Arijit Singh
Arijit Singh Image Credit: Supplied

Celebrated playback singer Arijit Singh is gearing up for a special performance to pay tribute to late music legend Lata Mangeshkar on a television reality show ‘Naam Reh Jayegaa’.

Even though Singh is reclusive by nature, this is a special act for him with a repertoire of Lata Ji’s Bengali and Hindi songs in a never-seen-before performance.

Talking about his influence of Mangeshkar, Singh said: “I was introduced to Lata Ji’s songs at an early age by my mother and that is how the love and respect for Lata Ji were seeded in me.”

He will be performing songs such as ‘Jo Waada Kiya Woh’, ‘Tujhse Naraaz Nahi Zindagi’, ‘Dikhaiye Diye Yu’ among others.

Lata Mangeshkar
Lata Mangeshkar Image Credit: AFP

“These songs seem easy but when you sing you realise it’s not easy at all. Every song has different memories attached to it,” added Singh.

The show ‘Naam Reh Jayegaa’ is all the more special for Singh because of television producer Gajendra Singh, who earlier brought Mangeshkar to his music reality show ‘Voice of India’, the only TV show in which the legendry singer made her appearance.

‘Naam Reh Jayega’ is hosted by Sonu Nigam, who will be introducing Singh as the ‘Eklavya’ of Mangeshkar since the young singer considered her as his guru and honed his skills based on her art.

Talking further about the special episode, Gajendra Singh said: “When I approached Arijit, I was pleasantly surprised with his prompt consent to be part of this show. He did a lot of research on the songs that he would sing, in terms of the mood and feel of the songs. He rehearsed from 2pm to 2am, sat with each musician and did the song setup. The shooting for Arijit’s episode went on through an entire night. He sang a 40-minute Hindi-Bengali medley that’s mesmerising.”

The special episode of ‘Naam Reh Jayega’ will be aired in India on Star Plus on June 5.