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Soulful Songstress

Hindi music legend, Asha Bhosle, will be in Singapore to enthrall audiences here. She gives us an insight into her world of melodies and love for food

8/31/2015 3:34:46 PM
written By : Nithya Subramanian Print

She is the original diva of Hindi film music whose peppy numbers had generations swinging. Whether it was the seductive Piya Tu Ab Toh Aja or the subtle Mera Kuch Saaman, Asha Bhosle has sung songs that have covered the entire gamut of human emotions.
Asha Bhosle’s career started in 1943 and has spanned seven decades during which she has sung songs in several regional languages and has collaborated with international musicians such as Boy George, Code Red and some others.
Her versatile repertoire comprises over 12,000 songs and she has been officially acknowledged by the Guinness Book of World Records as the most recorded artist in music history. The Government of India honoured her with the Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 2000 and the Padma Vibhushan in 2008. In 2013, she made her debut as an actress in the film Mai, and received critical acclaim for her performance.
Born in Sangli district of Maharashtra, Bhosle belonged to a family of talented musicians. Her father Dinanath Mangeshkar, was a hugely successful singer and actor who built up a travelling theatre company that included his four children. He performed at various royal provinces and had 300 staff members, vast wardrobes, costumes, theatrical sets and props.
But soon after his death, the family moved to Bombay where Bhosle learnt the basics of Indian classical music. She chose to become a popular singer as it was more lucrative, but shunned becoming an actress, as her first husband did not support an acting career.
She, however, became immensely popular and she along with older sister Lata Mangeshkar was the most-sought after voice in the music industry for several decades. From O P Nayyar to R D Burman, from Illaiyraja to A R Rahman, she has lent her voice to several compositions.
The 83-year-old will be in Singapore this September for a concert that will surely be once-in-a-lifetime experience. In an exclusive interview with India Se, Bhosle spoke about her musical journey and her other passion - food! She once said that if she had not become a singer, she would have become a cook. “I'd have cooked in four houses and made money," she said.
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