Asha Bhosle

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Asha Bhosle
Bhosle in 2015
Asha Mangeshkar

(1933-09-08) 8 September 1933 (age 90)
Occupation(s)Playback singer, vocalist
Years active1943–present
Spouse(s)Ganpatrao Bhosle
(m. 1949; sep. 1960; died 1966)
R. D. Burman
(m. 1980; died 1994)
Children3; including Varsha
RelativesSee Mangeshkar-Hardikar-Abhisheki family and Manikya dynasty (in-laws)
AwardsFull list
HonoursPadma Vibhushan (2008)
Dadasaheb Phalke Award (2000)
Maharashtra Bhushan (2021)
Musical career

Asha Bhosle[5] (née Mangeshkar; born 8 September 1933) is an Indian singer whose songs actors act like they are singing the song when in fact they are just moving their lips. She is also a businesswoman. She is best known for her playback singing in Hindi movies.[6][7][8] Bhosle's career started in 1943. In 2013, At the age of 79, Bhosle did her first acting performance with a Marathi movie named Mai.[9] She is one of the oldest indian actress to have made debut in Bollywood.[10][11]

Bhosle is the sister of playback singer Lata Mangeshkar.[12] During the 1950s and 60s, Asha and her sister Lata were the main playback singers for Marathi movies. She has been nominated two times for the Grammy Award in 1997 and 2006.[13]

Early life[change | change source]

Asha was born on 8 September 1933 in the village of Sangli. Sangli is located near Krishna river. She was the daughter of Deenanath Mangeshkar. Deenanath was an actor and classical singer on Marathi theatre. When Asha was nine years old, her father died. Their family moved from Pune to Kolhapur and then to Mumbai. She and her elder sister Lata Mangeshkar began singing for movies to support their family. She sang her first song "Chala Chala Nav Bala" for the Marathi movie Majha Bal (1943). She made her Hindi movie debut when she sang the song 'Saawan Aaya' for the movie named Chunariya (1948).[14]

In 1949, at the age of 16, she ran away to marry the 31-year-old Ganpatrao Bhosle, who was her personal secretary. She married him even though her family was against the marriage.[15]

Career[change | change source]

Asha Bhosle became famous when Raj Kapoor chose her in 1954 for a song from the movie named Boot Polish. The song was called Nanhe Munne Bache (which means cute little kids).[16] She sang it with Mohammed Rafi. Musician O. P. Nayyar also chose Asha Bhosle for C.I.D. in 1956. BR Chopra chose her for the movie Naya Daur in 1957. She sang "Maang Ke Saath Tumhara", "Saathi Haath Badhana" and "Uden Jab Jab Zulfein Teri" with Mohammed Rafi which made her very popular. All these songs in the movie were written by Sahir Ludhianvi. In 1957, Naya Daur was Asha Bhosle's first movie where she sang all the songs in a single movie for the heroine. The heroine in that movie was Vyjayanthimala.[17]

On 2 May 2020, Bhosle launched her YouTube channel named "Asha Bhosle Official". As of February 2024, she has 291 thousand subscribers on her YouTube account.[18]

Awards[change | change source]

In 1962, Maharashtra government gave Bhosle the '1962 Best singer award' for the Marathi movie, Manini.[19]

In 2002, she received the BBC Lifetime Achievement Award, which was given to her by the Prime minister of UK, Tony Blair.[20] In 2011, she was honored by the Guinness Book of World Records as the most recorded artist in music history.[21] She also received the Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 2000 and the Padma Vibhushan in 2008.[22]

In 2015, she was listed in the Top 100 inspiring women of 2015.[23]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Happy Birthday Asha Bhosle: Some lesser-known facts about the Queen of Indie Pop - Mumbai Mirror"
  2. 2.0 2.1 "85 UNFORGETTABLE Asha Bhosle songs".
  3. "The Golden Collection - Memorable Ghazals And Geets - Asha Bhosle". Archived from the original on 2022-01-27. Retrieved 2022-02-07.
  4. "Asha Bhosle Bhajan songs - Download Bhajan MP3 Song of Asha Bhosle".
  5. Asha Bhosle has been credited variously as Asha, Asha Bhosle, Asha Bhonsale, Asha Bhonsle, Asha Bhonsley, Asha Bhosale and Asha Bhosley (See her IMDB entry for details). She is often referred to as Ashaji – the Hindi suffix ji denotes respect.
  6. Gulzar; Nihalani, Govind; Chatterji, Saibal (2003). Encyclopaedia of Hindi Cinema. Popular Prakashan. pp. 532–533. ISBN 81-7991-066-0.
  7. Gangadhar, v. (18 May 2001). "Only the best preferred". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 23 August 2003. Retrieved 2009-07-22.
  8. Arnold, Alison (2000). The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music. Taylor & Francis. pp. 420–421. ISBN 0-8240-4946-2.
  9. "Bhosle makes acting debut at 79 in a role of mother in the film-Mai". Jharkhand State News. 2 February 2013. Retrieved 4 February 2024.
  10. "Mai Turns 11, Asha Bhosle's Movie Debut At 80: Throwback Thursday". Times Now. Retrieved 4 February 2024.
  11. "'Acting debut at 78? Why ever not, I'll be myself'". The Times of India. ISSN 0971-8257. Retrieved 4 February 2024.
  12. "Lata Mangeshkar and Asha Bhosle: The sibling revelry". India Today. Retrieved 4 February 2024.
  13. "Asha Bhosle | Artist". Grammy. Retrieved 19 February 2024.
  14. "Asha Bhosle: A Look At The Career Of The Star For All Generations". ABP News. 8 September 2023. Retrieved 19 February 2024.
  15. "When 16-Year-Old Asha Bhosle Got Married To 31-Year-Old Ganpatrao, Became A Victim Of Domestic Abuse". BollywoodShaadis. Retrieved 19 February 2024.
  16. Rao, Gayatri (14 November 2016). "Nanhe munne bachche teri muthi mein kya hai – Rafi/Asha – Shankar-Jaikishan | Boot Polish (1954)". LemonWire.
  17. "The stubborn note of O P Nayyar". Retrieved 19 February 2024.
  18. "Asha Bhosle Official". YouTube. Retrieved 19 February 2024.
  19. "Asha Bhosle, who changed face of Indian commercial music, turns 90". Asian Times.
  20. "Blair sings Asha's tune". The Times of India. 17 October 2002. ISSN 0971-8257. Retrieved 19 February 2024.
  21. Baksi, Dibyojyoti (22 October 2011). "I am honoured after receiving this award: Asha Bhosle". Hindustan Times. Archived from the original on 22 October 2011. Retrieved 23 October 2011.
  22. "Sunita Williams, Baichung Bhutia among Padma awardees". The Hindu. 26 January 2008. Archived from the original on 29 January 2008. Retrieved 26 January 2008.
  23. "Asha Bhosle part of BBC 100 Women 2015". The Express Tribune. 20 November 2015.