Monday, May 28, 2012

Asha Bhosle - World's Most Recorded Singer

The living legend Asha Bhonsle, one of the Mangeshkar sisters was born on 8th September, 1933 in a small hamlet called ‘Goar’ in Maharastra. Bhosle is the sister of playback singer Lata Mangeshkar. She is best-known as a playback singer in Hindi cinema, having recorded over 12000 songs in more than 20 Indian and foreign languages.

The World Records Academy, an international organization which certifies world records, recognised her as the "Most Recorded Artist" in the world, in September 2009. In 2011 she was officially acknowledged by the Guinness Book of World Records as the most recorded artist in music history

Bhosle's career started in 1943 and has spanned over six decades. She has done playback singing for over a thousand Bollywood movies. In addition, she has recorded several private albums and participated in numerous solo concerts in India and abroad. She sang her first film song '"Chala Chala Nav Bala" for the Marathi film Majha Bal (1943), though officially her first song “Saawan aaya” was for the movie Chunaria (1948). Her first solo was for the film Raat Ki Raani (1949). Renowned for her voice range and often credited for her versatility, Bhosle's work includes film music, pop, ghazals, bhajans, traditional Indian classical music, folk songs, qawwalis, and Rabindra Sangeets.

She first achieved success in B. R. Chopra's Naya Daur (1957), composed by him. Her duets with Rafi like "Maang Ke Saath Tumhara", "Saathi Haath Badhana" and "Uden Jab Jab Zulfein Teri", penned by Sahir Ludhianvi, earned her recognition. It was the first time she sang all the songs for a film's leading actress. The ghazals of “Umrao Jaan” won her the first National Film Award of her career. A few years later, she won another National Award for the song "Mera Kuchh Saamaan" from Ijaazat (1987).

Asha Bhosle has won seven Filmfare Best Female Playback Awards of 18 nominations. Asha has won the National Film Award for Best Female Playback Singer twice. In 1997, Asha became the first Indian singer to be nominated for the Grammy Award, for Legacy, an album with Ustad Ali Akbar Khan. She was honoured with the Padma Vibhushan by the Government of India. In 2011 the Guinness Book of World Records officially acknowledged Bhosle as the most recorded artist in the history of music. She was awarded a certificate for "the most studio recordings (singles) for recording up to 11,000 solo, duet and chorus-backed songs and in over 20 Indian languages since 1947".

History of Indian film music would never be complete without Lata, Rafi, Kishore & off course ‘Asha Bhonsle’.

                                                                                                                              I don’t claim the information to be my own. The information is compiled from different sources

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