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Nightingale's 75th Spring

She's our eternal songbird. The finger of time isn't supposed to touch her. But it does. We visit some landmarks.

Nightingale's 75th Spring
Nightingale's 75th Spring
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On the way, she has touched the hearts and minds of an entire nation, from some of the greatest musical talents of the 20th century music, to the man on the street. She has been exalted by masters like Kumar Gandharva, Yehudi Menuhin, Amir Khan, Bade Ghulam Ali Khan, Bhimsen Joshi, Pandit Jasraj, and Ravi Shankar. She has won practically every award a musician can win in this country, and then some. She won the Dadasaheb Phalke Award for lifetime contribution to cinema in 1989, and the country's highest honour, the Bharat Ratna, in 2001. Tirupati Devasthanam has bestowed on her the title Tirupati-Ashtan Sangeet Vidvaan Sarloo (musician of the shrine). She is, quite simply, India's voice.

But the beginnings were not auspicious. On April 24, 1942, the star of Balwant Sangeet Mandali, 42-year-old Dinanath Mangeshkar, popularly known as Master Dinanath, found himself alone and helpless in his final hour. Dinanath was a well-known Marathi theatre musician and singer. After his first wife Narmada passed away, he married her younger sister Shuddhimati. Shuddhimati bore Dinanath five children: Lata, Asha, Meena, Usha and Hridaynath, a legendary line-up in the world of music.

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