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'I’ve sung every possible song: Lata Mangeshkar

After singing over 30,000 songs, the legendary playback singer intends to cut down on playback singing, writes Shaikh Ayaz.

music Updated: Feb 26, 2007 18:18 IST
Shaikh Ayaz
Shaikh Ayaz

She’s dominated the world of Hindi film music for eons, but the legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar now wants to cut down on playback singing.

“As a singer, mujhe ab kam kaam karna hai, aise bhi thoda kaam kam kar diya hai.. in the last couple of years, I haven’t sung for too many films. I sang Tere liye for Veer-Zaara, I also sang for Adnan Sami, A R Rahman, Nadeem Shravan. So, I’m there, working at my own pace. Now, I will not take up any assignment that comes my way. I’ve done every possible song, of every imaginable genre. So, something exciting should happen now, ” says Mangeshkar, with her trademark modesty.

The Nightingale of India also lent her voice to a few Bhojpuri movies recently. “I can’t remember their names but it was fun singing Bhojpuri songs. I’m told they do really well. I’m informed that a particular song of mine has become a rage with the audience. I don’t know, I haven’t checked that myself,” she smiles.

On the playback front, there may be a lull for Latadidi, but she will soon release two albums. One with T Series and the other, a shloka compilation for her brother Hridayanath Mangeshkar. “Both my albums will come out in April or May. I may not be doing playback, but doing albums and records has been keeping me busy. Gaane gaa rahi hun bas,” she laughs.

Meanwhile, Suresh Wadkar’s music school Ajivasan has felicitated Mangeshkar on her stupendous achievements and immense contribution to the field of music. “People’s love and affection have been my biggest treasure. Any award which comes from those who love you means a lot to me,” ends the veteran singer.

First Published: Feb 26, 2007 17:55 IST