Jun 24, 2012

Hridaynath Mangeshkar on Lata Mangeshkar

Few singers can sing in four octaves as Didi (Lata) can. In Hindustani music, these octaves represents a range of 28 notes.


In the move Jis Desh Mein Ganga Behti Hai, there is a song - Aa Ab Laut Chalen - Didi touches the seventh note in the fourth octave which is the highest a human voice can reach. In that song you can hear her holding the note and not sound shrill. In classical music, there is light taan and a ghamak taan. It is difficult to be a master of the both - but Didi does it, having practiced it since the early childhood.


Another essential rule of the classical music is hitting the note that falls on the beat and Didi learnt this early and does it in all her songs.


I believe devotional songs suit Didi's voice well. Her inner self is pure and simple - this simplicity and simplicity of lyrics put together and you find oneness of spiritual kind. In religion, Amrit sparsh wakes up the dead - similarly when Didi sings we makes ordinary songs immortal.