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Asha reveals: Life, Pancham and more

Bhonsle now has one dream, she wants to work with Carlos Santana. Profile

india Updated: Mar 11, 2006 17:03 IST

She has no regrets in life and loves to live life to the hilt. Women her age like to be nestled in comfort, but she’s raring to go and how. A Grammy nomination, several foreign collaborations and a brand new album- Asha Reveals The Real RD- later, Asha Bhonsle shows no signs of slowing down.

"There are so many old songs that have been forgotten despite their potential," she says about her new album, her answer to "be-dhang" remix albums. "Now people are working with them but they haven’t been given the right treatment technically and visually. I’ve made an effort to revive the magic of Pancham’s style. We’ve worked with Latin American and Caribbean sounds that he really liked. Even my granddaughter can’t stop dancing to old hits like 1, 2 cha cha cha, so I thought this will work."

She was one of the first Indian singers to collaborate with foreign artists and is now set to perform with Grammy winner Kronos Quartet. "It’s incredible to see the kind of respect they give to Pancham- they call him Mozart! They want to know how he lived, what he ate and more. But then, RD has that effect on everybody."

Asha was one of the first Indian singers to collaborate with foreign artists and is now set to perform with Grammy winner Kronos Quartet.

Bhonsle now has one dream- she wants to work with Carlos Santana. "I have spoken to him about my idea,” she says. “I want to sing in Hindi and have him play in his Spanish style."



She wants to do something for artists’ rights too. "Nowadays whenever a cover version or remixed song comes on TV, everything is mentioned but the original singer’s name. It’s not fair," she says.



Future plans? "I want to cut an album that inspires the youth to take up classical music." Knowing Asha Bhonsle, she’ll succeed in her plan too.

First Published: Mar 12, 2006 12:00 IST