Poornima (singer)

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Poornima Shrestha (born 6 September 1960 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 1990s. She started her career as a child singer in 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 NaushadMadan MohanC. RamchandraSalil Choudhury, Anil BiswasS.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.[1][2]

Poornima
Poornima performing in 2013
Poornima performing in 2013
Background information
Birth nameSushma Shrestha
Born (1960-09-06) 6 September 1960 (age 61)
Mumbai, India
GenresPlayback
Occupation(s)Singer
Years active1971–present

She made a comeback as an adult singer when music director duo Anand–Milind collaborated with her for the superhit song "Tu Tu Tara" in Bol Radha Bol (1992). Their collaboration throughout the 1990s gave her a string of hits. She has also collaborated with many music directors in her four decades long singing career including Bappi Lahiri, Rajesh Roshan, M. S. Vishwanathan, Ravindra Jain, Anu Malik, Jatin–Lalit, Raamlaxman, Nadeem-Shravan, M.M.Kreem, Viju Shah, Anand Raj Anand, Nikhil-Vinay, Vishal–Shekhar and Aadesh Shrivastava.[3]

Apart from Hindi songs, Poornima has sung in many languages including Bengali, Nepali, Marathi, Bhojpuri, Punjabi, Gujarati, Oriya, Rajasthani, Assamese, Haryanvi, Garhwali and Arabic. Apart from films, she has sung numerous non-film songs in various genres like Baal Geet (children's songs), Bhavgeet, Bhajan, Ghazal, Chutney and Indipop.[4][5][6]

Personal lifeEdit

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.[7] In an interaction with a Youtube channel, she has admitted to “almost giving up on her career for family”. She has a son Nishadh Chandra who is a music composer.

CareerEdit

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.[citation needed]

Considered as first successful child singer in Hindi films 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.[8]

Music director R.D. Burman gave her some of the most memorable songs of her career, "Ek Din Bik Jayega Mati Ki Mol", "Yaadoon Ki Baaraat", "Teri Hai Zameen Tera Aasman", "Tera Mujhse Hai Pehle" and "Kya Hua Tera Vada"; the later two earned her nominations for the Filmfare Best Female Playback Award becoming the youngest nominee in the category at the age of 11. She has acknowledged his contribution in her singing career:

"R.D Burman was my guru and whatever I know of singing is thanks to him."[9]

A popular child singer through the 1970s and early 1980s, she struggled to breakthrough as an adult singer during the mid 80s. Her marriage also 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.[10]

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.[11]

She has sung for many music directors including Naushad, Madan Mohan, C. Ramchandra, Anil Biswas, S.D. Burman, Shankar Jaikishan, Kalyanji-Anandji, Chitragupt, Laxmikant-Pyarelal, Bappi Lahiri, Rajesh Roshan, M. S. Vishwanathan, Ravindra Jain, Anand-Milind, Anu Malik, Jatin–Lalit, Raamlaxman, Nadeem-Shravan, M.M.Kreem, Lesle Lewis, Viju Shah, Anand Raj Anand, Nikhil-Vinay, Vishal–Shekhar, Dilip Sen -Sameer Sen, Sukhwinder Singh, Ghulam Ali, Jeet-Pritam, Aadesh Shrivastava and Mani Sharma. Shrestha has 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.[12]

She has sung for many actresses like Sridevi, Jaya Prada, Juhi Chawla, Madhuri Dixit, Sarika, Manisha Koirala, Simi Garewal, Deepti Naval, Ramya Krishnan, Rambha, Sushmita Sen, Shilpa Shirodkar, Karishma Kapoor, Raveena Tandon, Kajol, Rani Mukherji, Madhu, Tabu, Preity Zinta, Ayesha Jhulka, Shilpa Shetty, Sonali Bendre and Mamta Kulkarni.[citation needed]

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[13][14]

Not active in film playback singing, she is now doing stage shows in India and different parts of the world.[15][16]

TelevisionEdit

She was one of the judges in third season of singing reality show Bharat Ki Shaan: Singing Star, which was aired on Doordarshan in primetime.[17] She was also a judge in Bhojpuri language singing reality show Zilla Top which aired on Mahuaa TV.[18]

