Lata Mangeshkar prefers Test, ODI over T20

Lata Mangeshkar is known for her passion for cricket but the artiste prefers Test cricket and ODI matches over the newly introduced T20 format.

updated: May 17, 2009 12:07 IST
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Legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar is known for her passion for cricket but the artiste prefers Test cricket and One-Day International matches over the newly introduced Twenty20 format.

"I like watching cricket. I prefer to watch Test cricket or One-Day International matches. People who have grown watching them would like to do the same. I don't like the Twenty20 format and even my brother does not watch it," the 79-year-old singer the sidelines of the launch of a book based on her life.

Lata, who counts Sachin Tendulkar as one of her favourite cricketers, has no favourites among the IPL teams. "Though Mumbai Indians are our very own, I don't support any one team. I just want to enjoy the game," the singer said at the launch of the book 'Lata Mangeshkar... in her own voice' on Saturday.

The book, authored by London-based documentary filmmaker Nasreen Munni Kabir is in the form of an interview and has some rare photographs, details and insights about the life of the iconic singer.

"It flows in a conversational format, 'biographical conversations'. It follows no particular order, of chronology or otherwise," Kabir said.

Kabir based the book on a documentary that she made on singer's life in 1991. It chronicles the events in singer's life from her childhood till the very recent times in Lata's own voice.

"One will know her (Lata) more closely after reading this book as she talks about her life. One needs to have good memory to remember all the events of their life, and she did have it," Kabir said.

"I know her for 20 years and yet there is no change in her behaviour or attitude the only thing is that she is getting older," she added.

Kabir said that Lata has answered about stories about her "so called rivalry with her younger sister Asha Bhosle and also about why she did not sing under OP Nayyar."

It also features interesting anecdotes from Waheeda Rehman, Dilip Kumar, Javed Akhtar, Jaya Bachchan and her family members among others.

Lata has talked about her early days as the daughter of well-known stage actor Master Dinanath, her passion for photography to the first few years of struggle in the book.

The singer started her career in 1942 which now spans over six and a half decades. She sang in over 980 Bollywood movies and has sung in over twenty regional Indian languages.

Lata is the recipient of Bharat Ratna, India's highest civilian honour, besides getting several awards, including Padma Bhushan, Padma Vibhushan Dada Saheb Phalke Award.

She has featured in the Guinness Book of World Records for having made the most recordings in the world.