Queen of Indi-Pop turns 86! Happy Birthday Asha Bhosale

As the Queen of Indi-pop turns 86 today, we celebrate her beautiful journey with these 6 evergreen songs Asha Bhosle has graced us and all the forthcoming generations with.

She is the legend who has sung over 11,000 songs in more than 20 Indian languages, been immortalized on a UK No 1 record, and has been engraved in the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s most prolific recording artist. Asha tai as she is fondly called, her musical journey over her seven-decade strong career has been extraordinary. The third daughter of renowned singer-actor Pandit Dinanath Mangeshkar, she was just 11 when she performed her first song, Chala Chala Nav Bala, for a movie soundtrack in 1943. Blessed with a mellifluent voice, the talented singer never looked back, going on to bag a multitude of national and international awards. With an ever-increasing fan base that transcends the barriers of age, background and borders, Asha Bhosle is an inspiration for musicians not only in India but across the world.

The interesting fact about Asha tai’s music is that her versatility has encompassed a wide variety of songs that could suit any mood. Let’s look at some of them.

Asha in a naughty mood

1. Piya tu ab oh aaja - Can’t read the title of the song without singing it, can you? Yes, Asha tai tends to have that kind of effect on most of her fond listeners. A song by Asha Bhosle and R.D Burman is from the movie 'Caravan' that released in the year 1971 and features veteran actress Helen. Written by Majrooh Sultanpuri, the song even bagged Asha Bhosle a Filmfare Award. Helen adorns a beautiful red dress and a golden dress later which is a perfect match to the mood of the song and is calling out to her love passionately with lust

Song: Piya tu ab to aaja
Singer: Asha Bhosle, R.D. Burman
Music Director: R.D. Burman
Lyrics: Majrooh Sultanpuri.

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2. Raat akeli hai- the seductive number Raat Akeli Hai topped charts. The song featured in  Jewel Thief (1967) was composed by Sachin Dev Burman and penned by Majrooh Sultanpuri. 

Song: Raat akeli hai bujh gaye diye
Movie: Jewel Thief
Singer: Asha Bhosle
Music Director: S.D. Burman
Lyrics: Majrooh Sultanpuri.

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When it came to vamp songs, cabaret numbers, and being the voice any kind of seductress, Asha Bhosle was the queen. And yes, while this usually amounted on screen to Helen shaking her stuff in a skin-tight showgirl costume, Asha lent her versatile voice to many other actresses called upon for seductive numbers, from Sadhana to Parveen Babi. 

Asha in a party mood 


3. Eeena Meena DikaThe song "Eena Meena Deeka", sung by Asha Bhosle and Kishore Kumar in two different versions, became very popular. Sung in the movie Asha (1957), the song was penned by Rajendra Krishan and composed by C. Ramchandra. The song is a peppy one with Vyjayantimala strutting like a gentleman and dancing with different avatars and expressions on her face. 

Song: Ina Mina Dika
Movie: Aasha
Singer: Asha Bhosle
Music Director: C. Ramchandra
Lyrics: Rajendra Krishan

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4. Yeh mera dil- Don ko pakadna mushkil hi nahi, na mumkin bhi hai. Familiar with those lines? Well, this song is from the movie Don and is sung originally by Asha Bhosale and has been penned by Indeevar. Helen in her eye lenses, her costumes and her stunning dance is incredible. She used to wear a bodysuit under her every dress and never showed her bare skin to the public. She was graceful and glamorous and has complemented the song very well.

Song: Yeh Mera Dil
Movie: Don
Singer: Asha Bhosle
Music Director: Kalayanji Anandji
Lyrics: Anjaan and Indivar

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Asha in a passionate mood

5. Hare Rama Hare Krishna - RD Burman and Asha Bhosle's companionship in music gave us many memorable hits, one of them being 'Dum Maro Dum' from the film 'Hare Rama Hare Krishna' (1971). While Pancham experimented with new tunes, Ashaji's voice complimented his compositions each time. 'Dum Maaro Dum' tops the playlists at parties even today as a much unforgettable remix featuring Deepika Padukone proved that old is gold!

Song: Dam Maro Dam 
Movie: Hare Krishna Hare Ram 
Singer: Asha Bhosle
Music Director: RD Burman
Lyrics: Anand Bakshi

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6. In aankhon ki masti mein -Many were surprised by Khayam's choice of singer for 1981 film, Umrao Jaan. For 34 years in the industry, no one imagined that Asha Bhosle could even give her voice to ghazals. But guess she was the perfect choice! She sung all the songs in the film, including, 'In aankhon ki masti ke mastaane hazaaron hai', 'Justju jis ki thi usko toh na paaya hum ne' and 'Yeh kyaa jageh hai doston yeh kaunsa dayaar hai'. This song was also beautifully penned by Akhlaq Mohammed Khan.

Song: In Aankhon Ki Masti 
Movie: Umrao Jaan
Singer: Asha Bhosle
Music Director: Khayam
Lyrics: Akhlaq Mohammed Khan

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