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Queen of melody loves stirring up storm of culinary creativity

Asha Bhosale relishes Puneri delicacies, shares an emotive bonding with city that gave her first break in music industry as 10-yr-old girl in 1943

Music is not the only love of the queen of melody Asha Bhosale, she loves to be in the kitchen "pounding masalas and spices" and stirring up a storm of culinary creativity. "Asha tai loves to make food, fish is her specialty. Like any good cook, she also loves to feed people. At times, she would tell recipes to the cook during recordings," said Rahul Ranade, a city-based music director, adding that she sang for him for first time in 1993 and "till today she is a good friend and guide to me". 


Master of culinary art: Singer Asha Bhosale, who loves cooking and 
feeding people, has seven restaurants called Asha's around the world


He added, "The singer has almost seven resultants called Asha's around the world." Elaborating on the personality and quality of the living legend, Ranade said, "The singer loves youngsters a lot and she is a zero filmy person. She is one of the rare singers who has sung all kinds of songs. Her voice is like water, which can effortlessly flow down in any track and give you the desired result." 

At 79, there is no such thing call a full-stop for the queen of melody, who started her singing career as a 10-year-old girl from this city. Bhosale got her first break in 1943 when she sang Chala Chala Nav Bala for the Marathi film "Majha Bal" which was recorded in Pune. 

According to sources, the Mangeshkar family moved from Pune to Kolhapur and then to Mumbai in the early 1940's. The Mangeshkars shifted their base from the camp city, but it is still very close to their hearts and they always wanted to do something for the Punekars. 

The family started Deenanath Mangeshkar Hospital and Mai Mangeshkar Hospital, which serve thousands of patients in the city. "The singer loves Pune as much she loves its food and people. She has worked a lot with local singers such as Shamrao Kamble," said Ranade.

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