When Asha Bhosle Recalled a Music Director Mistaking Her for Lata Mangeshkar: ‘That Day, I Thought I Needed to Do Something…’

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When Asha Bhosle Recalled a Music Director Mistaking Her for Lata Mangeshkar: ‘That Day, I Thought I Needed to Do Something…’

Published: September 8, 2023 8:25 AM IST

By Aanchal Sharma

Veteran singer Asha Bhosle turns 90 today. The singer, who has crooned over 11,000 songs, is one of the most popular and sought-after voices in the Hindi film industry. In a career spanning over eight decades, Asha has received numerous awards and recognitions, including the Dadasaheb Phalke Award and the Padma Vibhushan, the second-highest civilian honor in India, bestowed upon her by the Government of India in 2008.

During a candid throwback interview, Asha Bhosle shared insights into her illustrious career and a memorable incident that left her contemplating the need for a change.

Asha Bhosle’s Musical Versatility:

Asha Bhosle, renowned for her incredible vocal range and versatility, has been a trailblazer in the Indian music industry. With more than 11,000 songs to her credit, she has consistently surprised and enchanted her audience with her ability to adapt to various musical genres. In the interview, she mentioned her desire to add a unique “twist” to every song she sings, a quality that has set her apart as a legendary playback singer.

The Amusing Incident:

Recalling an amusing incident from her career, Asha Bhosle revealed how a music director once mistook her for her cousin, the iconic Lata Mangeshkar. This mix-up with her equally illustrious relative surprised and amused her. Asha Bhosle, known for her distinctive voice, noted that it was a moment of introspection for her. She realized that she needed to differentiate herself even further in the industry to ensure that such incidents didn’t recur.

Asha Bhosle’s Enduring Legacy:

As Asha Bhosle celebrates her 90th birthday, her legacy as one of India’s greatest playback singers remains intact. Her ability to captivate audiences with her soulful renditions and her determination to continually evolve in the ever-changing world of music has solidified her position as an iconic figure in the industry.


Asha Bhosle’s career has been a remarkable journey marked by extraordinary talent and a dedication to pushing musical boundaries. Her amusing anecdote of being mistaken for her cousin, Lata Mangeshkar, serves as a testament to her commitment to standing out in a competitive industry. As she enters her 90s, Asha Bhosle’s influence on Indian music and her status as a true legend continue to shine brightly.

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