Beáta Karda: I was born for the third time

To this day, he is energetic, fast-paced, cheerful and optimistic even after twice breast cancer, because singer Beáta Karda, the celebrated star of Hungary and the former GDR, the owner of numerous awards and the Silver Medal of the President of the Republic of Hungary, never gives up!

• Your explosion was at the 1967 Dance Song Festival. How did your music life start?

My father was a musician, he inspired me. The music affected me from the very first minute, as she taught me to play the piano since I was a girl. I was born into music and have lived in music since I was little. From the beginning, I also had a desire to be a part of it. Dancing and music have always been there in my life, I also learned to play ballet. In primary school, I was the musician, I organized the various lectures. We are from Győr, my fathers became well-known musicians in the world: the Karda-Nánási duo. They performed continuously at the Fészek Club in Budapest with an evening music program, so in 1959 we moved to Budapest. Dad, since he couldn’t take me with him at the age of 9, I sang a duet with my voice on the tape recorder while playing the piano.

After the theatrical performances, the famous artists gathered there were looking for the singing girl under the piano. I had a lot of autographs with the signatures of such great actors as Éva Ruttkai, Gyula Bodrogi, Irén Psota, Mari Törőcsik, Géza Tordy, etc. Later, I was in a series of joint performances with those from whom I collected autographs. When they learned that I was the daughter of the then composer of the Nest Club, they laughed, “Are you the little Sword? Is Karda the daughter of Tibi? ”They were shocked that little Karda is the same as Barda Karda, who is already on stage, 7-8 years old. Eventually, the music literally attacked me too, and I wanted to apply for talent search.

When I was just an adult, the dance song festival came. Out of the many thousands of entrants, 15-15 performers were selected from the three semi-finals. Péter Máté, Pali Szécsi and Gabi Fenyvesi were there. I think, many of my colleagues who have taken part in this festival are unfortunately no longer with us, Mary Zsuzsi, Harangozó Teca, Aradszky Laci, Cserháti Zsuzsa…

Entertainment is my life. No matter how upset I am, I go out on stage and everything changes because the audience has a big impact on me. The dance tension festival was important because it was the only one where the whole country could get to know it. I was the youngest of the participants. I was able to show myself here. This is what life swept before me, where I measured. Back then, if someone wanted to be a professional performer, they had to take an exam. He learned how to get on stage, practiced scaling and performing.

It was a school of light music, where the big ones, such as András Bágya, taught. I received a red booklet from the then National Directing Office, which meant a professional license. Meanwhile, the festivals came, the opportunities came abroad. I have received 13 music awards during my career. The Interkoncert sent me to most international festivals, from where I usually returned home with awards, which is a moral success, thus aging the reputation of Hungarian light music.

However, I have not always made good decisions in my private life. I married Lajos Som, the bastard of rock music, the founder of the band Piramis, the excellent bass player. Although we had a completely different outlook on life, I still insisted on it. I’m the type I never give up. I was hoping it would get better, and I was confident that we would reconcile after the birth of a child. But this marriage was grinded, and after 16 years we divorced. Then, only in 2007, at the Kapás Street office, a mammography revealed that there were 2 malignancies in my left breast. I believe in psychosomatic processes.

Just sitting in the hospital, I heard on the radio that 70% of breast cancer can be traced to spiritual causes. I started to think about what if the unhappiness stuck to me here. I really endured a lot. I should not have. No one asked for it, it was my decision. We are responsible for everything. Then my cancer recurred a second time with me, after 13 years in my right breast. Yet I am said to be healed after five years. I still have a hard time processing this. If I didn’t go to the examination every year, I don’t know what would have happened because it didn’t hurt. Can you imagine how it feels when you are confronted with “you, dear artist, have an 18 mm tumor”? I was hoping nothing was serious. But it turned out to be operated on because it was malicious.

Photo: Beáta Karda facebook

For the second breast surgery, dr. I went to see Emil Farkas, chief physician. I will never forget, I was sitting in the hallway in the Blue Ball and asking myself: why? I had breast cancer once. Luckily, I didn’t have to deal with the disease alone, Laci, my husband was here by my side. So I was born for the third time!

For me, emotional attachment is extremely important in my life. Maybe because I had a wonderful and loving childhood. Childhood is decisive. My parents loved me, but I wasn’t spoiled. My dad said before he died, “never give up!”. When I talk to Daddy, he still escapes my eyes, even though 19 years have passed. My parents are always there in my soul, they miss me the most in my life. But what was missing in the four years of loneliness after marriage, alone, was that we could share our grief with each other, our joy, that we could love each other unconditionally. This is all very important. It is not wealth that matters, many people who just want it. I felt like I needed a calm man to counterbalance my temperament. Laci is like that.

We’ve gotten used to it a lot in 12 years, we’ve been forged together, and for 12 years he’s been the protagonist in my life, and for him I am. Our image of life is very similar, no matter how mentally different we are. And it was hard to get used to the vibrant Béa Karda. I’m an ordinary person until the minute I get to perform, and from there I’m an artist.

• Did you get what you wanted from life?
I got more than I wanted, but now I still have plans. We had our fifth wedding anniversary with Lacika on March 1st. We planned to go somewhere, but the epidemic intervened. My next plan is to pick some of my favorite songs from my 50-year music career and release a CD of them. I would like to have a duet among them, as planned with an old dear male colleague.

• Do you think you have changed over the decades?
Not internally. I always promise I’ll be tougher, somewhat successful, but I’m still very refined. I don’t like to hurt people, I don’t like to push. I miss the push, a kind of more cultured push. I don’t give up, I don’t give up, the years just run.

• You need more time. You are that type.
Good girl. Literally. I can’t be disgusting, disgusting even when it’s justified.

• Is your environment better this way?
Yes, because they see that I am kind, benevolent. And when I see acquaintances in social media write good things about me, it feels good. But this way, around the 2020s, this refined kindness doesn’t fit into a changed world. I can’t help it, it’s me, that’s my personality, but I’m increasingly trying to stand up for myself in a cultured way.

• What do you like about people?
That when someone is kind, honest, and well-intentioned to treat the other. I expect people to get back the same thing I give. Fortunately for my husband, this is absolutely true. There has never been such a helpful person in my life.

• What do you love about the world?
It’s very simple: good. I long for good people, for goodness, and to rule out intrigue. I don’t have a hint of malice. Of course, I don’t like everyone either, but I don’t say that, more precisely, I only say it face to face. I also have bad days, bad periods, I am not always the fairy queen of goodness, although for a long time I had a great compulsion to comply, which has now faded well. It wouldn’t hurt if most people thought the same way I did. What else do I expect from them? There is no better word for goodness. Of course, this means something different to everyone. To me in goodness is not to hurt each other and let them live: to live and let live… And let man know himself!

Dr. Judit Szarvasházi
editor-in-chief pharmacist


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