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Asha Bhosle named the best B’wood singer

Veteran singer Asha Bhosle has been declared the greatest Bollywood playback artist of all times by the <g data-gr-id="21">UK based</g> Eastern Eye newspaper.

The 81-year-old singer beat off her elder sister Lata Mangeshkar in a first of its kind list that takes into account factors including number of songs, honours, international impact, versatility, fan base and popularity amongst fellow music industry professionals.

The singer was surprised with the news of her topping the list. 

"I thought being called the greatest was the prerogative of boxer Muhammad Ali. I thank Eastern Eye and everyone for tolerating me all these years," Asha said.

Whilst Lata Mangeshkar came second in the list of talented singers, Mohd Rafi came third and Kishore Kumar was fourth. 

Other names who featured in the top 20 included Mukesh (5), current Bollywood music queen Shreya Ghoshal (7), Geeta Dutt (10), Sonu Nigam (14), Kumar Sanu (17) and Kavita Krishnamurthy (19).

Apart from being the most prolific singer the world has ever known, Asha's versatility has given her the widest body of work. 

The full list of the greatest 20 Bollywood playback singers is published in Eastern Eye newspaper. 
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