Asha Bhosle

Asha Bhosle ( born Asha Mangeshkar, Marathi: आशा भोसले, Asa Bhosle, born September 8, 1933, Satara, Maharashtra ) is an Indian singer. She sings ghazals, bhajans and songs of Rabindranath Thakur and Kazi Nazrul Islam, and is particularly known for her film songs. Together with her ​​elder sister Lata Mangeshkar they dominated the female playback singing of Indian films for more than three decades and took far more than 1000 songs for films in many Indian languages ​​.

Life and career

She grew up in Kolhapur, and received together with her sister Lata classical singing lessons from his father Dinanath Mangeshkar, a theater actor and singer. Her two younger sisters Usha and Hridaynath were singer or composer and singer.

Her film debut was in 1948 with Asha recordings for Ravindra Dave Chunaria, her first solo piece she sang in Raat Ki Rani ( 1949) by Jagdish Sethi. She was initially in the second row of Indian film music singers behind Geeta Dutt, Shamshad Begum and her sister Lata, but had the force as modern North American jazz music in the 1950s strong influence on the Indian film music composer, and also to the vocal style. Asha Bhosle turned out at this time as a talented interpreter of this music and has become one of the most important representatives of their industry. Among the most famous interpreted by Asha Bhosle Ina Mina Dika pieces of this style is one of the composer C. Ramchandra from the movie Aasha ( 1957) by MV Raman. In the same year she also had with Omkar Prasad Nayyars pieces for the film Naya Daur success. Until the early 1970s, she was Nayyars most important singer; but they also worked frequently with composers Ravi and Khayyam.

Bhosles duet partner were mostly Mohammed Rafi and Kishore Kumar. With Kumar sang especially in the 70s and 80s to electronic -influenced pop and disco music by Rahul Dev Burman, with whom she was married to his second wife from 1980 until his death in 1994. The work began in 1966 with Burman in the recordings for the movie Teesri Manzil.

In Umrao Jaan (1981) and Ijazaat (1987 ) she sang songs of Khayyam and has received national film awards. Bhosle was unlike her sister Lata also active in the 90s. She sang in this decade including for Rangeela (1995), Dil To Pagal Hai (1997) and Taal (1999). She recorded songs Ilaiyaraajas and AR Rahman, including for Lagaan ( 2001). In the Tamil film, she recently sang in Chandramukhi ( 2005). By 2007, she appeared occasionally still live.


Asha Bhosle was honored with numerous film awards. Seven times she was awarded as the best playback singer with a Filmfare Award, 1982 and 1988 she received the National Film Awards, the Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 2001 and 2008 she was awarded the second highest civilian award Padma Vibhushan Indian awarded.

Collaborations with other musicians

She sang the early 90s for the song Bow Down Mister British singer Boy George. Together with the Kronos Quartet in 2005, she played an album with songs by Rahul Dev Burman one. On the recordings and the tabla player Zakir Hussain and the pipa player Wu Man were involved.

In 1995, Asha Bhosle along with the sarod player Ali Akbar Khan in California North Indian classical music. She sang on the album Legacy 11 compositions in the style of the Seni Gharana, the well-kept by Ali Akbar Khan music tradition, and an homage to the master as a formal prerequisite for learning these songs. In a special ceremony ( gandabandan ) she told him their teacher. The two had worked together once before in 1952. In the film Aandhivan was Ali Akbar Khan composer and conductor of film music, which was sung by Asha Bhosle and her sister.


The song Brimful of Asha the Britpop group Cornershop is a tribute to Asha Bhosle.