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Soul is missing from songs nowadays: Lata Mangeshkar

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Mumbai, March 15 : Whether it was “Lag jaa gale” in 1964 or “Luka Chuppi” in 2006 — legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar’s renditions have touched generations of music lovers who continue to enjoy her golden tracks. But she says she finds the “soul” missing from today’s music.

“I think playback singing has a lot to do with voice acting. I would suggest to all the youngsters to understand the character, situation and the story behind the songs. That is when you can add soul to the rendition which, I think, is missing in today’s music,” the 87-year-old told IANS in an interview at her Prabhu Kunj residence here.

She observed that “perhaps that is why people still love to listen to retro songs, and new songs are going out of listeners’ memory faster”.

“As a singer, you have to bring the soul to the song,” said the industry veteran, hailed by many as the Nightingale of India.

One of the most decorated singers in India, Mangeshkar has been awarded the Bharat Ratna, Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan, Dadasaheb Phalke Award and multiple National Film Awards, among others.

Adding to her portfolio of awards was an honour by radio station Big 92.7 FM, which announced a listeners’ choice award — ‘Hit Thhe Hit Rahenge’ — to commemorate the magic of Indian cinema by remembering and appreciating the evergreen movies and iconic stars in five categories.

Mangeshkar won the ‘Best Singer’ award and her song “Lag Ja Gale” won the ‘Best Song’ award.

According to her, awards are a token of respect.

“More than the trophy, it is the love and affection that people shower on me by listening to my songs years after years, that touches me. For me, awards are a token of respect that people are giving me. So no matter how many awards I am receiving, I always feel emotional,” said the melody queen, dressed in a beautiful white sari and with her trademark bindi on her forehead.

During her musical journey of over seven decades in the Hindi film industry, the singer lent her voice for many heroines of different generations. She says Meena Kumari, Nargis, Madhubala and Sadhana were some of the yesteryear actresses whose voice was quite in sync with her playback. And among the younger ones, she feels Madhuri Dixit and Kajol did justice to her songs on screen with their lip-sync and expressive faces.

However, Mangeshkar believes Jaya Bachchan stood out when it comes to bringing all her songs alive on screen with her skilful acting.

Sharing an anecdote from “Abhimaan” — in which she sang memorable and evergreen tracks like “Piya bina piya bina“, “Tere mere milan ki yeh raina” and “Teri bindiya re” for Jaya — Mangeshkar said: “Jaya-ji used to sit and observe me when I recorded all those songs. Since her presence made me conscious, I asked Hrishikesh-ji (Hrishikesh Mukherjee) the reason and he told me it was a part of her process to get a better insight of her character in the film.

“Later, when I saw the film, I was quite blown away to see her wearing red bordered white sari, red bindi and certain mannerisms like I do, unconsciously. But I must say, she did such a wonderful work. She is a very good actress.”

As a singer, Mangeshkar has explored various genres in different languages, including the regional film industry. However, she has a special connection with Bengali music.

“Though I have sung in 26 langauges, after Hindi, I sang the maximum number of songs in Bengali for music directors like Salil Chowdhury, Satinath Mukherjee and Bappi Lahiri. Since Bengali and Marathi language have many similarities, I always felt as if it is my own,” she said, sometimes breaking into chaste Bengali while talking to this scribe, who also has roots in Bengal.

While her musical journey is too well known to the world, it is interesting to know that Mangeshkar is not only a food connoisseur, but also a good cook.

“I love eating food and cooking for others. Unfortunately, my food habit has changed due to age and health issues and I am not allowed to eat most of my favourite dishes, specially hot and spicy food. I must tell you that I cook very good ‘mutton pasanda’ that I learnt from Majrooh Sultanpuri’s wife.

“These days, whenever I get time, I cook for my grandchildren,” she said with a smile as heart-warming as her songs.

By : Arundhuti Banerjee

(Arundhuti Banerjee can be contacted at [email protected])

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Shahid Kapoor to be a father again

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Mumbai, April 21: Bollywood actor Shahid Kapoor on Friday announced he and his wife Mira Rajput are expecting their second child.

The couple took an innovative route to announce Mira’s pregnancy with an Instagram picture of their first-born daughter Misha lying beside a drawing of balloons with ‘Big Sister’ written along with it.

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Shahid and Mira, who have a 12-year age gap, tied the knot in New Delhi on July 7, 2015. They welcomed their first baby in August 2016.

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The versatile actor, who has proved his versatility in Bollywood with roles in films like “Jab We Met”, “Kaminey” and “Udta Punjab”, has been a doting dad to Misha. And Mira, who is from Delhi, has been devoted to bringing up their daughter.

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At an event last year, Mira had said her child wasn’t a “puppy” to be left at home.

She had said: “I love being at home, I love being a mother to my child. I wouldn’t want to spend one hour a day with my child and rush off to work, why did I have her? She is not a puppy; I want to be there for her as a mother.”

This comment earned her the wrath of several working mothers via social media.

But Shahid had defended her saying it’s their personal choice as a couple that while one of them is working, the other is taking care of their child.

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Kajol posts an inspirational message on daughter Nysa’s birthday

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Mumbai, April 20: It is Kajol’s daughter Nysa’s birthday as the actress posted an inspirational message on Twitter for not just her but the world as well.

The actress says one needs to have a daughter to know what true empowerment is.

Mommy Kajol, on Nysa’s 15th birthday, took to Twitter to wish her “breakthrough”.

“If you want true women’s empowerment… Have a daughter. There is nothing that breaks through cultural biases, pre-conceived notions, childhood conditioning faster than your own child! Happy happy birthday to my own little breakthrough Nysa,” Kajol tweeted on Friday.

On Instagram too, Kajol shared a picture of Nysa as a child with an adorable caption – “From crayons and teddy bears to a young lady. Happy birthday to my smart ,beautiful , brave , cuteness overload and seriously humbling daughter Nysa . May the sun shine out of your eyes always and may you always walk in.” she wrote.

Kajol married actor Ajay Devgn in February 1999. In April 2003, she gave birth to Nysa and seven years later in September 2010, the couple had a son whom they named Yug.

On the work front, Kajol was last seen in the Tamil film “VIP 2”, directed by Soundarya Rajnikanth. She will be seen in Pradeep Sarkar’s new film in which young National Award winning actor Riddhi Sen plays her son.

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Ranbir, Deepika dazzled ramp for Mijwan Fashion show 2018

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Mumbai, April 20: Bollywood actors Deepika Padukone and Ranbir Kapoor set the ramp on fire at the 2018 Mizwan fashion show on Thursday night flaunting the outfit designed by ace designer Manish Malhotra.

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Ranbir and Deepika reunited after a long gap for this fashion show.

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The duo looked stunning as showstopper, wearing beautifully embroiders dress from the collection of Manish. Ranbir dressed in black floral embroider sherwani and Deepika wore a pearlescent lehenga designed with heritage embroidery that celebrated the craft of needle.

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The collection shows some of the quintessential Indian embroidery craftsmanship in Chikankari in various texture that celebrated traditional Indian design.

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Organized by Mijwan Welfare Society, in the presence of veteran actress Shabana Azmi, the fashion evening was graced by many celebrated personalities of the film industry.

The annual fundraiser show was attended by Waheeda Rahman, Asha Parekh, Nandita Das, Javed Akhtar, Huma Qureshi, Nushrat Bharucha, Yami Gautam, Mouni Roy, Kirti Kharbanda, among many others.

The event took place at the JW Marriott. And it was a real treat for Ranbeer Deepika’ s fans to see the duo reuniting once again for this show.

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