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Evergreen voice of Asha Bhosle, who turns 84 today.

Evergreen voice of Asha Bhosle, who turns 84 today.

Kolkata, Sep 8 (UNI) From yesteryears` actresses Mumtaz, Zeenat Aman, Madhubala, Helen and Asha Parekh to the new-age heroines like Aishwarya, Kajol, Kareena Kapoor and Urmila Matondkar, are all bound by a common thread - the evergreen voice of Asha Bhosle, who turns 84 today.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee wished her on the occasion.
“Wishing you a very happy birthday Asha Bhosle ji,” Ms Banerjee posted on her social networking site.
Sister of the legendary singer Lata Mangeshwar, Asha Bhosle is one of the best-known and highly regarded Hindi playback singers in India and has sung over 12,000 songs.
She started her career in 1943 and has spanned over six decades.
Born on September 8, the singer has recorded many private albums and has participated in numerous concerts in India and abroad.
O.
P.
Nayyar gave her a break in 1956 for C.
I.
D.
Her duets with Rafi like Maang ke saath tumhara, Saathi haath badhana and Uden jab jab zulfein teri, earned her recognition.
Known for her voice range and often credited for her versatility Bhosle's work includes film music, pop, ghazals, bhajans, traditional Indian Classical music, folk songs, qawwalis, Rabindra Sangeets and Nazrul Geetis.
She has sung in many languages including Assamese, Urdu, Telugu, Marathi, Bengali, Gujarati, Punjabi, Tamil, English and many more.
On her birthday today, melody queen Lata Mangeshkar gave blessings and good wishes to her younger sister.
“Namaskar.
Aaj meri choti behen Asha ka janamdin hai.
Main usko aashirwad deti hun ki wo hamesha khush aur sukhi rahe,” melody queen tweeted.
In another post ” Asha ka gaaya hua mera ek pasandida geet aap sabke liye.
” Mangeshkar shared a video of Bhosle's track “ Ye kya Jageh Hai Dosto” from the 1981 film “Umrao Jaan Bollywood actress Kajol tweeted, “Happy birthday to my super cool Ashatai @ashabhosle .
Love u and love ur love of life.
” The famous Fm Radio channel tweeted, “Songs That Define Asha Bhosle As The Queen Of Melody ! @ashabhosle.
” “Many happy returns of the day, Asha Tai.
A very Happy Birthday to the living legend,” Tseries tweeted.
“A gift to the world of music, her harmonious voice moves many.
Wishing @ashabhosle a very happy birthday!” Dharma Production tweeted Actor Kapik Sharma tweeted, “Wishing you a very happy birthday.
” Senior Congress leader Rajiv Shukla tweeted, “Many many happy returns of the day to asha Bhonsle ji may god give her enough strength to carry on her work @ashabhosle @mangeshkarlata,” Another congress leade Kapil Sibal tweeted.
“ We pay our tributes to #ashabhosle the queen of timeless voice on her 84th birthday.
” “Thank you to all of you for your kind birthday greetings.
Your affection for me makes life worth living,” Asha Bhosle in her reply tweeted.
"Aaiye Meherban" - The sensuous number picturised on then screen goddess Madhubala and Ashok Kumar in the 1958 film "Howrah Bridge" has the same magic effect today on listeners as it did six decades ago.
"Jaaiye aap kahan" - A beautiful and soulful romantic number picturised on veteran actress Asha Parekh and Biswajeet, the song from the film "Mere Sanam" (1965) is one of the best songs of Asha Bhosle.
Her silken vocals instantly strike a chord with the listeners.
"O mere Sona re" - A playful romantic song from "Teesri Manzil" (1968) represents Asha`s light-hearted, free flowing singing style.
It was highly appreciated.
"Piya tu" - Asha always gave that extra zing to her voice while singing cabaret numbers, and "Piya tu" from the film "Caravaan" (1971) is one of the best among such songs.
In fact, it was the catalyst in making Asha the queen of cabaret numbers.
Her style of singing took the track to another pedestal.
"Dum maro dum" - A cult song, something very different from the usual songs created at that time.
The versatile singer changes her usual voice for this gypsy track in "Hare Krishna Hare Rama" (1971).
Free flowing yet powerful, it showed a completely diverse side of Asha.
"Chura liya hai tumne" - A romantic melody from the film "Yaadon Ki Baraat" (1973), the song has been a hit for decades.
It still appeals to music lovers of all ages, making it an evergreen number.
Asha`s honey-tucked voice has done wonders for this composition, making it a hot favourite even after 36 years of its release.
"Yeh mera dil" - Pacy, hip with a strong musical backing, the song from "Don" (1978) is still regarded as one of the best songs of the film.
It seems that no one could have done a better job than Asha.
The song is energetic and full on punch.
"Dil cheez kya hai" - Apart from cbaret numbers and romantic songs, Asha also proved her mettle in singing ghazals.
A classic, "Dil cheez kya hai" from "Umrao Jaan" (1981) is a ghazal that pulls at one`s heart strings.
The song marked a bit of a departure from Asha`s fast-paced avatar.
A classically influenced song, this one is one of the milestones in the singer`s career.
"Mera kuch samaan" - A song that was ahead of its times, it pits Asha in a league apart from her contemporaries.
Beautifully composed by R.
D.
Burman and penned by Gulzar, the lilting melody from the film "Ijaazat" (1987) proved Asha`s versatility in the true sense.
Soft music and complete focus on the vocals, made it one of Asha`s best songs.
"Yayi re yayi re" - A 62-year-old Asha Bhosle sung this song in "Rangeela" (1995), which was picturised on Urmila Matondkar, who was only 21 years old that time.
Her voice oozed freshness and punch even after so many years.
Needless to say, the song was a big hit.
Asha has won seven Filmfare Best Female Playback Awards out of 18 nominations.
She has won the National Film Award for Best Female Playback Singer twice:1981: Dil Cheez Kya Hai (Umrao Jaan) and 1986: Mera Kuch Samaan (Ijaazat).
Asha received Padma Vibhushan from President Pratibha Patil on Monday May 5, 2008 UNI BM AKM

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