Musical Love Story - Asha Bhosle & R. D. Burman
Lata Mangeshkar, the eldest child, became the sole breadwinner of the family by making a career out of playback singing. Asha followed the. Asha Bhosale with R.D. Burman: laying a claim. When music director R.D. Burman died early this year, he left behind a memorable treasure of. Lata Mangeshkar and Asha in their younger days. Firstpost: Did you have a normal relationship with your mom, she was so busy! I have no problems in saying they are the best female voices around, the good work they.
During the s, he would often trouble Asha for money and prohibited her from meeting Lata.
The letter that Lata Mangeshkar gifted RD Burman on his wedding
He accused her of infidelity and their fights would often take a violent turn. No matter what Asha would do, it would always invite abusive words from her husband. InGanpatrao decided to show Asha and their three kids the exit door. He didn't allow Asha to take anything with her.
This proved to be a turning point for Asha as she now had three children to take care of. She focused on her career and gave hits after hits. Marrying her fan Leaving Ganpatrao was the best thing that happened to Asha. After that, her career reached new heights. Her fan following was huge and amongst them was a young boy named Rahul Dev Burman. Burman would often accompany his father to his studio and it was there that this thin college boy with big black glasses saw Asha Bhosle for the first time.
He was completely in awe of the lady and even asked for her autograph. InBurman married Rita Patel but got divorced in He collaborated with Asha on various occasions.
Burman was a trendsetter and so was Asha. Their love for music brought them closer. Finally, Burman, who was six years younger than Asha, proposed to her. Asha was still haunted by the memories of her past and couldn't accept his proposal, but this did not dishearten Burman. After a lot of persuasions, Asha agreed to marry him, and the couple tied the knot in the s.
Asha and Burman were ruling the music industry as its first couple. They loved each other deeply. She would give us breakfast, drop us to school and go off to the studio.
A parting note - Indiascope News - Issue Date: May 31,
It was only when we were older that we attended recordings sometimes. Mostly it would be if there was no pending homework, or if it was a weekend. Did the recordings give you an idea of how talented or famous your mother was?
Actually I attended a lot of my aunt's recordings. We did not know then who Madan Mohan was, or any of the other composers. There would be a recording at Mehboob Studio and we would go, and after the recording we would go to the cake shop inside and eat cake or mutton curry and bread.
If we went to a recording at Rajkamal, V Shantaram's studio, we would be treated by him to cheese sandwiches. We actually called him cheese sandwich uncle. The food was the USP, the recording did not have any importance for us. Did you have a normal relationship with your mom, she was so busy!
Yes of course, she made sure of that. Mom loves to cook, it is a passion with her. So she would try to replicate anything that we ate outside and liked. Often she would invent dishes for us, it was a culinary adventure living with her. And did you have outings together? We used to go a lot to Gaylord on Sundays. It was a treat, chicken patties and cartoon films at Eros. She would keep her Sundays for us.
During the week she would be very busy, she would leave early and come back late at night. Sometimes it would be 3 or 4 a m by the time she returned from a series of recordings; only in the s was it disallowed to continue recording after midnight.
However late she came though, tired and weary, she would be up in the morning to ensure we had breakfast. She took her role as mother very seriously, and gave us all her attention on weekends. Was being a single mother a tough task then? Actually she did as much as she could for us, but we were in a joint family. There were aunts Meena and Usha too, and my grandmother was there all the time.
They all doted on me, and I never felt alone. Even at school functions, annual days they would be there fir me, I don't think I missed my father at all. Bhosle receiving the Padma Vibhushan. What is your mother like as a professional? How do you percieve her?
I believe there is no one quite to match my aunt and my mother. I have no problems in saying they are the best female voices around, the good work they did is enormous. It is tough to find anything wrong in their music. My mom is a thorough pro. She would give each song her best, even if she hated the composition. It us true that she hated a lot of the songs she sang, but never let that show when she sang.
Do you remember any of those? There was the song from Dus Lakh, 'Gareebon ki suno She asked Ravi, 'Raviji, what song is this, what lyrics'. She had a good rapport so she expressed herself. He explained the situation demands this She would also argue with RD if she did not like a song or agree with something in it. In fact he would often seek her advice in a composition. Did you discuss her work at home?
- R.D. Burman's bank locker yields a fiver only
- She argued with RD over several songs: Anand Bhosle on Asha Bhosle
- OP Nayyar and RD Burman: The magicians in Asha Bhosle’s life
She never brought her work home. She would not even listen to her music. In fact if it was playing, she would say stop the music.
She would be fed up, tired of it after a long day of recording. But sometimes she would discuss music, discuss tunes, the lyrics or the poetry. Burman's staff also claim that after the locker was opened following a court order. Bhosale's secretary rummaged through the music room for five hours and left with some books and papers. Burman's secretary for the past 15 years, Bharat Ashar, suspects he could have been looking for keys to desks and lockers that might contain money left behind by the music director.
Bhosale or her secretary were not available for comment. Bhosale is also said to be looking for Burman's bank accounts and other lockers but has drawn a blank so far. Ashar probably knows, but is not cooperating with Bhosale. With Burman having died intestate, he probably figures that if he reveals anything, he and Bhosale will have to fight for it. Meanwhile, the locker incident has taken an unpleasant turn.
According to Ashar, Burman's instructions to the bank were clear: