Reality shows full of 'rote' singers: Lata

The legendary singer comes down heavily on the nature of reality singing talent shows in India.

india Updated: Jun 17, 2006 14:31 IST
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Reality show contestants may court audience votes and judges’ accolades over their competent rendition of evergreen old Bollywood melodies, but Lata Mangeshkar doesn’t consider it the apt criteria for selecting new singing talents, dismissing the discoveries as ‘rote singers’.

"Agar aap pachas baar mera gaana ratenge to naturally usmein kuch aacha to niklega hi. But real talent comes from the fact that you sing original compositions in your own voice and get selected on that basis,” she says in the second part of her autobiographical recount on Radio City’s Meri Kahani series on Sunday.

Coming down heavily on the quality of talent, and the nature of reality singing talent shows that have captured the nation’s imagination of late, she says, Indian Idol wagerah, is tarah ke shows bilkul galat hain… mujhe SaReGaMaPa bilkul pasand nahi.

Admitting cabarets to be the only type of film songs she consciously avoided, she says sister Asha Bhonsle was better suited than her for singing fast.

First Published: Jun 17, 2006 12:58 IST