Asha ji was born to a classical singer and theatre actor Master Dina Nath Mangeshkar  in a small village Goar located in Sangli district of Maharashtra. Asha had two sisters Usha, Lata and a brother Hridaynath  Mangeshkar.


Unfortunately, Asha got the biggest shock of her life at the age of nine when her father died. Hence, to support her family Asha and her elder sister Lata Mangeshkar started singing in films.



You would be surprised to know that just at the age of 10, Asha sang her first song for Marathi film. Later she got the opportunity to sing her first solo song in Bollywood "Raat Ki Rani" in 1949 released film 'Chunariya'.


Asha Bhosle followed her heart at the age of 16 and eloped to marry Ganpat Rao, who was also Lata Mangeshkar's secretary. Unfortunately, the marriage couldn't last for long and ended in 1960. By that time Asha was a mother to two kids.



Initially, Asha could not earn fame and recognition in the film industry. She used to sing the songs rejected by Bollywood A-list singers.


Asha's struggling career took pace in the late 50's when she got the golden opportunity to sings for the Bollywood film 'Naya Daur'. After that, there was no looking back for the singer and it was in 60's and 70's  when Asha grabbed the position of no.2 leading playback singer of Indian cinema, after her sister Lata Mangeshkar.


In her career spanning almost half a century, Asha sang variety of songs from Gazals to Qawallis. Some of her popular songs are Parde Mein Rehne Do, Dum Maro Dum, Hungama Ho Gaya, Chura Liya Hai Tumne Jo Dil Ko, Duniya Mein Logon Ko among others.



With her successful career in Bollywood as a legendary singer, Asha has been acknowledged with prestigious Filmfare Best Female Playback Awards, Lifetime Achievement Award, National Film Awards for Best Playback Singer, IIFA awards and the list is never ending.


Every star goes through a series of ups and downs and the same happened with Asha. The melody queen got another greatest jolt of her life when her daughter Varsha committed suicide in October, 2012.



No matter what, Asha eventually came over the demise of her daughter and still remains the melody queen for Indian Film industry.


We wish the phenomenal singer a very Happy and joyous birthday.

 

 

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