Legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar launched her album titled 'Aapki Sewa Mein…Main Aur Mere Saathi.' Through this album she pays an ode to all the great singers that have inspired her and her co-singers.
Mangeshkar says, “All the songs of this album are classical numbers that have featured in Hindi films.” She adds, “The album is titled ‘Aapki Sewa Mein….’ because it was the title of the first duet song I sang for a Hindi film. It was a Thumri (a genre of Indian semi-classical music) and the movie was released in the year 1946.”
The album launched by music company Sa Re Ga Ma includes songs sung by singers like Dinanath Mangeshkar, Kesarbai Kerkar, Ustad Bade Gulam Ali Khan, Ustad Amir Khan, Talat Mahmood, Usha Mangeshkar, Jagjit Singh among others.
Mangeshkar doesn’t sing many songs these days but surprisingly she has sung a song for the controversial movie ‘Dunno Y… Na Jaane Kyun’. She explains, “Everything about Bollywood has changed, right from the costumes, to songs, dances etc. I agree to sing only those songs that I like. I do not enjoy a lot of music produced these days.” She further adds, “But I do like the music of Guzaarish. I have to say that Sanjay Leela Bhansali has a good taste.”
Mangeshkar may not approve of the way the modern day film industry is shaping up. But she likes up to keep up with the trends of the new world. She has a twitter account and is quite active on the same. She confirms, “I tweet about the great heroes of our nation. I tweeted to remind people about Bhagat Singh and Lokmanya Tilak’s birth anniversary, recently. I want to make sure that the present generation remembers them and their sacrifices they made for the nation.”
At 68, Mangeshkar now prefers spending more time at home. She says, “I like being at home and watching TV. 'CID' is my favourite serial. And these days I am hooked on to ‘Kaun Banega Crorepati’. Amitji has always been my favourite star and its great fun to watch him on the small screen.” She adds, “I like spending time with my sister Asha and Usha’s grandchildren. Asha’s granddaughter is into singing and Usha’s granddaughter is just 4 years old and is lots of fun to be with.”