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Talking Asha Bhosle style

entertainment Updated: Sep 08, 2008 18:19 IST

"Many artistes have not been given their due recognition during their lifetime. What happened to Mozart happened to Pancham. He couldn’t understand why the industry had stopped giving him work.”

“Didi didn’t react at all to my marriage with Pancham. To date, she has not spoken on this relationship with me.”

Shaayad didi always got the sweet heroine songs. I always got the more jazzy ones which went to the supporting artistes.. but those songs were terrific, they’ve stood up to the test of time.”

“Even if I had been called to sing for the new Umrao Jaan, I wouldn’t have gone. Some masterpieces of music can’t be touched.”

"Where is another Asha Bhosle? Kidhar baba? I haven’t heard anyone. Have you? Dekho, I sang like a mad woman..ABCD jo bhi mila sab gaaya.. I had to bring up my kids..now they look after me.”

“Of course, I keep remembering Pancham.. I feel sad that he’s not here to see the Pancham craze. He was five years younger, he was my best friend, no other kind of bandhan was possible.”

“Pancham had fallen in love with my voice, he would say, “Asha, only you understand sur, you can never be off-key even if you try.”

“Pancham called Lata didi the Don Bradman of singers and me as the Gary Sobers. Perhaps he meant Bradman was more controlled while Sobers was more risk-taking”