prachi baidwrote on Jul 19 2009 4:54PM
Hema Sardesai is an Indian playback singer, best known for her Hindi songs.
Hema is born in Mumbai but hails from Goa,India.She began singing from a very young age, and made her stage debut as an eight years old girl, 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 singing debut in the 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, Tabbu, Kajol, Preity Zinta, Sushmita Sen and Kareena Kapoor, collaborating 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 1999 album Piya Se Milke Aaye Nain won Hema an award for "The best selling album of the season.
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.