I'm not going back to 'Voice Of India': Alka Yagnik

Alka Yagnik is adamant about her decision to leave the popular television music talent show "Voice of India" and is also unfazed by Aadesh Shrivastava's tirade against her.
"My mother called from Mumbai, and she was very upset. I really don't wish to retaliate to his tirade. I have a charmed life," Alka said. "I've been blessed to work with veterans like Khayyam, Laxmikant-Pyarelal and Kalyanji-Anandji and newer composers like Nadeem-Sharavan and Jatin-Lalit.

"Many of these composers have chosen to work with me over other singers. I always wanted to model my life and career on Lataji. And if today I command even a fraction of her love and respect, I'm happy. Therefore I won't react to what is being said about me. The person is most welcome to say what he likes."

According to Aadesh, Alka refused to shoot with Sunidhi Chauhan for the show. But Alka says: "Let me clear this once and for all. Sunidhi is like my bachcha (child). I've always welcomed and encouraged new talent. In fact I'd like to train new talent.

"I've completed 27 years of playback singing and I intend to continue with my career for 27 more years. I'd like to pass on whatever I've learnt to newer singers. I wouldn't like my legacy to vanish. It's ridiculous to even suggest that I'd discourage Sunidhi from coming on our show."

"What happened was that they decided to change the format for segregating the judges and contestants. All I suggested was that we convert to the new format and then bring in Sunidhi and other celebrity guests. It'd be a pleasure to have Sunidhi on the show."

About Aadesh Shrivastava, she said: "Let Aadesh have fun. God bless him. I'm a cool cat. When I've received so much in life why should I allow anyone to upset me. I'm only upset because my mother is upset."

Alka is also standing by her decision to quit the show. "I'm not coming back to the show. Whatever I do in life I'd rather do it with dignity. I'm definitely quitting the show. I don't want to get into jhanjat-jhemela (complications).

"I'm sorry to put the producer-director Gajendra Singh in a tight spot. I tolerated the bad behaviour for a long time. I'll definitely work with him in a more comfortable set-up. I've no hard feelings for anyone."