Baiju Mangeshkar recently released his debut solo album titled Within you. The aspiring singer is the nephew of legendary singers Lata Mangeshkar and Asha Bhosle. However, amid the nepotism row, Baiju Mangeshkar has revealed that he does not want to use his surname to get work in the Hindi film industry.
In an interview with IANS, he said, “The music business has changed, from the days when my father and aunties were working. I always wanted to find my own voice as an artiste rather than go by my family name. By nature, I am an introverted person so I cannot push myself aggressively to find opportunities in Hindi film music. I did sing for a Bollywood film but it did not release. The project did not materialize. I lent my voice in Marathi film music, too. So, I did start my career as a playback singer.”
"As an individual, I do not differentiate between film and non-film music. If you look at the career of Lata aunty and Asha aunty, they also pursued music in different regions and on different platforms - be it film or independent albums. In our household, music is a sacred thing. There is no distinction of genres,” he added.
The singer further said, “These days the whole system is different. At times, five singers are made to record the same song, and the final decision on whose voice will be retained in the album is taken by people who are not necessarily musically educated. Earlier, the final call was taken by the music director. These days, at times it is the producer, the film director, the actor -- the list goes on.”