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Asha Bhonsle: still bindaas at 63

Bollywood singer Asha Bhonsle gets candid on Bollywood music, re-mixes, RD and Lata Mangeshkar.

music Updated: Jun 29, 2007 16:23 IST

On remixes...
I like them because remixes revive the compositions of music directors popular 30 years ago. Otherwise the past will disappear. Songs which were recorded mono are now accessible to the new generation in listener-friendly, updated stereophonic sound.

That's why the R D Burman magic is still so alive and kicking. His Sona re sona re (Teesri Manzil) and Piya tu ab to aaja (Caravan) have got a new audience now. The vintage songs have received a new lease of life and are even played non-stop at discos.

On lifelong comparison to Lata Mangeshkar...
Why compare me to anyone? I don't think either didi or I can be compared to each other, be it in the way we sang yesterday or today .

On the tags of No.1 or No.2...
How can you say whether the sun or the moon is No 1?

On Lata being docile and her being chulbili...
See, didi has always been delicate, physically and also heart-wise. She's softspoken. Of course, she does get irritated occasionally and raises her voice… and then heaven help you.

She's never looked done house hold chores, dusted the furniture, cooked or changed kids' nappies. Maybe it's because I've gone through all that, but I'm quite bindaas and active.

<b1>On R D Burman receiving acclaim posthumously...
Dukh hota hai aisi baton se. Mozart died unsung and now millions flock to his grave. RD didn't get his dues during his lifetime but he will be remembered forever… I guess he was at least 50 years ahead of his time.

On whether Lata should have married...
No, I would never say that in front of her or behind her back. In fact, I believe no artiste should get married. If the woman is more well known than the man, the husband does develop a massive complex. Aur life bikhar si jaati hai.

On second marriage to RD Burman...
Music was the basic foundation of our marriage. The foundation was our common love for music, be it Ali Akbar Khan or the Beatles. RD would emerge from his bath at 9.30 am and sometimes till 3 pm, we'd be listening and humming to John Coltrane's jazz records or to the brand-new albums of Earth, Wind and Fire, Shirley Bassey, Sergio Mendes and Santana.

On singers being born, not made...
I'd say they are born. Didi and I have inherited our voices from our father Dinanath Mangeshkar.

I could just pass the fourth standard in a Marathi school. Ironically, I have three honorary degrees now. Really, what more could I expect of life?

(Excerpts from an interview with Khalid Mohamed)

First Published: Jun 29, 2007 15:25 IST