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Music show to celebrate birthday of melody queen



Lata Mangeshkar

SHE IS called the ``Pride of India'' and ``Melody Queen". She is a byword in the Indian semi-classical music world and has figured in the Guinness Book of World Records in 1974. Her rendition is marked with a rare sense of rhythm and lyrics.

Yes, we are talking about Lata Mangeshkar, who as a playback singer, enjoys a clout which even the movie moguls of the country cannot dream of. Her songs have captured the hearts and imagination of millions of her admirers around the world.

It was after India lost in the India-China war in 1962 that Lata Mangeshkar had sung the song, "Aye Mere Watan Ke Logon, Zara Aankh Me Bhar Lo Pani". According to old timers, the song, written by Pradeep, moved Jawaharlal Nehru to tears and he confessed "Beti toone mujhe rula diya".

Lata Mangeshkar's reign over the world of playback singing for female artistes has been undisputed over the decades and she has lent her voice to heroines from Meena Kumari to Sreedevi to Urmila and Preity Zinta.

She has surprised even her fans with the range of her singing in the film ``Dil Se'' with the song ``Jiya Jale Jan Jale'' on her turning 70, which was a huge hit and was recorded in just 40 minutes. Now to commemorate her 75th birthday, the Bangalore-based Ramya Cultural Academy is organising a charity musical night on September 28 at the HN Kalakshetra in Jayanagar.

Singers, including Indira Shankar, Indu Vishwanath, Joseph and Srinath, will entertain Bangaloreans. Popular numbers such as ``Bedard Tere Pyar Ko'' (Padmini); ``Ayega Ane Wala'' (Mahal); ``O Sajana Barkha Bahar'' (Parakh); the famous ``Pyar Kiya to Darna Kaya'' (Mughal-e-Azam); ``Bhai Batoor'' (Padosan); ``Bindiya Chamkegi'' (Do Raaste) and many more songs may enthral her fans in Bangalore.

The show titled ``Legends — Vintage melodies of Lata'' will start at 6.30 p.m. on that day. The organisers say the proceeds of the show will be used for charity and the benefit of upcoming artistes.

Tickets are available at Butter Sponge (Basavangudi and Indiranagar); Calypso (Jayanagar); Canara Union (Malleswaram); Talking Headz Saloon (Brigade Road); Tickets Bazaar (Malleswaram) and Ravindra Kalakshetra canteen. More details can be had on Ph: 9845748240.

By Afshan Yasmeen

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