Also known as the Queen of Indipop, Asha Bhosle is known for her versatility. The singing legend has been a part of the industry for over 6 decades now and through her journey, she has given us some beautiful songs which will remain with us forever. It is Ashaji's birthday today and we thought of treating you all her fans with some lesser-known facts about the playback singer. Scroll down to know.
First Song At 10
When Asha Bhosle was 10, she sang her first song Chala Chala Nav Bala with sister Lata Mangeshkar. Both the sisters supported their families financially through their singing. Asha Bhosle was just 16 when she recorded her first solo song. It was for a movie called Raat Ki Raani.
Her First National Award Was For A Ghazal
We all know legendary singer Asha Bhosle for her peppy songs but many don't know that her first national award was for a ghazal. In the year 1981, Asha Bhosle collaborated with music director Khayyam for Umrao Jaan starring Rekha. All the tracks of the movie were big hits. Asha Bhosle got her first national award as a female playback singer for Umrao Jaan.
First Singer To Be Nominated For Grammy
Asha Bhosle was the country's first singer to be nominated for the Grammy awards. She was nominated for her album Legacy which had 12 classical songs in Asha Bhosle's voice with classical musician Ustad Ali Akbar Khan. In the year 2005, she was again nominated for the Grammy awards. This time she was nominated for an album which was a collaboration with Kronos Quartet which was titled - 'You’ve Stolen My Heart – Songs from R D Burman’s Bollywood'.
Restaurant Chain Around The World
Not just singing, Asha Bhosle is great with cooking too. She is known for her amazing cooking skills. Her family and friends from the industry love her handmade food. Do you know, Asha Bhosle has a restaurant chain called Asha's in different parts of the world, namely Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Kuwait, Bahrain, Manchester UK, Birmingham among others. These restaurants serve Asha's signature dishes. The best part about dining in these restaurants is that the singer's best hits always keep playing in the background.
Trouble In Marriage
Asha Bhosle got married to Ganpatroa Bhosle when she was 16. However, their marriage didn't end well. They parted ways after a few years of their wedding. She came back home when she had two children and was pregnant with the third one.
Asha Bhosle always wanted to try different things and this is why she kept experimenting with her music too. At the age of 79, Asha Bhosle made her acting debut with a Marathi film titled Mai. The movie revolved around children who abandoned their old parents. The movie also starred actors like Ram Kapoor and Padmini Kolhapure.
Guinness Book Of World Records
In the year 2011, Ashaji was acknowledged with the Guinness Book Of World Records as the most recorded artist in the world.
Collaboration With Big Names
Through her journey, Asha Bhosle collaborated with a lot of big names in the singing world including Boy George, Michael Stipe, Code Red amongst others. Her records got a lot of success and it led to many other collaborations. In the year 1997, Asha Bhosle got a tribute from British Band Cornership with the song Brimful Of Asha.
We can't thank the singing legend enough for giving us some great tracks through her journey. May she continue to sing and make us all cherish her voice forever. For more such stories stay tuned!