At Thursday’s 2011 Asian Awards function in London, legendary singer, Asha Bhosle, was recognized by the Guinness World Records for the most single studio recordings. Previously, on Sept. 2009, The World Records Academy recognized her as the “Most Recorded Artist” in the world (see clip below). Within India, the Government of India conferred her with the prestigious Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 2000 and the Padma Vibhushan in 2008.
Known for her versatility, the 78-year-old singer has reportedly recorded a whopping 11,000 solos, duets, and chorus-backed songs in over 20 different Indian languages since 1947. Earlier, her equally legendary sister, Lata Mangeshkar, featured in the Guinness World Records book from 1974 to 1991 for having made the most number of song recordings in the world. Now, it looks like sister, Asha Bhosle, has claimed this record.
Over the years, Asha Bhosle has produced several chart topping numbers such as “Dil Cheez Kya Hai” (‘Umrao Jaan’), Dum Maro Dum” (‘Hare Krishna Hare Ram’), “Mehbooba Mehbooba” (‘Sholay’), “Piya Tu Ab To Aaja” (‘Caravan’), “Rangeela Re” (‘Rangeela’), “Kahin Aag Lage” (‘Taal’), among several others.
As expected, Ashaji is elated with the record. “Aaj sahi mayne mein mujhe aisa lag raha hai ki mein world ki recognised singer hogayi hu. Mujhe ye pata tha key sabse zyada mere recorded songs hai phir bhi main aaj tak chup rahi (Today, I truly feel I am a world recognised singer. I always knew I have the maximum number of songs to my credit, still I never said anything all this while,” Asha said.
She thanked music researcher Vishwas Nerurkar for helping her get the Guinness title. “Vishwas Nerurkar ne mere sab gaano ka pata karke Guinness World Records ko correct information diya aur aaj yeh samaan mujhe mila hai (Vishwas Nerurkar found out about all my songs and gave the correct information to Guinness World Records, because of which I got this title).”
Asha also shared a message for her fans: “Mein apne chahanewalo ko kehna chahungi ke aapka pyar mere liye issi tarha se barkarar rahein aur jis tarha aapne mere gaano ko pyaar kiya hai usi tarhan meri acting (Hindi film ‘Maaee’) ko bi aapka pyar aur ashirwad miley (To all those who love me, I would like to say that I hope your love for me remains the way it has always been and just the way you have loved my songs, you will love my Hindi film ‘Maaee’ too).”
Asha Bhosle is one of the few entertainers who has only gotten better with age. In fact, she is now transitioning to cinema and will make her big screen acting debut with ‘Maaee’, which is complete and ready for release. Directed by Mahesh Kodiyal, the film is co-produced by Subhash Dawar and Nitin Shankar. The film also features Padmini Kolhapure as Asha’s daughter. It is the story of a woman who goes on to live with her daughter and son-in-law after being abandoned by her only son.
Ashaji is living proof that one must always stay motivated and positive. We congratulate her on this incredible achievement!