Poornima Shrestha (born 6 September 1960), also known as Sushma Shrestha, is an Indian playback singer. Starting as a child singer, she later reinvented into a leading playback singer in Bollywood during the 90s. She started her career as a child singer in Ramesh Sippy's Andaz (1971) under legendary music director duo Shankar Jaikishan for the hit song "Hai Na Bolo Bolo" alongside Mohammed Rafi and Suman Kalyanpur. Throughout her childhood, she then worked with music composers of the golden era including Naushad, Madan Mohan, C. Ramchandra, Salil Choudhury, Anil Biswas, S.D. Burman, Kalyanji-Anandji and Laxmikant-Pyarelal. Poornima formed a successful collaboration with R.D. Burman with such popular numbers, "Tera Mujhse Hai Pehle" from Aa Gale Lag Jaa (1973) and "Kya Hua Tera Vada" from Hum Kisise Kum Naheen (1977); both earned her nominations for the Filmfare Best Female Playback Award becoming the youngest nominee in the category at the age of 11.
Poornima performing on stage
|Born||6 September 1960|
She made a comeback as an adult singer when music director duo Anand-Milind collaborated with her for the superhit song "Tu Tu Tu Tu Tu Tara" in Bol Radha Bol (1992). Their collaboration throughout the 1990s gave her a string of hits. Since then she has collaborated with many leading music directors including Bappi Lahiri, Rajesh Roshan, Ravindra Jain, Anu Malik, Jatin-Lalit, Raamlaxman, Nadeem-Shravan, Viju Shah, Anand Raj Anand, Nikhil-Vinay and Aadesh Shrivastava.
Apart from Hindi, Poornima Shreshta has sung in many languages including Bengali, Marathi, Bhojpuri, Tamil, Telugu, Punjabi, Oriya, Assamese and Nepali films. Apart from films, she has sung numerous non-film songs in various genres like Baal Geet (children's songs), Bhavgeet, Ghazal, Chutney and Indipop.
Hailing from the Nepali Newar community, Poornima was born in Mumbai. Her father was music composer Bholanath Shrestha, who worked primarily with Hindi film music directors. He was from Kathmandu, Nepal before settling in Kolkata and eventually in Mumbai. She lost her father on 12 April 1971 when she was barely 11 years old.
She sang the hit "Hai Na Bolo Bolo" when she was just nine. She got her first break accidentally when Chandrakant Bhosle, a family friend and an assistant to Shankar–Jaikishan recommended her name to Shankar. In spite of the prevailing custom of women playback singers singing for children, Shankar took upon him the challenge of taking an unknown child to sing "Hai Na Bolo Bolo" for the film Andaz. Sushama recorded her first song on 11 November 1969 with Mohammed Rafi and Suman Kalyanpur. Rafi was very impressed by her singing.
Sushma did a children's album called Bal Geet, which had the legendary S.Khale composing the songs and Shanta Shelke penning them. She sang four songs in it. The album proved as huge hit and gave immense exposure to Poornima who surprised everybody by singing Marathi songs with ease. Her career was planned to be launched at a function organised by the Punjab Association organised by Raj Kapoor, Pran and others. Slated to perform on 12 April 1971, tragedy struck on 11 April when her father suffered a cardiac arrest and died. She was undaunted and was encouraged by family and friends. She gave a performance, which impressed many and enabled her to get a scholarship of Rs. 250 to study music.She has sung many super hit songs in her childhood: "Tera Mujhse Hai Nata Koi", "Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na", "Yaadon Ki Baarat" are a few. Poornima is the oldest singer in terms of experience in the industry who can boast of having worked with Naushad, Madan Mohan, C. Ramchandra, Anil Biswas, S.D. Burman and Shankar Jaikishan.
Marriage put a temporary halt to her singing career with regard to films as she stopped doing stage shows, which promptly dried up the offers for playback. Her last song as Sushma Shreshtha was in N.Chandra's Ankush: "Itni Shakti Humein Dena Data" (along with main singer Pushpa Pagdhare – in Hindi movie Ankush filmed on Ashalata Wabgaonkar, Nana Patekar, Suhas Palshikar and others). Jingles took her attention where the professionalism made her settle to a steady work schedule.
