When Shakespeare wrote “…Age cannot wither her, nor custom stale
Her infinite variety”,
- among other things, perhaps he was presaging , in a good sense the advent of Asha Bhosle , the renowned playback singer of Bollywood in the twentieth century through twenty first century. Asha Bhosle , the evergreen , versatile singer of Hindi cinema turns 82 today. In a singing career spanning about six decades, she has captivated the music lovers of the Indian sub continent with her unmatched voice , which is difficult to describe or define in terms of tone, tenor or timbre in one single phrase. Her songs Aya Holi ka tyohar & Aadha Hai Chandrama Raat Aadhi from the film ‘Navrang ‘ , Ab ke Baras Bhej Bhaiyya ko babul from ‘Bandini’, Kali Ghata Chhaye mora Jiya tarsaaye from ‘Sujata’ , Udein Jab Jab Zulfei teri from ‘Naya Daur’, Tere Khayalon mein hum from ‘Geet Gaya Pattharon Ne’, Paan Khaye sayyan hamaaro from ‘Teesri Qasam’ are simply superb. Her non- film number- Geet kitne gaa chuki hoon, is sukhi jag ke liye- can virtually draw tears from even an unemotional listener.She has sung playback for child artistes in films ‘Boot Polish’ and ‘Jagriti’. Besides her Punjabi songs are no less popular. Pyar de bhulekhe kinne sohne sohne kha gaye , and Das mereya Dholana ve toon kehde arsh da tara,- both duets with Muhammad Rafi are unforgettable masterpieces. For her voice quality, she has been the favourite of late O.P.Nayyar , who never took Lata Mangeshkar for his compositions. Asha Bhosle has lent her voice to Qawwalis, Bhajans, Shabads also and done full justice to these with her rendition. She holds the record for most recorded singer , leaving even Lata Mangeshkae her more acclaimed and celebrated elder sister behind. We hope she continues to sing and enrich the music world with her melodies.