The song titled ‘Itni Shakti Hame Dena Daata’ has been etched in our hearts to date. Several schools across the country have included this heart-warming song in their songbooks too. From the movie Ankush, the melodic voice in the song belongs to Pushpa Pagdhare. The veteran singer, who was never paid well enough for her song, is struggling every day even to get an honorarium from the state government every month. The amount of honorarium is Rs, 3,150 and it never arrives on time. But the situation could have been different only if Pushpa was paid half a rupee for each hit on her song, she could have earned a sum of Rs 2 crore. In the last 35 years, no music company paid her royalty for the cult song. 80-year-old Pushpa, who resides in the Machimaar Colony of Mahim, is forced to beg from her relatives.
While speaking to ETimes about her financial condition, Pushpa shared that there are a couple of relatives who help her when the need arises. The veteran singer stated that she does not even get proper royalty for her songs and is totally dependent on others. She even alleged that government pays no attention to artists like her, who live alone and have no income.