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'Nomination a tribute to RD'

Asha Bhonsle has attributed her prestigious nomination to her late musician husband. Wish Asha

music Updated: Dec 22, 2005 13:49 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

Legendary playback singer Asha Bhonsle says her nomination to the prestigious Grammy Awards for the second time was a tribute to her late husband and music director Rahul Dev Burman, popularly known as Pancham.

Expressing great admiration for Pancham's vast reportire of film songs, Asha, who has been nominated to the Best Contemporary World Music category for her album You Have Stolen My Heart: Songs From R D Burman's Bollywood, said, "It is the dream of an artiste to get a Grammy Award.... I am having the pleasure of receiving the award merely by the nomination."

The singer, who has enthralled music lovers for seven decades, regretted the absence of Pancham who "she missed dearly," especially when he is not around to share with her the glory of fame and recognition.

"I was in San Francisco for eight days for the recording of the album where all technicians were of foreign origin. They were bewitched by the beauty of Pancham's mastery," a nostalgic Asha, who had earlier been nominated for the same award, along with Ustad Ali Akbar Khan for Legacy based on Indian classical music, said.

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Her favourite number from the album was

Mera Kuchh samaan tumhare paas pada hai...

which "is very close to my heart as it transports me back into time when I was with Pancham."

Reacting to these two nominations, Asha said she had not heard Norah but was all praise for her half-sister Anoushka about whom she had seen performing along with her legendary father. "At her age she is doing very well."

Queried on her celebrated 'competition' with her elder sister Lata Mangeshkar, Asha was forthright in her admission that it did exist but was a healthy one.

"The urge to be like her made me work hard and to establish my own identity," she said.

Coming back to her late husband, Asha said that the present breed of composers are inspired by Pancham whose style can be seen in their work. This was a source of solace and spoke volumes about the craft of Pancham which who was "ahead of his time."

The singer, who has lent her voice to many top stars, said she was happy and satisfied with what life had given her and wished "to dedicate her life to music."

First Published: Dec 12, 2005 12:33 IST