As the famous Lata Mangeshkar passed away today, we are on the path of remembrance with some excerpts from the interview with the late Legend in 2013.
Veteran singer Lata Mangeshkar passed away on Sunday. Going down the path of memory with excerpts from an interview with The Hidden Legend in 2013, he embarked on an entrepreneurial endeavor by expanding his wings and starting his own music company.
These days we don’t often hear you in pictures. Why?
I focus a lot on choosing songs. I read the lyrics and listened to the tune before I agreed to sing. Today composers feel that I do not want to act. That’s why I don’t mind singing in films anymore.
How different is the industry now?
These days, songs get better for a few months and then disappear. Technically, we have progressed, but our music is lagging behind. The number and variety of songs in the movies have depreciated. I was shocked. I remember singing 11 songs Mughal-e-Asam (1960) Today’s music is all about dance. Phrases like ‘Halkat Jawani’ are beyond our imagination. Singers in our time worked very hard. There were many hurdles to overcome to get a song. Today things have gotten easier.
Who do you see as the next Lata Mangeshkar in the industry?
We have many talented singers. I do not know about another Lata Mangeshkar, but every artist is special. Asha Bhosle, Sunithi Chauhan and Shreya Ghoshal all have separate places. I hope there will be someone better than me.
What inspired you to start a music label?
I have always been interested in doing non-film work. But there was also a little bit of concern because people are not buying music albums now. People like Amitabh Bachchan, Shankar Mahadevan and Suresh Walker have been very helpful. This label is a way of expressing my gratitude as I have spent over 70 years of my life in the industry.