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A journey down memory lane

SOULFUL SANU
Last Updated 29 April 2012, 14:01 IST

It was a homecoming of sorts for singer Kumar Sanu who performed in the City recently. Going down memory lane, he paid a tribute to the ghazal maestro late Jagjit Singh and said that he was his mentor in the Hindi film industry.

“He was an extraordinary human being, very helpful, approachable and ever smiling. He was my mentor and my guru.

The best part about him was his open-heartedness. Working with him was fun as he made the atmosphere very light and enjoyable,” Kumar told Metrolife.

The voice of the 90s was full of praises for the City and is all set for a comeback with Rowdy Rathore.

“I have sung many songs in Rowdy Rathore and hope the audience likes it. It has been a great experience. There are many more to come and I will not reveal much about them. The audience has to wait and watch,” he said.

He seemed quite excited to visit the City as he had some beautiful memories of it. “I have very fond memories of Bangalore.

Back in the 70s, I used to sing at a restaurant bar. It was before my journey in the Hindi film industry began. Now when I look back, I feel a lot of time has passed by,” he quipped.

So what does he like about the City? “The City is beautiful, there is less pollution. On my way to the hotel from the airport, I could not stop admiring the way it has been maintained. I know for a fact that people here are very friendly and love good music especially melodious songs,” he explained.

Talking about the songs that are being made now, he added that music directors are catering to the audience’s demands.

“The tonal quality that we have is very different from those of the present singers and our voice is best suited for romantic songs. I hope I get to do some good work with the present crop of music directors,” he added.

Kumar holds the Guinness Book of World Record for recording the maximum number of songs in a day which is 28. Does he plan to break his own record? “No I don’t have any such plans.

I sing because I love music and will continue to do it in the future for the love of it, not to set any record. I have sung more than 17,000 songs and don’t even keep track of them,” he informed.

The popularity of item numbers has not reduced his love for romantic numbers and he said that the melodious phase will be back. “It is just a matter of time before the item numbers make way for the romantic ones, I am sure,” he wrapped up.

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(Published 29 April 2012, 13:34 IST)

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