NEW YORK — Veteran singer Asha Bhosle, currently in New York for a performance, has thanked well-wishers for their greetings on her 82nd birthday.
“Thank you to all my well wishers for birthday greetings... Just arrived in NYC. Thank you once again for your love and kind wishes. Looking forward to performing in New Jersey on 13 September,” the singer tweeted.
Bhosle, who has been singing for past six decades, also thanked her elder sister ‘Melody Queen’ Lata Mangeshkar for her “invaluable” guidance.
“Didi’s ashirvad (blessing) is always with me, but this time it’s special since I’m far away on tour in USA, and her support and guidance is invaluable,” Bhosle posted on twitter.
The singer, who began her playback singing career in the shadow of Mangeshkar in the late ‘40s, has collaborated with music directors such as O.P. Nayyar, Sachin Dev Burman, R.D. Burman, Khayyam and Bappi Lahiri.
She gave Hindi cinema some of its most memorable songs, including “Jhumka Gira Re,” “Raat Akeli Hain,” “Aaja Aaja,” “Dum Maro Dum,” “Dil Cheez Kya Hain,” among others.
The singer has also worked with younger music directors like A.R. Rahman and Anu Malik in the ‘90s for films like “Baazigar,” “Rangeela” and “Taal.”
Celebrities like former Australian cricketer Brett Lee, Raveena Tandon and Mika Singh wished Bhosle a happy birthday on Twitter.
“A big happy birthday to the lovely @ashabhosle I hope you have a wonderful birthday,” posted Lee, who recorded a song, “Haan Main Tumhara Hoon,” with the singer in 2006.
Tandon said, “Wishing @ashabhosle, whom I’ve idolized grown up with her songs, a very happy birthday! May she continue to enchant/enthrall us forever.”
“Happy birthday to the living legend @ashabhosle ji.. God bless you,” Mika wrote.