Monday, 29 June 2015

U.K. Based Newspaper Terms Asha Bhosle as the Greatest Playback Artist

As ranked by the U.K. based Eastern Eye newspaper, Asha Bhosle is named as the great playback artist of all time. The newspaper has even kept Bhosle one step ahead of her elder sister, the nightingale of Indian music, Lata Mangeshkar. Asha Bhosle, with her inimitable singing and uncountable contributions to the Indian music and to the Hindi film industry, well deserves to be termed as the best and greatest singer of all time.   
In the race to be termed as the  greatest singer, Asha Bhosle even trailed other prominent and talented Indian singers like Mohd Rafi and Kishore Kumar. Lata Mangeshkar came second in the list, Rafi third and Kishore was fourth. Remarkably, Asha Bhosle, at the age of 81, is still going green and lively and yet carrying her music practices with the same vigour and fervour as was once felt.

Bhosle is being honoured with the top spot in the ranking of the best playback artist on the basis of the number of songs she has sung, honours she has received, her international impact, her versatility, her fan base and the popularity she carries amongst fellow music industry professionals. Although, Lata Mangeshkar is known for more melodious a voice and some great songs, the reason for Asha Bhosle surpassing Lata can also be counted as Asha’s ability to carry forward her music practices longer than her elder sister.

Asha said, “I thought being called the greatest was the prerogative of boxer Muhammad Ali. I thank Eastern Eye and everyone for tolerating me all these years.”

Some other all time favourite and popular singers listed by the newspaper include Mukesh (5), Shreya Ghoshal (7), Geeta Dutt (10), Sonu Nigam (14), Kumar Sanu (17) and Kavita Krishnamurthy (19).

Eastern Eye entertainment editor Asjad Nazir, who compiled the list said, “Asha was a deserved choice to top the list. An incredible career stretching across eight decades has seen the record-breaking singer take Bollywood music across new frontiers and with Brimful Of Asha had a globally successful chart-topping song dedicated to her.”

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