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Asha Bhosle


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Biography


Asha Bhosle[1] (born 8 September 1933), is an Indian singer. She is best known as a playback singer in Hindi cinema, although she has a wider repertoire.[2][3][4] 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.[5][6] Bhosle is the sister of playback singer Lata Mangeshkar.

Renowned for her voice range and often credited for her versatility,[2][7][8]Bhosle’s work includes film music, pop, ghazals, bhajans, traditional Indian classical music, folk songs, qawwalis, and Rabindra Sangeets. Apart from Hindi, she has sung in over 20 Indian and foreign languages.[9] In 2006, Asha Bhosle stated that she had sung over 12,000 songs,[10] a figure repeated by several other sources.[9][11] In 2011, she was officially acknowledged by the Guinness Book of World Records as the most recorded artist in music history.[12] The Government of India honoured her with the Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 2000 and the Padma Vibhushan[13] in 2008. In 2013, she made her debut as an actress in the film Mai, and received critical acclaim for her performance.

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