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Born on September 8, 1933, at Sangli in Maharashtra, Asha Bhonsle has over 10,500 songs to her credit which include 7,600 in Hindi, 1,200 in Marathi, 450 in Gujarati, 250 in Punjabi, 350 in Bengali, 250 songs in Bhojpuri and other languages and 250 ghazals, geet and folk songs. She has acted in two Hindi and one Marathi film as a child artiste. She has been described as India's foremost pop star who has had the opportunity to sing with Boy George and Code Red and called ``The Grandma Madonna from India'', ``India's Rock-n-Rolling Grandma Donna Summers'' and ``The Rock-n- Roll Grandma''.�
The first song recorded by her was �Chunaria� in 1948. It was O P Nayaar who first exploited her voice to the hilt. When Asha sang �Yeh Resmi Zulpho Ka Andhera� in �Mera Sanam� under the baton of Nayaar she became an instant hit. Her songs in �Kashmir Ki Kali�, �Pran Jayee Par Vachan Jaye�, �Ek Musafir Ek Hasina� became super hits. Her song �Dum Maro Dum� from R D Burman for �Hare Krishna Hare Ram� became the song of the nation in the seventies.
Asha Bhonsle is the first Indian artiste whose name figures in the Planet Hollywood chain at Dubai. She has three re-mixes albums -- ``Rahul and I'', ``Janam Samjha Karo'' and ``Asha Once More'' to her credit. Even in her new role as an Indipop singer, she has gone way ahead of other competitors and had walked away with the largest number of awards at the V- Channel Awards for her foot-tapping album Janam Samjha Karo.
Asha Bhonsle won two national awards for Umrao Jaan and Ijazaat. She is also a recipient of the prestigious Dada Saheb Phalke Award.