Essay World Music

1878 Words Dec 29th, 2015 8 Pages
Mridul Agarwal
Introduction to World Music
Research paper

Simply clad in a plain saree with her hair in plaits, the 'Nightingale of India' serves as an inspiration to many. She has been in the music industry since the age of 13 and has sung over 28,000 songs in the past decades. Through her hard work and determination, she has proved that every goal, every dream is achievable. She featured in the Guinness book of world records for having made the most recordings for about 16 years (1974 to 1991). She has also received the Bharat Ratna award which is one of the most prestigious award from the Indian government. She is the fifth woman to receive the award ever, after Indira Gandhi and Mother Teresa (The Palgrave Macmillan Dictionary of
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1 song, the most recent being from the movie, “Hum aapke hai kaun”. With her father’s lessons and recitals that left a strong impression on her, she also had a favorite singer and an idol named K.L. Saigal. A legend that had an idol also became an effigy for many more singers in the country over the different eras.
Anil Biswas was one of the pioneers of playback singing in the late 40’s and 50’s. He was a very famous Indian film music composer who had to work hard to create songs based on the singer’s limitations of technical knowhow. Things changed for him when Lata Mangeshkar entered the field of playback singing, now he had to vent his own imaginative creation to match the quality of the singer. He said ‘now we can stretch ourselves, allow ourselves to add a few higher notes’ (Indian Music Masters of our times, Pradeep Thakur, page 57). In the early stages of Lataji’s career, she made a huge impression on the renowned composer to change his style of thinking about music. That speaks a lot about the quality Lataji Mangeshkar brought into the industry. One important fact he noticed was that Lataji gave a lot of importance to the pronunciation of the song whereas earlier no singer ever concentrated on that.
The first Prime Minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru, is said to have had tears in his eyes as he heard her sing 'Aye Mere Watan Ke Logo' live. Her soulful and melodious voice can melt the heart of even the coldest man.
Actress Jaya Bachchan

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