There are two types of singers. Firstly, there are those who are good singers but as they age, they lose the quality of their voice and are unable to continue singing. On the other hand, there are those singers who have such an evergreen voice that their melodious quality only gets better with time. No one on the face of this Earth can object to the fact that Asha Bhosle, who is the embodiment of versatility and flair, belongs to the second category.
Although she is the younger sister of legendary playback singer Lata Mageshkar, Asha Bhosle’s identity is her own. The sisters are blessed with silky smooth voices and have honed their skills so well that they have won almost every musical award there is to win. Like her elder sister, Asha ji has also been a recipient of Dadasaheb Phalke Award and the Padma Vibhushan. And just like Lata didi, Asha ji has found her name in the Guinness Book of World Records for recording more than eleven thousand songs in 20 different languages. Over a career spanning six decades, she has given us hit after hits – right from her very first song ‘Saawan Aaya’ for Hansraj Behl’s Chunariya to Eena Meena Deekha in Aasha. Her ‘Chhod Do Aanchal’ has been recreated quite a few times and yet, no one can manage it to balance the shyness and playfulness that Asha ji’s original song had.
Asha ji has a soprano voice range that makes her the perfect singer for any genre of music. Whether it is pop or traditional Indian classical, qawwalis or bhajans, Bollywood movie songs or folk songs, Asha Bhosale has done it allEk Pardesi Mera Dil Le Gaya (Phagun), Abhi Na Jao Chodkar (Hum Dono) an Aaja Aaja (Tesri Mansil) are just few of the songs by this unparalleled songstress.