Radha Mangeshkar is an Indian singer and music composer. She is the third generation of the prominent Mangeshkar family and is known for being the daughter of the renowned Indian music director Hridaynath Mangeshkar and the niece of the legendary Indian singer Lata Mangeshkar.
Radha Mangeshkar was born on Wednesday, 29 July 1981 (age 42 years; as of 2023) in Mumbai. Her zodiac sign is Leo.
After completing her schooling, Radha completed a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Hindi and Philosophy. She also holds a Master of Arts (MA) in Philosophy. As of 2022, she is pursuing her PhD. Wikipedia Growing up in a family with a music background, Radha was inclined towards music from a very young age. She started learning music from her father when she was just seven years old. Radha also performed the initiation ceremony ‘Ganda Bandhan’ (a ceremony of tieing a sacred band around the wrist as a token of respect for one’s guru) in which her father (also her music guru) tied a thread on her wrist.
Height (approx.): 5′ 6″
Hair Colour: Blonde
Eye Colour: Brown
Parents & Siblings
Radha Mangeshkar is the daughter of Hridaynath Mangeshkar (Indian music director) and Bharati Malvankar Mangeshkar (daughter of Marathi comedian Damuanna Malvankar). She has two brothers Aadinath Mangeshkar (singer and musician) and Vaijnath Mangeshkar.
She is unmarried.
She is the granddaughter of Pt. Deenanath Mangeshkar, a well-known Marathi theatre actor, Natya Sangeet musician, and Hindustani classical vocalist.
Radha Mangeshkar started her career in music at the age of nine. In childhood, she started performing on stage in Bhavsargam (a musical journey of some famous Indian cinematic and theatrical songs in Marathi and Hindi) along with her father.
Subsequently, she began performing on stage in shows like ‘Shivkalyan Raja,’ ‘Nakshatran che dene,’ ‘Akshay Gane Abhanga Gane,’ Dil ki Nazar Se,’ and ‘Didi ani Mi’. Radha holds expertise in Hindustani Classical Music. She has derived her own style and flavour from Hindustani Classical Music to create a legacy of her own. Radha has performed on various stage shows with artists like Hrishikesh Ranade, Jeetendra Abhyankar, Vibhavari Apte, Suvarna Mategaokar, and Rajesh Datar.
Besides performing on shows in major cities across India, she has also been a part of musical shows in different countries including the United States, United Arab Emirates, Muscat, United Kingdom, Australia, Hong Kong, Kuwait, and Singapore.
Apart from sharing a stage with other artists, she also holds her own solo shows like ‘Kahe Meera Soor Kabira’ (a show based on north Indian saints Meera, Surdas and Kabir and performed in Marathi and Hindi) and ‘Rabindra Sangeet’ (a show based on compositions of Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore and performed in the Bengali language).
In 2009, she released her solo music album titled ‘Naav maze Shami’ consisting of five tracks including Naav Maaza Shami, Bai Gele Phirayla, Maher Maze Aatle, Sutlela Ambada, and Thakun Basali Maay Ga. The album was launched by her aunt Lata Mangeshkar and the music of the album was composed by her father, Hridaynath Mangeshkar.
- Singer(s): Sunidhi Chauhan, Barbra Streisand, Celine Dion
- Music Composer: Laxmikant Pyarelal
- Music Band: The Beatles
- Beverage: Coffee
- Attire: Saree
- Radha is an ardent follower of Lord Ganesha.
- She has received numerous awards from various music associations.
- During an interview, Radha was asked if she felt any pressure while singing as she belonged to the Mangeshkar family. She replied,
I feel blessed to belong to a family which has produced artists with golden voices. And I respect and value this treasure. I am avoiding pressure on me. And feel the need to go easy with it. But, unwanted pressure from people around and media comes automatically.”
- In an interview, while sharing her childhood memories Radha said that she had a busy childhood as a singer. She said,
When I was a child, she was a very busy singer. She would be out in the mornings and return late in the evenings. Still, we had our times together. It was a rule at home to have dinner together — no matter how late somebody came in. We would go on family holidays during the summer. We were like any other family. The only difference is that other people go on vacations to shop while we would go on educational holidays. We would visit the historical monuments in Europe. All of us in the family are interested in history, culture and archeological sculptures. When you hear her (Lata Mangeshkar) sing, it’s clear that she is an intelligent singer. She’s just as intelligent when she speaks. She is also a very funny person and makes people roll on the floor with laughter. She has an amazing sense of humour.”