In the 1990s, Tips, the music company approached her with an offer. Wanting to make a clean departure from the child prodigy image, they suggested a change of name and image. Sushma took the name Poornima. Her song "Barsaat Mein Jab Aayega Saawan Ka Maheena" from Maa was a hit. Few things changed till David Dhawan's Bol Radha Bol. "Tu Tu Tu Tu Tara" was nothing short of an anthem and the remaining songs, which were a success also, gave Poornima the opportunity to savour success and adulation that had eluded for long. She continued her association with Dhawan, she went on to sing for all his No. 1 series including Haseena Maan Jayegi and Biwi No.1. She has sung for many leading music directors including Bappi Lahiri, Rajesh Roshan, Ravindra Jain, Anu Malik, Jatin-Lalit, Raamlaxman, Nadeem-Shravan, Viju Shah, Anand Raj Anand, Nikhil-Vinay, Dilip Sen -Sameer Sen, Sukhwinder Singh and Aadesh Shrivastava.
She has sung for many actresses like Juhi Chawla, Madhuri Dixit, Manisha Koirala, Sushmita Sen, Shilpa Shirodkar, Karishma Kapoor, Raveena Tandon, Kajol, Rani Mukherji, Madhu, Tabu and Sridevi. Shrestha has also sung popular numbers like "Channe Ke Khet Main" from Anjaam, "Batti Na Bujha" from Gopi Kishan(both 1994), "Shaam Hain Dhuan Dhuan" from Diljale (1996), "Mr Lova Lova" from Ishq (1999) and in a series of David Dhawan films like such as Coolie No. 1 (1995), Judwaa (1997), Hero No. 1 (1997) and Biwi No.1 (1999) amongst others.
In spite of the lacklustre Indi-pop scene in late 90s, Poornima was one of the top-ten selling artistes with her album Mera Dil Bole Piya Piya. Throughout the 1990s, Shrestha along with Alka Yagnik and Kavita Krishnamurthy were the most prolific playback singers for heroines
- 1973 - Awarded by Government of Maharastra for support to educational relief
- 1974 - Nomination for Filmfare Best Female Playback Award - Tera Mujhse Hai Pehle (Aa Gale Lag Jaa)
- 1978 - Nomination for Filmfare Best Female Playback Award - Kya Huwa Tera Vada (Hum Kisise Kum Naheen)
- 1998 - Nomination for Zee Cine Award - Best Playback Singer(Female) – Sona Kitna Sona Hain (Hero No. 1)
- 2017 - Mohammad Rafi Award
Selected Discography (Non-film)Edit
- Simply Darun
- Ankh Micholi
- Balma Bada Bavaali
- Bhatta Saheb
- Mera Dil Bole Piya Piya
Selected Discography (Films)Edit
|1971||Andaz||Hindi||"Hai Na Bolo Bolo"||Shankar-Jaikishan||Child artist – As Sushma Shrestha|
|1972||Mere Bhaiya||Hindi||"Mere Bhaiya"||Salil Chowdhury||Child artist – As Sushma Shrestha|
|1972||Janwar Aur Insaan||Hindi||"Aao Milke Sathi Banke Khele"||Kalyanji-Anandji||Child artist – As Sushma Shrestha|
|1973||Jugnu||Hindi||"Deep Diwali Ke Jhute"||S.D. Burman||Child artist – As Sushma Shrestha|
|1973||Aa Gale Lag Jaa||Hindi||"Tera Mujhse Hain Pehle Ka Nata Koi"
"Aye Mere Bete"
|Rahul Dev Burman||Child artist – As Sushma Shrestha|
Nominated – Filmfare Award for Best Female Playback Singer for ""Tera Mujhse Hain"
|1975||Sunehra Sansar||Hindi||"Meri Jawani Meri Dushman Bani Re"||Naushad||Child artist – As Sushma Shrestha|
