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Saturday, August 24, 2002

rediff.com: Interview: Anand ji

The rapport that Kalyanji and Anandji struck with every singer was as much personal as professional. Lata Mangeshkar was a regular at Kalyanji's place for Kutchi home-cooked food, while Asha Bhosle would frequently invite them over. "Once there was this major Kalyanji -Anandji Night lined up with Kishore Kumar in Mumbai, and he suddenly took ill. Asha Bhosle and R D Burman called us up at that critical hour and, without accepting any money, performed at our show all evening, even belting out our hits like Khaike paan Banaraswala from Don. Shortly after they called, we also had got a call from Lataji, offering to come for the same show."


"Pyarelal had a standing offer that he would leave his own recording and come to us if we ever needed an arranger. Dada Burman (S D Burman) would ask us to convey something to his son Pancham when he felt hesitant to say it himself! We would even adjust recordings so that key musicians needed urgently by others could go there while we worked on pieces for which they were not needed."

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