Asha Bhosle has been declared the greatest Bollywood playback singer of all time by UK based Eastern Eye newspaper.
The legendary singer beat off tough competition from the past 85 years including elder sister Lata Mangeshkar in a first of its kind list that takes into account factors including number of songs, honours, international impact, versatility, fan base and popularity amongst fellow music industry professionals.
The evergreen 81-year-old was taken by surprise with the news of her topping the list.
“I thought being called the greatest was the prerogative of boxer Muhammad Ali. I thank Eastern Eye and everyone for tolerating me all these years,” said Asha.
Whilst Lata Mangeshkar came second in the list of talented singers, Mohd Rafi came third and Kishore Kumar was fourth. Other names who featured in the top 20 included Mukesh (5), current Bollywood music queen Shreya Ghoshal (7), Geeta Dutt (10), Sonu Nigam (14), Kumar Sanu (17) and Kavita Krishnamurthy (19).
Eastern Eye entertainment editor Asjad Nazir, who compiled the list thinks Asha was a deserved choice to top the list.
“Apart from being the most prolific singer the world has ever known, Asha’s versatility has given her the widest body of work. An incredible career stretching across eight decades has seen the record-breaking singer take Bollywood music across new frontiers and with Brimful Of Asha had a globally successful chart-topping song dedicated to her,” said Asjad.
UK based singer Rita Morar who voted for Asha Bhosle to top the list described her as a phenomenon for what she has shared with the world musically.
“Not only has she shown her versatility through songs like Piya Tu, Duniya Mein, Jaiye Aap Kaha and Dil Cheez Kya Hai, she has broken barriers of music genres and kept her power of emotion and energy in her music. That to me as an female artist is pure inspiration and encouraging,” said Rita Morar.
Rapper Swami Baracus said that Lata Mangeshkar had the bigger status, but Asha has been the greater singer.
“The diverse range in Asha-ji’s voice gives her the vocal edge, but what really sets her apart is her versatility. High-profile International collaborations including Boy George, REM's Michael Stipe, Kronos Quartet and even Australian cricketer Brett Lee have showcased her global appeal. Stepping outside of your comfort zone is something I've always adhered to musically, and Ashaji has been a true component of that on a global scale,” said Swami Baracus.
The full list of the greatest 20 Bollywood playback singers is published in Eastern Eye newspaper on June 26, 2015.
-By Eastern Eye
The ARIL Group has confirmed the opening of its first Asha’s restaurant in Manchester in September, when the launch will be graced by the legendary Bollywood singing star Asha Bhosle.
The Asha’s menus will offer a delicious array of Modern Indian Cuisine paired with an exciting, modern cocktail menu and carefully selected wine list.
The multi-award-winning Indian singer is the inspiration behind the restaurant group, with many of the dishes originating from her own recipes. Asha will attend the opening to meet fans and road test the menu.
The project cost is just under £2m. The venue in the elegant Victorian building at 47 Peter St, Manchester, facing the Theatre Royale, comprises 6000 sq. ft over two floors.
The upper ground floor is the 100-cover restaurant and the lower ground floor will host the cocktail bar for 70 and a private dining space.
Herself a noted cook, Asha opened her first restaurant at Wafi City, Dubai in 2002, and the brand is now dotted all over the Middle East as well as a highly successful restaurant in Birmingham that amongst numerous awards and accolades, has been recommended in the coveted Michelin Guide since 2009.
Peter Warden, well-known in Manchester for his key role in the opening management teams of successful and stylish venues including Restaurant Bar and Grill in Manchester, Alderley Edge and Liverpool, and Piccolino in Manchester and Hale, returns to the city after three years with the ARIL Group, for whom he has been instrumental in opening of more than 20 venues across the Middle East including restaurants in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Bahrain and Qatar.
Peter, now ARIL Group General Manager, says: “We are tremendously excited about our new upcoming cocktail bar and restaurant in Manchester. This will be our tenth Asha’s around the world and for the Manchester venue we have taken a major leap forward in the evolution of the brand. I am sure that the good people of Manchester will be delighted with the fantastic décor, delicious drinks and amazing award winning food that they will be able to enjoy when we open in September.
