September 27, 2009 1:05:09 pm
Her golden voice has enthralled millions and as the grande dame of Indian music turns 80 tomorrow,Lata Mangeshkar says her only wish is to continue singing till her last breath.
The icon,who first broke onto the music scene with ‘Aayega Aanewaala’ in “Mahal” (1949),is considered the greatest playback singer in the Indian cinema with more than 50,000 songs to her credit.
Looking back at her glorious six decades in music,the singer says,”Anybody will feel good but now that I’m turning 80,I feel extremely great. It’s always a charm to age gracefully.”
Talking about her colossal achievements,Lata says she is completely satisfied with her life and career.
“Whatever I achieved is by God’s grace. I’m completely satisfied and content with my life and career. I want to continue singing for the rest of my life,” the legendary singer said.
When asked about her plans for birthday,the singer says she will be busy attending to calls from well-wishers from across the globe.
“My whole day will be spend attending to the well-wishers,who call me from the different parts of the world but there is nothing special planned for the birthday.
It will be a usual affair with family members,” Lata says.
Lata has become choosy over the years about Bollywood assignments but her voice in a song ensures success be it ‘Kitane Azeeb’ in Bhandarkar’s ‘Page-3’ or ‘Luka Chhupi’ in Raykesh Omprakash Mehra’s ‘Rang De Basanti’.
She recently recorded ‘Daata Sun Maula Sun’ for Madhur Bhandarkar’s ‘Jail’. A prayer sung in jail,the song was composed by Shamir Tandon.
The singer also launched a music album with Sa Re Ga Ma,which is the collection of some of her biggest hits.
When asked about the kind of songs that she likes to sing,Lata says,”I’m open to all kinds of songs but the only thing I look for is the lyrics.
“The lyrics have to be meaningful. I would like the producers and the directors to approach with soulful and meaningful tracks.”
Lata has given some of the biggest romantic hits in Bollywood with ‘Pyaar Kiya to Darna Kya’ in ‘Mughal-E-Azam’,’Aaja Re Pardesi’ in ‘Madhumati’,’Ajeeb Dastaan Hai Yeh’ from “Dil Apna Aur Preet Parai” to the present day films like “Dil To Pagal Hai” and “Page-3”.
And the singer,who has a special liking for soft romantic numbers,says composers always approach her for eerie songs.
“Well,whenever a film used to come up with haunted,spooky songs,the composer always used to approach me. But I like soft romantic songs,” says Lata,who has sung haunting melodies like ‘Kahin Deep Jale Kahin Dil’ and ‘Anjaan Hai Koi’ among others.
The icon is unimpressed with today’s music reality shows,which she believes are more about performance and style than about singing.
“Reality shows these days are all about singing,dancing,performing and latest fashion. New singing stars have potential but they concentrate more on overall performance rather than singing itself which is a total contradiction,” she says.
Lata,who is renowned for her perfection in singing,considers the art form a divine gift.
“Singing is a divine form of art and blending it with other art forms takes away the very soul of music. So it’s better if reality shows concentrate purely on the talent of singing and music,” she says.
Known as India’s Nightingale,the singing legend was awarded Dada Saheb Phalke award in 1989 and received the country’s highest civilian honour,Bharat Ratna in 2001.
With over 50,000 songs to her credit,Lata has also featured in the Guiness Book of World Records for highest number of recordings.
She is the only artiste,who can sing in 36 different languages including English,Russian,Dutch,Fijian and Swahili.
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