South Asians love food, cricket and music. There are many timeless songs and ghazals to entertain every genre. It takes efforts for singers to get their vocal chords just right in rendering a perfect song. Since food can influence the quality of voice and tone, singers are cautious about what they eat!
Here are some of the popular singers telling you what they eat and how they get that perfect note.
"Aayega Aayega Aayega, Aayega Aanewala....Aayega.."
Lata Mangeshkar, the Nightingale of India, has innumerable songs to her credit. She stays away from cold water, yoghurt and anything sour! Her day starts with a glass of warm water and she loves spicy food, seafood, mangoes and Gajar ka halwa ! Kolhapuri Mutton & Fried Fish with Tartar Sauce are her favourite dishes.
"Ranjish Hi Sahi Dil Hi Dukhane ke liye Aa..."
The King of Ghazals, Mehdi Hasan loved eating Chicken Biryani and Lahori Tikka. Even on his travels between countries he made sure he visited restaurants that offered these dishes so he could enjoy eating as much as he enjoyed his singing.
"Aanewala Pal Jaane Wala Hai..."
Kishore Kumar, the King of Yodelling, in Indian music liked to eat golden prawn malaikari and bhetki jhal. He loved authentic Bengali food like puri tarkari, aloo gobi, mutton curry, katla macher jhol and Hilsa curry."
"Main Zindagi Ka Saath Nibhaata Chala Gaya..."
Mohammed Rafi loved home cooked food and less spicy. Once he avoided pani-puri with the president of India Jawaharlal Nehru, stating that his voice is not his anymore, it is the nation's voice and he has to take care. On hearing this, Nehru patted him on back and hugged him very affectionately.
"Awaaz De Kahan Hai...Duniya Meri Jawaan Hai"
Interestingly, Mallika-e-Tarannum Noor Jehan was an avid pickle aficionado, unlike many singers who avoid it. She used to eat pickles by quarters of seers and whenever she had a film song to record, she would eat quarter seer of pickle quite ritualistically, wash it down with ice-cool water, then reach over to the microphone. She said her voice was enlivened this way.
"Dil Cheez Kya Hai, Aap Meri Jaan Leejiye..."
Asha Bhonsle, one of the most versatile singers, loves cooking Punjabi and Marathi food. She states," I have become a biryani expert and cook all kinds of biryani, be it mutton, chicken or vegetarian. If someone comes over for a feast, then it's even more fun. I enjoy feeding more than eating. At this age, I don't eat much. In my restaurants, home cooked meals like daal and baingan ka bharta are the most popular dishes.