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Celebrating Asha

Celebrating Asha
Celebrating Asha
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1970-01-01T05:30:00+05:30

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:

  • ab ke baras bhej bhaiya ko baabul (Bandini/SDB) 
  • chaen se ham ko kabhii (Praan Jaaye Par Vachan Na Jaaye/OPN)
  • kaali ghataa chhaaye (Sujata/SDB)
  • dukh aur sukh (Hum Dono/Jaidev)
  • zaraa haule haule (Sawan Ki Ghata/OPN)
  • dum maro dum (Hare Rama Hare Krishna/RDB)
  • aao huzuur tumko (Kismat/OPN)
  • kabhii nekii bhii (Mirza Ghalib/Jaidev)
  • nazar laagii raajaa tore bangle par (Kaala Pani/SDB)
  • raat akelii hai (Jewel Thief/SDB)
  • aankhoN se jo utrii hai (Phir Wahi Dil Laya Hoon/OPN)
  • aaiye meharbaan (Howrah Bridge/OPN)
  • yeh hai reshmii zulfoN kaa (Mere Sanam/OPN)
  • meraa kuchh saamaan (Ijaazat/RDB)-- what Gulzar called the TOI song
  • roz roz ankhon tale(Jeeva/RDB)
  • khaali haath shaam aayi hai (Ijazzat/RDB)
  • yeh kyaa jagah hai dosto (Umrao Jaan/Khaiyyam)
  • aage bhi jaane na tu 9Waqt/Ravi)
  • paan khaaye  saiyaaN hamaaro (Teesri Kasam/SJ)
  • nigahein milane ko (Dil Hi To Hai/Roshan)

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:

  • diivaana huaa baadal  (Rafi-OPN)
  • achha jii maeN haari ab maan jaao naa (Rafi-SDB)
  • aankhon mein kya jii? (Kishore-SDB)
  • aaja panchhi akelaa hai (Rafi- SDB)
  • haal kaisaa hai janaab kaa? (Kishore -SDB)
  • hum aap kii aankhoN meiN (Rafi-SDB)
  • chhod do aanchal (Kishore - SDB)
  • diivaanaa mastaana huaa dil (Rafi- SDB)
  • CAT maane billii (Kishore - Ravi)
  • ye raaten ye mausam (Kishore - Ravi)
  • abhii na jao chhodkar (Rafi - Jaidev)

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.

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