On Stage With Lata

Author:

Nasreen Munni Kabir

,

Mohan Deora

Publisher:

HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS INDIA

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Publisher

HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS INDIA

Publication Year 2017
ISBN-13

9789352643165

ISBN-10 935264316X
Binding

Paperback

Number of Pages 199 Pages
Language (English)
Dimensions (Cms) 21 X 14.5 X 1.5
Weight (grms) 208
Lata Mangeshkar's life and career are widely known, and yet there is an aspect that remains largely unrecorded: her life on the international stage. Beyond the confines of a recording booth, or as the voice of generations of actresses, she was an accomplished and magnetic performer on stage. She attracted vast audiences of Indian origin who have made their home in many countries, including the US and Canada. Mangeshkar transformed how the Indian film music concert was perceived in the West by refusing to be part of the low-key song-and-dance performances that were held earlier in community halls, schools and colleges. She insisted that she and her colleagues would sing only in mainstream auditoriums - this was an unheard-of demand because Indian film artistes had never performed on those stages at that time. In ON STAGE WITH LATA, Mohan Deora - co-promoter and co-organizer of Lata Mangeshkar's international tours from 1975 to 1998 - allows us to journey with her and the top male playback singers, including Mukesh (who tragically died during a Detroit tour), Manna Dey and Kishore Kumar. Deora and Shah write about the participation of big-name stars including Amitabh Bachchan and Dilip Kumar, Waheeda Rehman and Farida Jalal. Mangeshkar is described here in her interactions with musicians, colleagues and friends as she meticulously prepared to sing on stage. The tours led to planning and glitches, camaraderie and tension, and anecdotes galore. They also provided the authors with a unique opportunity to observe the clarity of thought with which Lata Mangeshkar approached her work, and to see a great artiste at the height of her powers.

Nasreen Munni Kabir

Nasreen Munni Kabir is a London-based documentary filmmaker/author who has made several documentaries produced for Channel 4 TV (UK) including Follow that Star (a profile of Amitabh Bachchan, 1989), the series Movie Mahal and The Inner/Outer World of Shah Rukh Khan (2005, Chanel 4/Red Chillies). She has also written several books on Hindi cinema, including Guru Dutt, a life in cinema, Talking Films/Talking Songs with Javed Akhtar, and The Immortal Dialogue of Mughal-e-Azam. Born in Hyderabad, India, she has lived most of her life in the UK. In 1999, she won the first Asian Womens’ Achievement Award for promoting Indian cinema in the UK, and has been a governor on the board of the British Film Institute. She has also been a consultant to Channel 4 for over 25 years.

Mohan Deora

Born in Fatehpur (Shekhawati), Rajasthan, in 1943, Mohan Deora moved to America in 1964. He has a master's degree in chemical engineering and an MBA and has worked for thirty-five years with DTE Energy at their Nuclear Power Plant Fermi-2. From 1975 to 1998, Deora and his team organized over a hundred path-breaking Lata Mangeshkar concerts in the US, Canada, West Indies and Fiji. He is now retired and lives in Florida.
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