“One of the reasons that we selected Manchester for our new Restaurant and Cocktail Bar is due to the very vibrant cocktail scene which is on par with the likes of London and our home town Dubai. We have always had an exciting and innovative cocktail offering and to ensure that we can deliver the very best to the experienced drinkers of Manchester we have engaged the skills and services of world class cocktail consultants such as Marian Blake from the Nightjar in London (top three cocktail bars in the world) and Jamie Jones who is the current reigning ‘World’s Best Gin Bartender.’
“We have also worked with our wine experts to develop a list that is specifically designed for Manchester's tastes and preferences. Having made a major investment into understanding what the regional taste profiles are, they are well placed to help us match our award-winning cuisine to a wonderful wine list developed to delight Manchester's discerning clientele.”
UK food and music fans may be interested to know that not only is Asha the inspiration for the concept, due to her love and passion for great food and great music, but also that she was the muse for British band Cornershop, which paid tribute to her with their catchy song Brimful of Asha, a 1997 international hit which was later remixed by Fatboy Slim.
Their admiration was reinforced in 2011 by the Guinness Book of World Records , which officially acknowledged Asha as the most recorded artist in music history, with over 11,000 songs in over 20 Indian languages, and in over 1,000 Bollywood movies.
Ashaji welcomed her fans at Asha’s Restaurant, Dubai on Saturday, 30th May 2015. Asha Bhosle, whose dulcet voice has mesmerized generations of music lovers, along with her charm and fantastic sense of humour. The guests were overwhelmed with her presence and enjoyed some of Ashaji’s own favourite dishes.....!!
Internationally acclaimed Indian restaurant Asha’s in Birmingham, UK has once again been included in the much coveted “Michelin Guide 2015”. A prestigious status that it has maintained every year since 2009!
With it second UK restaurant opening this summer in Manchester many more happy dinners will be able to enjoy the delicious contemporary delights that this world class concept has to offer, see you all there soon…
We’re delighted to announce, we have been nominated for the Time Out Dubai Awards for best Indian Restaurant!
Asha’s at Wafi City in Dubai won the award in 2012 and was nominated in both 2013 and 2014, fingers crossed we will be taking home the award this year in what is one of the most competitive categories!
Asha’s Restaurants are no stranger to winning awards with Michelin Guide recognition for six years in a row and a variety of awards such as top 100 restaurants in the UK in the much coveted Hardens Restaurant Guide!
Muscat, January 28th, 2015: After hosting Oman's biggest live concert "Temptations Reloaded" with Bollywood stars Shah Rukh Khan, Katrina Kaif, Priety Zinta and Ali Zafar in 2013; Light & Shadow Enterprises is back with its next production "Asha Bhosle Live" conducted by The Royal Oman Symphony Orchestra in association with Entertainment Network SAOC.
Asha Bhosle Live is being presented by Light & Shadow Enterprises and Hi FM.
The year 2015 is a historic year as Oman and India are celebrating the 60th year of their diplomatic relations and thus the event is being planned as the closing event of Muscat Festival 2015 with the Royal Oman Symphony Orchestra and is being supported by the Embassy of India. The event will be held at the City Amphitheatre, Qurum on February 14.
J.S. Mukul, Indian ambassador to the Sultanate, said that he is absolutely delighted that a musical concert featuring legendary Indian singer Asha Bhosle in tandem with Sultanate's very own Royal Oman Symphony Orchestra is being organised by Light and Shadow in association with Indian Embassy.
"Asha Bhosle, a Padma Vibhushan awardee and the Guiness Book of world record holder for most recorded artists in music history, is best known as a play back singer in Hindi cinema over a career spanning six decades.
"The gala musical event will be a part of grand finale of Muscat Festival in 2015, which had a dedicated India pavilion and special participation showcasing Indian dance and culture, arts and crafts, as well as traditional products and handicrafts," he said.
"The event is going to be an epic event where we will be having the Royal Oman Symphony Orchestra conducting the entire concert and creating Asha Bhosle's tunes to which the legend will be performing".
"This is going to be an event like never before and taking Oman-India relations to a different platform and will be the official event to celebrate the closing ceremony of Muscat Festival 2015," the organisers said.