Awards and nominationsEdit

Selected discographyEdit

Non-film albumsEdit

  • Balgeet (Composer - Shrinivas Khale)
  • Hasa Milano Hasa Baal Geete (Composer - C. Ramachandra)
  • Marathi Disco
  • Gujarati Geet
  • Simply Darun
  • Ankh Micholi
  • Balma Bada Bavaali
  • Jaal
  • Bhatta Saheb
  • Badal
  • Jogan
  • Patanga
  • Shagufa
  • Maashuka Bulbul (Composer - Lesle Lewis)
  • Maiya Naiyya Taar Le
  • Maiya Bhavani
  • Maa Ka Darshan
  • Chalo Darbar
  • Shudhu Monay Rekho
  • Chutney Garbar
  • Mera Dil Bole Piya Piya
  • Beti Chalal Sasurar
  • Bijuri Kaha Giri
  • Navrya Ghari Maajhi Lekh Chal
  • Sun Sharabi
  • Ae Samdhi Ke Bete
  • Abbe Daalab
  • Tohke Chadhaib Laal Ohaar
  • Goriya

FilmEdit

Year Film Language Song name Composer Notes
1971 Andaz Hindi "Hai Na Bolo Bolo" Shankar–Jaikishan As Sushma Shrestha
1972 Koshish Hindi "Humse Hai Watan Hamara" Madan Mohan
1972 Mere Bhaiya Hindi "Mere Bhaiya" Salil Chaudhary
1972 Janwar Aur Insaan Hindi "Aao Milke Sathi Banke Khele" Kalyanji-Anandji
1973 Jugnu Hindi "Deep Diwali Ke Jhute" S.D. Burman
1973 Aa Gale Lag Jaa Hindi "Tera Mujhse Hain Pehle Ka Nata Koi" / "Aye Mere Bete" Rahul Dev Burman
Nominated -Filmfare Award for Best Female Playback Singer for ""Tera Mujhse Hain"
1975 Sunehra Sansar Hindi "Meri Jawani Meri Dushman Bani Re" Naushad
1975 Zakhmee Hindi "Aao Tumhe Chand Pe Le Jayen (Happy)" / "Aao Tumhe Chand Pe Le Jayen (Sad)" Bappi Lahiri
1975 Dharam Karam Hindi "Na Ho Bas Mein Tere" / "Ek Din Bik Jayega Mati Ke Mol (Sad)" Rahul Dev Burman
1975 Barah Ghante Hindi “Gun Gun Gaa Pankh Pakheru” M. S. Vishwanathan
1977 Hum Kisise Kum Naheen Hindi "Kya Hua Tera Wada" Rahul Dev Burman
Nominated – Filmfare Award for Best Female Playback Singer
1978 Pati Patni Aur Woh Hindi "Thande Thande Pani Se Nahana Chahiye" Ravindra Jain
1980 The Burning Train Hindi "Teri Hai Zameen Tera Aasman" Rahul Dev Burman
1980 Sindoor Nepali "Ali ali haar ho" / "Nakkali he nakkali..." Nati Kaji, Shiv Shankar Co singer- Udit Narayan his first playback song
1981 Yaarana Hindi “Yaarana Yaar Ka Toote Kabhi Na” Rajesh Roshan
1982 "Juni" Nepali Title and other songs Suresh Kumar
1985 Ghar Dwaar Hindi “Koi Jaaye Kashi” Chitragupt
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
1991 Kanyadaan Nepali ”Dhiki-chyau dhiki-chyau ghwaar ghwaar jaanto” / “Gaau swor kholera didi ra bahini” / “Teej ko rahar aayo baree lai)” / “Najaau na malaai chhodee, mukha modi, dil todi, chyaante mayalu” Manohari Singh Co-singers- Prakash Shrestha, Udit Narayan Deepa Narayan Jha (Gahatraj) and Prasaad Shrestha
1991 Baharon Ke Manjil Hindi "Sabse Badi Dosti” / “ Meri Jaan Duaa Karna” / “Tera Naam Likh Diya” / “Tum Tana Na Tana” / “ O My Sweetheart” Raamlaxman
1992 Bol Radha Bol Hindi "Main Hoon Gaon Ki Gori" / "Tu Tu Tu Tu Tara" Anand–Milind
Maa Hindi "Barsat Mein Jab Aega" Anu Malik
Saatwan Aasman Hindi “Mama Mia Mama Mia” / Tum Tum Ho Ke Nahi Raamlaxman
