers from her huge body of work.
Her singing calibre and exceptional voice quality took her to the `Guinness Book of World Records` for recording the maximum number of songs during 1974-1991.
Lata has bagged several awards in her singing career. These include Padma Bhushan (1969), Padma Vibhushan (1999), Dada Saheb Phalke Award (1989), Maharashtra Bhushan Award (1997), NTR National Award (1999), Bharat Ratna (2001) and three National Film Awards.
Talking about her glorious journey, Lata said, "I am happy and humbled. It feels great to receive so much love and support."
Lata will add one more feather to her cap, when she receives the `Hridaynath Award` from Mega star Amitabh Bachchan for her contribution in the sector of music today.
The event is quite historic considering that the iconic singer chooses to stay away from the limelight on her birthdays.
When asked to share her thoughts on receiving the award, Lata, said, "All I can say is I am happy and proud....the award function would be the right place to talk about it."
The award is instituted by Mumbai-based socio-cultural organisation named `Hridayesh Arts`.
The organisation was founded on October 26, 1990, the 53rd birthday of Pandit Hridaynath Mangeshkar, Lata`s brother and renowned music composer.