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None can match Lata-didi's supreme singing: Asha Bhosle

Friday, September 07, 2018
By Chaitanya Padukone

In one of her exuberant moods, Bollywood prima donna Asha Bhosle extolled the supreme singing talent of her iconic playback singer sister Lata-didi at the recent 'live  film-musical concert' dedicated to 'The Bengal Tigers' (S.D. Burman, Hemant Kumar, Salil Chowdury and of course R.D. Burman) – directed and conceived by Rahul Ranade.

“Way back, in my initial phase, I was so fascinated by Hemant-da's low-octave bass soulful voice, that I even named my son Hemant after him,” confided madame Bhosle. The sharp-witted Asha revealed, “Sachin-da would call me Aasa and not Asha and he would use the incorrect grammatical gender.
Once Sachin-da baffled me by saying, 'Imagine that you are the shapely cabaret dancer Helen', and I was shell-shocked. When he saw me gazing at myself in the mirror, he said 'aarey baba, apne aap ko Helen samajh ke gaana gaao'.”

Speaking about Burman Junior, she said, “RDB (Pancham-Da ) was so versatile that he was a trend-setting maestro in all genres of music. Very often, he would compose complex tunes, which he felt only I could do justice to,” shared Asha who feels that, “although today's singers are very good, they just can’t match the flawless vocal excellence of Lata-Didi.”

The outspoken Asha felt that sometimes, only the composers get the entire credit. “It's a classic trio-combination of the lyricist-composer and the extraordinary retro-legendary-singers, who in turn make the songs immortal.”

The celebs at the event brilliantly hosted by Sumeet Raghavan, included Shivaji (CID) Satam, Sharbani Mukherjee, Bharat Dabholkar, Sanjeev Kapoor and Sachin Khedekar.

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