On the occasion of legendary Indian singer’s 88th birthday, President of India Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi wished Lata Mangeshkar a “long and healthy life.”

Appreciating her “melodious voice”, Prime Minister Modi took to his Twitter account and wrote, “Birthday wishes to respected @mangeshkarlata Didi. Her melodious voice is admired by crores of Indians. I pray for her long & healthy life.”

Lata Mangeshkar was born on September 28, 1929, is an Indian playback singer and occasional music composer. She started her career started in 1942 and has spanned 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.

Acknowledging her voice President of India wished her on Twitter, ‘Birthday wishes to “Nightingale of India” Lata Mangeshkarji. May her voice continue to be the melody and soul of our nation #PresidentKovind’

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 is the recipient of three National Film Awards, 12 Bengal Film Journalists’ Association Awards, and four Filmfare Best Female Playback Awards.

She has been honoured with Padma Bhushan (1969), Dadasaheb Phalke Award (1989), Rajiv Gandhi Sadbhawana Award (1999), Padma Vibhushan (1999), Bharat Ratna (2001), Legion of Honor (K) (2010)

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.