Known as the nightingale of India Lata Mangeshkar has turned 88 on 28th September and said age doesn't dampen her spirit and that she has always lived with a hope for a better tomorrow.
The 'Lag Ja Gale Se Phir' singer, who was born on 28 September 1929, is an Indian playback singer and occasional music composer.
She is one of the best-known and most respected playback singers in India.
The 'Pairon Mein Bandhan Hai' hit-maker started her career in 1942, spanning over seven decades.
She has recorded songs for over a thousand Hindi films and has sung songs in over thirty-six regional Indian languages and foreign languages.
She is the recipient of three National Film Awards, 12 Bengal Film Journalists' Association Awards, four Filmfare Best Female Playback Awards and many more.
The Government of India bestowed the Dadasaheb Phalke Award on her in 1989.
She is also the second vocalist, after late Indian singer M. S. Subbulakshmi, to have ever been awarded the Bharat Ratna in 2001.
She has four siblings-Asha Bhosle, Hridaynath Mangeshkar, Usha Mangeshkar and Meena Mangeshkar-of which she is the eldest.
Here are the best wishes from B-Town including Sridevi, Shabana, Mika and Farhan:
Vishal Dadlani: Happy Birthday Lata Mangeshkar ji! Will always treasure memories of your kind encouragement of the children performing on 'Indian Idol Junior'.
Salim Merchant: Happy Birthday to the Goddess of music, Bharat Ratna and our favourite Lata ji! You are an inspiration to generation.
Sridevi: Best wishes to Didi. A rare jewel of India. We pray for her long and healthy life.
Shankar Mahadevan: She was the greatest, is the greatest and will be the greatest! Happiest birthday to maa Saraswati Lata Mangeshkar bless us.
Shabana Azmi: We are lucky to live in the same world where Lata Mangeshkar lives. Happy birthday Lata ji.
Madhur Bhandarkar: A very happy birthday to the Goddess of music and our beloved Didi Lata Mangeshkar. Wish you a long and healthy life.
Janam din Mubarak Lata-ji.. wish you good health and happiness always... with love, respect & gratitude. @mangeshkarlata— Farhan Akhtar (@FarOutAkhtar) September 28, 2017
Shaan: Very very happy birthday Lata ji.
Farhan Akhtar: Wish you good health and happiness always... with love, respect and gratitude.