Biography of Usha Mangeshkar

Mar/27/2023 / by Bharti Pankaj
Usha Mangeshkar

Usha Mangeshkar is the youngest sister of the versatile and legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar. She is an extremely successful playback singer and gave huge hits in Indian cinema. The age of Usha Mangeshkar is 87 years as of 2022.

Here are her details

Date of birth: 15 December 1935

Birthplace: Mumbai, India

Home town: Mumbai, India

Mother tongue: Hindi

Marital status: Unmarried

Nationality: Indian

Affairs/Boyfriends: No records

Physical appearance

  • Height: 5 ft. 4 inches
  • Weight: NA
  • Hair colour: Salt and Pepper
  • Eye colour: Black
  • Figure Measurements: NA

About Usha Mangeshkar

Usha Mangeshkardid not go to school or college because of her tough family situation. In her early days, their family moved a lot before settling in Mumbai. Apart from singing, Usha Mangeshkar likes to paint. She always used to draw the scenario of a song and imagine it before actually singing it. According to Usha, singing and painting are quite similar. She sang classical, semi-classical and folk songs in several languages like Hindi, Bengali, Nepali, Assamese, Gujarati, Marathi, etc.

Usha is an animal lover and was associated with several shelters as well. In 2018, Usha Mangeshkargot awarded a Doctor of Philosophy degree by the education minister of Maharashtra in Pune. Before, she did not receive any formal education because of her family’s hardships. As a result, the singing legacy ran down in her family, which made Usha decide that she also wanted to become a singer.

Family details

Usha’s father was from Maharashtra, whereas her mom was a Gujarati. Her father did Marathi theatre and was a singer as well. Moreover, her mother, Shevanti, was the sister of her father’s first wife, who died young. When Usha Mangeshkarwas just six years old, her father passed away. After her father’s demise, Usha’s eldest sister Lata started singing to earn money. Following her sisters’ footsteps, Usha also became interested in singing. Singer Usha Mangeshkarhas one brother and three elder sisters. Her siblings, Asha Bhosle, Lata Mangeshkar and Meena Khadikar, are renowned singers who made a significant name in the industry.

Moving forward to her family details, here’s an interesting incident. A journalist writer reported that once in a live concert, Usha was accompanying her sister Lata Di in the song Ni Main Yaar Manna Ni, although it wasn’t even a duet. Every time he met Lata Mangeshkar, he found Usha sitting quietly with her. He also conveyed that Usha always tried to observe Lata Di, and times ensured to sing with her.

Also, when the reporter asked Usha what her singing career would have been without Lata Di, she simply replied that she had never even thought about that. More than that, Usha Mangeshkar never married because she always chose to look after her Lata Di. But, the only grief that remained in the heart of Usha was that her world would always stay incomplete without her loving elder sister, none other than Lata Di. There is no sign of doubt that all these incidents greatly highlight the immense connection between sisters. Not only that, but Usha Mangeshkar has always given the entire credit of her career to her loving Lata Di. In fact, Lata Di established an unrivalled legacy for her whole family and similarly for Usha Mangeshkar. So, all her family bondings sum up majorly with the incredible love, care and togetherness.

Career details

Usha Mangeshkar made her debut in Bollywood in 1954 with the song Badi Dhoom Dham Se Meri Bhabhi Aayi. Early in her career, she did low-budget movies, and her songs were not sensational. However, Usha’s life-changing movie was Jai Santoshi Maa in 1975. In that movie, there were several devotional songs, and one of them was ʼMai Toh Aartiʼ which became a super duper hit.

This was when Usha Mangeshkar became a household name in the nation, and she gained the recognition she deserved. One of her most famous songs is “Mungla.” Her songs for the Marathi movie Pinjara also became very popular.

Here is the list of some of the famous songs sung by UshaMangeshkar:

  • Ganesh Vandana

Deva Ho Deva, Vol. 2 in 2014

  • Antakshari

Maine Pyar Kiya in 1989

  • Goron Ki Na Kalon Ki

Disco Dancer in1982

  • Janu Meri Jaan

Shaan (OST) in 1980

  • Ganpati Raya Padate Mi Paya

Super Duper Ganpati Part 1 in 1997

Accomplishments and Awards

  • She was nominated for Filmfare Award- Best Female Playback Singer -“Main to Aarti” (Jai Santoshi Maa) in the year 1975
  • She got BFJA Awards for Best Female Playback Singer – Jai Santoshi Maa in the year 1975
  • She was nominated for Filmfare Award for Best Female Playback Singer – “Mangta Hai To Aaja” (Inkaar) in the year 1977
  • Nominated for Filmfare Award for Best Female Playback Singer – “Humse Nazar To Milao” (Ikraar) in the year 1980
  • 69th and 70th Annual Hero Honda BFJA Awards 2007 Archived 8 January 2010 – Wayback Machine
  • 1st Filmfare Awards in the year 1953
  • Winner of Mirchi Awards 2020 for Lifetime Achievement Awards

Controversies

Ajay Devgn’s film Total Dhamaal remixed the original song, Munda. The audience brutally criticized the song, and no one was happy with the remix. This was the case with Usha Mangeshkarand Lata as well. The sisters were not delighted as the original song’s integrity got ruined, and the remix was also a disaster. On this, Ajay said that Lata and Usha Mangeshkar are his seniors and have the right to voice their opinions. Furthermore, Ajay even said they could slap him because it is their right and they are very senior to him.

Lata Mangeshkar suggested the name of singer Usha Mangeshkar for the Padma awards. Upon knowing this, the industry members and the audience was not happy and claimed that this was nepotism. However, Lata cleared the air later by saying that she suggested names of various artists every year, and it was time for Usha. But, even after being recommended by her sister, Usha’s recognition stayed overshadowed all through her life.

This was all about Usha Mangeshkar.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where is Usha Mangeshkar now?

Usha Mangeshkaris in Mumbai now.

When did Usha Mangeshkar start her career?

Usha followed her siblings’ footsteps and started singing when she was 18.

Who is Usha Mangeshkar married to?

Usha Mangeshkaris unmarried.

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