Asha Bhosle’s Incredible Musical Journey Spanning Over 7 Decades

This Saturday, Asha Tai celebrated her 85th birthday with a lot of fervour. Every year it seems like she turns a year younger. She’s a phenomenal cook, a vibrant, lovely human being with an unbeatable sense of humour and obviously the evergreen playback singer, who earned an entry into the Guinness Book of World Records for recording over 11,000 songs in 20 different languages.

Asha Bhosle Cooking

Those are unbelievable numbers and it’s quite possible that no Bollywood singer in the future will be able to top that record, but did you know, what it has been like for her to be the perennial number 2 and being overshadowed by the gigantic banyan tree, her elder sister, Lata Mangeshkar?

Asha Bhosle With Lata Mangeshkar

Today let’s read about a few of Asha Bhosle’s most successful melodies till date.

Nigahein Milane Ko Jee Chahta Hai (1963)


Music: Roshan

Lyrics: Sahir Ludhianvi

Singer: Asha Bhosle

Movie: Dil Hi To Hai

The first couplet sets the mood of the song. A girl, newly in love, wonders if she shall talk openly about it. Qawwalis generally include hand clapping to enhance percussion. It is lovely in this passage to hear the clang of the ghungroo in addition to the claps. Nutan’s expressive eyes and excellent acting skills bring life into this song from the 1963 movie, ‘Dil Hi To Hai’, starring Nutan opposite to Raj Kapoor.

Ye Dekh Ke Dil Jhooma (1964)

Sharmila Tagore

Music: O.P Nayyar

Lyrics: S.H. Bihari

Singers: Mohammad Rafi, Asha Bhosle

Movie: Kashmir Ki Kali

O.P Nayyar was the first music director to recognise and groom Asha Bhosle’s talent. This song directed by Nayyar is from the cult film, ‘Kashmir Ki Kali’ starring Shammi Kapoor and Sharmila Tagore, who are seen rowing on the majestic, crystal blue Dal Lake. This track proves that Mohammad Rafi and Asha Bhosle’s duets are to die for.

Asha Bhosle And Lata Mangeshkar With O.P Nayyar

Jaiye Aap Kaha Jayenge (1965)

Asha Parekh And Biswajeet

Music: O.P Nayyar

Lyrics: Majrooh Sultanpuri

Singers: Asha Bhosle

Movie: Mere Sanam

Asha Bhosle’s voice is absolutely perfect for this sultry track from the 1965 film ‘Mere Sanam’ with Asha Parekh and Biswajeet playing the lead roles. It has a remarkable Alaap (a form of melodic improvisation that introduces and develops a raga) encrusted in the middle of the song.

Piya Tu Ab To Aaja (1971)

Helen Actress

Music: R.D Burman

Lyrics: Majrooh Sultanpuri

Singer: Asha Bhosle

Movie: Caravan

‘Piya Tu Ab To Aaja’ is considered to be a quintessential cabaret item number performed by Helen in the 1971 movie ‘Caravan’. The song worked as a catalyst that made Asha Bhosle the queen of cabaret numbers. The lyrics by Majrooh Sultanpuri are quite sassy and unique.

Jaane Ja Dhoondta Phir Raha (1972)

Jaya Bhaduri

Music: R.D Burman

Lyrics: Anand Bakshi

Singers: Asha Bhosle, Kishore Kumar

Movie: Jawani Diwani

Who hasn’t crooned to this popular Asha Bhosle, Kishore Kumar melody? This song lights up any public gathering. Asha Ji considers it to be her toughest song till date. Haven’t heard this song from the 1972 hit ‘Jawani Diwani’ yet? Enjoy it exclusively on the  GaanPehchaana app.

Sooni Sooni Saans Ke Sitaar (1971)

Rakhee Gulzar

Music: Shankar- Jaikishan

Lyrics: Neeraj

Singers: Asha Bhosle

Movie: Lal Patthar

‘Sooni Sooni Saans Ki Sitar Par, Bhige Bhige Aansuon Ki Tar Par’, is a fabulous classical melody based on the Raaga Jaijaivanti. How many of you have seen Rakhee performing to this song in front of the audience in the 1971 film, ‘Lal Patthar’? According to the Guru Granth Sahib, this raga is a mixture of two other ragas – Bilaval and Sorath. This raga appears in the latter section in Gurbani and is one amongst the 4 hymns composed by Guru Tegh Bahadur, the 9th guru.

Do Lafzon Ki Hai Dil Ki Kahani (1979)

Amitabh Bachchan And Zeenat Aman

Music: R.D Burman

Lyrics: Anand Bakshi

Singers: Asha Bhosle, Amitabh Bachchan, Sharad Kumar

Movie: The Great Gambler

Don’t we all love this beautiful song “Do Lafzon Ki Hai Dil Ki Kahaani, Ya Hai Mohabbat Ya Hai Jawaani”? Music was the basic foundation of Asha Bhosle and R.D Burman’s marriage and this track from the 1979 film, ‘The Great Gambler’ directed by Shakti Samanta, absolutely steals our hearts away. Burman and Bhosle’s taste for music was eclectic and this song is an example of that.

Asha Bhosle With R.D Burman

Man Kyon Behka Re Behka Aadhi Raat Ko (1984)

Rekha Actress

Music: Laxmikant Pyarelal

Lyrics: Vasant Dev

Singers: Asha Bhosle, Lata Mangeshkar

Movie: Utsav

This track is memorable as one of Asha Bhosle’s best duets of all time with Lata Mangeshkar. It is from the 1984 movie ‘Utsav’ based on an ancient, historical story, starring Rekha and Shekhar Suman in the lead roles. The beating of the daflis and the dhols exude a beautiful, rhythmic music, which will make you fall in love with the melody.

Mera Kuch Samaan (1987)

Mera Kuch Samaan

Music: R.D Burman

Lyrics: Gulzar

Singers: Asha Bhosle

Movie: Ijaazat

Pancham da or R.D Burman referred to this song as the luggage song. Asha Bhosle has repeatedly said in interviews that this song is her life. Asha’s soft and soothing voice, as well as Gulzar’s deep lyrics, will enchant you and make you feel good. The music of the sitars strumming is the perfect food for your soul. It’s from the 1987 film, ‘Ijaazat’.

Lata’s Goddess-like personality led to the creation of the outstanding Asha Bhosle. While Lata sang for the leading heroines, Asha was left to fill the gap. She lent her cheerful voice to the Helens of the industry, the cabaret girls and vamps. She carved a special niche for herself. Her full-throated, thin, sensuous voice ended up making her successful.

Best Singer Asha Bhosle

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