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Before RD Barman, Asha Bhosle was already to someone else!

Edited by: Divya Thearia

8 September, 2022 (New Delhi): Singing legend Asha Bhosle, who turns 89 on Thursday, has been singing in the movies since the 1940s. Many people are not aware that Asha Bhonsle has tried her hand at acting as well. She made her debut in films at the age of 79. The name of this film was ‘Mai’. It was a Marathi film in which Asha was seen in the role of mother.

Speaking of her career and achievements, Asha Bhosle has won many awards in her career so far. In the year 2000, the Government of India honoured Asha Bhosle with the Dadasaheb Phalke Award and later in 2008 she was also awarded the Padma Vibhushan.

Obstacles to achieve this Success

Even though Asha and her sister, late singer Lata Mangeshkar, were popular singers through those early days of Hindi film music, she had to go through many obstacles to make it. Throughout their career of several decades, RD Burman and Asha recorded many songs together which went on to become hits. They also performed at live shows. Before getting married to music composer RD Burman, Asha was married to Ganpatrao Bhosle with whom she had three children.

She used to travel in local train to come to the city

During her first marriage, Asha shared that her husband would only earn Rs 100 a month so she also had to shoulder the responsibility of the household with him, along with single-handedly taking care of the household chores, and the kids. When Asha started singing, she used to live away from Mumbai and would travel in a train every day to come to the city. When she had her son Hemant in 1949, she had to leave her one-month-old son behind with her in-laws so she could pursue her singing career as she needed the money.

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