Friday, February 16, 2007

After more than 14,000 recordings and a career spanning six decades, legendary Bollywood singer Asha Bhosle still considers herself a student of music.

Born in 1933 in Goa, she has sung thousands of hits in several Indian languages, which have garnered her innumerable awards.

Bhosle gained global renown through world tours, concerts and performances with international artists such as Boy George, the Grammy-award winning Kronos Quartet and British band Cornershop, who paid tribute to her with their 1999 song "Brimful of Asha".

Recently she zoomed to the top of the Indian music charts with her album "Asha and Friends" featuring blonde Australian cricketer Brett Lee and macho Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt.

After losing her father at the age of 9, Bhosle started acting and singing in films with her more illustrious sister Lata Mangeshkar to support her family.

A failed first marriage did not deter her -- she brought up her three children as well as pursuing her singing career. She remarried famous Bollywood composer Rahul Dev Burman in 1980.

Bhosle's big break in Bollywood came in 1957 when she sung tracks for the film "Naya Daur" (New Age). Now 73, Bhosle has no plans of quitting the industry.
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