The Shanmukhananda Auditorium in Sion, Mumbai, came alive, resonating with applause, as the legendary singer Asha Bhosle took to stage, and belted out some of the best compositions of late music composers from Bengal in a show titled, ‘Asha Bhosle Live with the Bengal Tigers’, organised by Rahul Ranade and team.
The show was indeed a befitting tribute to S.D. Burman, R.D. Burman, Kishore Kumar, Hemant Kumar, Salil Chowdhury among many others. Asha Bhosle sang Achcha Ji Main Haari Chalo Maan Jao Na, O Mere Sona Re, Aaja Aaja Main Hoon Pyaar Tera et al. And by the time she crooned Dum Maaro Dum and Piya Tu Ab Toh Aaja, people in the audience left their seats, came up to the stage, and cheered on the legend. It was a night of many emotions as she sang, shook a leg, joked, and shared anecdotes from the past. There was also a teary-eyed moment when she remembered Lata Mangeshkar and said, “I am here because of Didi.”
The event also witnessed many songs from the ace singer Sudesh Bhosle. Asha Bhosle’s granddaughter, Zanai Bhosle also participated, leaving the audiences mesmerised with Ajeeb Dastaan Hai Yeh, the last song Zanai had sung to Lata Mangeshkar when she was alive. Proud parents Anand Bhosle and Anuja Bhosle watched on.
Asha Bhosle, who will soon turn 89 this September, is perhaps the only singer in India to perform live at this age. When asked how she manages to be so sharp and youthful on stage, the singer beamed in her glittering White saree, and quipped, “Mujhe pata nahi main kaise kar leti hoon par main hamesha gaana chahti hoon (I don’t know how I do it, but I would always want to sing and perform.” And to that, we say Amen!