Asha Bhosle

“Dum Maro Dum” appeared in a 1971 Bollywood film, Hare Rama Hare Krishna. Not surprisingly, I have no idea what either the song or the movie is about, though apparently it was something of a pschedelic drug romp. Of course. Regardless, it’s a wonderful, blurry, buzzing entry in Asha Bhosle’s massive catalogue of songs.

And when I say it’s massive, I mean it’s, like, 12,000+ songs officially released either on record or in film. Asha’s a legendary playback singer in her home country of India (her vocals are overdubbed those of less talented movie stars), where over a thousand movies feature her chameleonic voice. Records featuring her songs certainly must number in the hundreds (counting bootlegs and compilations, definitely). Fast approaching 80 years of age, her extended career has placed her as practically the voice of Indian cinema in the 20th century. At the very least, she’s commonly known as the Queen of Bollywood, and that’s quite a title considering that Bollywood runs circles around Hollywood.

Oh, and Asha is also a restauranteur.

Asha Bhosle “Dum Maro Dum”