With the art of delicate modulation of voice, exuding a child-like innocence, Bollywood playback singer Sharda entered the industry with the chartbuster, Titli Udi, from Sooraj (1966), which was then followed up by another hit, Baharon Phool Barsao.
With four Film Fare Award nominations in a row, and one Film Fare Award, Sharda established herself as one of the most accomplished artistes of the period. Encouraged by duo Shanker-Jaikishan (music directors), Sharda went on to do playback singing for Hindi, English and Gujarti movies as well. Before the singer got introduced to the greatness of Mirza Ghalib, and in turn released two volumes of twelve ghazals each—Andaz-E-Byan-Aur—the singer also released a pop album titled Sizzlers.
In Chandigarh for the 27th edition of annual Rafi Awards function, Sharda got talking to HT City.
“I happened to compose and sing some ghazals for Doordarshan and was amazed to see the depth and literary potential of Mirza Ghalib, which resulted in two volumes of 24 ghazals. Yes, these are rendered in contemporary music, with shades of Arabic and Persian music,” she disclosed.
About the movies being made of late, Sharda added, “Films have a great impact on public. Hence, anything affecting our culture and social life must be stopped by the government, especially profanities such as item songs, obscenities and vulgar dialogues. Films should aim at imparting knowledge and ethics to youngsters.”