Asha Bhosle

Asha Bhosle is a popular Indian playback singer. The golden and melodious voice that she has, Asha Bhosle is one of the most versatile singers of the Hindi film industry. 

Renowned for her voice range, Bhosle's work includes film music, traditional Indian classical music, ghazals, pop, bhajans and folk songs among others. 


Her career spanned over six decades and she has done playback singing for over a thousand Bollywood movies, private albums and participated in numerous solo concerts in India and abroad. 

The World Records Academy recognised her as the 'Most Recorded Artist in the world. The Guinness Book of World Records officially acknowledged her as the most recorded artist in music history.

The Government of India has honoured her with the Dadasaheb Phalke Award and the Padma Vibhushan for her contribution to Indian music.

Life of Asha Bhosle

Asha Bhosle was born on 8 September 1933 in Sangli, Maharashtra, into the musical family of Master Deenanath Mangeshkar. Asha got her training in Indian classical music at a very young age from her father. 

She also underwent the 'gatha bandan' ceremony with Hindustani classical music maestro Ali Akbar Khan to learn a classical repertoire held within the Maihar gharana. 


She is the sister of renowned singer Lata Mangeshkar. After the death of her father she and Lata Mangeshkar began singing and acting in films to support their family. She acted in a few films as a child artist. 

Success did not come to Asha overnight as she had to struggle in her singing career as Lata Mangeshkar had gained much popularity then as playback singer. 

Nevertheless Asha never gave up and found her her inner talent which was different from singers of her times and with that came out a versatile singer whom the world knows as Asha Bhosle now.  

Asha first married Ganpatrao Bhosle with whom she has three children. She married RD Burman in 1980. Presently she lives in Mumbai.

Singing career of Asha Bhosle

Asha Bhosle is one of the most popular Indian playback singers. She is a legendary singer who has sung in several Indian languages. Asha has sung in many blockbusters of the golden era most of which are musical hits. 

Along with her solo performances Asha has also sung duets with Kishore Kumar, Mohd Rafi and Mukesh which remain the chartbusters of all time. Asha's name is synonymous with versatility. 

Her voice suits every genre of singing, be it Hindi film songs, ghazals, bhajan, Indian classical music, pop, or folk songs, or be it any Hindi film actor Asha Bhosle gave soul to every songs that she lent her voice to.

Asha sang her first film song 'Chala Chala Nav Bala' for Marathi film 'Majha Bal' in 1943. She made her Hindi film debut for the song 'Saawan Aaya' for the film 'Chunariya' in 1948. 

Her first solo Hindi film song was for 'Raat Ki Raani' in 1949. She tasted huge success with the movie Naya Daur in 1957.

Asha's association with famous music directors gave Bollywood some of the greatest classics. Her association with music director OP Nayyar gave the Hindi film industry some of the beautiful songs till date and the likes include 'Aaiye Meherbaan', "Yeh Hai Reshmi Zulfon Ka Andhera", "Aao Huzoor Tumko", "Jaaiye Aap Kahan", "Deewana Hua Badal", "Isharon Isharon Mein", "Ude Jab Jab Zulfein Teri" and many others . Asha's association with Khayyam gave us the songs of the classic 'Umrao Jaan' like "dil cheej kya he aap meri", "in ankhon ki masti ke", "ye kya jage he dosto". Asha also sang popular songs for music director SD Burman. Songs like "Ab ke baras", "rat akeli he" became instant hits. For SD Burman Asha sang for films like 'Kaala Pani', 'Sujata', 'Kaala Bazaar', 'Teen Devian' among others.

Like OP Nayyar the pair of RD Burman and Asha Bhosle also is remembered for classic Hindi film songs. Their partnership included cabarets, disco, rock, ghazals and classical. Asha's chartbusters like "Piya Tu Ab To Aaja",  "Dum Maro Dum", "Duniya Mein logo ko", "Chura Liyaa Hai Tumne", "Mera Kuch Saaman", "katra katra" and others remain at the top list till today. In the 90s her collaboration with music director AR Rehman gave us songs like "tanha tanha", "rangeela re", "mujhe rang de", "radha kese na jale", "kahi aag lage", "o bhawre". Asha Bhosle gave her golden voice to films by music directors like Jaidev, Madan Mohan, Salil Choudhry,  Laxmikant-Pyarelal, Naushad,  Kalyanji-Anandji and many others. Asha became the voice of Helen, one of the dancers of that era. The popular songs she sang for Helen are "Piya Tu Ab To Aaja", "O Haseena Zulfon Wali", "Yeh Mera Dil".

Asha has also sung private albums in collaboration with  Ali Akbar Khan,  Leslie Lewis, Adnan Sami, Ghulam Ali, Farida Khanum and Jagjit Singh. She has also toured the world nad gave performances around the world.  

Awards and honours of Asha Bhosle

Asha Bhsole has won several awards and recognition for her contribution to Indian music. Asha Bhosle has won seven Filmfare Best Female Playback Awards. Asha has won the National Film Award for Best Female Playback Singer twice. 

She has received seventeen Maharashtra State Awards. In 1997 Asha became the first Indian singer to be nominated for the Grammy Award for 'Legacy', an album with Ustad Ali Akbar Khan. In 2000 she received the Dadasaheb Phalke Award for her outstanding contribution to Indian cinema. 

The Government of India honoured her with the Padma Vibhushan in 2008. In 2011 the Guinness Book of World Records officially acknowledged Asha as the most recorded artist in the history of music.

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