Why all old female playback voices look similar?

You can closely notice (mostly) female voices of 1950s-1970s of different languages. Doesn't they own similarities? Their singing style is entirely different from playback voices of today. Why is so? Is it because of recording techniques used? Or is it because female voices opted same singing style? Or any other specific reason?

Very often Susheela and Janaky sing the south Indian female version of many evergreen classics sung by Lata and Asha. I feel there is a striking similarity in voices. I have noticed many Tamil songs of Janaky sang in the 1990s and later, and her singing style is quite matching to Asha Bhosle.Asha has sung a few Tamil songs during this period, and so I often fail to recognize the difference between these two voices.  'Yaar Bina Chein Kaha Re' is originally sung by Janaky, whose voice resembles Asha.

For instance go through the Tamil versions of evergreen classics of Lata - Lag Ja Gale and Nayana Barse and feel the same. Links are below. Tamil version of Lag Ja Gale sung by Susheela is unbelievable, particularly the starting element - nostalgic humming!!!!

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sF0bRsHrRJU

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7qjqZrXDBz0

 

have a look to see old Jayalalithaa sync lipping old Hindi classics

 

 

 

Category: Movies & Entertainment 3 years ago
Sandhya Rani
Asked 3 years ago

Like it on Facebook, +1 on Google, Tweet it or share this question on other bookmarking websites.

Actually, two or three female singers used to be a little nasal and they sounded very similar. I always fail to recognize their voice but speaking about Lata and Asha, they are not at all similar.  

Shampa Sadhya
Answered 3 years ago
Shampa Sadhya

I don't see any such similarities in old  Playback singers. Mukesh, Rafi,Mannadey or Kishore have different and unique voices of their own. Even in South Suseela and Janaki have different voices of their own .For example Mannadey's Pucho na kaise... is  very different from Rafi's Chahe Koi mujhe Jungilee kahe...Yes, I agree Mukesh's voices do not match with some actors on the Screen. In this respect Rafi's voice suits almost all the actors on the Screen.

rambabu
Answered 3 years ago
rambabu

 I hold a totally different  opinion about this. I feel that all have their unique voice texture and singing style. Kishore, Rafi, Mukesh, Suresh Wadekar, Manhar Udaas, Manna Dey....They all had their uniqueness. So was with the leading ladies - Suraiya, Geeta Dutt, Lata and Asha. 

However, Later on two schools got established---One following Kishore's style and other one following Rafi. And so later singers like Kumar Sanu, Udit Narayan and Sonu Nigam followed one of these schools. Females always got inspired by Lata and Asha and tried to imitate their singing styles. However, the ones like Sunidhi Chouhan and Rekha Bhardwaj have their unique texture and style.

Arunima Singh
Answered 3 years ago
Arunima Singh

Almost all the yesteryear singers were unique in their own way. All the male singers had different singing style and so did the female singers. The prominent female singers were Suraiya, Shsmshad Begum, Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhosle and not to forget Geeta Dutt and no two voices were similar except may be Suman Kalyanpur who sounded a lot like Lata..all of them could sing all kinds  of songs. In fact the club songs were normally given to either Geeta Dutt or Asha Bhosle but Lata too sang quitea few of them..

usha manohar
Answered 3 years ago
usha manohar

I feel that singers in general are unique in their own ways and they have their own expertise. We mostly tend to note them as the voice of particular actors and many a times they do get stereotyped. Singers do have a lot of range and are very talented.

Sheetal Kumar N
Answered 11 months ago
Sheetal Kumar N

Please register/login to answer this question.  Click here to login