Hridaynath Mangeshkar is a music composer and singer from India. He is the son of noted musician Deenanath Mangeshkar and younger brother of Indian music legends Lata Mangeshkar and Asha Bhosle. He is popularly known as Balasaheb in the music and film industry. He was awarded Padma Shri by the Government of India in 2009.
About Hridaynath Mangeshkar
He has recently also composed and released an album titled Meera Soor Kabeera, featuring the works of Meera, Kabir and Surdas. He produced an al bum featuring the ghazals of Ghalib, titled Ghalib and sung by Lata Mangeshkar. He has also composed many songs for Asha Bhosle.
Hridaynath Mangeshkar Family
Hridaynath Mangeshkar is the only son of Deenanath Mangeshkar while his mother belonged to the Gomantak Maratha Samaj. He is a brother to four sisters, Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhosle, Meena Khadikar and Usha Mangeshkar, and youngest among them. He is married to Bharati Malvankar Mangeshkar, daughter of Marathi comedian Damuanna Malvankar. They have two sons Aadinath and Vaijnath and a daughter Radha. In 2009, Radha launched her debut album Naav Maaza Shaami. She has been trained by Hridaynath and accompanies him in various stage shows.
Hridaynath debuted his music career in 1955 with the Marathi film Akash Ganga. Since then, he has composed for various Marathi films such as Sansar, Chaani, Ha Khel Savalyancha, Janaki, Jait Re Jait, Umbartha and Nivdung and a few Bollywood films; the most notable among them being Subah, Lekin… and Maya Memsaab.
He has been very careful with his work. He has composed songs in Marathi and Hindi. His songs often have complex meters and require singers of great range and depth for enjoyable versions. His composition of Vinayak Damodar Savarkar’s poem Saagara Pran Talamalala is a case in point. His 1982 album Dnyaneshwar Mauli, featuring compositions from Jñāneśvar, one of the most famous poets in Marathi literature, set the standard for modern devotional music in Marathi.
He also composed music for Doordarshan musical drama Phoolwanti.
He is also the first Indian composer to compose and release two entire albums featuring the poems and songs of the poet-saint Meera, titled Chala Vahi Des and Meera Bhajans. He has recently also composed and released an album titled Meera Soor Kabeera, featuring the works of Meera, Kabir and Surdas. He produced an album featuring the ghazals of Ghalib, titled Ghalib and sung by Lata Mangeshkar. He has also composed many songs for Asha Bhosle. His collaborations with noted Marathi poets such as Shanta Shelke and Suresh Bhat have produced many Marathi classic songs of unmatched popularity.
Date of Birth: 28 September 1929
Place of Birth: Indore, Madhya Pradesh
Parents: Deenanath Mangeshkar (Father) and Shevanti Mangeshkar (Mother)
Siblings: Meena Khadikar, Asha Bhosle, Usha Mangeshkar, Hridaynath Mangeshkar
Occupation: Playback Singer, Music Director, Producer
Start of Playback Singing Career: 1942
Total number of songs (approx): 50,000 in 36 languages
Nickname: Nightingale of India
Net Worth (approx.): $10 million
Spouse: Bharati Malvankar Mangeshkar
Instruments: harmonium, tabla
Awards: Padma Shri, National Film Award for Best Music Direction
Albums: Maratha Tituka Melvava, Shiv Kalyan Raja, MORE
Children: Radha Mangeshkar, Aadinath Mangeshkar, Vai