Dharam Yodha Hindi "Kal Raat Mujhse Tu" / "Chori Se Chupke Chupke" Pappu Khan
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" Anand–Milind
Gopi Kishan Hindi "Haye Hukku Haye Hukku Haaye Haaye" / "Mera Mehboob Aayega" / "Batti Na Bujha" Anand–Milind
Betaaj Badshah Hindi "Choodiyan Bajaoongi" / "Ek Chadar Do Sonewale" Anand–Milind
Cheetah Hindi "Chu Chu Chu" / "Kashmakash Badhi To" Jatin–Lalit
Udhaar Ki Zindagi Hindi "Dadaji Ki Chhadi Hoon Main" Anand–Milind
Laadla Hindi "Dhik Ta Na Na" Anand–Milind
Teesra Kaun Hindi "Title Song" 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" / "Parody Song" Anand–Milind
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" Anand–Milind
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" Anand–Milind
Bewafa Sanam Hindi "Ooyee Ooyee Meri Amma" Nikhil-Vinay
Miya Biwi Aur Saali Hindi “Gaali Gaali Tera Husn Ki Charcha” / “Chal Gaya Apna Chakkar” M.M.Kreem
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" Anand–Milind
Himmat Hindi "Behaka Behaka Kadam Hai" Anand–Milind
English Babu Desi Mem Hindi "Bharatpur Lut Gaya" / "Love Me Honey Honey" Nikhil-Vinay
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" Bappi Lahiri
Diljale Hindi "Shaam Hain Dhuan Dhuan" Anu Malik
Masoom Hindi "Tukur Tukur Dekhate Ho Kya" Anand Raj Anand
Muqadar Hindi "Chudiyan Bajau Ki Bajau Kangana
1997 Judwaa Hindi "Tu Mere Dil Mein Bas Ja" / "Oonchi Hai Building" / "Tan Tana Tan Tan Tan Tara" Anu Malik
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" Anu Malik
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" / "Tak Jhoom" Anand–Milind
Bhai Hindi "Mujhe Ek Bar" Anand–Milind
Insaaf Hindi "Taana Tandaana" Anand–Milind
Suraj Hindi Ek ladki naache raste mein
1998 Badmaash Hindi "Aashiq Aashiq" Shyam-Surender
Kudrat Hindi "Ab Tak Hai Puri Azadi" Rajesh Roshan
Sher-E-Hindustan Hindi "Chhuyi Muyi" / "Chikne Chikne Gaal" Anand–Milind
Chandaal Hindi "Chod Chod N Kalaayi Sajna" / "Chod De Jaaneman" Anand–Milind
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" Vishal–Shekhar
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
2002 Marshal Hindi “Mujhe Dekho Na Aise Ghulam Ali
2003 Mudda Hindi "Godanva" Jeet-Pritam
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" Anand–Milind
2004 Shart: The Challenge Hindi "Dil Tera Badmash" / "Yeh Chiquita Komastaas" Anu Malik
2006 Mr 100% Hindi "Karta Hain Kabutar" Vijay Kapoor
2006 Ladies Tailor Hindi "Na Dikat Karo Na Disturb Karo" / "Parody" / "Maaf Karo" Nishad Chandra
2007 Sarhad Paar Hindi "Aadha Sach" Anand Raj Anand
2008 Dil Mile Na Mile Hindi "Yeh Dahekti Jawani" Palash Chaudhari
2009 Dushmani Hindi "Lehnge Se Lage Hawa" Nikhil-Vinay
2009 Sanam Teri Kasam Hindi "Ek Baar Ek Baar Pyaar Se" Nadeem-Shravan
2013 Khoka 420 Bengali "Solid Case Kheyechhi" Shree Pritam 
2015 Miss Butterfly Bengali "Legeche Agun" Shree Pritam

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