Report by Ashok Palit, Bhubaneswar: Well known playback singerAsha Bhosle turned 80 on September 8 this year. But her enthusiasm shows no signs of ebbing. Asha Bhosle continues to do what she does best: sing. In 1975 Asha lent her voice for an item song in partly colored Samaya,in which Hariprasad chourasia and late Bhubaneswar Mishra in the name of Bhuban-Hari had composed the music.
After three decade Asha Bhosle will be heard singing a Sambalpuri number in the upcoming Odia film 'Chini' with a western Odisha flavor made under the banner of Nabjeevan Films, Asha has sung 'Uanshar andhare nai dishe sina, haji nai jai jan (One can't see, but moon very much exists even during the new moon day),' penned by Durga Madhab Panda for the film.
"It is for the first time that a singer of Asha's stature has sung a Sambalpuri number for a movie," said Pradip Bhol, who is debuting as a director with the film. Bhol, who has earlier produced two movies such as 'Pabitra Bandhan' and 'Suna Sankhali', Famous Odia actors Mihir Das, Maheswata Ray and Debu Bose has comprise the rest of the cast of the two-and-a-half-hour movie. Newcomer Tithi Rupa will be seen in the lead role. Snehlata Padira and Bhabani Majhi are jointly producing the film.