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"Imitation is not what leads to success" says Lata Mangeshkar on Ranu Mondal's increasing fame

By Geetika Raleh . 4th September 2019 09:00am

Every Indian woman from every time span has had the desire to sing like Lata Mangeshkar. But obviously not everyone can be Lata Mangeshkar, and there is only one. But recently there has been a woman who became an overnight sensation through a viral video which was doing rounds on the internet. And the woman we are talking about here is Ranu Mondal.  She rose to fame when she was heard singing Lata Mangeshkar’s song Ek Pyar Ka Nagma Hai from poverty and ambiguity.

Himesh Reshammiya even offered her to sing two songs in his forthcoming film Happy, Hardy And Heer. She recorded the song and when the people heard her voice, they were amazed by the talent that Ranu had.

Soon there were rumours that started spreading saying that Salman Khan had gifted her a Rs 50 Lakh home and even offered her an opportunity to sing in his next film, Dabangg 3. Later Salman made a statement refusing about any such gifts and therefore cleared the air.

When Lata Mangeshkar came to know about Ranu Mondal, she said “Agar mere naam aur kaam se kissiko bhala hota hai toh main apne-aap ko khush-kismat samajhti hoon (If anyone gets benefited from my name and work then I feel fortunate).”

She also added “But I also feel imitation is not a reliable and durable companion for success. By singing my songs or Kishoreda’s (Kumar), or (Mohd) Rafi Saab’s, or Mukesh Bhaiyya or Asha’s (Bhosle) numbers, aspiring singers can get short-term attention. But it won’t last.”

Talking about the young talented people singing her songs on the reality TV shows, she said “So many children sing my songs so beautifully. But how many of them are remembered after the first flush of success? I only know of Sunidhi Chauhan and Shreya Ghosal.”

Giving advise to the aspiring singers, Lata Ji said “Be original. By all means, sing the evergreen songs by me and my colleagues. But after a point, the singer must seek and find his or her own song.”

She even goes on and gives the example of her sister. She says “If Asha (Bhosle) had not insisted on singing in her own style she would have remained in my shadow forever. She is the biggest example of how far individuality can take one’s talent to.”

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