The Shining Ladies of India Who Leave us Dumbstruck

by Shatika, June 16, 2016

India has no dearth of talent. We have to come to terms with the fact that there are singers in each state. Let’s go back to where it all began. Shatika salutes the talented ladies who made our lives melodious and who wore lovely silk sarees, while they charmed us.

The first on my list is M.S. Subbulakshmi, who was not only lauded in India but also in London and America. People who did not even know the language, loved hearing her sing! Among all the people who loved to hear her sing was also Mahatma Gandhi. Her rendition of Vaishnava Janato can bring us to tears. She has been a recipient of the Bharat Ratna being the highest award. Carnatic music lost the golden voice in 2004. All the while she was an Indian to the core and wore the most fascinating sarees in her lifetime. Silk sarees give the occasion it is worn for- a solemnity.


Lata Mangeshkar was born into a family of musicians. She is called the nightingale of India for she is without doubt the best singer in India. She is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the most recorded artist in the world. She started singing from 1948 and since then there has been no looking back. The song “Aayega Aanewala” from Mahal was a huge hit and Lata secured a firm position in the industry. Lata Mangeshkar’s voice set very high standards. By the late 50’s, the younger sister of Lata Mangeshkar known as Asha Bhonsle also came into the scene and they both were the golden voices of the industry. Lata rose to fame rapidly and made her indelible mark in the industry and as a simple lady who would be seen in plaits and gorgeous sarees. Lata Mangeshkar has been honored with innumerable awards but the one that truly deserves a special mention is that she is the only second singer in the non-classical category (after M.S Subbulakshmi) in India to have received the highest civilian award, Bharat Ratna. She sings rarely now. Truly a living legend, Lata Mangeshkar is adored for her voice and we at Shatika love the lady for her penchant for sarees. Asha Bhosle has also preferred to wear sarees for stage performances. Silk sarees add serenity in life.


Shubha Mudgal, is famous as a singer and composer. She has been the recipient of the Padma Shri from the Government of India in the year 2000, and the Gold Plaque Award for Special Achievement in Music at the 34th Chicago International Film Festival, 1998, and the Yash Bharati Samman from the Government of Uttar Pradesh in 2015. She has also been iconic in introducing an arts education program in mainstream school education. She is the patron of silk sarees and the rustle of silk along with a throaty voice is something we look forward to.


Usha Uthup, believes in living in the present and  has added a verve and jest to music. She started her musical journey from 1967 but even today she is going strong. She also acted in ’Saath Khoon Maaf’ and sang a song in it. Her bindi has been her style and the silk saree that she wears adds another luster to the singing. Her voice has the vitality and energy of the youth. As it is said, that a voice never ages and these voices will still remain in our hearts.


We cannot thank them enough for making our lives melodious. Shatika is thankful to them for giving the saree a status symbol.

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