Profile- Sharda: Playback Singer, Bollywood – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Sharda: Playback Singer, Bollywood – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Sharda is the lady with the golden voice. It is a rich velvet with frissons to stretch a summer’s evening into timeless rapture. The fame was wonderful while it lasted. But the bright lights faded, the stage became empty and we are left to ponder on what could have been.

Sharda made history in 1966. She failed to win the Filmfare Award and became famous. The Filmfare Award was one of India’s premier achievements. It was a keenly anticipated annual event. But Sharda lost and was catapulted into stardom. How did losing an award become an excelsior in one’s career?

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  • demerwater  On July 5, 2017 at 6:01 am

    My memory goes back to Ayube Hamid and “Indian Memory Album”. Ayube was always on the look out for (new) talent (Local Indian Performers!).
    So I respected his opinion that, “Mohamed Rafi and Lata Mangeshkar would not give new talent a break”. The rivalry between Lata and her sister Asha reinforced my thoughts that perhaps only death will make way for new talent. In retrospect, I have to admit that I believed that it was only professional envy that was the base. There is chatter that there were other and worse reasons.
    My enduring relationship with East Indian music started in 1950. My uncle used to import 78 rpm records and sell them (clandestinely at times). His day job was a “Tailor & Cutter”; and it was up to me to cater to the customers of East Indian recordings.
    I believe that I was quite a sales-boy! Just whistle or hum the tune, name the film or the singer ; and I would locate the record and play it for you on the “Plessey” or “Garrard” record player which cabinet makers (Daadaar) of the day could artistically incorporate into a pleasing piece of furniture.
    That is why I am stuck in the period of Lata, Rafi, Mukesh; of Naushad, Shankar & Jankishan; R D Burman, S D Burman and Sahir.
    And here is the culmination of many / all of the above.

    Enjoy … again?

  • bernard  On July 5, 2017 at 8:36 pm


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