In an interview to Soumya Vajpayee Tiwari last year, Kishori Amonkar discussed why she didn't sing for Bollywood, and doesn't have favourites among the current lot of musicians.
You sang for Geet Gaya Patharon Ne and another film. What made you quit Bollywood playback?
After singing Saanson Ke Taar Par for Geet Gaya Patharon Ne in 1964, Mai, my mother and guru, (legendary classical singer Mogubai Kurdikar) asked me not to touch the tanpura if I wanted to continue playback. [After that] my choice was clear.
Indian classical raag are associated with timing, also known as prahars. Tell us about it.
'Aath prahar (Eight subdivisions of the day)' is a valuable concept in Indian classical music. Each prahar has its own significance. Music and time are interconnected.
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