Hema Sardesai, also known as Hemaa Sardesai, is an Indian playback singer and lyricist. Hema hails from the coastal state of Goa, in India, and was born in Mumbai. She shot to fame in 1997 with songs from movies like Sapnay, Biwi No. 1 and Jaanam Samjha Karo.
|Genres||Indian classical music, Folk, Indipop|
|Occupation(s)||Singer, Playback singer, Composer, Lyricist|
Early life edit
Hema Sardesai was born to Kumudini Sardesai (hailing from Parra) and Dr Kashinath Sardesai (hailing from Savoi-Verem, this doctor had previously been the cricket captain of Goa) and is the younger of their two daughters. Her talent was first discovered at the age of six by her school teacher, Late Mrs. Sequiera. She is an alumnus of Sharada Mandir School, and was born and brought up in Boca de Vaca, a locality of Panaji. She made her stage debut at the age of 8 years, at a Navratri Festival, where the local Gujarati Samaj encouraged her. She has accomplished the Sangeet Visharad in Indian classical music (with Pandit Sudhakar Karandikar as her first guru) and has always been passionate about Western Pop music.
Sardesai has sung several songs for Bollywood films, and has released several Indipop albums. Sardesai is particularly known for singing "Aawara Bhawren Jo Hole Hole Gaaye" in the Hindi dubbed version of 1997 film Sapnay, which featured Kajol in the lead role. Some of her other famous songs include "Ishq Sona Hai" (Biwi No. 1), "Chali Chali Phir Chali" (Baghban) and "Badal Pe Paon Hai" (Chak De! India). She is the only Indian singer to win the Grand Prix at the International Pop Song Festival in Germany, has sung at the International UNICEF Concert in Europe and became the only female singer other than Lata Mangeshkar to perform at the celebrations for the 50th year of India's Independence day.
In 2011, she digitised her music on artistaloud.com.
In 2013, she wrote and sang three Konkani songs for the English film The Coffin Maker, starring Naseeruddin Shah. The film was based in a Goan village and was selected for the Indian Panorama section of IFFI 2013. It is about a coffin maker who learns about life in an unusual manner. The film went on to win the Best Feature Film Award at the River to River. Florence Indian Film Festival in 2013.
Studio albums edit
|1991||Love & Dance||Music India|
|1993||Sargam||Regional Music Centre|
|1996||Zubeenor Gaan||NK Production|
|1998||Call Me Eternity||Padmini Music|
|Hindustani Gudiya||Ishtar Music|
|1999||Piya Se Milke Aaye Nayan||Tips|
|2003||Saajna||Universal Music Group|
- "Power of Love" (feat. Mishaal) (2017)
|1989||Goonj||"Sama Ye Suhana"|
"Jawani Ke Din Hai"
|1994||Prem Yog||"Chhodo Nasha"|
"Nazro Me Aisi Basi"
|1996||Tere Mere Sapne||"Tere Mere Sapne"|
|1997||Sapnay (Dubbed version)||"Awaara Bhawren"|
|1997||Pardes||"Nahin Hona Tha"|
"My First Day in USA"
|1997||Gupt||"Gupt Gupt (title track)"|
|1997||Aar Ya Paar||"Hulle Hulle"|
|1998||Zor||"Tere Pyaar Mein"|
"Mein Kudi Anjaani Ho"
|1998||Soldier||"Hum Toh Dil Chahe Tumhara"|
|1999||Biwi No.1||"Ishq Sona Hai"|
"Jungle Hai Aadhi Raat Hai"
|1999||Mann||"Kehna Hai Tumse Kehna"|
|1999||Jaanam Samjha Karo||"Jaanam Samjha Karo"|
"Mai Ladki Akeli"
|2000||Astitva||"Kitne Kisse Hain Tere Mere"|
|2000||Josh||"Apun Bola Tu"|
|2000||Hamara Dil Aapke Paas Hai||"I Love You"|
|2000||Kunwara||"Na Heera Na Moti"|
|2000||Tere Pyar Mein||"Kal Thi Mohabbat"|
|2001||Yaadein||"Eli Re Eli"|
|2001||Mujhe Meri Biwi Se Bachaao||"Naach Meri Jaan"|
|2001||Koi Mere Dil Se Poochhe||"Aawara Main Badal"|
|2001||Ittefaq||"Tanana Dhir Tanana"|
|2003||Baghban||"Chali Chali Phir Chali Chali"|
|2003||Qayamat: City Under Threat||"Qayamat Qayamat"|
|2003||Khushi||"Hai Re Hai Re"|
|2003||Zameen||"Tere Sang Ek Simple Si Coffee"|
|2005||Garam Masala||"Chori Chori"|
|2007||Chak De! India||"Badal Pe Paon Hai"|
|2012||The Victim||"Kallzam Amchim"|
|2013||The Coffin Maker||"Mogachi Donuch Uttraan"|
Personal life edit
Community work edit
Sardesai is active in many social causes, such as:
In 2017, Sardesai led a group of singers and artistes in a campaign against Sadhvi Saraswati, who had publicly requested the government to "hang those who consumed beef". In response to this, Sardesai launched a protest march in July 2016.
