MUMBAI, April 11. “It is not me, just one Lata Mangeshkar saying it, many people bemoan the deterioration in the quality of music and lyrics. I feel this too (deterioration) will change, may be for the better and may be the glorious period of music, well written” says well-known singer Lata Mangeshkar.
However, the legendary singer is not willing to dub the present music or lyrics as absolute trash. “Everything has changed, life has changed, and living standards have changed, young people now frequent discotheques. It is all pervading. I will not criticize today’s music. We still have good music like the music of Dil To Pagal Hai which even the youngsters liked and which has clean lyrics,” explained Lata Mangeshkar in an interview to The Hindustan Times.
“The most important opinion is that of the audience, what I feel is immaterial. Whenever, I go out, the audience both here and abroad suggest that I sing my old songs,” says Lata Mangeshkar while explaining why the music of the 50’s to 80’s would remain evergreen.
Lata Mangeshkar, who has to her credit the record of singing largest number of songs, says that she will never sing any song that has ‘cheap lyrics or cheap music’. She recently announced the Master Dinanath Mangeshkar awards to eminent personalities, including well-known lyricist Majrooh Sultanpuri. She says there are many lyricist and music directors still left in India who would not sell their creativity for the sake of money.
“They are the people of principles. They will not sell their music or pen lyrics for money. And people like Majrooh Sultanpuri, who belong to the older generation, never compromise. There are some who may compromise because they have to in present era,” says Ms Mangeshkar.
By Ketan Narottam Tanna