Singer Vaishali Samant who has sung many chartbusters in Marathi and Hindi (A R Rahman’s ‘Chalka Chalka Re’ in Saathiya and ‘Taal Se Taal Mila’ in Taal) is all set to compose music for a Marathi film based on the life of the 19th century social reformer Mahatma Jyotirao Phule.
Vaishali has convinced the reclusive Nightingale Lata Mangeshkar to record a song in Marathi for the film. The recording is to be held on Wednesday. This would be a rare song of Lataji tuned by a lady composer.
Says the Nightingale, “At the very beginning of my singing career, I recorded a song with Saraswati Devi who was the first music director of Hindi cinema. Then for a very long time, I worked only with male music directors because there were hardly any women doing music direction. Then after a very long time came Usha Khanna. I sang several songs for her including the very successful ‘Chai pe bulaya hai’ in Souten. I’ve also sung Marathi songs composed by my sister Meena Mangeshkar. Now Vaishali would be the fourth female music composer I am singing for.”
And then with a mischievous smile, Lataji says, “Oh yes, there is one more female music composer I’ve sung for. I was very very closely associated with her. Her name was Anand Ghan.Anand Ghan was the pseudonym Lataji had adopted to compose music in 4 Marathi films: 1960 – Ram Ram Pavhana, 1963 – Maratha Tituka Melvav, 1963 -Mohityanchi Manjula 1965 – Sadhi Manase and 1969 – Tambadi Mati.