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Most singers of Indian cinema are from Maharastra, and from South; yet they have given some of the best melodies! Should a singer know the language he/she is singing in?

Asked by visu madhu, 30 Mar '09 10:05 pm
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Probably the first part of your question is not entirely correct. Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhonsle hail from Maharashtra - agreed. But What about Kishore Kumar, Md. Rafi, Mukesh, Kumar Shanu, Avijeet, Shaan, Shreya Ghosal, Udit narayan , Sonu Nigam, Alisha, Jolly Mukherjee - they are not from Maharashtra. Many of them are not Hindi speaking at all, but do you detect any flaw in the pronunciations/accent? It would be an added advantage if the singer knows the language he/she sings in. The diction gets better and better. Asha Bhonsle and Lataji sang so many Bengali songs in Salil Chowdhury's tune. I can bet if not followed very minutely by experts, no defect can be detected in their pronunciation/accent. Similarly have you ever detected any defect in Kishore Kumar's pronunciation/accent. Md. Rafi sang a few Bengali songs but the pronunciations/accent were not so perfect like Lataji or Ashaji. Probably it depends on the individual also. Yesudas and S.P Balsubramaniam sang quite a number hit ...more
Answered by soumyen sarkar, 30 Mar '09 11:06 pm

 
  
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One necessarily need not know wny languages to sing...if you have the flare and if you dare to sing and give the best in you....you can sing the best of all hits...
Answered by Avishka Issac, 30 Mar '09 11:13 pm

 
  
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They say music has no bounds.

As long as you are able to pronounce the words [meaning lyrics] in a particular language well, and you are able to bring the essence of the song with reference to the situation, I think it is fine if one were not to know the language in which he sings.

You are surmising that most singers are from Maharashtra or from south probably because you mostly hear songs in Hindi or other south Indian languages. Others are not known to many of us.
Answered by S. Ramesh, 30 Mar '09 10:13 pm

 
  
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Music has no language/religion/caste/country. Its free 4 all music lovers. so r the singers.
Answered by harshal kalangutkar, 30 Mar '09 10:11 pm

 
  
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Music is eternal and presentation of talent with no seema
Answered by Dinesh C S, 31 Mar '09 08:35 am

 
  
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Most of the singers are guided by the music directors when they sing the songs in other languages. But an singer's whole hearted effort is essential in such cases, Shreya goshal and sadhana sargam have sang some of the most memorable melodies in Tamil and Sadhana even won a national award for her Tamil song from Azhagi.Knowing the language will be better but not necessary if the singer has the involvement.
Answered by thangiah kannan, 30 Mar '09 10:19 pm

 
  
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I am not agreed with you , most popular singers are from Bengal also
it is not necessary for a singer to know the language
Answered by gouri ghosh, 30 Mar '09 10:09 pm

 
  
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