Soon after the conclusion of the GIMA Awards, Asha Bhosle has begun preparing for a concert at the Mood Indigo cultural festival. To be held in December, Bhosle’s performance at the IIT Mumbai-organised event will see her singing songs from her album Rahul and I, remixed as rock music.
The singer reckons rendering songs from the album into rock was a natural progression, as she has never performed at a college fest before. “I want to see what college kids like, how they react to the music. IIT is one of the most prestigious institutes in the country and I’ve been told that people from lots of places come to see the performances. That’s what got me excited,” Bhosle says.
Back in the day, Bhosle would listen to everything from hard rock to jazz in the company of music director RD Burman. She also nurtured a great interest in English cinema, and would try to incorporate the styles of western singers. Among her idols in western music are Frank Sinatra and Carmen Miranda. “I loved Miranda’s style of singing. Even though people told me it was unconventional, I would try to sing in a similar manner. Rock ‘n’ roll had caught on in those days and it felt nice to be able to experiment with your sound,” Bhosle recalls.
Rahul and I — a collection of remixed songs of RD Burman — was launched in the 1990s and greeted with mixed reviews. However, Bhosle says she never cared about people’s reactions. “Some liked it, some didn’t. But I enjoyed recording the album,” she says.
Although she hardly gets the opportunity to listen to contemporary rock now, she believes evolution is key. “One should keep up with the times. If a singer sticks to one particular style, he stands the risk of fading out if the genre grows outdated. I’ve experimented with remixes and indie pop, and this is my foray into rock. I want to see what people think of it,” Bhosle adds.