Unlike other singers, who need a pack of accompanying actors to entertain the crowds, Ashatai did all the ad libbing herself. From imitating her peers (Noorjehanapa, Lata Mangeshkar, Shamshad Begum, Geeta Dutt 'Roy'), to revealing how C Ramachandra had once sent her to Eros cinema to watch an Elvis flick.
"Do you want me to copy the song, Anna?" she had asked.
"We don't call it copying," the master composer had replied. "We call it inspiration."
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