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Saturday, April 12, 2008
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Asha Bhosle with her late husband / collaborator R. D. Burman.
Asha Bhosle recently completed a 75th birthday tour with a stop at Carnegie Hall on Thursday, April 17 and a retrospective CD 75 Years of Asha due out shortly on Times Square records.
Asha has sung for Indian films since she was ten years old. As a playback singer, she's provided the musical voice for hundreds of actors. She's recorded thousands of film songs in Hindi and many regional languages, and won scores of awards from India's film industry.
But Asha Bhosle is acclaimed as well for her versatility: She sings traditional music in her native Marathi language, Hindu devotional songs and Urdu ghazals - romantic sung poetry. Her Indian classical collaboration with Ali Akhbar Khan garnered a Grammy nomination. She's collaborated with various artists outside Indian music from Boy George to the Kronos Quartet - and even participated in an 80s UK dance-pop project with with members of Blancmange and Yazoo called West India Company.
Global Rhythm Magazine tour preview: http://www.globalrhythm.net/worldnews/AshaBhosleCelebratesHer75thYearByLookingToTheFuture.cfm.
Times Square Records: http://www.timessquarerecords.net.
This Week's Playlist:(* = new)
/ 75 Years of Asha
/ Times Square Records
New anthology - mostly old songs with a few new recordings. This is a traditional song in the Marathi language of Asha's home region, Maharashtra.
Sat. 4/12/08 6:30pm
thanks for the Shujaat music, Rob! i am not working at the show to-night (bummer!) but ever since i first heard/saw him some years ago (as the sun was beginning to peek through the stained glass windows at the first All Night Indian Classical Music concert that i worked at . . . MAGICAL!) -- i have NEVER forgotten the unique, transforming quality of his music . . . and the "Hawa Hawa" album in particular (REALLY helped a lot as i was driving home after cremation ceremony for CHAOS some years ago) -- Mr. Khan's sitar playing is sooooo beautiful but i love it when he sings too!
Sat. 4/12/08 7:45pm
LOVING this interview with the amazing Ms. Bhosle!!!!!!! (you are SO lucky to have met with her !!!!!!! how were you able to arrange this????? i do not think i would have been able to have spoken a single word; i would have been in total awe!)
Sat. 4/12/08 7:49pm
Thanks slugluv. You know it was a tricky interview, she's not a big talker especially in English. But you know it's special just to have a little visitation with a figure of her stature. To help things along I've chosen to drop in a lot of music; hopefully it can serve as a little introduction to Asha.
Tue. 4/15/08 8:30pm
hey there rob,
i missed the show at gerome last friday night.i really wanted to catch miz rupa and the april fishes.family matters had precedence.i heard them on an achive show a week or two ago.while talat was the guest on the show.they were terrific too.and i would very much like to get there music.as for rupa,i hope that i might still have the opportunity to see their act.i am hoping you might have more info on their upcoming performances.and how i can get the schedule of events at gerome too.thanks for the fantastic music you play. will
Wed. 4/16/08 2:17pm
Ted from Baltimore:
Listening on the archives -- just a wonderful show. Every track has moved me in some way, but Yuhun Na Thi in particular is just breathtaking. And wonderful, of course to learn about Asha Bhosle and her family.
Thu. 4/17/08 12:55pm
Yuhun Na Thi was the song that originally introduced me to Asha Bhosle, courtesy of the producers of the WOMEX festivals in England who included it on their "Talking Book Asia". Much credit should also go to Hariharan, who is responsible for the music. You might still be able to find the full Asha Bhosle / Hariharan ghazal album on which Yuhun Na Thi originally appeared, "Abshaar-e-Ghazal", at Indian / South Asian shops, or online.