Lata grateful people still like her songs

Mumbai, April 25 (IANS) Singing legend Lata Mangeshkar has completed 71 years in the industry this year and says she is greatful to people for liking her songs even today.

"This year I have completed 71 years in the industry and even today people are liking my songs. I am very happy and grateful to all of them," Lata, who recently launched her music company LM Music, told reporters at the Dinanath Mangeshkar Awards function here.

Her first song was "Mata ek sapoot ki duniya badal de tu" for 1943 Marathi film "Gajaabhaau". She was just 13 at that time.

In a career spanning over seven decades, the 83-year-old has recorded songs for more than 1,000 films in 36 languages.

She also featured in the Guinness Book of World Records (from 1974 to 1991) for having made the most recordings in the world.

Some of her evegreen hits are "Aaja re pardesi", "Pyar kiya toh darna kya", "Ajeeb dastaan hai ye", "Aaj phir jeene ki tamanna hai", "Lag ja gale" and "Rangeela re".

Lata also launched two CDs of her father's songs under her music company at the Wednesday event.

"I have started LM Music Company for which HMV has given me all the rights of my father's songs and I am happy to release two of those CDs today under my music company," she said.

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