‘I DON’T LIKE SINGING FOR FILMS NOW’

A leg­end speaks: Lata Mangeshkar at 88

Hindustan Times ST (Jaipur) - Hindustan Times (Jaipur) - City - - Front Page - Prashant Singh

My mother’s and fa­ther’s bless­ings have al­ways been the most spe­cial gifts. The fact that my fa­ther taught me mu­sic will al­ways be price­less LATA MANGESHKAR, SINGER

It was way back in 1942 that she sang for the first time — a Marathi song, Natali Chaitraachi Navalaai, in the Marathi film, Pahili Man­galaa-gaur. Ever since, the ‘Nightin­gale of In­dia’, Lata Mangeshkar, who turns 88 today, has been the voice of in­nu­mer­able stars and has be­come a true-blue leg­end. “It feels very good. There were a lot of ob­sta­cles and trou­bles. I re­mem­ber do­ing the record­ings day and night. The ini­tial days were very dif­fi­cult, but now, of course, ev­ery­thing is okay. Even now, I have a de­sire to sing more. If I get to sing some­thing good, I will def­i­nitely do that,” she says. The singer says that since her child­hood, she has “never been ex­cited about birthdays.” She adds, “When we were kids, on our birthdays, some­one would get me a frock and my mother used to do aarti. Then, later on, due to cir­cum­stances, cel­e­brat­ing birthdays was out of the ques­tion.” Any spe­cial birth­day gift or spe­cial mem­o­ries? “My mother’s and fa­ther’s bless­ings have al­ways been the most spe­cial gifts that I re­ceived. The fact that my fa­ther taught me mu­sic will al­ways be price­less,” says the singer, who hasn’t done play­back for a Bol­ly­wood film in four years. “I haven’t sung in films but I’ve sung non-film songs. Most of [those] songs have been de­vo­tional songs, in­clud­ing bha­jans etc. I like them a lot. Hon­estly, I don’t re­ally like singing for films nowa­days,” says Mangeshkar, adding that she is “very happy” with the way her life has been. “I’m happy that in a way, I could pay back a part of the debt I had on me [by tak­ing care of the fam­ily],” she says. Mangeshkar has only one spe­cial wish: “Not just on my birth­day but oth­er­wise, too, my wish is that I want to sing some­thing again.”

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