Bollywood singer Asha Bhosle celebrates her 84th birthday with her grand kids in Geneva on Friday. She has been the voice we often choose when we are in love or out of it, when it is time to celebrate or cry your heart out or when we just want to be. We have playfully flirted with her voice, serenaded to her songs and even seduced with her numbers.
She has lent her voice for generations over the past six decades - from Zeenat Aman to Urmila Matondkar, from Rekha to Vidya Balan and the likes. From crooning classical numbers to teaming up with western artistes Boy George and Michael Stipe, Asha is one versatile singer who has done it all.
She also holds the Guinness Book of World Records for being the most recorded artist in the history of music. She was also honoured with the Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 2000 and the Padma Vibhushan in 2008.
Bhosle has managed to stay relevant by adapting to new styles and singing techniques. However, she believes technology cannot replace real talent. “We all have to get familiar with the use of technology in everything -- whether it is music or film. But we must not forget that nothing can replace real talent. Call me an old school (person), but I believe that technology cannot add soul to our voice. Therefore, the longevity of those songs (newly made) is lesser,” Bhosle had recently said.
Celebrating her birthday, we bring an all-inclusive playlist of her songs for every mood. Just grab your headphones and celebrate the singing diva’s birthday.
1. Kitaabein Bahut Si (Baazigar, 1993)
2. Kajra Mohabbat Wala (Kismat, 1968)
3. Sharaara (Mere Yaar Ki Shaadi hai, 2002)
4. Zara Sa Jhooom Loon Main (Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge, 1995)
5. Hungama Ho Gaya (Anhonee, 1973)
1. Abhi Na Jaao Chor Ke (Hum Dono, 1961)
2. Chura Liya Hai Tumne (Yaadon Ki Baaraat, 1973)
3. Tumse Milke Aisa Laga (Parinda, 1989)
4. Radha Kaise Na Jale (Lagaan, 2001)
5. Mann Kyu Behka (Ustav, 1984)
1. Kisi Nazar ko Tera Intezaar Aaj Bhi Hai (Aitebaar, 1985)
2. Mera Kuch Samaan (Ijaazat, 1987)
3. Jab Chali Thandi Hawa (Do Badan, 1966)
4. Justju Jiski Thi (Umrao Jaan, 1981)
5. Ye Kya Jagah Hai Dosto (Umrao Jaan, 1981)
1. Aaiye Meherbaan (Howrah Bridge, 1958)
2. Aao Huzoor Tumko (Kismat, 1968)
3. Aao Na Gale Lagao Na (Jeevan Saathi, 1972)
4. Husn Ke Laakhon Rang (Johnny Mera Naam, 1970)
5. Yeh hai Reshmi Zulfon Ka Andhera (Mere Sanam, 1965)