Who sabotaged Shamshad Begum’s career?
Those, who’re into classical and semi-classical music, will be in agreement with me that both the sisters are very bad ghazal singers because ghazal requires a certain kind of voice, called ‘kharaj ki aawaaz’ in Urdu. This has never been a problem with the Muslim singers of yore, who all knew Urdu as it was their mother tongue.
Most of the problems in life stem from a persistent sense of insecurity and professional rivalry. It’s not enough to succeed. Others must fail. Lata and Asha realised this harsh reality of life, quite early and saw to it that no one must cross their paths. They ruthlessly sabotaged careers of many a female singer for their own survival.