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Ladies, sing with me!

Hema Sardesai on why she’s taken up the cause to save the girl child, what she feels about women’s empowerment and what her songs revolve around.

entertainment Updated: Mar 07, 2010 18:34 IST
Himani Sanghvi

One can’t feature a better singer than Hema Sardesai on this day. Reason: the playback singer has cautiously chosen songs that revolve around women and their empowerment for the occasion of Women’s Day. Her recent achievement is a song she composed, wrote and sang for the AoL International Women’s Conference a year ago called — She’s a leader.

Sardesai says, that her song has lyrics that are a combination of Hindi and English, with a dash of Punjabi beats, to enable everyone to understand the words and hum them whenever, wherever. “The song sounds global in Hinglish. Everyone gets it and hence enjoys it,” she adds.

The song, easily accessible on www.artistaloud.com, has been used by the Art of Living, because it lifts one’s spirits, quite literally. Sardesai admits that she has turned from a full-time singer to a part-time one and full-time social activist. “I strongly feel for the issues concerning the girl child. I’ve resorted to various measures, including my own songs, to create awareness about the problems she goes through and her need for education and basics in life,” says the singer.

On her favourite songs, that bring out the free spirit of a woman, she says that she likes Awara bhanware from Sanpney and Badal pe paaon hain, from Chak De! India. “I think they are simply enigmatic tracks.” Moving on, Sardesai speaks about scripting the music video of her song, Jhoom, in which she has depicted the agonies of a girl child, and the problems of female infanticide.

“I could sense their pain as I penned the script. That’s how I took up for the cause. I discovered how a girl child is exploited and sometimes, killed in her mother’s womb.”

The playback singer feels that dowry issues and the need for a male child should not become a hindrance in a woman’s path. She shouldn’t be treated like an outsider in her own family. “Such social demonic laws should be replaced with humanitarian ones,” she asserts.