Asha Bhosle(born September 8, 1933)is one of the best-known and highly regarded Hindi Playback Singers in India and is the sister of playback singer Lata Mangeskar.Asha Bhosle started her career in 1943 and has done playback singing for over 1000 Bollywood movies;has recorded many private albums and has participated in numerous concerts in India and abroad.The World Records Academy, an international organization which certifies world records, recognized her as the "Most Recorded Artist" in the world, in September 2009.
Asha Bhosle sang her 1st film song Chala Chala Nav Bala for the Marathi movie Majha Bal (1943). The music for the film was composed by Datta Dawjekar. She made her Hindi film debut when she sang the song Saawan Aaya for Hansraj Behl's Chunariya (1948).Her 1st solo Hindi film song was for the movie Raat Ki Raani (1949).
Asha Bhosle first achieved success in B R Chopra's Naya Daur (1957)music composed by O P Nayyar. Asha Bhosle sang with Mohammad Rafi for his most popular duets such as 'Ude jab jab zulfein teri' in 'Naya Daur'.It was the first time that she had got to sing all the songs for the lead actress.
In 1966, Asha's performance in the duets from music director R D Burman's first successful movie, Teesri Manzil won popular acclaim.
In 1960s and 1970s, she became the voice of Bollywood's dancer,Helen. It is said that Helen would attend her recording sessions so that she could understand the song better and plan dance steps accordingly.Some of the most popular Asha Bhosle-Helen numbers are - O Haseena Zulfon Wali (Teesri Manzil ), and Yeh Mera Dil (Don).
Piya Tu Ab To Aaja(Caravan)
In Rekha-starrer Umrao Jaan(1981), Asha Bhosle proved her versatility by singing Ghazals like Dil cheez kya hai, In aankhon ki masti ke, Ye kya jagah hai doston and Justju jiski thi. The film's music director Khayyam, had lowered her pitch by half a note. Asha herself was surprised that she could sing so differently. The ghazals won her the 1st National AWard of her career.
Asha Bhosle's seductive song Raat Akeli Hai from Jewel Thief (1967) music composed by S D Burman
Asha Bhosle won the Filmfare Best Female Playback Award for this iconic song - 'Dum Maaro Dum' in 'Hare Rama Hare Krishna(1971)music composed by R D Burman
Asha Bhosle's romantic Chura Liyaa Hai Tumne in Yaadon Ki Baaraat(1973) music composed by R D Burman
Asha Bhosle's song 'Yeh Mera Dil' in 'Don'(1978)music composed by Kalyanji Anandji won the Filmfare Best Female Playback Award
has won the 2nd National Film Award for Best Female Playback Singer for 'Mera Kuch Samaan' in 'Ijaazat'(1987)
Asha Bhosle's Marriage
She married R D Burman in 1980
Asha Bhosle's Tamil Songs
Oh Butterfly song in Meera music composed by Ilayaraja
senbakamesenbakame song in Enga ooru Pattukkaran(1987)music composed by Ilayaraja
Konja Neram song in Chandramukhi(2005) music composed by Vidya Sagar
September Matham song in Alaipayuthey music composed by A R Rahman
Awards from GOI
Asha Bhosle was honoured with the Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 2000 and the Padma Vibhushan in 2008.
Private AlbumIn October 2004, The very best of Asha Bhosle,The Queen of Bollywood, a compilation album of songs recorded by Bhosle for albums and Bollywood films that were released between 1966 & 2003, was released'