Octogenarian singer Asha Bhosle Monday said musical reality shows bring out talented crooners, but they fail to churn out solid playback singers.
"I think there are good singers that come out from those shows but no playback singers. I think reality shows give them a platform to do stage shows... they come to do shows but not playback singing.
"It takes a lot to become a playback singer and they (playback singers) are a different lot. Their brains function in a different way," she told reporters here on the sidelines of an event.
She was in the city to launch the Bengali music album "Pancham Tumi Kothay".
Launched by Saregama, the album is a bouquet of eight songs selected by Bhosle which were originally sung by her late composer Rahuld Dev Burman aka Pancham da. They have been re-recorded by Bhosle and the album is pegged as a Durga puja special album.
"We used to work so hard and therefore, we could churn out so many songs. There wasn't anytime for doing shows in our time as we used to be so busy," said the Padma Vibhushan awardee who has apparently crooned more than 12,000 songs in multiple languages.
The 81-year-old crooner recalled how during her time, singers used to listen to the composers and try to "catch" the tune directly from their sessions.
However, she lamented, today, even after listening to songs multiple times, aspirants can't get the right tune.
"Even after listening to songs 10 to 15 times if they can't get it right then they are of no use. We used to learn directly from the composer. Besides, the music directors today do not sing that well themselves. In our time, all the music directors (like Madan Mohan etc.) used to sing very well," she said.
Asha, the younger sister of legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar, has sung for actresses of black and while era like Madhubala, Helen and Asha Parek as well as the new-age heroines like Urmila Matondkar and Kareena Kapoor.
What pains her is the way the classics are replicated and given a modern spin that essential "ruins" ("bigaad dete hain") the original.
"We had sung the songs with a lot of hard work and a lot of effort went in for the rehearsals. After that effort, the songs became hits and ran for a long time.
"So when somebody ruins the compositions through remixes (bigaad dete hain) I feel very bad. Especially when somebody does it to Lata di's songs or Kishore da's songs...I feel anguished. When they sing our songs like that I wonder why do they do it ? Nobody has the voice of Kishore da... ," she said.A
"Aaiye meherban", "Jaaiye aap kahan", "Raat akeli hai", "Piya tu ab toh aaja", "Dum maaro dum", "Dil cheez kya hai" are "Yayi re yayi re" are some of her memorable numbers.
She performs live on stage till date and took to the stage at a packed show in Paris earlier this year.