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I was alerted that it was Asha Bhosle's 76th birthday by this celebration of her songs. As invariably happens with such lists, it left me deeply dissatisfied, and I ended up with this playlist for a singer who ranks only after Geeta Dutt in my all-time favourite list of female singers (Lata fans are welcome to pitch in with their shrill, high-pitched complaints in the comments section). As any Asha fan would tell you, her range is not just peppy and lively songs that she is generally known for but also some of the saddest, wistful and full of yearning ones:
Generally, almost all Asha celebration tend to be dominated by RD Burman and OP Nayyar, but my bias for SDB in the duets above is perhaps a bit too obvious:
Clearly, such a hurriedly-compiled list would have omissions and even otherwise some of the choices that you may not agree with. So let's hear from you about your favourites.