When Asha Bhosle made her entry into Bollywood in the mid 40’s the scene was dominated by playback singers like Geeta Dutt, Shamshad Begum, and Asha ji’s sister Lata Mangeshkar. Initially she had to sing the songs rejected by the established singers, for B grade movies. In the mid and late 50s, the young Asha Bhosle got her chance from music directors like O P Nayyar, S D Burman and Ravi. She managed to carve out her own space and never looked back.
Here are some of Asha ji’s unforgettable early hit songs.