In the history of Indian Cinema, resonates the melodious voice of Asha Bhosle. A pioneering voice of the Hindi Cinema, Asha Bhosle carved a niche for herself in the film industry with her versatile voice and path breaking songs. A vivid experimentalist, her songs range from classical genre, pop, cabarets, ghazals, and western influence. Her songs were groovy and delightful at the same time. In 1948, Asha Bhosle made her playback debut with Hindi film “Chunariya”. She is known as a singer of exceptional calibre, Asha Bosle has sung over thousand Bollywood songs and was officially acknowledged by the Guinness Book of World Records as the most recorded artist in music history in 2011. Asha Bhosle was honored with the Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 2000 and the Padma Vibhushan in 2008. Even today her listeners are mesmerized with the charm of her voice since nothing has changed in her voice in the past 60 years. Here are some of the solo songs of the Quintessential Queen of Hindi Music.
This evergreen song from Shakti Samanta directed 1958 film, Howrah Bridge essentially captures the significant times. This beautiful song sung in the melodious voice of Asha Bhosle is still popular in the contemporary times. Famous lyricist and Urdu poet Qamar Jalalabadi penned the songs of this film. The song Aaiye Meherbaan Baithiye Jaane Jaan picturised on Madhu Bala and Ashok Kumar.
Piya Tu Ab Toh Aaja
This peppy number from 1971 Bollywood thriller film, Caravan, was sung by Asha Bhosle. The amalgamation of Helen’s dance moves and Asha Tai’s melodious voice made this song a hit. Parties were hard to imagine without this dance number during the nineties. Asha Bhosle was awarded the Filmfare Award for Best Playback Singer for this song.
Dum Maaro Dum
Written by Anand Bakshi and composed by R.D.Burman, this Indian Hindi Song from the 1971 film Hare Rama Hare Krishna was a true cult classic song. The song, Dum Maaro Dum was picturised on Zeenat Aman. The team of R.D.Burman and Asha Bhosle never failed to mesmerize its audience and Dum Maaro Dum was one such song. Deemed to be a song of the hippie generation, this song won Asha Tai a Filmfare Award.
Chura Liya Hai Tumne Jo Dil Ko
A romantic number of the nineties, this song touches the chords of hearts in the contemporary times.
A song from 1973 Indian film, Yaadon Ki Baaraat, directed by Nasir Hussain, Chura Liya Hai Tumne Jo Dil Ko is a timeless song. The iconic voice of Asha Bhosle still reverberates in hearts whenever this song is played . This classic song is an exemplary example of Asha Tai’s profound voice and R.D.Burman’s brilliant music.
Duniya Mein Logo Ko
With peppy songs like Duniya Mein Logon Ko and Piya Tu Ab Toh Aaja gave Asha Bhosle a niche for herself in the Indian Musical Industry. The Quintessential Queen of grrove, Asha Bosle is well known for her versatility and this song from 1972 Hindi Drama film proved that. This film was directed by Jambu and its music was composed by R.D.Burman. Apna Desh was a hit at the box office. Apna Deah (1972) was a remake of Telgu hit film Kathanayakudu.
Asha Bosle’s voice acts like a cherry on cake in this song Khatooba from the 1979 film Ali Baba Aur Chalis Chor. Khatooba song with its arabic flavor is a catchy number.
Mera Naam Hai Shabnam
Composed in a talk-sung style, Mera Naam Hai Shabnam from the 1971 Hindi film, Kati Patang was picturised on Bindu. This song is touted to be the first rap song of the Indian Music Industry. An experimental song, it garnered huge response from the masses. Kati Patang was among 17 consecutive hits of Rajesh Khanna between 1969 and 1974.
Zara Sa Jhoom Loon Mai
The iconic love story of Raj and Siman is still an inspiration for the nineties kids. This playful song becomes even more amazing with the timeless voice of Asha Bhosle. From singing for Madhubala to Kajol, Asha Tai has definitely come a long way and has created a benchmark for others. The versatile singer sang this song which was composed by Jatin-Lalit and was picturised on Shahrukh Khan and Kajol. Directed by Aditya Chopra, DDLJ is still a favorite and after a span of over twenty years, is still being shown at the Maratha Mandir Theatre in Mumbai.
Deewana Hua Badal
Kashmir ki Kali, a 1964 film starring Shami Kapoor, Sharmila Tagore, Pran, Dhumal, Nazir Hussain and Anoop Kumar was a box office hit. It was the sixth highest grossing film of the year. This song was picturised on Shammi Kapoor and Sharmila Tagore. The music of the film was composed by O.P.Nayyar and the lyrics were penned by S.H. Bihari.
Mera Kuch Samaan Tumhare Paas Pada
This is a mesmerising song from the movie Ijaazat. Sung by Asha Bhosle, the song was composed by R D Burman. Released in 1987, the movie starred Rekha, Naseeruddin Shah and Anuradha Patel.