Radio Mirchi to pay tribute to Ashaji

Radio jockeys from India, Singapore, New Zealand, Australia, Canada and Pakistan are coming together tonight to appear on Radio Mirchi UAE’s popular classics programme Purani Jeans.

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Radio jockeys from India, Singapore, New Zealand, Australia, Canada and Pakistan are coming together tonight to appear on Radio Mirchi UAE's popular classics programme Purani Jeans. The special show, Around the World With Asha, will pay tribute to Asha Bhosle, one of India's greatest singers, on her 82nd ­birthday.

Bhosle’s six-decade career – as a Bollywood singer and solo artist – includes dozens of awards and successful musical collaborations, both Indian and international, including with Oscar-winning musician A R Rahman, the British singer Boy George and the American string quartet Kronos. Affectionately called Ashaji, Bhosle is the younger sister of singer Lata Mangeshkar – the “nightingale of India” – who ruled Bollywood for 70 years.

Hosted by Radio Mirchi's R J Fahad, Around the World With Asha will have D Js Sayema (Radio Mirchi, India), Rohini (Radio Masti, Singapore), Sandy (Humm FM, NZ), Rajesh (Tune India Radio, Australia), Arsh and Afreen (Asian Vision Radio, Canada) and Jassim (Apna Karachi, Pakistan) talking about the octogenarian's immense contribution to the music industry. Listen to stories about her work with the Indian singer Kishore Kumar, her partnership with her late husband, the legendary composer R D Burman, and first-person accounts of her best concerts, all interspersed with the best-known tracks from her albums and Bollywood blockbusters down the ages.

• Purani Jeans – Around the World With Asha will be broadcast tonight from 9pm to midnight on 97.3FM. Follow @RadioMirchiUAE on Twitter

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