In March 2001, Lata Mangeshkar received the Bharat Ratna Award which was the highest award for Indian civilians. The Guinness Book of World Records included her name from 1974 to 1991 as a singer with the highest number of recordings in the world. Mangeshkar is claimed to have recorded more than 25,000 songs that she performed solo or duet in 20 languages in India between 1948 and 1974 (30,000 song titles between 1948 and 1987, according to the 1987 edition of the Guinness Book). Although some reference sources support the total number of songs she has performed, a number of sources claim Asha Bhosle, her younger sister as a playback singer with the most number of songs in the world.
Lata also made an album in Indonesia with Rhoma Irama which produced 4 duet albums of songs by Rhoma sung by Lata such as the song Mawar Merah and Orang Asing. While Rhoma sang an Indian song that was changed into Indonesian.