|1975||Dharam Karam||Hindi||"Ek Din Bik Jayega Mati Ke Mol"||Rahul Dev Burman||Child artist – As Sushma Shrestha|
|1977||Hum Kisise Kum Naheen||Hindi||"Kya Hua Tera Wada"||Rahul Dev Burman||Child artist – As Sushma Shrestha|
Nominated – Filmfare Award for Best Female Playback Singer
|1975||Pati Patni Aur Woh||Hindi||"Thande Thande Pani Se Nahana Chahiye"||Ravindra Jain||Child artist – As Sushma Shrestha|
|1980||The Burning Train||Hindi||"Teri Hai Zameen Tera Aasman"||Rahul Dev Burman||As Sushma Shrestha|
|1980||Sindoor||Nepali||"Ali ali haar ho"
" Nakkali he nakkali..." Nati Kaji, Shiv Shankar, Co singer- Udit Narayan his first playback song
|1982||"Juni"||Nepali||Title and other songs||Suresh Kumar|
|1986||Ankush||Hindi||"Itni Shakti Humein Dena Data"||Kuldeep Singh||Last song as Sushma Shrestha|
|1989||Santaan||Nepali||"Kahawase aaibe Raam-Lachhuman"
"Piratii ko kitaab maa naulo paanaa thapchhaun"
|Manohari Singh||Co-singers- Udit Narayan, Deepa Narayan Jha (Gahatraj), Prasaad Shrestha|
|1990||Tilhari||Nepali||"Nilo Nilo tyo aakaash" "Dhartee bharee khojdaa khojdaa"||Jeewan Adhikari||Co-singer- Suresh Wadkar|
|Manohari Singh||Co-singers- Prakash Shrestha, Udit Narayan Deepa Narayan Jha (Gahatraj) and Prasaad Shrestha|
|1991||Patthar Ke Phool||Hindi||"Naa Ja Naa Ja"||Raamlaxman|
|1992||Bol Radha Bol||Hindi||"Main Hoon Gaon Ki Gori"
"Tu Tu Tu Tu Tara"
|Maa||Hindi||"Barsat Mein Jab Aega"||Anu Malik|
|Dharam Yodha||Hindi||"Kal Raat Mujhse Tu"
"Chori Se Chupke Chupke"
|Chamatkar||Hindi||"Jawani Deewani"||Anu Malik|
|1994||Anjaam||Hindi||"Chane Ke Khet Mein"||Anand-Milind|
|Raja Babu||Hindi||"A Aa Ee O O O Mera Dil Na Todo (Female)"
"Sarkai Lo Khatiya"
"Ui Amma Ui Amma Kya Karata Hai"
|Gopi Kishan||Hindi||"Haye Hukku Haye Hukku Haaye Haaye"
"Mera Mehboob Aayega"
"Batti Na Bujha"
|Betaaj Badshah||Hindi||"Choodiyan Bajaoongi"
"Ek Chadar Do Sonewale"
|Cheetah||Hindi||"Chu Chu Chu"
"Kashmakash Badhi To"
|Udhaar Ki Zindagi||Hindi||"Dadaji Ki Chhadi Hoon Main"||Anand-Milind|
|Laadla||Hindi||"Dhik Ta Na Na"||Anand-Milind|
|Eena Meena Deeka||Hindi||"Eena Ko Mil Gayee Meena"
"Maine Kya Julam Kiya"
"Saiyan Ke Saath Madhaiya Mein"
"Tere Dwar Khada Hai Jogi"
"Towel Mein Baahar Jaaogi"
|Aao Pyaar Karen||Hindi||"Oee Maa Ye Kya Ho Gaya"||Aadesh Shrivastava|
|Vijaypath||Hindi||"Ladke Aaj Ke Ladke"||Anu Malik|
|1995||Coolie No. 1||Hindi||"Jeth Ki Dopahri Mein"||Anand-Milind|
|God and Gun||Hindi||"Ban Gayee Ban Gayee"||Anand-Milind|
|Vapsi Sajan Ki||Hindi||"Chadh Gaya Pyar Ka"||Anand-Milind|
|Veer||Hindi||"Dhoom Dhadaka"||Dilip Sen-Sameer Sen|
|Angrakshak||Hindi||"Dil Mera Udaas Hai"
"Suno Suno Pyar Hua"
"Padhna Likhna Chhodo"
|Raghuveer||Hindi||"Dil Tera Deewana"||Dilip Sen-Sameer Sen|
|Jawab||Hindi||"Ek Tak Ant Thak"||Anu Malik|
|Taaqat||Hindi||"Love Me Love Me"
"Hun Huna Re Hun Huna"
|Bewafa Sanam||Hindi||"Ooyee Ooyee Meri Amma"||Nikhil-Vinay|
|1996||Bhishma||Hindi||"Mere Sine Main Dil Mera Bole"||Dilip Sen-Sameer Sen|
|Loafer||Hindi||"Aao Chalo Hum Karein"
"Kuch Kuch Kuch Ho Raha Hai"
|Himmat||Hindi||"Behaka Behaka Kadam Hai"||Anand-Milind|
|English Babu Desi Mem||Hindi||"Bharatpur Lut Gaya"
