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Asha Bhosle Love Songs Compilation to be Released
Published February 27, 2006

Seventy-two-year-old Asha Bhosle, one of the most-recorded female voices in Bollywood, will introduce American audiences to the range of her well-known and well-loved repertoire this spring with Asha Bhosle: Love Supreme (Times Square Records), a double CD of love songs.

With the appearance on mainstream American radar (and silver) screens of Indian film stars such as Aishwarya Rai, and films such as Hollywood/Bollywood, America is waking up to Bollywood, which takes the crown as the world’s largest film industry. Popular Indian film has bred an equally popular genre of music, as most of the films are musical epic sagas, interspersed with fantastic song-and-dance numbers which play constantly on MTV Asia and are known and loved not only across South Asia, but from Europe to Africa.
 
But behind the youthful looks and acting skills of Bombay’s stars such as Rai, Karisma Kapoor, and Rani Mukherjee is what might be found behind many successful women: a warm, dimple-cheeked matron. Seventy-two-year-old Asha Bhosle, one of the most-recorded female voices in Bollywood, is a playback singer whose songs have been lip-synched by hundreds of Indian film actresses over her 50-some-odd-year-long career. Ashaji (as she is lovingly called) will introduce American audiences to the range of her well-known and well-loved repertoire this spring with Asha Bhosle: Love Supreme (Times Square Records), a double CD of—you guessed it—love songs. The album—a two-sided coin of newly-recorded ghazals (a classical song form based in Persian and Urdu poetry, which Bhosle describes as “a conversation between two lovers”) and her classic-romantic duets from some of Bollywood’s best-loved movies—is as diverse as the artist herself.