|Artist Birthday :||08/09/1933 (Age 90)|
|Born In :||Sangli|
|Occupation(s) :||Playback singer, vocalist|
|Genres :||International Pop Rock Stage & Screen|
With a career spanning decades, Asha Bhosle is a name to be reckoned with in the Indian music industry. She was born on September 8, 1933, in a small village of Goar in Sangli, Maharashtra. Her father, Deenanath Mangeshkar, was an actor and classical singer, who died when she was just nine years old.
She began singing and acting in films to support her family, along with elder sister Lata. In 1943, she made her singing debut in Marathi film Majha Bal and sang “Chala Nav Bala.” Her Hindi film debut came five years later in the movie Chunariya in which she sang “Saawan Aaya.” However, her first Hindi solo was in the movie Raat Ki Raani.
Her playback singing career went well over six decades with songs in over 1000 Bollywood movies to her credit. Bhosle has a naturally playful and seductive voice and amazing versatility which makes her perfect for all kinds of Indian film songs. However, her work has gone beyond films too. She has released private albums and sung ghazals, bhajans, folk songs, qawwalis, and even Rabindra Sangeet. Overall, she has sung in 20 languages. By 2006, she had sung over 12,000 songs. She was bestowed with the Padma Vibhushan, the second highest civilian award in India.
When she first started her career, several other accomplished singers had already established themselves. Bhosle often sang songs for vamps and bad girls or songs that the prominent singers refused. Her first big break was for Parineeta in 1953, but she didn’t taste massive success until the song “Nanhe Munne Bachche” from the movie Boot Polish released in 1954.
In 1956, Asha Bhosle became a household name as she sang some songs for CID and then for Naya Daur. Her songs, “Uden Jab Zulfein Teri” became immensely popular. Other of her important works include those for the films Gumrah, Waqt and Hamraaz. Her voice found its perfect match when music director RD Burman approached with the song “Aaja” for the movie Teesri Manzil. This song and two other duets with legendary singer Mohd. Rafi, “O Mere Sona Re” and “O Haseena Zulfonwali” became very popular. She was often the voice of Helen and sang several memorable songs picturized on her including “Yeh Mera Dil” from the movie Don.
Her most memorable and most versatile work was for the movie Umrao Jaan when she became the voice of Rekha and sang beautiful songs like “Dil Cheez Kya Hai” and “In Aankhon Ki Masti Ke.” She won the National Film Award for the songs. Her second national award was for the song, “Mera Kuch Saamaan” for Ijaazat. The 62-year-old Bhosle then sang for a young and vivacious Urmila Matondkar for the movie Rangeela and her songs “Tanha” and “Rangeela Re” fit the actress perfectly. She made her acting debut at the age of 79 in the film Mai.
Asha married Ganpatro Bhosle at the age of 16. The marriage ended after the birth of her three children. She later married music director RD Burman.