A spokesperson of Light and Shadow, said, "We, at Light and Shadow, have always believed in providing quality and wholesome entertainment.
"Further with India-Oman Celebrating its 60th Diplomatic Year and the Closing of Muscat Festival 2015 on February 14th this is a double celebration for the citizens of Oman and all nations to come enjoy this epic event and support our effort in bringing Asha Bhosle A and The Royal Oman Symphony Orchestra together on one stage for One Night Only," he added.
Darren Shortt, Head Of Operations. Hi FM, said: "Hi Fm is proud to be bringing Asha Bhosle to Oman, and the pairing with the Royal Symphonic orchestra of Oman firmly cements this as a once in a lifetime event, and we are thrilled to be part of this."
Royal Oman Symphony Orchestra was established in September 1985. On 1st July 1987 the ROSO, performed its debut concert and till date the total number of concerts exceeds over 100.
There have been many landmarks in the history of the ROSO including their appearance in 1996 with Lord Menuhin and in 2005 with Dr Subramaniam, both world famous violinists.
Many other world renowned conductors and musicians have graced the stage with ROSO including Dimitri Alexeyev, Russell Keable, Malcolm Binney and Simon Wright.
Dubai, December 8th, 2014 – Legendary Indian playback singer Asha Bhosle is set to receive a prestigious Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) Lifetime Achievement Award for her decades of dedication to Indian cinema. Bhosle has recorded more than 12,000 songs for more than 850 films in her 81 years.
Bhosle is known for her incredible range and versatility, having recorded every style of music from film to folk songs, Indian classical music to pop songs, as well as ghazals and bhajans. She made her acting debut in the 2013 film ‘Mai’, at the age of 80, to critical acclaim; and has been awarded numerous accolades. These include being noted as the ‘most recorded artist in music history’ by the Guinness Book of World Records, being awarded the Dadasaheb Phalke Award (2000) and the Padma Vibhushan (2008) from the Indian government.
DIFF Chairman Abdulhamid Juma said: “Asha Bhosle is a stalwart of the Indian music scene, and we are proud to be honouring her with this DIFF Lifetime Achievement Award. Her work has touched almost every corner of the world: we look forward to welcoming such a legend to Dubai and DIFF.”
Asha Bhosle added: “I am delighted to have been nominated to receive this Lifetime Achievement Award from DIFF in Dubai – a place with long historic ties to my country. I look forward to visiting this special film festival, which has done so much work to promote the art worldwide.”
The Lifetime Achievement Award is dedicated to honouring the world’s greatest film industry actors, writers, directors and producers. Previous winners include Martin Sheen, Omar Sharif, Faten Hamamah, Adel Imam, Jameel Rateb, Sabah, Morgan Freeman, Sean Penn, Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Daoud Abdel Sayed, Youssef Chahine, Rachid Bouchareb, Souleymane Cisse, Nabil El-Maleh, Oliver Stone, Danny Glover, Terry Gilliam, Yash Chopra, Subhash Ghai, Michael Apted and Mahmoud Abdel Aziz.
“We are proud to be associated with such a legend” stated Susan Potter, Group Director, Wafi Hospitality LLC. “I remember fondly the opening of the first Asha’s restaurant at Wafi, in December 2002. 12 years later we operate 10 successful Michelin recognized restaurants world-wide including an exciting new venue that has just opened at Yas Mall, Abu Dhabi”. “Our 2nd UK outlet in Manchester is due to open mid 2015” added Susan. With plans to open up 15 more outlets across the globe by 2020, fans are reassured that Asha’s music and food promises to nourish their souls for years to come.
With branches already located in Dubai, Bahrain, Birmingham, Kuwait and Qatar, Asha’s opens today, 1st December 2014 at Yas Mall, Abu Dhabi. It has a unique concept combining the delights of North West Indian cuisine with contemporary decor, bringing its diners a true sense of modern Indian luxury.
Asha's Yas Mall also unveils the exciting new interior design that will be rolled out into all venues as we take the concept to new heights with up to 15 new restaurants opening in the coming years in the Middle East, UK and beyond.
Come dine with us and enjoy the authentic Indian food in a modern setting…!!
