ical traditions of Mia tansen, Bahadur Khan, Ustad Allauddin Khan and himself among others.
Asha complained that the weahter here is to chilly as we ensconced ourselves in a warm place inside the Safir lobby for an exclusive interview : Given below are excerpts :
Alex Fernandes : How do you feel about being honoured as a special guest for the Padma Vibushan Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma & Padma Bhushan Ustad Zakir Hussain show ?
Asha : It is a great privilege and I would like to thank the organiser Anant Kapadia for giving me the opportunity once again after 10 years to be in this country with beautiful people around. I hope the performance of our world- renowned maestros will be well appreciated on Friday.
Alex Fernandes : How would you describe classical music in terms of today's pop, rock, reggae, metal rock, punk rock etc.?
Asha : Classical music has a class that only lovers of classical music can express. Today's generation has a different taste for music. We can't force the younger generation to pick up a taste in classical music as they have a lot of other better things to do, i.e. the MTV and V Channels which help them stay tuned to favourite chart busters.
Alex Fernandes : How many songs do you have to your credit in the span of five decades ?
Asha : (trying to recollect the exact figure, she enthuses that it is around 11,000) If you read the book 'Sur Asha' on me, I think you will get the exact figure. The writer of this book went deep into my history to trace out the exact number of songs I have sung. And, matter of factly, I feel he is right with is statistics.
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