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Urmila joins Asha's friends list

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Tuesday, December 05, 2006 

Mumbai (UNI): After Sanjay Dutt, it is Urmila Matondkar who has joined the privileged group of Asha Bhosale's 'friends'. The actor recently recorded a song with Asha for her album 'Asha and Friends'. The idea was conceptualised by Asha and music composer Shamir Tandon to get non-professional singers who are well-known in their respective fields and had a flair for music. Urmila's talent was spotted by the legendary singer during a show in the neighbouring Thane where the former was a guest.

''When Urmila took the stage to wish the audience, she sang two lines of 'Bichoo o Bichoo' reminding me that it was the first song that I had sung for her. Then I realised that she had a great voice. Next morning I called her up and asked her to sing with me for my album,'' says Asha. Initially, the actor did not give much thought to the proposal but lately realised the seriousness behind it. ''I, too, was stunned. I couldnt stop laughing thinking it was a joke. But when Shamir called me I realised that it wasn't for fun,'' says Urmila.

''Urmila was shy while singing. She shut all the studio lights and sang alone with just the sound engineer and music composer inside. She was very embarrassed that she was singing,'' recounts Tandon. Appllauding the actor for her effort, Asha says Urmila's voice reminds her of someone as good as Shamshad Begum and her voice's texture and expression is so good that in future she can even launch her own album. ''I would really thank god for giving me a chance to sing with Ashatai. I am really happy and thankful to Ashatai for making me discover my talent and Shamir Tandon for making me sound so good with a tailormade song,'' says Urmila.

The song 'Mehbooba Dilruba' by the music company Mauj in the album starts with a conversation between the duo which Shamir quietly recorded. Arun Gupta, the CEO of Mauj says, ''It's is a brilliant song which is bound to get top billing in discotheques and pubs for sure. Ashaji is a legend and she along with the music director has made sure this song will be a benchmark in the entertainment and digital lifestyle.'' Asha Bhosle and Urmila Matondkar want to join hands and shoot a video for the song which will be directed by journalist S Ramakrishanan.

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