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Never considered myself as special: Lata Mangeshkar
Never considered myself as special: Lata Mangeshkar

Mumbai, Sep 23 (TIWN) Lata Mangeshkar turns 90 on September 28. The playback legend opened up in an exclusive chat.

When Mangeshkar was asked how she felt about Mondal’s fame, in her inimitable style, she is said to have responded,  “Agar mere naam aur kaam se kisiko bhala hota hai toh main apne aapko khushkismat samajhti hoon. (I consider myself fortunate if anyone benefits from my name and work).  Immediately after, however, Mangeshkar hit an off-note saying, “But I also feel imitation is not a reliable and durable companion for success.”

She added those who were singing melodies that she or Kishore Kumar or Mohammed Rafi or Mukesh or Asha Bhosale had already immortalised could only draw short-term attention.  This comment drew a lot flak on social media, as Tweeple felt she should have shown more grace. “Being gracious wouldn't hurt, especially at this age. Besides, how does one begin singing if not by practicing songs by other singers before "finding" your own voice?” said Atul Karmarkar.

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