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?Lataji is my inspiration?

LLUSTRIOUS PLAYBACK singer Kavita Krishnamurthy has said that receiving the Lata Mangeshkar award was a feeling similar to the one she experienced when receiving the Padmashri.

india Updated: May 08, 2006 13:56 IST

LLUSTRIOUS PLAYBACK singer Kavita Krishnamurthy has said that receiving the Lata Mangeshkar award was a feeling similar to the one she experienced when receiving the Padmashri.

A sweet smile matching the sweet voice, and a humble tone are the things that stand out about this renowned singer. Kavita, who has been a part of the Indian music industry as a playback singer for years now, was in Indore to receive the Lata Mangeshkar award conferred on her by the Madhya Pradesh.

Kavita was delighted and in a way shocked to be receiving this award during the Lata Mangeshkar Alankaran Samaroh here. She told Hindustan Times that she sang a few lines with Lataji in a Bengali duet way back in 1971 and now she was here receiving this award. ‘‘It is a moment of a lifetime,’’ she said.

Even after having won several Filmfare and Screen awards it feels the same when your work is noticed and acknowledged, she said. This melodious singer is currently based in Bangalore.

Lata Mangeshkar is Kavita’s inspiration. Kavita appreciates Lataji’s uniform conduct in the music industry for so many years.

Lataji’s song ‘Allah tero naam’ is her personal favourite. Kavita says she loved the lyrics written by Majrooh Sultanpuri in film ‘Khamoshi’. Among music directors Laxmikant-Pyarelal and R D Burman are her favourites.

Kavita would sing some songs for Ravi Chopra’s film Baabul soon. After Mangal Pandey she has been busy touring with her husband L Subramaniam (violin virtuoso) and also working on some albums. Her albums Shiv Shlok and Maahiya were released recently.

Talking about her daily ‘riyaaz’ she says that music was part of her life every single moment. “Apart from professional singing I keep on humming songs with my husband or we listen to music together,” Kavita says. Long hours of practice are not possible because she lives in Bangalore, works in Mumbai and holds concerts in other countries too. In addition she sings also songs for regional films and albums.

Kavita, who was born in Delhi, misses the ragas and classical touch that Hindi film music used to have. She says that folk music still prevails in Hindi songs, but real classical music needs more attention. A God-fearing person, she will be leaving for Ujjain tomorrow.