September 8, 2021: It is the birthday of Asha Bhosle and the veteran singer turns 88 today. In her long and equally fulfilling musical career, the singer has garnered much admiration and success. The singer hails from the famous Mangeshkar family and the world is blessed to have her magical voice. From tape records to Spotify, the singer’s presence has been nothing short of legend.
Birthday of Asha Bhosle: The singer turns 88
A career of seven decades and still an on-going wish to sing live, that’s Asha Bhosle for you. Bhosle’s career started in 1943 and has done playback singing for over a thousand movies. In addition, she has recorded several private albums and participated in numerous solo concerts in India and abroad. The versatile singer has recorded in many styles and in over 20 Indian languages in her career.
Bhosle’s maiden name Mangeshkar comes from her famous musical family, the Mangeshkar’s. Born in 1933, Asha was the middle child of actor and classical singer Deenanath Mangeshkar.
She and her elder sister Lata Mangeshkar began singing and acting in films to support their family. She sang her first film song Chala Chala Nav Bala for the Marathi film Majha Bal (1943). Her first solo Hindi film song was for the movie Raat Ki Raani (1949).
After a series of low-budget movies, O. P. Nayyar gave Asha a break in C.I.D. (1956) and this changed the course for her career. Gradually, she established her status and received the patronage of composers like Sachin Dev Burman and Ravi.
Her marriages and a knack for cooking
At the age of 16, she eloped with 31-year-old Ganpatrao Bhosle, marrying him against her family’s wishes and has three children with him before their separation.
Asha married composer Rahul Dev Burman in 1980.
Asha is an excellent cook and cooking is her favorite hobby. She has several restaurants called Asha’s in Dubai, Kuwait, Doha, Birmingham and a score of other locations.
Most recorded artist in music history
In 2006, Asha Bhosle stated that she had sung over 12,000 songs, a figure repeated by several other sources.
In 2011, she was officially acknowledged by the Guinness Book of World Records as the most recorded artist in music history.
The Government of India honoured her with the Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 2000 and the Padma Vibhushan in 2008.
50 timeless songs by Asha Bhosle
Compiling her life’s work is no easy feat. The singer has collaborated with many music directors, composers and even foreign artists in her long spanning career.
Here are a few hit songs from Asha Tai’s long directory.
Chhod Do Aanchal
Haal Kaisa Jai Janaab Ka
Arre Ja Re Hat Natkhat
Abhi Na Jao Chod Kar
Nazar Lagi Raja Tore Bangle Par
Yeh Reshmi Zulfon Ka Andhera
Koi Sheheri Babu
Ek Pardesi Mera Dil Le Gaya
Ude Jab Jab Zulfen Teri
Tu Tu Hai Wohi
Jhumka gira re
Dum Maaro Dum
Kajra Mohabbat Wala
Raat akeli hai
Parde mein rehne do
Piya tu ab to aaja
Aao na gale lagao na
Ye mera dil
Hungama Ho Gaya
Jab Chhaye mera jadoo
In aankhon ki masti ke
Mera kuchh saamaan
Chura Liya Hai Tumne
Sajna Hai Mujhe Sajna Ke Liye
Dil Cheez Kya Hai
Dekha Teri Mast Nigahon Mein
Kahin Aag Lage
Radha Kaise Na Jale
Betain Na Betain Raina
Pyaar Mein Dil Pe Maar De Goli
Aaj Rapat Jaayen To
Ek Aankh Marun Toh
Nahin Nahin Koi Tumsa Haseen
Cham Cham Barse
Dhal Gaya Din Ho Gayi Sham
Raat Chup Hai Chandni Madhosh Hai
Mujhe Rang De
Janam Samjha Karo
Hone Lagi Hain Raat
Jab Samne Tum Aa Jate ho
Celebrity and fans wish on the birthday of Asha Bhosle
From Madhuri Dixit to Dharma Productions, all film lovers and the Indian entertainment family is wishing Asha Tai a very happy birthday as they stand enthralled by her melodious voice.
Actor Madhuri Dixit wrote: “Dear @ashabhosle Tai, A very happy birthday to you. Your magical voice enthrals us all. I have always enjoyed expressing to your vocals. Lots of love”
Veteran Bhajan singer Anup Jalota wrote: “Wishing you a very happy birthday Asha ji. You are one of the most valuable Ratna of the music world.”
Dharma Productions tweeted: “A soulful voice that has gifted generations with exceptional melodies. Wishing @ashabhosle a very happy birthday! #HappyBirthdayAshaBhosle”