"Love Me Honey Honey"
|Mafia||Hindi||"Dil Mera Deewana Dhadke"||Anand-Milind|
|Saajan Chale Sasural||Hindi||"Doob Ke Dariya Mein"||Nadeem-Shravan|
|Apne Dam Par||Hindi||"Ek Ladki Phatakha"||Aadesh Shrivastava|
|Rangbaaz||Hindi||"Sawan Ki Raat Suhani"
"Sola Kiye The Pure"
|Diljale||Hindi||"Shaam Hain Dhuan Dhuan"||Anu Malik|
|Masoom||Hindi||"Tukur Tukur Dekhate Ho Kya"||Anand Raj Anand||
– Muqaddar (1996) Hindi chudiyan bajau ki bajau kangana
|1997||Judwaa||Hindi||"Tu Mere Dil Mein Bas Ja"
"Oonchi Hai Building"
"Tan Tana Tan Tan Tan Tara"
|Ishq||Hindi||"Mr. Lova Lova"||Anu Malik|
|Hero No. 1||Hindi||"Sona Kitna Sona Hai"
"Maine Paidal Se Ja Raha Tha"
|Anand-Milind||Nominated – Zee Cine Award for Best Female Playback Singer for "Sona Kitna Sona Hai"|
|Raja Ki Aayegi Baraat||Hindi||"Chanda Ki Chori"||Aadesh Shrivastava|
|Mr. and Mrs. Khiladi||Hindi||"Mujhe Hero Ban Jaane De"
"Jumme Ke Jumme"
"Samosa Mein Aaloo"
|Shapath||Hindi||"Chum Le Mere Balon"||Anand-Milind|
|Daava||Hindi||"Dil Mein Hai Tu"||Jatin-Lalit|
|Zameer||Hindi||"Dekho To Palat Ke"||Anand-Milind|
|Deewana Mastana||Hindi||"Hungama Ho Gaya"||Laxmikant-Pyarelal|
|Mrityudata||Hindi||"Illa Loo Illa Loo"
|Bhai||Hindi||"Mujhe Ek Bar"||Anand-Milind|
Suraj (1997) Hindi Ek ladki naache raste mein
|Kudrat||Hindi||"Ab Tak Hai Puri Azadi"||Rajesh Roshan|
"Chikne Chikne Gaal"
|Chandaal||Hindi||"Chod Chod N Kalaayi Sajna"
"Chod De Jaaneman"
|Mard||Hindi||"Dil Dhadak Mera"||Dilip Sen-Sameer Sen|
|Hitler||Hindi||"Galon Se Khelun Main"||Dilip Sen-Sameer Sen|
|Vinashak||Hindi||"Godna God Mohe"||Viju Shah|
|Hatyara||Hindi||"Gore Gore Galo Wali"||Dilip Sen-Sameer Sen|
|1999||Biwi No.1||Hindi||"Biwi No 1"||Anu Malik|
|Haseena Maan Jaayegi||Hindi||"Panga Na Le Mere Naal"||Anu Malik|
|Gair||Hindi||"Aankhon Mein Mohabbat"||Anand-Milind|
|Maa Kasam||Hindi||"Angoorwali Bagiyan"||Anand-Milind|
|Sanyasi Mera Naam||Hindi||"Arrey Arrey"||Anand-Milind|
|Hote Hote Pyar Ho Gaya||Hindi||"Laddu Motichur Ka"||Anand Raj Anand|
|2000||Chal Mere Bhai||Hindi||"Aaj Kal Ki Ladkiyan"||Anand-Milind|
|Jwalamukhi||Hindi||"Chan Chana Chan"||Anand-Milind|
|Agniputra||Hindi||"Choona Na Mera Ghungta"||Nikhil-Vinay|
|Shikari||Hindi||"Gora Pareshaan Hai"||Aadesh Shrivastava|
|Champion||Hindi||"Lelo Lelo"||Anu Malik|
|2001||Prince No. 1||Hindi||"Ab Tu Meri"||Mani Sharma|
|Zahreela||Hindi||"Hai Ram Buddhe Me"||Anand-Milind|
|Ittefaq||Hindi||"Raaton Ko"||Dilip Sen-Sameer Sen|
|Kyo Kii... Main Jhuth Nahin Bolta||Hindi||"Suno Miya Suno"||Anand Raj Anand|
|2002||Jaani Dushman: Ek Anokhi Kahani||Hindi||"Roop Salona Tera Dekh Ke"||Anand Raj Anand|
||Lyrics- Sahil Sultanpuri|
|2003||Main Madhuri Dixit Banna Chahti Hoon||Hindi||"Phir Se Teri Makkhan Malai"||Amar Mohile|
|2004||Inteqam: The Perfect Game||Hindi||"Jhanak Jhanak Jhan Payal Baje"||Anand-Milind|
|2004||Police Force||Hindi||"Maina Kunwari" in||Anand-Milind|
|2007||Sarhad Paar||Hindi||"Aadha Sach"||Anand Raj Anand|
|2009||Dushmani||Hindi||"Lehnge Se Lage Hawa"||Nikhil-Vinay|
|2013||Apple Penne||Tamil||"Amma Unnai"||Mani Sharma|
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