Lataji,who sang Raamlaxman, alias Vijay Patil’s biggest chartbusters ‘Dil Deewana Bin Sajna Ke’ (Main Pyar Kiya), ‘Didi Tere Devar Deeana’ (Hum… Aapke Hain Koun), to name just two. Speaking of her professional association with Raamlaxman, Lataji says, “Unke gaane pyare hote tthe(his compositions were sweet). My songs for him in Sooraj Barjatya’s Maine Pyar Kiya and Hum…Aapke Hain Koun were blockbusters. In fact ‘Dil Deewana’ in Maine Pyar Kiya came to me at a time when I was thinking of retirement. I didn’t like the songs that came to me in the 1980s. Vijay’s ‘Dil Deewana’ was a game changer.”
However Lataji’s favourite Raamlaxman number is neither ‘Dil Deewana’ nor ‘Didi Tera Devar’. “Among the songs that I sang for him my favourite was Sun beliya for a film called 100 Days where I again sang for Madhuri Dixit after Hum…Aapne Hain Koun. It was a duet with S P Balasubramaniam and one of my favourite songs of the 1990s. I sang a lot of songs for him in the 1990s. My sister Usha has also sung hit numbers for Vijay including ‘Sultana Sultana Mera Naam Hai Sultana’ (Tarana).”
Lataji is saddened by Raamlaxman’s painful exeunt from the world. “I hear he was very ill and was suffering. It is sad to hear of a man so full of life and humour going this way. My heart reaches out to his family. I know Vijay’s son Amar well. I wish him all success in life.”
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