Happy Birthday Ashaji

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Epic Entertainment wishes the legendary last empress Asha Bhosle a very happy 83rd Birthday! We look forward to welcoming the living legend to South African shores October 1st at the Durban ICC and 2nd October at the Gallagher Estate.


Today we look into the life of the legendary Asha Bhosle.

Asha Bhosle was born on 8th of September, 1933 in a Marathi family. Her father was the renowned singer and actor Dinanath Mangeshkar. He trained her in classical music at a very young age. Though she had her brush with acting as a child artist, it was quite natural for her to choose playback singing like her older sister Lata Mangeshkar. Sadly, her father suddenly passed away in the year 1942 causing turmoil in her family. They had to move from Pune to Bombay and settle again. Asha got the chance to sing in a Marathi film when she was ten years old. Her initial years saw a lot of struggle since her elder sister Lata was in much demand and unfair comparisons rose every now and then.

In the year 1948 she got to make her playback debut in Hindi in a film called Chunariya. The song was called “Saawan Aaya” and Asha was noticed for her different playful voice. When she was 16, she eloped with Lata’s personal secretary Ganpatrao Bhosle and married him much against the family’s wishes. The marriage failed miserably and Asha Bhosle was driven out by Ganpatrao following some misunderstanding. She came back to her maternal home with two kids and pregnant with the third one. However, this did not deter her from pursuing her dreams and she continued to sing for films. During 1950’s she got assignments that were rejected by leading singers like Geeta Dutt, Lata Mangeshkar and Shamshad Begum.

These songs were basically meant for the sidelined roles like cabaret numbers or C-grade movies. It took a lot of perseverance from Asha to make it to the top. Her hard work and efforts paid off when she was given her first big break with the movie C.I.D (1956). Under the patronage of O.P Nayyar she got more and more offers and began belting out hits after hits. She tasted huge success with the movie Naya Daur (1957). With O. P Nayyar, Asha gave out hits after hits like Aaiye Meherban, Deewana Hua Badal, Isharon Isharon Mein, Aao Huzur Tumko, Ude Jab Jab Zulfein Teri, etc. The last song she recorded with him was “Chain Se” of the movie “Pran Jaaye Par Vachan Na Jaaye” (1974) and then parted ways.

She was noticed by other music directors like S.D Burman after the phenomenal success of these songs. She and S.D Burman created many hit soundtracks for movies like Kaala Pani, Kaala Bazaar, Insaan Jaag Utha, Lajwanti, Sujata and Teen Deviyaan. Most famous of these songs were Asha Bhosle’s duets with Mohammed Rafi and Kishore Kumar. After the mid 60’s Asha collaborated with R.D Burman and reached the peak of her career. The movie “Teesri Manzil” released in 1966 shot her to fame and she won popular acclaim. The duo of Asha and R.D Burman produced hits after hits and their collaboration resulted in marriage.

Asha became the voice of Helen, one of the most graceful dancers of that era. Helen would visit Asha during her recordings to understand the feel of the song and choreograph her steps accordingly. Some of her evergreen hits featuring Helen are Piya Tu Ab To Aaja (Caravan), O Haseena Zulfon Wali (Teesri Manzil), and Yeh Mera Dil (Don). A popular song “Jaane Jaa” from the movie Jawaani Diwaani (1972) required her to switch from high pitch to low almost simultaneously which she did with utmost ease and perfection. The song “Dum Maro Dum” of the movie “Hare Rama Hare Krishna” showed an entirely new side of her talent. The romantic “Chura Liya Hai Tumne” from the movie “Yaadon Ki Baarat” is hummed even today and is considered to be one of the most romantic songs of this century.

Asha proved critics wrong in 1980’s when she sang beautiful Ghazals for the movie Umrao Jaan. She proved that she can sing classical with as much panache as other genres. The great composer Khayyam told her to sing two notes lower than usual. The rest as they say is history! The songs turned out to be chart toppers and till date are sung with much elegance and respect. In the 90’s she experimented with peppy numbers and produced hits like Tanha Tanha, Yaire, Kambakth Ishq, Chori Pe Chori. She also has a number of pop albums to her credit and has acquired international by singing with artists like Boy George, Black Eyed Peas and cricketer Brett Lee. She has many awards including eight Filmfare awards and two National Awards apart from numerous other accolades.

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Asha Bhosle’s message to South African Fans

The legendary Asha Bhosle has a special message for her South African fans…

Be there to experience the last empress live in concert at the Durban ICC on 1 October 2016 and Gallagher Estate on 2 October 2016. Click on the link below to book your seat to be part of an unforgettable musical experience with the legendary Ashaji in a showcase also featuring Javed Ali & a twelve-piece band led by Nitin Shankar.

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Asha Bhosle set to captivate South African fans

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It’s spring and we are exactly one month away from the highly anticipated and most awaited farewell tour of The Last Empress Asha Bhosle live in concert featuring the talented Javed Ali & a twelve piece band led by Nitin Shankar. The event is proudly brought to you by Epic Entertainment in association with Express Deliveries, Zee TV (TV Partner) & The Rising Sun (Print Partner) in Durban on  1 October 2016 at the Durban ICC Arena and Johannesburg on 2 October 2016 at Gallagher Estate.

Fondly referred to as Ashaji, Asha Bhosle is one of the distinguished voices and icon of the Indian music fraternity. The vivacious songstress has 13,000 songs cutting across various genres amassed in her musical repertoire. Renowned for her voice range and often credited for her astounding versatility, Bhosle’s musical work includes film music, pop, ghazals, bhajans, traditional Indian Classical music, folk and qawalis.

