12 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

On this intriguing collaboration, the Indian vocal legend Asha Bhosle and the Kronos Quartet perform arrangements of songs by the late Bollywood composer, Rahul Dev Burman (1939-1994). Bhosle, who has sung on countless film soundtracks and was married to Burman, appears on eight cuts. The album also features the virtuoso tabla player Zakir Hussain and Wu Man, a master of the pipa, a lute-like Chinese instrument. The opener, “Dum Maro Dum (Take Another Toke),” which was originally used in a film about the hippie counterculture on the subcontinent, quickly displays Burman’s gift for melody. “Rishte Bante Hain (Relationships Grow Slowly),” flecked with a variety of delightful details, appropriately takes its sweet time. The instrumental “Mehbooba Mehbooba (Beloved, O Beloved)” is marked by striking string gestures and includes touches of accordion courtesy of violist Hank Dutt. The sassy “Ekta Deshlai Kathi Jalao (Light a Match)” has nice timbres, including one credited to “hammered violin.” Rippling percussion, hints of James Bond music, and Chinese flavors enliven “Saiyan Re Saiyan (My Lover Came Silently).”

EDITORS’ NOTES

On this intriguing collaboration, the Indian vocal legend Asha Bhosle and the Kronos Quartet perform arrangements of songs by the late Bollywood composer, Rahul Dev Burman (1939-1994). Bhosle, who has sung on countless film soundtracks and was married to Burman, appears on eight cuts. The album also features the virtuoso tabla player Zakir Hussain and Wu Man, a master of the pipa, a lute-like Chinese instrument. The opener, “Dum Maro Dum (Take Another Toke),” which was originally used in a film about the hippie counterculture on the subcontinent, quickly displays Burman’s gift for melody. “Rishte Bante Hain (Relationships Grow Slowly),” flecked with a variety of delightful details, appropriately takes its sweet time. The instrumental “Mehbooba Mehbooba (Beloved, O Beloved)” is marked by striking string gestures and includes touches of accordion courtesy of violist Hank Dutt. The sassy “Ekta Deshlai Kathi Jalao (Light a Match)” has nice timbres, including one credited to “hammered violin.” Rippling percussion, hints of James Bond music, and Chinese flavors enliven “Saiyan Re Saiyan (My Lover Came Silently).”

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4:42
6:14
3:51
3:59
6:00
5:35
6:54
5:43
5:27
4:03
5:08
5:46

About Asha Bhosle

Sister of the most influential voice of India, Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhosle was born September 8, 1933. In April 1942 her father Dinanath Mangeshkar died, causing upheaval in the family which moved from Pune to Kolhapur and in turn to Bombay. Around the age of ten she apparently sang her first film song in the Marathi film Majha Bal. Asha Bhosle has since sung in virtually every Indian language, in Russian and Malay, has sung Rabindra Sangeet (the songs of Bengali poet Tagore), has sung with the bhangra group Alaap, the Indian rap act Baba Sehgal and Boy George, the former lead vocalist of the British pop group Culture Club. Cassette compilations and recyclings of her work are numerous.

To commemorate her 60th birthday in 1993, for example, EMI India released three cassette sets of her work -- the set of devotional material Bala Main Bairagan Hoongi (STHVS 65107), a set of non-film ghazals by composers such as Ghulam Ali, R.D. Burman and Nazar Hussain called The Golden Collection Memorable Ghazals (STHV 63173/4), and The Golden Collection: The Ever Versatile Asha Bhosle (STHV 62197/62200), a 44-song anthology of popular film hits. To no small degree, her success can be attributed to her versatility. She has successfully sung in many different voices and in many different styles. ~ Ken Hunt

  • ORIGIN
    Maharashtra, India
  • BORN
    Sep 8, 1933

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