Asha Hai Kya Dhamaka Hai !












Asha Bhosle songs are the most sensuous repertoires of Indian cinema starting from O P Nayyars”˜ ”˜Aaiye Meherbaan’ in Howrah Bridge, ”˜Jaaiye aap kahan jayenge’ in Mere Sanam; Khayyams’ ”˜Phir na keeje gustakh nigahi ka gila’ in Phir Subah Hogi; for Jaidev she sang famous ”˜Nadi naare na jao shyam paiyan padoon’ in Mujhe Jeene Do, to ”˜Chanda Mama door Ke’ with Ravi; to when she hit a high note with Pancham Da as  she sang for Piya tu ab to aaja’and ”˜dum maro dum’; in 2000, Asha sung the theme song for  Kamal Haasan‘s political film  Hey Ram, the song, “Nee Partha Parvai” (Janmon Ki Jwala  in Hindi); for A R Rahman she sang “Tanha Tanha” and “Rangeela Re” which were chartbusters; for Shankar Jaikishan Asha crooned the famous ‘Parde mein rehne do’ in Shikar. Asha sang some of the most seductive numbers which ring in our ears for she has not stopped even now when she is in her eighties.

Daughter of Hriday Nath Mangeshkar and little sister of Lata Mangeshkar, Asha made her own presence with her unique tinkly voice which was sought after by many more music directors she sang for at times making them famous.

Asha’s sibling rivalry with Laya Mangeshkar  is often talked about, in spite of their insistence that these are just tales. As young children, they were very close. As a child, Lata used to carry Asha all the time. They were so inseparable that when Lata went to school she would take Asha with her. One day the teacher protested and said that they cannot have two students on one fee. Lata refused to return to school without Asha and quit her studies.

When Asha was 16 years of age she  eloped with 31-year-old Ganpatrao Bhosle.

Lata considered Asha’s act of eloping with her lover as irresponsible, leaving her alone to sing and earn for the family. This led to tensions between them. Asha herself accepted in an interview,  “It was a love marriage and Lata  didi  did not speak to me for a long time. She disapproved of the alliance.”

Later, after three children, Asha separated from Bhosle. She remarried Pancham in 1980.

Winner of many film awards, honours, national awards as playback singer Asha was awarded with Padma Vibhushan and Dada Phalke Awards, in 2011 her name appearing in the Guinness Book of Records as the most recorded artist, also having received 17 Maharashtra State Awards.

Asha sure is dhamaka and Sydney is organising ”˜Asha Hai Dhamaka hai’ with her songs and dinner organised by Omgettogethers on September 12 at Redgum Centre in Wentworthville. Shobha Ingleshwar and Kedar will give a duo performance and they want all to dance the night away with Asha’s songs. Program starts at 6.30pm. It is a night that promises fun, music and and an opportunity to live the legend of Asha and her famous numbers.






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