The singer who has got the most suave voice is also the most versatile singer the industry has been blessed with. She has done playback singing for over 1000 Bollywood movies and has sung above 12,000 songs in almost 18 languages throughout her career. She has sung for all the music directors of her era like Ravi, Khayyam, Shankar – Jaikishan, RD Burman and the list goes on .She maintains her beautiful voice intact and age has not affected her singing talent or her style.
Asha Bhosle was born ((born September 8, 1933)) in the small hamlet of Goar in Sangli, Maharashtra, into the musical Marathi family of Pandit Deenanath Mangeshkar. Her father was a theater actor and classical singer. When she was nine years old, her father died. The family moved from Pune to Kolhapur and then to Mumbai. She and her elder sister Lata Mangeshkar began singing and acting in films to support their family. She sang her first film song Chala Chala Nav Bala for the Marathi movie Majha Bal (1943). The music for the film was composed by Datta Dawjekar. She made her Hindi film debut when she sang the song Saawan aaya for Hansraj Behl’s Chunariya (1948). Her first solo Hindi film song was for the movie Raat Ki Raani (1949).
At the age of 16, she eloped with 31-year-old Ganpatrao Bhosle, marrying him against her family’s wishes. Ganpatrao was sister Lata’s personal secretary.
1968: "Garibon ki Suno" (Dus Lakh, 1966)
1969: "Parde Mein Rehne Do" (Shikar, 1968)
1972: "Piya Tu Ab To Aaja" (Caravan, 1971)
1973: "Dum Maro Dum" (Hare Rama Hare Krishna, 1972)
1974: "Hone Lagi Hain Raat" (Naina, 1973)
1975: "Chain Se Humko Kabhi" (Pran Jaye Par Vachan Na Jaye, 1974)
1979: "Yeh Mera Dil" (Don, 1978)
1996 – Special Award (Rangeela, 1995)
2001 – Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award
National Film Awards
Asha has won the National Film Award for Best Female Playback Singer twice:
1981: Dil Cheez Kya Hai (Umrao Jaan)
1986: Mera Kuch Samaan (Ijaazat)
Asha has won numerous other awards, some of which include:
1987: Nightingale Of Asia Award (from the Indo–Pak Association, UK).
1989: Lata Mangeshkar Award (Government of Madhya Pradesh).
1997: Screen Videocon Award (for the album Jaanam Samajha Karo).
1997: MTV Award (for the album Jaanam Samajha Karo).
1997: Channel V Award (for the album Jaanam Samjha Karo).
1998: Dayawati Modi Award.
1999: Lata Mangeshkar Award (Government of Maharashtra)
2000: Singer of the Millennium (Dubai).
2000: Zee Gold Bollywood Award (for Mujhe Rang De from Thakshak).
2001: MTV Award (for Kambakht Ishq).
2002: BBC Lifetime Achievement Award (presented by the UK Prime Minister Tony Blair).
2002: Zee Cine Award for Best Playback Singer – Female (for Radha Kaise Na Jale from Lagaan).
2002: Zee Cine Special Award for Hall of Fame.
2002: Screen Videocon Award (for Radha Kaise Na Jale from Lagaan).
2002: Sansui Movie Award (for Radha Kaise Na Jale from Lagaan).
2003: Swaralaya Yesudas Award for outstanding contributions to Indian music.
2004: Living Legend Award by the Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
2005: MTV Immies, Best Female Pop Act for Aaj Jaane Ki Zid Na Karo.
2005: Most Stylish People in Music.
Honours and recognitions
In 1997, Asha became the first Indian singer to be nominated for the Grammy Award, for Legacy, an album with Ustad Ali Akbar Khan.
She has received seventeen Maharashtra State Awards.
She received the Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 2000 for her outstanding contribution to Indian cinema.
She holds honorary doctorates from the University of Amravati and University of Jalgaon in Literature.
She has received The Freddie Mercury Award for Outstanding Achievement in Arts.
The Birmingham Film Festival paid her a special tribute in November 2002.
She was honoured with the Padma Vibhushan by the Government of India.
She was among top 20 music icons of the past 50 years by CNN.