Kavita Krishnamurti: I miss good words

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Singer Kavita Krishnamurti has recorded over 50,000 songs in 46 languages ​​during her five-decade journey. Recalling the phase she enjoyed the most, the singer says: “I had the privilege of working with many composers, singers and lyricists. Every moment has been part of my learning process. In Bollywood, by the time we hit the 90s, I had delivered some wonderful songs. The songs I sang in the mid-90s for movies like 1942: A love story (1994), Khamoshi: the musical (1996) and Bombay (1995) were very special.

When asked what she thinks of Hindi film music today, the veteran has mixed opinions: “Some of the songs are splendid, I like the innovative approach and the fusion style. But, there are quite a few that are not to my liking. I miss good words.

Ask her how the pandemic has been for her, and the Aaj Main Upar (Khamoshi: The Musical) and Mera Piya Ghar Aaya (Yaraana; 1995) the singer says, “I enjoyed working on some projects with my husband, Dr. L Subramaniam, at home, including songs like Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam and Vande Mataram.”

Krishnamurti recently received the Mohammed Rafi Prize and she takes it to heart: “I was delighted to receive this award. Rafi saab is one of the most iconic playback singers. My experience recording two lines for a movie titled ladies tailor (1981) with him is a memory I will always cherish. He was one of the best human beings. »

The singer, who celebrates her 64th birthday today, says it’s a low-key affair this time. “I’m going to have a quiet birthday at home with my family,” the singer concludes jokingly, “I’m young as long as I can sing or enjoy music.”

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