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What do Lata Mangeshkar’s seniors, contemporaries and latter generation artistes say about the Lata phenomenon?

  • I don’t know what the girl Lata Mangeshkar has in her voice. She is indeed ‘Ustaadon ki ustad’’! -Bade Ghulam Ali Khan
  • Many tunes of her film-songs and non-film songs are based on classical music. So it wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that she deserves a major credit for making classical music popular among masses. – Pt. Bhimsen Joshi
  • Her three-three and a half minutes-long film-song gives me the same artistic value and joy as any classical musician’s three-three and a half hour-long concert.- Kumar Gandharva
  • I have a special respect for singers with intelligence and sensitivity and God has given her both these gifts in abundance. – Pt. Ravishankar
  • There will be no one like Lata in the world of film music. There will be no one like Lata in the world of classical music as well. – Ustad Allarkha Khan
  • What can I say about her music? It comes from heaven. – Ustad Vilayat Khan
  • Lata, the swar incarnate is as important, as necessary for me as the fresh air that I breathe. – Pandit Jasraj
  • Lata’s voice is a unique favour by Mother Saraswati. – Amjad Ali Khan
  • The music which cascades through her voice is sincere, soulful and haunting.- Lalgudi Jayaraman
  • To hear her sing is to know God exists. – Zakir Hussain
  • Iski shohrat aasman ki bulandiyon ko chhoo jaayegi. (Her fame will reach the height of skies.) – Master Ghulam Haider
  • Music itself changed with her coming. She came, she saw and she conquered. She refined herself so much that she could sing anything and for anybody. – Anil Biswas
  • Dhadakta hai dil-e-Hindustan aawaz mein teri! (The heart of India beats in your voice!)– Naushad
  • Unkee takkar ka sureela maine abhi tak suna nahi. (I have not heard anyone as tuneful as her.- Sajjad Hussain
  • Lata has such a magical voice that it makes you soar into skies, relieving the mind from all worries and sorrows.- Sachin Dev Burman
  •  She has taken her God-given natural talent to such heights that there is no equal to her in playback singing. She is the uncrowned queen of her field. – Madan Mohan
  • Lata Mangeshkar has no more remained one person’s name. It has become synonymous with an era in the history of film music.- Hemant Kumar
  • No music director wanted anybody if they could get her to sing their songs. She used to be everybody’s first choice.Pyarelal
  • Some singers cannot bring in the expression we need. Others even overdo it. But Lata is just perfect. – Kalyanji
  • She's God's gift to us -- to the people of this country and indeed, to the world.Khayyam
  • God has endowed her with an extraordinary gift of adapting to any language and her dedication and her painstaking efforts to ensure ‘Akshara Shuddhi’ must be seen to be believed. - Ilayaraja
  • She has given playback singing the class and originality of fine art. – Majrooh Sultanpuri
  • Lata’s praise cannot be expressed in words. It is beyond words. Anand Bakshi
  •  Lata was unsurpassable; how could anybody hope to compete against her?Manna Dey
  • She certainly moves human hearts into myriad moods through her unparalleled tonal expression. – Suman Kalyanpur
  • Every note of hers is true and tuneful- and that’s why so pleasant to hear.- Talat Mahmood
  • You can learn so much from just listening to her singing, listening to all those nuances which make the difference between just delivering a song and giving those refined shades to a composition which even the composer had not imagined.Suresh Wadkar
  • Her voice is so beautiful that even if she playbacks for some ordinary-looking actress, her face starts looking beautiful. – Alka Yagnik
  • No one is greater than her as far as emotion, perception of words and the spiritual quality is concerned -- you feel it's not music for the sake of entertainment but music for the sake of reaching god. – Kavita Krishnamurthy
  • Hers is a voice whose appeal is universal. There is a lot of soul in it as well as a technical brilliance, and this is a very rare combination.Pankaj Udhas
  • Hers is a special voice that enters your ears and goes straight to your heart.Dilip Kumar
  • She is a phenomenon that happens once in many years. – Dev Anand
  • In the field of music, Lata Mangeshkar is one of the few miracles that you can count on your finger tips.Sivaji Ganesan
  • She is the living tuneful symbol of national integration.L.V. Prasad
  • Beauty is... in my mind, Lata Mangeshkar in that small recording room with her headphones on...- Vijay Anand
  • Other singers follow music. In Lataji’s case, music follows her! – Yash Chopra