Melody Queen Asha Bhosle Turns 89

ASHA Bhosle, famously called Asha Tai irrespective of age in the Indian music world, who is famed for filmi and non-filmi songs in multiple languages, turned 89 on Wednesday, September 6.  One of the most loved and sought-after playback singers by filmmakers, she has done playback singing for over a thousand Bollywood movies. Among the multiple prestigious awards presented to her in recognition of her talents are Dada Sahib Phalke Award, Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award and  IIFA Lifetime Achievement. Her Hindi move songs which became popular across the country include   Dum Maro Dum, Aao Huzoor Tumko Sitaaron Mein, Parde Mein Rehne Do, In Aankhon Ki Masti Ke. The singer was officially declared by the Guinness Book of World Records as the Most Recorded Artist in Music History in 2011. She was also the recipient of the Padma Vibhushan in 2008. She is gifted with the rarest of rare talents to enthrall gazal lovers, classical and pop song enthusiasts, dance number and folk song fans since the 1950s. She is also appreciated for her versatility for singing bhajans,  qawwalis and Rabindra Sangeet. She has sung in over 20 Bangla, other Indian and foreign languages. She made her debut as an actress in the film Mai receiving critical acclaim for her performance.

As some say perhaps rightly, she is more of a rockstar than a playback singer in the Hindi cinema industry. She was among the 200 musical artists who have recorded a song to “uplift the mood of the nation”. The  united for the new song “Jayatu Jayatu Bharatam, Vasudev Kutumbakkam”. It is a salutation to each and every Indian who has stood together as a family in these difficult times during the Covid 19 pandemic saying the purpose was to uplift the mood of the worried 130 crore Indians.  The song was recorded in 14 different languages. What is remarkable about the iconic playback singer is in the competitive music industry, she knows the game of survival very often turning the table on her critics. Edited by PK Chakravarty. Picture courtesy to imdb.com

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