Today’s composers don’t like the way I operate: Lata Mangeshkar in a 2013 interview

As the legendary Lata Mangeshkar passed away today, we step back in time with excerpts from a 2013 interview with the late legend, when she spread her wings and ventured into entrepreneurship by launching her own music company.

Legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar died on Sunday. We descend into the past with excerpts from a 2013 interview with the late legend, when she spread her wings and ventured into entrepreneurship by starting her own music company.

We don’t hear you too often in movies these days. Why?

I’m very picky about song selection. I read the lyrics and listened to the melody before agreeing to sing. I feel like today’s music composers don’t like the way I work. That’s why I don’t want to sing in movies anymore.

How different is the industry today?

These days, the songs do well for a few months and then disappear. Technically, we have advanced, but our music is regressing. The number and variety of songs in movies have depreciated. I’m shocked. I remember singing 11 songs for Mughal-E-Azam (1960). Music today is all about dancing. Phrases like “Halkat jawaani” were way beyond our imagination at the time. The singers of our time worked very hard. We had to overcome many obstacles to get a song. Things are easier today.

Who do you see as the next Lata Mangeshkar in the industry?

We have so many talented singers. I don’t know any other Lata Mangeshkar, but every artist is special. Asha Bhosle, Sunidhi Chauhan and Shreya Ghoshal each have their place. I believe there will be someone better than me.

What prompted you to launch a music label?

I’ve always been interested in non-film work. But there was also some anxiety, as people barely buy music albums now. People like Amitabh Bachchan, Shankar Mahadevan and Suresh Wadkar were very helpful. As I have spent over 70 years of my life in the industry, this label is my way of expressing my gratitude.

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