All for aesthetic remixes

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 28 Oct 2017 09:50:21


By Farina Salim Quraishi

Feeling blessed to be a part of a song sung by the legendary ‘Nightingale of India’, Lata Mangeshkar, Yashita Sharma is in a happy space now. Yashita has lent her voice to the remixed version of Lata Mangeshkar’s classic, Ni Main Yaar Manana Ni for Yash Raj Music’s latest music video featuring Vaani Kapoor. The song has become a rage on YouTube within days of its release and has clocked an impressive 33 lakh hits already. The song - sung by Yashita Sharma and remixed by Hitesh Modak - is winning accolades not only for Vaani, but Yashita’s powerful vocals are being applauded widely as well. The iconic track’s recreated version, however, has not gone down well with the Bharat Ratna awardee!

The dance number from Yash Chopra’s Daag (1973), starring the trio of Rajesh Khanna, Sharmila Tagore and Raakhee, and filmed on Padma Khanna was sung by Lata Mangeshkar and Minoo Purushottam. The style of the song- an out and out Bhangra number- wasn’t something Lata Mangeshkar was entirely sure of pulling off, but she gave it a go nevertheless. The song turned out to be a superhit and still holds a special place in her heart.

Lata Mangeshkar, who previously too has spoken out against remixing old gems, is saddened by the trend. “I haven’t heard this new version. Nor would I want to hear it. So, I wouldn’t want to comment on it. But in principle, I’ve always been opposed to remixes of classics. They shouldn’t be touched. So many of Pancham’s, Madan Mohan’s and Laxmikant-Pyarelal’s songs have been tampered with; beats and lyrics are modified. It’s like rooms being added or removed from the Taj Mahal! These legendary composers knew what they were doing. I don’t think their efforts need any boosting,” the veteran singer was quoted as saying recently.

Yashita, who believes in aesthetically done remix songs, however, considers herself fortunate to have gotten such an opportunity!
“I’m not against remixes as long as the aesthetic value of the original song is retained. That said, Lataji is a queen, a goddess, a mother to all of us aspiring musicians. I can only bow down to her greatness and feel happy that I got to be a part of a song that she had touched. I don’t know if she knows me or has heard my songs. But if she has commented on something that I’ve sung, that’s more than enough for me. I consider this as her blessing,” says the singer who is making waves with her talent.

The voice behind the critically acclaimed Quaidi Band started her career as a participant of singing reality show, Sa, Re, Ga, Ma, Pa and has sung for several films including 2 States and Dil Dhadakne Do.

“It is very important to have the right approach in everything that one does. Like, even for Ni Main Yaar Manana Ni..., Hitesh Modak called and asked me to do the song. He was committed to keeping the song’s aesthetics intact and just gave it a new attitude. Likewise, my journey till now has been one roller-coaster of a ride, fraught with moments of self-doubt! But, since I was always very clear about my approach and beliefs, I never gave up. And by God’s grace, things are wonderful now,” says the Chaandaniya hitmaker, who is keeping happily busy; juggling live shows and playback assignments.