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‘I follow Lataji ’s school of music more than Ashaji ’s’

... says Radha Mangeshkar, daughter of Pt. Hridaynath Mangeshkar.

music Updated: Jul 20, 2009 20:07 IST
Nikhil Taneja

Radha Mangeshkar, daughter of Pt. Hridaynath Mangeshkar prefer Lata's style to Asha Bhonsle's style.

How has been the response to your first album in Marathi, Naav Maaza Shami?
(Smiles) I’m quite shocked that people have liked it. My voice has always been compared to Lataji and Ashaji and now, everyone’s saying that they like my voice because it’s very different.

Was this album an attempt to break into Bollywood?
Not really. For me, Marathi music, Bollywood music or live concerts aren’t any different. But yes, I hope to sing in movies, too. This album was a test for me.

Do you follow Lata Mangeshkar’s style of singing or Asha Bhonsle’s?
Definitely Lata didi’s style. I openly say that I’m from the Lata Mangeshkar school of singing. My preference will always be light, romantic songs.

The ‘Lata Mangeshkar genre’ of songs is quite rare in Bollywood today.
No, melody still exists. Like AR Rahman’s songs... Of late, I have loved Rahat Fateh Ali’s song Jiya dhadak dhadak and Kailasa’s Saiyaan. So yes, there are beautiful songs.

Would you sing remixes?
If a remix song is arranged well, then I will... like Leslie Lewis’ Bheegi bheegi raaton mein. But I don’t think I’ll sing a remix of Aayega aanewala or Dum maro dum. Maybe if I wasn’t a Mangeshkar, I’d have sung it.

So you’ll check on your videos and lyrics?
I don’t know about music videos much because I never watch MTV or Channel [V]. My choice is like John Lennon or Celine Dion, but it’s never there... kuch alag hi aa raha hota hai. I don’t enjoy those music videos.

How was it growing up as a Mangeshkar?
(Smiles) Very nice... I was always protected and pampered. It’s a very simple, normal Marathi family, it was not like growing up with celebrities.

Are you closer to one of your aunts more than the other?
Yeah, I’m closer to Lata didi and Usha aunty. Asha aunty was always busy with her recordings and shows so I didn’t get a chance to spend too much time with her.