At 72, Asha Bhosle's popularity in the world of playback singing is unprecedented. She has sung more than 12,000 songs in various languages and is loved by the young and old alike. She has also been bestowed with the prestigious Dada Saheb Phalke award. Her six-decade-long career shows no signs fading. Pradeep Tiwari spoke to her about the changing world of Hindi film music, the new trends and the old memories:
How has Hindi film music changed?
In our time, all films used to have music but no composer ever copied another. The composers and lyricists were always looking out for challenges. Now when you hear some of the songs it seems as though you've heard them before. There are not as many good composers and lyricists any more. Things have improved technically but the soul of music has shrunk.
What's lacking in today's music?
One doesn't get to hear difficult compositions. In The Burning Train, Pancham (R.D. Burman) made me sing Teri nazar hai mujh...