Lata ji\'s father Master Dina nath Mangeshkar was a great singer.After his untimely death lata ji faced the camera for M.Vinayak\'s film Pehli mangalagaur in 1942 to keep the Mangeshkar family from starvation.Her first playback was a song in a Marathi film Kiti Hasal(1942) but was not used.Effectively first playback in marathi film Pahili Mangalagaur in 1942.(Natli chaitrachi Navalali....).First playback for Hindi film Aap Ki Sewa mein 91947): Pa laagoon kar jori re....her first Hindi song was for a Marathi film Gakabhau in 1943 (Mata ek sappot ki duniya badal de tu...\').Her first famous Hindi song was \"Dil mera toda,mujhe kahin ka na choda,ter pyar ne. for the film Majboor (1948),the tune of which was composed by Master Ghulam Haider on cigarrette tin while travelling in a local train with Lata ji.
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Master Vinayak (Vinayak Damodar Karnataki), the owner of Navyug Chitrapat movie company and a close friend of the Mangeshkar family, took care of them. He helped Lata get started in a career as a singer and actress.
Lata sang the song Naachu Yaa Gade, Khelu Saari Mani Haus Bhaari, which was composed by Sadashivrao Nevrekar for Vasant Joglekar\'s Marathi-language movie Kiti Hasaal (1942), but the song was dropped from the final cut. Master Vinayak gave her a small role in Navyug Chitrapat\'s Marathi movie Pahili Mangalaa-gaur (1942), in which she sang Natali Chaitraachi Navalaai, which was composed by Dada Chandekar. Her first Hindi song was Mata Ek Sapoot Ki Duniya Badal De Tu for the Marathi film, Gajaabhaau (1943).