It is a joyous day as the nation celebrates Asha Bhosle’s 83rd birthday. The singer who has lent her voice to popular tracks such as Piya Tu Ab Toh Aaja (Caravan; 1971) and Yeh Mera Dil (Don; 1978), has not only made India proud but has represented the nation at global platforms on several occasions. As she turns a year older, from Anu Malik to Ayushmann Khurrana, we get industry folks to speak to us on her special day and dedicate her most popular tracks to the songstress.
One of the most popular songs from Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995) was Zara Sa Jhoom Loon Mein sung by Asha Bhosle, starring Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol. Actor and singer Ayushmann Khurrana has dedicated this track to the birthday girl in the video below. Check it out below.
Watch: Ayushmann Khurrana singing Zara Sa Jhoom Loon Mein for Asha Bhosle
Popular singer Shilpa Rao who is known for her songs Manmanrziyan (Lootera; 2013), Tose Naina (Anwar; 2007) etc, talks about how Ashaji has been an inspiration to women, all around the world. Have a look at this heartwarming birthday message from Shilpa.
Watch: Shilpa Rao talking about how Asha Bhosle is an inspiration to women
Aman Trikha, who is popular for his tracks such as Jaaneman Aah (Dishoom) and Hookah Bar (Khiladi 786; 2012) has dedciated a medley of Asha’s most popular songs, to the birthday girl. He starts with Abhi Na Jao Chod Kar (Hum Dono; 1961) and ends it with Tu Tu Hai Wohi (Yeh Vaada Raha; 1982) and a sweet birthday message. Watch!
Watch: Aman Trikha singing a medley of Asha Bhosle’s popular songs
Here’s what Anu Malik, Sudesh Bhosle and Udit Narayan have to say about the birthday girl:
have loads of memories with her: Anu Malik
My experience working with her has been amazing. She is something that God doesn’t make anymore. If I look back at my career and my life’s first song, I was only around 14 and the only singer I wanted to work with was Ashaji. She has helped a lot of composers stand on their feet.
I have loads of memories with her. One was when I used to walk into her house in Prabhu Kunj, and I had no work but, whenever I went to town I would knock on her door and her door would be opened by her son (who is no more) and I would go into the hall of hers and the first thing she used to come out and ask me is if I would have tea.
The most important memory is something that happened very recently. I wasn’t well, and I was in the ICU. It was obviously a bad time. This was in the month of June. And it was Ashaji who came to visit me at the hospital. You can imagine, the whole hospital went dizzy. She was completely aghast. She came and sat down and did her prayers next to me and held my hand and it was quite an emotional moment. And I could sense that warmth in her. I had just been signed for a Mukesh Bhatt – Mahesh Bhatt film, Begum Jaan, and it was then that I decided I wanted to work with her. And I spoke to Mukeshji and my director to get her to sing a song. And the beautiful thing is that while she was praying for me I had a tune humming in my head, and without telling her I rang up the producer, right from the ICU. As soon as I came out from the ICU, Ashaji was completely appalled and she was like a child. I have never seen someone work with so much passion. She was jumping up and down with joy.
What I wanted to say on her birthday is, may she live a thousand years, you don’t make people like this. The person who came to visit me and pray for me, show her love and appreciation and then sing a song at this age, anyone can go gaga. How do you explain an enigma? How do you explain a person like Asha Bhosle? a star or a super star or just someone from the Gods. Wish her a big happy birthday!
Ashaji is the reason I began my playback career :Sudesh Bhosle
In 1986 when I was working the Melody Makers orchestra Asha ji came as a guest and was impressed by my performance. She introduced me to RD Burman who immediately signed me up as a play back singer. Ashaji is the reason I began my playback career. The credit goes to her because I was just an orchestra singer. Since then I have been performing with her till date on almost all her shows. Since we share our surnames she announced that her son is coming, even though we are not related. Whenever I am feeling low, I think of Ashaji and call her and she talks to me and that gives me a lot of energy. She is like a guru, a mother, an institute. Whenever I think I have no work, new singers are coming up and we are not called, that time I think of Ashaji. She is never low. She always does new things and keeps herself up to date with the new trend. She does albums with young children, she has even recorded with her grand daughter.
I would like to wish her happy birthday. Many many happy returns of the day. I pray to God to keep her in good health and to let her sing till she wants. She is alive today only because she is singing. If she leaves singing and sits idle at home, she will go into depression. She is a fighter. I pray for her on behalf of all her fans and I wish we do more shows and people keep listening to her good and divine music. We are very lucky to have been born in this era. I pray God keeps her in good health and gives her a very very long life. I wish her family all the happiness in the world.
There is no one and there can be no one like her: Udit Narayan
First of all want to congratulate Ashaji on her birthday. I met Ashaji in my childhood . I’ve always admired her. She is a versatile singer, no doubt. What can I say about Ashaji? She is a legendary singer, and in front her of her we are very junior. I have had the privilege of working with her. Songs like Ajnabi Mujhko Itna Bata, Pyaar To Hona Hi Tha (1998) are etched in my mind. She is a charming lady, always smiling, cracking jokes and always talking, is extremely friendly.
I have quite a few memories with her. Once I was working with her and Mohd Rafi ji. Compared to them I was a newcomer. Initially I could not sing properly, so she started making fun of me. That was my first recording with her. After that I became fine. I worked with her in Lagaan and Dil toh Paagal . What else can I say about her? There is no one and there can be no one like her. There are many talented people out there but to be like Asha Bhosle is impossible.
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