Asha Bhosle: Career, Personal Life, Awards, & More

Asha Bhosle is an Indian vocalist and playback singer. With her accomplishment of singing playback in movies for almost 60 years, she was inducted into the Guinness Book of World Records as the person with the most song recordings in music history. Almost 12,000 songs in 20 different languages have been recorded by Asha. Let’s highlight her experiences in both her personal and professional lives.


Asha Bhosle was born in Sangli, Maharashtra, British India, on September 8, 1933, making her 90 years old as of 2023. Her father, Deenanath Mangeshkar, taught her classical music, as did her sister, Lata Mangeshkar. When she was younger, she was quite close to Lata Mangeshkar, her sister. Everywhere Lata went, she brought her with her; she even carried Asha to school. Asha’s father died when she was nine years old. The family was going through a hard moment. To help support her family, she and her sister Lata Mangeshkar started performing and singing. Due to the suggestion of Master Vinayak, a family friend, they relocated from Pune to Mumbai.


In 1948, Asha Bhosle made her screen debut in a Hindi movie with the song “Saawan Aaya” from “Chunariya.” She received her first solo Hindi song in 1949 for the movie “Raat Ki Raani.” The playback singing industry in the 1960s was headed by Lata Mangeshkar, Shamshad Begum, and Geeta Dutt. Only the assignments that they rejected were given to Asha. She would only perform songs from C-grade movies or for vamps and terrible chicks. In 1954, Raj Kapoor signed her to sing “Nanhe Munne Bachche” alongside Mohammed Rafi in the film, “Boot Polish.” She became incredibly famous because of the song.

 With the release of C.I.D. in 1956, Bhosle got her big break. Hits such “Aaiye Meherbaan,” “Isharon Isharon Mein,” “Deewana Hua Badal,” and “Ude Jab Jab Zulfein Teri” were released by Asha while she was O.P. Nayyar‘s protégé. She was lending her voice for the first time as the lead actress in a movie. Asha departed from Nayyar after recording her final song with him in 1974.

She worked with R. D. Burman in 1966, composing several popular soundtracks for films including Teen Devian, Lajwanti, Sujata, Kaala Pani, and Kala Bazaar. Her roles in the Teesri Manzil movie catapulted her into the spotlight and brought her widespread praise. Additionally, she has provided vocals for Westernized tunes such as “O Mere Sona Re,” “Aaja Aaja,” and “O Haseena Zulfonwali.” All three of the duets with Mohammed Rafi were hit songs.

Additionally, Asha experimented with ghazals such as “Justaju Jiski Thi,” “Yeh Kya Jagah Hai Doston,” “Dil Cheez Kya Hai,” and “In Aankhon Ki Masti Ke.” She received a National Film Award for the ghazals.

Working together with her sister Lata Mangeshkar, Asha sang a number of songs, such as “Jabse Laagi Toose Najariya,” “Main Haseena Nazneena Koi Mujhsa Nahi,” “Mai Chali Mai Chali,” and “Ai Kash Kisi Deewane Ko.” For the movie Daman, they sang their debut duet.    

Her acting debut was in the 2013 movie “Mai.” In the film, her acting received high marks.

Personal Life

In Sangli, Maharashtra, on September 8, 1933, Asha Bhosle was born into a Gomantak Marathi Brahmin family. Pandit Deenanath Mangeshkar, her father, was a well-known classical singer and theatrical performer. The second wife of Pandit Dinanath was her mother, Shevanti. She and her siblings received classical music training at an early age. Even though she had some experience with acting as a young artist, she naturally gravitated toward singing. Along with her older sister Lata Mangeshkar, she began acting and singing. In 1943, at the age of 10, Asha was given the opportunity to sing in a Marathi film. At 16, she went on an errand with Ganpatrao Bhosle, the personal secretary of her sister Lata Mangeshkar, and wed him against the wishes of her family. Ganpatrao forced Asha Bhosle out of the disastrous marriage. While singing as a playback singer, Ashaji met Rahul Dev Burman, with whom she married in 1980. The joyful union continued till Rahul’s passing in 1994.

Awards and Honours

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