Asha’s restaurant at WAFI City, Dubai has launched its new menu last week which includes a new specialties section featuring some amazing new dishes such as Tandoori Salmon, Guinea Fowl Angar Tikka & Galafi Duck Seekh kebab!! The new dishes are steeped in originality and zing, in keeping with Asha’s signature style.
Congratulations to our competition winners who will be joining us for the grand opening of our new Asha’s in Manchester, UK in Spring 2015!
The lucky winner of our competition to win the FREE TRIP FOR 2 TO MANCHESTER is Ms Sobia Saad!
She wins two return tickets to Manchester from Dubai, three nights in a City Centre hotel and VIP tickets to the grand opening party where Asha Bhosle will be officially launching the tenth Asha’s Restaurant!!
We would like to congratulate all our competition winners!!! Thank you for participating in the competition and stay tuned for more exciting treats….!!!!
Asha Bhosle meets the Prime Minister of India...
Asha recently met with Indian Prime Minister, Hon Narendra Modi. Amongst many things the two discussed music, cinema and of course their shared passion for great food!!
Asha Bhosle, together with the Metropole Orchestra performed three special concerts in the Netherlands and France in honor of their new album ‘Asha 80’ in the month of May.
Asha’s recently capped another milestone by completing 10 successful years in Kuwait.
To be Asha’s Choice most certainly does come with its set of perks and for a few lucky winners it was the chance of a lifetime to fly down to Dubai and experience contemporary Indian cuisine at its very best.
After ending 2013 on a high, Asha's Birmingham have gone ahead and added another feather to their cap by welcoming their 500,000th diner - Mr. Stuart Smith.
Asha’s Original – the official Facebook page of Asha’s flagship outlet at Wafi, Dubai recently reached a new milestone by acquiring over 10,000 fans.
Asha’s Birmingham now finds itself in elite company after being voted into toptable Diners' Choice Top 100 Best Restaurants of 2013.
Asha Bhosle is all set to return to the stage in Dubai and perform the unscripted show, aptly titled "I'm Asha"....
Asha’s is delighted to announced that our multi-award winning restaurant in Birmingham has added yet another award to its already overflowing trophy cabinet!
The excellence award from Trip Advisor for high scoring guest feedback and satisfaction shows that Asha’s continues to amaze its discerning guests in Birmingham.
A very big well done to the whole team in Birmingham from the entire Asha’s family.
Asha’s Bahrain reopened this spring following an extensive refurbishment.
Situated on the 2nd floor of the City Centre Mall, the restaurant is a new jewel in the Asha’s crown. The newly refurbished restaurant which was originally opened in December 2008, boasts opulent new fixtures and fittings with feature overhead lighting, signature glass beaded curtains and a vibrant colour scheme of orange and purple.
Asha performing at The Hague in Holland with the famous Metrolpole Orchestra (19 Grammy Nominations & 2 Grammys) on 9th May 2013.
Her 11 year old granddaughter Zanai Bhosle accompanied her illustrious grandmother and joined her in 3 songs on stage.
A dozen very lucky competition winners and press had the amazing opportunity to participate in an Indian cooking master class with the famous icon Asha Bhosle, the world renowned singer and restaurateur.
Winners were flown to Dubai from around the globe, for a once in a lifetime opportunity to spend the day with the star. With personalised chefs jackets, a stretch limousine, a three hour master class with the lady herself and then a delicious meal in Asha's at WAFI City this was certainly a day to remember...
Asha's at WAFI City in Dubai officially launched its new food and cocktail menu's in style this week!
Lucky invited guests, VIP's and press were served a delightful selection from some of the new dishes from Asha's exceptional new menu.
Top UK bartenders John Higgins & Marian Blake were flown in for the night to amaze with their dazzling new cocktails.
"The flavours were beautifully balanced in every cocktail some of the best I've ever tasted!" - Sally Prosser, internationally renowned food blogger
The legend holds the Guinness record for singing over 11,000 songs across the world in 20 languages since 1947...and
One of the biggest highlights at the 5th Royal Stag Mirchi Music Awards powered by Idea, was the Mirchi Hall Of Fame awardee Asha Bhosle looking heavenward as she dedicated her award to her daughter Varsha, who she recently lost.