- Name : Asha Bhosle
- Occupation: Playback Singer, Vocalist, Restaurateur
- Birth: September 8, 1933
- Place of Birth: Sangli, Maharashtra
- Parents: Dinanath Mangeshkar (Father) and Shevanti Mangeshkar (Mother)
- Siblings: Lata Mangeshkar (elder siser), Meena Mangeshkar (elder sister), Usha Mangeshkar (younger sister) and Hridaynath Mangeshkar (younger brother)
- Spouse: Ganpatrao Bhosle (1949-1960), Rahul Dev Burman (1980-1994)
- Children: Hemant Bhosle, Varsha Bhosle, Anand Bhosle
- Beginning of Playback Career: 1943
- Net Worth (approx): 40 million
With versatility as her middle name, the famous Asha Bhosle still sings the way she used to during her prime. This talented singer, A Ghazal, and some cabaret full of enthusiasm with unbelievable energy and singing. Or the romantic “O Mere Sona Re” or the sensual “Aaiye Meherban” or bouncing “Kambakth Ishq” Asha Bhosle is to add the life of the song. He sang for more than a thousand Hindu films. Known for his vocal range and diversity, he sang in almost all genres, including film music, pop, bhajana, Ghazals, traditional Indian classical music, qawwali, folk songs and Rabindra Sangeets. In addition to Hindi, Ash has sung in more than 20 Indian and foreign languages. In 2011, the Guinness Book of Records was officially recognized worldwide as the largest recorded artist in music history. Asha Bhosle received the Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 2000 and Padma Vibhushan in 2008.
Asha Bhosle, better known as Ashaji, sang more than 12,000 songs in 18 languages. It has a distinctive melodic voice that can be stored in the form of one or a scale. At its peak, it would sing actress Zeenat Aman Urmila Matondgar, burned on the screen. In 1997 he was the first Indian Grammy nominee in the Contemporary World Int’l Price – Music album for his heritage album. For 2011, Guinness Book of Records is recognized as the greatest recorded artist in music history. Legendary singer Maang ke Saath to tumble We, Dum Dum Maro Aaja Piya started even at Châtelet, Paris Theater in May 2014 filed at age 80!
In the year 1948, she made her playback debut with Hindi film ‘Chunariya’. The song was called “Saawan Aaya,” and Asha noticed their playmate with a different voice. Over 50 years he has missions that have been rejected by major singers such as Giti Dutt, Shamshad Begum and Lata Mangeshkar.
During his career as the main Love Reproduction singer turned his older sister Lata Mangeshkar and Ash carved niche to completely different. They came with a much more diverse repertoire of songs ranging in all genres, including classical influences, western, pop, cabaret, Ghazal.
- In 1943 she sang her first film song, ‘Chala Chala Nav Bala’ for the Marathi film ‘Majha Bal’. It would be five years before she made her Hindi film debut with the song, ‘Saawan Aaya’ for the movie ‘Chunariya’ in 1948.
- Even though she was highly talented, her initial years in the film world were a struggle. By this time her sister Lata had made it big in Bollywood and so had singers like Geeta Dutt.
- During her initial years as a struggling singer, Asha took up assignments which the more famous singers including Lata had refused. She earned her livelihood by singing for vamps and in second-grade movies.
- Throughout the early 1950s she sang many songs but failed to get much recognition. It was in 1954 when Raj Kapoor signed her to sing ‘Nanhe Munne Bachche’ for the film ‘Boot Polish’ that she began to get famous.
- In 1957, she got her first big break when she was selected to sing all the female lead’s songs in the movie, ‘Naya Daur’. Her duets with Rafi like “Maang Ke Saath Tumhara”, and “Uden Jab Jab Zulfein Teri” became very famous.
- R. Chopra loved the singer’s performance and asked her to sing for several of his productions such as ‘Gumrah’ (1963), ‘Waqt’ (1965), and ‘Aadmi Aur Insaan’ (1966).
- She was not afraid to experiment and gladly took up singing westernized songs that were picturized on the yesteryears’ glamour queen, Helen. Over the 1960s and 1970s, she became the voice of Helen and sang songs like ‘O Haseena Zulfon Wali’ which became very popular hits.
- However, she soon came to be stereotyped as a cabaret singer when she continued to sing songs like ‘Piya Tu Ab To Aaja’ and ‘Yeh Mera Dil’. This was an image she wanted to change.
- In the 1980s she began singing ghazals in an attempt to change her image of a cabaret singer. While singing songs for the movie ‘Umrao Jaan’ in 1981, Asha experimented with lower pitched notes which surprisingly suited her voice very well and made her even more famous.
- Her streak of success continued well into the 1990s when she was selected to sing for the youthful actor Urmila in the movie, ‘Rangeela’ in 1995. The numbers ‘Tanha Tanha’ and ‘Rangeela Re’ were super hits.
- In spite of her advancing age, she continued singing even in the new millennium and is often appreciated for her youthful personality and optimism in the face of all the adversities life has thrown at her.
In 2000 she was honored with the Dadasaheb Phalke Award which is India’s highest award in cinema, given to recognize outstanding contribution in the cinematic field.
She was presented with the Padma Vibhushan in 2008 which is India’s second highest civilian award for her contributions to the art of India.
Awards And Honors
Asha Bhosle’s talent has been recognised by a series of awards and honours from different authorities. She received the Dada SahebPhalke award in 2000. She was honoured with the Padma Vibushan Award by the Government of India in 2008. She won 8 Filmfare awards in the best Female Playback Singer Category in the years 1968, 1969, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, and 1979. She received the Lifetime Achievement Award from Filmfare in 2001. She has won 2 national Awards, in 1981 for the song ‘Dil Cheez Kya hai’ from Umrao Jaan and in 1986 for ‘Mera Kuchh Saman’ from the film Ijaazat. She also won the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Awards in 2002 in the Best Playback Singer Female Category for the song ‘Radha Kaise Na Jale’ from the film Lagaan. She also won the Lata Mangeshkar Award from the Government of Madhya Pradesh in 1989.