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.