Born on 8 September 1933, Bhosle is part of the famed Mangeshkar family and counts singer Lata Mangeshkar and composer Hridaynath Mangeshkar among her siblings. Bhosle, 82, has been a celebrated part of the Bollywood music scene for seven decades. She has sung songs for over 1,000 Bollywood film scores. Her singing hits include Chura Liya Hai tumne Jo Dil Ko, Lekar Hum Diwana Dil, Tanha Tanha, Dil Cheez Kya hai, Dum Maro Dum, O Mera Sona Re amongst thousands others. Besides transgressing the musical terrains as a skilled singer, Bhosle also acted in the Hindi feature film “Mai” at the age of 79.

During her illustrious career, Ashaji has collaborated with artists across the world from Boy George to Michael Stipe, to Australian cricketer, Brett Lee. The track, ‘You’re the One For Me’, is an original love song penned by the fast bowler himself. Bhosle recalls the experience as one of her career highlights.

This will be Asha Bhosle’s first and final visit to South Africa and her fans can expect nothing less than a remarkable evening filled with the myriad flavours of music through her long and illustrious career. Tickets are now on sale at Computicket and VVIP Tickets Hotline: 082 692 1957

 

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Javed Ali to join Asha Bhosle live in South Africa

The Last Empress Asha Bhosle will be performing live in South Africa, with showcases in Durban at the Durban ICC Arena (1 October 2016) and Johannesburg at Gallagher Convention Centre (2 October 2016) It is our pleasure to announce that the tremendously talented Javed Ali will be part of this memorable showcase.

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Javed Ali is an Indian playback singer who has been singing in Hindi movies since 2000. In 2007 Ali sang the song “Ek Din Teri Raahon Mein” from the movie Naqaab and thereafter the song “Jashn-e-Bahaaran” from the movie Jodhaa Akbar (2008). He is a playback singer in Hindi, Bengali, Odia, Kannada, Tamil, Telugu and Marathi. He judged a reality show Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Li’l Champs 2011 on Zee TV. Born and brought up in Delhi, Ali started singing at a very early age with his father – a popular qawwali singer, Ustad Hamid Hussain. During an interview, Ali said that his father used to sing kirtans, a form of a Marathi & Sikh prayer and a way to praise gods. Here are some of Javed Ali’s most memorable songs.

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Asha Bhosle – The Last Empress: Live in Concert

 

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Fondly referred to as Ashaji, Asha Bhosle is one of the distinguished voices and icon of the Indian music fraternity. The vivacious songstress has 13,000 songs cutting across various genres amassed in her musical repertoire. Renowned for her voice range and often credited for her astounding versatility, Bhosle’s musical work includes film music, pop, ghazals, bhajans, traditional Indian Classical music, folk and qawalis.

Born on 8 September 1933, Bhosle is part of the famed Mangeshkar family and counts singer Lata Mangeshkar and composer Hridaynath Mangeshkar among her siblings. Bhosle, 82, has been a celebrated part of the Bollywood music scene for seven decades. She has sung songs for over 1,000 Bollywood film scores.

Her singing hits include Chura Liya Hai tumne Jo Dil Ko, Lekar Hum Diwana Dil, Tanha Tanha, Dil Cheez Kya hai, Dum Maro Dum, O Mera Sona Re amongst thousands others. Besides transgressing the musical terrains as a skilled singer, Bhosle also acted in the Hindi feature film “Mai” at the age of 79.

During her illustrious career, Ashaji has collaborated with artists across the world from Boy George to Michael Stipe, to Australian cricketer, Brett Lee. The track, ‘You’re the One For Me’, is an original love song penned by the fast bowler himself.  Bhosle recalls the experience as one of her career highlights.

The World Records Academy – an international organisation which certifies world records recognised Asha Bhosle as the “Most Recorded Artist” in the world in September 2009. Bhosle’s sparkle and depth has earned her several prestigious awards and titles, besides a mention in the Guinness Book of World Records as the Most Recorded Artist. Asha Bhosle is lauded by CNN as one of the 20 most iconic artists of all time

Asha Bhosle, the empress of melody, has announced that she will be performing her Farewell Tour in a series of live concerts around the world for the last time this year. Bhosle made the announcement at the cover launch of Society Magazine’s May 2016 edition, which features her on the cover. The 82-year-old singer, who has had a 72-year long career spanning more than 13000 recorded songs, was present at the Magna Lounge in Mumbai recently to make the announcement.

The singer spoke about her mark on the magazine cover for which she tweeted few days back. She said, “I have been on the cover of the Society Magazine in 1983 with Sunil Gavaskar, Prakash Padukone, Penaz Masani and Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi, but for the first time I am appearing solo on the magazine cover.”

India’s iconic playback singer will be on her Farewell Tour and Epic Entertainment’s Rakesh Maharaj said “We are privileged and honoured to be hosting Ashaji on her Farewell Tour in South Africa.  The world’s most celebrated singer according to the BBC and the most recorded artist in music history with songs ranging from Bollywood to classical ragas is set to enthral her South African audience.”

Ashaji’s contribution to Hindi cinema is exceptional and her South African fans can pay a fitting tribute to her for her lifetime’s contribution to music when she performs at the Durban ICC Arena. This is her first and last visit to South Africa and her fans can expect nothing less than a remarkable evening filled with the myriad flavours of music through her long and illustrious career.

Her South African visit is part of her international farewell tour and the versatile singer has been billed to perform at Durban ICC Arena on the 01st October 2016 and Gallagher Convention Centre on the 02nd October 2016 for her first and last live performances in South Africa where audiences will witness her swan song. Asha Bhosle’s Tour will feature the tremendously talented Javed Ali and a twelve piece band led by Nitin Shankar.

Tickets for this musical experience will be available from Computicket on Thursday, 28th July 2016. Book your tickets early to be part of this epic tribute to the Last Empress of Indian music.

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