Hemant Kenkre unravels a lesser known side of the singing legend Asha Bhosle who celebrates her 78th birthday today. A loving human being, far from the bitterness of the world, Asha has more to her than an unending body of songs. Parmita Uniyal reports. Be the first to wish Asha Bhosle
musicUpdated: Sep 08, 2011 23:03 IST
For Asha Bhosle, the 78-year-old singing genius, age is just a number. From teaming up with international artists like Brett Lee to giving acting a shot with Marathi film Maai, the veteran singer continues to inspire all generations. Every year, she adds to her unending body of songs with her melodious voice. On her 78th birthday, Asha's former son-in-law Hemant Kenkre unravels the Asha he knew, during the time he spent with her. Hemant claims he still shares a wonderful personal equation with Asha and there is absolutely no bitterness or negativity. He was married to Asha's daughter Varsha Bhosle.
Secret of the magic in her voice Apart from the voice, Asha Bhosle believes in putting soul to a song. For that she could go to any lengths. While doing Umrao Jaan, she read the novel first to understand what the character was all about. She was not much into ghazals before, but her research about the character for which she was singing was tremendous. I personally believe it was a huge challenge for her to do a song like that. Even today when you listen to Dil Cheez Kya Hai, you can feel there is a soul in the song.
Birthday Message from Hemant Kenkre You are still the inspiration of people of my generation and of all generations. Happy birthday and have a great time.