Birth: , Mumbai
Hema Sardesai, also known as simply Hema, is an Indian playback singer, best known for her Hindi songs. During her career, Sardesai has sung playback songs for over 60 Bollywood films and has also released several successful Indipop albums. She has performed numerous live stage shows in almost all the states of India and has also been a part of world tours in different countries around the globe.
Sardesai is the only Indian Singer to win the Grand Prix at the 16th International Pop Song Festival in Germany, and the only female singer other than Lata Mangeshkar to perform at the celebrations for the 50th year of India's Independence day.
Born in Mumbai, India, Hema Sardesai hails from Goa. She began singing from a very young age and made her stage debut when she was eight at the Navratri Festival. As a child, teachers and friends used to call her 'Happy Go Lucky Girl' and even today she is frequently called so by her colleagues in the Indian music industry.
She started her playback singing career in 1989 and made her debut with film Goonj, singing for actress Juhi Chawla. Since then she has sung songs for over 60 Hindi films for many popular actresses like Manisha Koirala, Urmila Matondkar, Karisma Kapoor, Raveena Tandon, Tabu, Kajol, Preity Zinta, Sushmita Sen and Kareena Kapoor. She has been associated with some of India's most prominent music directors and composers, including Anu Malik, A. R. Rahman, Rajesh Roshan, Nadeem-Shravan, Vishal Bhardwaj and Pritam.
Her victory at the Grand Prix gave her an opportunity to express her stage talent and since then she has successfully performed on TV and live stage shows
On 15 August 1997 Hema performed at the 50th Independence Day celebrations where she sang one of her own compositions, "Mere Vatan Hindustan" at Vijay Chowk in New Delhi witnessed by an audience of nearly three lakh people.
Her 1999 album 'Piya Se Milke Aaye Nain' won Hema an award for "The best selling album of the season".
During her years in the Indian film industry, Sardesai was widely praised for her song performances. Her performances for songs such as Awaara Bhavaren (Sapnay, 1997), Sona Sona Ye Na Hona (Soldier, 1998), Sar Sar Hawa Hai (Daman, 2001), Kitne Kisse Hain (Astitva, 2001), Hai Re Hai Re (Khushi, 2003), Sun Suniyo (Musafir, 2004), the title track of the film Asambhav (2005) among many other, were much appreciated and applauded by critics and audiences.
Hema is the only singer who sang playback duets with four superstars: Amitabh Bachchan (Baghban), Naseeruddin Shah (Asambhav), Govinda (Hum Do Hamara Do) and Shahrukh Khan (Josh). Hema sang several hit songs in Chris Perry's Konkani album Cu Cu Ru Cu. In 2005, she released a Konkani album, Goa Zaai.
Hema also rendered songs live at Azad Maidan for none other than Shri Anna Hazare ji himself at his meet prior to his historical fast in Mumbai in August 2011.