I was busy with some programs & recordings for some days, so could not post anything for almost a week. Have attempted a song of Kishore Kumar which I recorded as my preparation for a program at Cochin recently. This song was also sung by Mohammad Rafi in the same film. But incidentally the Kishore version become a big hit! There is a bit of Yodeling in this song which is Kishore Kumar's trademark in many songs. I have come to see that in my absence as in Murali's case my chat box which was for chat purposes has become a fight box of sorts! I thank my fans and listeners for supporting me always. Your good wishes and support always has helped me fight baseless and wild allegations. I started singing Hindi in 1973 from my school in Gujarat, and have traveled the long one year route of "Meri Awaz Suno" where my hindi was tested by almost all the music directors and singers of Bollywood including Mannadey, Bappi Lahiri, Anupam Jalota, Jatin Lalit, Usha Khanna, Sanjeev Kohli (Legendary Madan Mohan's son), Pamela Chopra (Yash Chopra's wife) and finally in the finals by Lata Mangeshkar, Mannadey, Pandit Jasraj and Bhupen Hazarika. Incidentally the first song which I sang in my audition and competition was Dil Aisa Kissine Mera Toda, a Kishoreda number which was the turning point of my career and the first decision to take me in the competition was made by Sanjeev Kohli & Pamela Chopra based on that song! I sang songs of Kishore, Rafi, Mukesh, Mannadey, Yesudas, Hemant, Talat etc. during the course of the competition and was pitted against all the Hindi speaking singers of India. So I know what I am, my strong points and my weaknesses more than anyone else! If someone calls my fans and listners blind, maniacs and deaf, I have no option but to retaliate as it paramounts to insulting all the mentioned great people who taught me music and believed in my music. I have always been attacked with deliberate intentions to dent my confidence, but I have fought back always and have emerged stronger in my determination. I know my music and know when I go off track. I have always admitted my mistakes and have taken good and sincere advice. This is all due to God's grace, my classical music teachers, music directors, the above mentioned greats of Indian music, with whom I have worked with, and thousands of listeners who give me the courage to go on. In music there is no beginning or end. It's an endless journey. Some people take joy in showing off by assuming their knowledge to be supreme. This is true in every field. Such people are not sincere and just want to get attention. I just neglect such people as they will be lost in the crowd if ignored. I have crossed the stage where I would impulsively act upon someone who would say that hey...your Hindi songs are all rubbish…. you should stop singing Hindi, and some others may say that hey...your Malayalam songs are no good...sing only Hindi...so what advice should I take? Amusing isn't it??? Staying invisible you can talk anything.....We should work on our beliefs and confidence and not on forced ideas...Everyone will eagerly share your success. No one will share your pains and the difficult road to success.... You can prevent my voice being heard in films, but you cannot prevent my voice being heard by thousands of music lovers all over the globe through this blog!
I am removing the chat box. If someone wants to give sincere advice they can use the comments section or e-mail me and I will definitely consider it looking into its merits. If it is vague and just to cater attention, I will ignore it. Once again I thank all those who believe in good music.