As a kid I strongly believed that If God had to speak she’d sound just like Lata Mangeshkar.
In the Western coastal belt - Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka - most of my generation grew up listening to bhajans of Bhimsen Joshi and Lata Mangeshkar. The great Bhimsen Joshi renowned for classical music was at stratospheric levels that seemed beyond reach. Even singing his Bhajans was impossible. Lata Mangeshkar on the other hand seemed part of everyone’s family and a voice that soothed everyone.