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Overview (3)

Born in Sangli, Bombay Presidency, British India
Birth NameAsha Mangeshkar
Nickname The Queen of Indipop

Mini Bio (1)

One of the greatest playback singers in Bollywood history, Asha Bhosle has recorded over 10,000 songs for over 800 movies. Although every class (ghazals, pop, etc) of song was within her vocal range, her specialty was in sensual songs or Western-styled songs--she had an uncanny knack for making every actress for whom she sung, from Zeenat Aman to Urmila Matondkar, smolder on screen as never before.

Born on 8 September 1932, Asha, like her sister, the legendary Lata Mangeshkar, was trained by her father, Dinanath Mangeshkar, in classical music, and it was only a matter of time before she too turned to playback singing. She made her debut with the film Chunaria (1948), but it took her a long time to make it to the top. Between 1948 and 1957, she sang more songs than any other playback singer, but the majority of these were in small, indistinct films--and whatever big film she got a chance to sing in, it was usually for the heroine's best friend or in a duet with bigger singers like Shamshad Begum, Geeta Dutt, or her own sister. And unfortunately having made an ill-advised marriage that alienated her from her family, she had no choice but to take up all available assignments to provide for her children.

However, in 1957, she got her big break with composer O.P. Nayyar in the films Tumsa Nahin Dekha (1957) and Naya Daur (1957). And 1958 saw the release of three of her films: Lajwanti (1958), Howrah Bridge (1958), and Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi (1958); their hit songs took Asha right up to the top. Thereafter, she became Nayyar's premier singer until the early 1970s, and they created musical magic together, particularly in the films Phir Wohi Dil Laya Hoon (1963), Mere Sanam (1965), Humsaya (1968), and Pran Jaye Par Vachan Na Jaye (1974).

Initially Asha's singing style was initially reminiscent of Dutt's, but she soon overcame that and evolved her own distinctive style. Her voice possessed a lilting, versatile quality that could capture any song at any form or scale. By the end of the 1960s, she was second only to her sister, and the two of them were the queens of Indian playback singing right through to the 1990s. However, in spite of her incredible vocal range, she was getting typecast in singing sensual songs.

The 1970s saw her start a new relationship (which eventually became her second marriage) with composer Rahul Dev Burman - and so saw the birth of a great combination. A master of 1970s pop and disco music, Burman gave Asha a hip and happening sound altogether, and the two of them made their greatest hits with Haré Rama Haré Krishna (1971), Jawani Diwani (1972), Yaadon Ki Baaraat (1973), and Hum Kisise Kum Naheen (1977). Unfortunately, she again got stereotyped, this time in singing mainly Western-styled songs.

However, in 1981, the composer Khayyam revealed another, more lyrical quality to Asha's voice. Their collaboration in the Urdu film Umrao Jaan (1981), where the songs were mostly poetry, reveal some of her finest songs. And Ijaazat (1987), another such film, got her the National Award. Today, unlike her sister, she has remained active in playback singing--she still makes actresses sizzle in songs, most notably in the films Rangeela (1995), Dil To Pagal Hai (1997), and Taal (1999). She has also released several Indipop (Indian pop) music albums, and their success has reaffirmed Asha's.

Recently, she was nominated for the prestigious Grammy Award for Best Contemporary World-Music Album. Even at 70, there is no stopping Asha Bhosle....

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Q. Leo Rahman

Spouse (2)

Rahul Dev Burman (1980 - 4 January 1994) (his death)
Ganpatrao Bhosle (1950 - ?) (divorced) (3 children)

Trade Mark (1)

She usually sang sensual or Western-styled songs

Trivia (13)

Legendary playback singer in Indian movies. Recorded allegedly over 10,000 songs for hundreds of movies.
Sister of Lata Mangeshkar
Daughter of Dinanath Mangeshkar.
Subject of the song "Brimful of Asha" by Cornershop
Daughter Varsa Bhosale ( Varsha Bhosle) was also a playback singer in a few film.
In 2011 the Guinness Book of World Records officially acknowledged Bhosle, at The Asian Awards, as the most recorded artist in the history of music.
Asha Bhosle is hyperpolyglot, with a range including Hindi, Urdu, Telugu, Marathi, Bengali, Gujarati, Punjabi, Tamil, Malayalam, English, Russian, Czech, Nepali, and Malay. In regards to music, apart from Hindi, she has sung in over 20 Indian and foreign languages.
Son Anand married Anuja Chitre in Bombay in 1983.
Daughter in law name is Sajidah Rama Bhosle. She is son Hemant's second wife.
Granddaughter named Anika Bhosle. She is the daughter of Hemant and Sajideh Rama Bhosle. Anika is settled in London England.
Son Hemant was a pilot before joining Hollywood as a singer and composer.His wife Sajideh Rama was a air hostess.
Granddaughter Anika (Anneka) is a famous photographer in London. She has posted several pictures and blogs online.
Granddaughter Zanai Bhosale is a upcoming singer. She is the daughter of Anand Bhosle. She has done a video with India's first transgender band Six Pack Band,.

Personal Quotes (2)

About remix albums: "Our children nowadays listen to remixes and fusions. But they should be exposed to our own music in its original forms. They should listen to classical music as well. That way, they will develop good understanding of our roots in general and music in particular."
About the Grammy nominations: "It is the dream of an artiste to get a Grammy Award.... I am having the pleasure of receiving the award merely by the nomination."

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