Also in 2017, Sardesai resigned from the position of the special icon for the 2017 Goa Legislative Assembly election, upon allegations of previously supporting ex-Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar by advocate and social activist Aires Rodrigues.
Awards and accolades edit
- 1989 – 16th International Pop Song Festival, Grand Prix in Germany
- 2006 – All India Woman's Conference, Gomant Tejaswini Award for her outstanding achievements in the music field.
- 2015 – On 9 Oct 2015, Hemaa was honoured with the Icon of the Year award at the 35th Brands Academy Awards evening.
- 2015-In March 2015, Hemaa was also honoured with the Woman of the Year award, by Very. The event honours a leading lady of substance every year, for her unparalleled contribution to society across various fields.
- 2015-In March 2015, Hemaa was selected for the Karmaveer Puraskaar award held in New Delhi for her able activity to many a social cause, above all for her silent contribution to the causes.
- 2014-In August 2014, Hemaa was honoured with the PHD Excellence award in New Delhi.
- Hemaa was awarded the Hiramanek award titled International Women Achievers award, for her achievements.
- Hemaa is also the recipient of the International Achievers Award at the International Women's Conference of Art of Living.
- MTV Immies nominated Hemaa as 'Best Female Singer', for her song 'Qayamat' from the film Qayamat.
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- "No room for vulgar and obscene movies: Hema Sardesai". DNA. 23 September 2007. Retrieved 14 January 2019.
- Britto, Misha (28 December 2014). "Striking the right note, on and off the stage". The Times of India. Retrieved 14 January 2019.
- Paul, John L. (25 August 2002). "An unassuming singer". The Hindu. Retrieved 14 January 2019.
- "Hema Sardesai". Veethi.com. Retrieved 1 August 2018.
- Sayed, Nida (11 December 2017). "Singer Hema Sardesai to make American debut". The Times of India. Retrieved 1 August 2018.
- "Hema Sardesai Joins Forces with Hollywood Producer for Her New Single". India West.com. 14 December 2017. Retrieved 29 December 2018.
- Bhatti, Sharin (21 February 2011). "I will never do an item song". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 29 December 2018.
- "'The Coffin Maker' will take Konkani to global stage: Hema Sardesai". Indian Express. 21 October 2013. Retrieved 29 December 2018.
- "The Coffin Maker nails it at Florence". The Times of India. 29 November 2013. Retrieved 29 December 2018.
- "Hema Sardesai goes international again". The Hindu. 22 December 2017. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 29 December 2018.
- Mazumdar, Ranjib (10 June 2010). "Singer Hema Sardesai talks about her passion for the social cause and her music". DNA. Retrieved 29 December 2018.
- "Hema Sardesai". Hungama.com. Retrieved 1 August 2018.
- "Goa CM Expresses Pain Over Demise of Hema Sardesai's Husband". United News of India. 22 November 2020. Retrieved 6 July 2023.
- D'Costa, Maria. "Hema Sardesai | innGOA.com". inngoa.com. Retrieved 29 December 2018.
- "Book highlighting gender bias launched at Campal". Viva Goa. Retrieved 29 December 2018.
- "Hema Sardesai joins protest against SEZs in Goa". Rediff.com. 23 November 2007. Retrieved 29 December 2018.
- "Hema threatens Goa govt to go on fast until death". The Economic Times. 17 June 2008. Retrieved 29 December 2018.
- Singh, Vijay (13 September 2012). "Singer Hema Sardesai supports eco-friendly Ganesh idols". The Times of India. Retrieved 14 January 2019.
- "Hema Sardesai pitches for job priority for locals". The Times of India. 4 July 2019. Retrieved 7 November 2019.
- "Who is Sadhvi Saraswati?". The Indian Express. 15 June 2017. Retrieved 29 December 2018.
- "Singer Hema Sardesai condemns Sadhavi Saraswati's beef remarks". The Hindu. 20 June 2017. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 29 December 2018.
- "Goan playback singer Hema Sardesai quits as Assembly poll icon". India Today. 25 January 2017. Retrieved 29 December 2018.
- "Shweta Pandit slams Hema Sardesai's defence of Anu Malik: 'Are child abuse, rape victims also involved in getting abused'". Hindustan Times. 7 November 2019. Retrieved 7 November 2019.
- "Awards". Archived from the original on 2 June 2010.
- "Hema Sardesai – Marathisanmaan". Marathisanmaan.com. 3 September 2014. Retrieved 1 August 2018.