Indian Bollywood singer Asha Bhosale is preparing for live performances later this month in Birmingham’s Genting Arena and London’s Wembley Arena.
The double-header, organised by India’s iconic Bollywood magazine Stardust, will take place on September 17 and 18. Popularly known as Asha tayi to many in India and Asha Ji, she is undoubtedly the ‘Last Empress’ of Hindi film music.
Among various international honours last year she made it to the BBC’s list of 100 most aspirational women making a mark on the global map.
Winner of the Grammy award, she has been acknowledged by the Guinness book of world records as the most recorded artist in the music industry. In India she is the recipient of one of the highest civilian awards the Govt of India’s Padma Vibhushan, which she received in 2008 for her excellence and unparalleled contribution to Music.
She has 13000 songs, across every genre and her repertoire is so rich as she has sung in different Indian Languages as well as in English which includes genres of pop, film music, Bhajans, folk songs, qawallis, Hindustani classical, ghazals and Rabindra Sangeet. Apart from Hindi she has sung in over 20 Indian and foreign languages.
British alternate rock band Cornershop released ‘Brimful of Asha’ in 1997 and this song dedicated to Bhonsale became an international hit single and topped the UK charts then. Her career spans over seven decades and at 82 she has emerged as one of the most iconic singers of her time.
She takes special interest in her restaurant business and she was in Manchester only last year to launch a new restaurant.