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Asha Bhonsle in Kuwait - A chat with the Editor for Kuwait Times Spectrum Alex Fernandes

Asha in KuwaitAsha Bhonsle's is 'the'voice with aptitude-ebullient, inimitable, dynamic and supreme-easily making her a world-renowned singer in the Indian film industry. "Today's music is just to see, not to hear. I mean it is all cleavage and loud blaring rhythm that we get to see on our satellite channels. Gone are the days when veterans like Naushad, C.Rmamachandra, Chitragupta, Madan Mohan, Khayam, S.D.Burman and R.D.Burman to name a few had the real zest for defining music in their films. Nowadays, there's nothing much that is meaningful and valuable to be witnessed," Asha said at a press conference held yesterday at the Safir International. 

Having played back for over 11,000 numbers and completed five decades in the music industry. Asha now seems to rest churning out only selected and better numbers and experimenting in newer styles with the younger generation of musical directors like A.R.Rehman. 

She is the quintessential Indian singer of the era, cherised by millions across the globe. The flexibility of her voice and her talent have no comparison. thanks to which, Ustad Ali Akbar Khan chose her to learn and perform rare and historical musical compositions from the roots of his Senigharana, passed down and know only to him. 

In a formal ceremony at his residence in San Francisco, Ustad Ali Akbar Khan adopted Asha as his daughter and gave her the title of 'Gurukanya'. This entitles only her to learn, teach and keep alive the musical traditions of Mia tansen, Bahadur Khan, Ustad Allauddin Khan and himself among others. 

Asha complained that the weahter here is to chilly as we ensconced ourselves in a warm place in .....

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