I remember having heard her for the first time in SaRe Ga Ma Pa. Her renderings were remarkably effortless and soul rendering. By the time she had finished, the audience was spell bound.
As she sang, her higher octaves reminded you of the Queen of Melody Lata Mangeshkar
In fact it was this comparison much earlier in her life that had led to a rift between Kalyanji- Anandji and Lata Mangeshkar, when they had compared the two. The Veteran singer had found that much below her dignity. Well thatâ€™s another storyâ€¦
Her tryst with music began when she was hardly 4. She had music in her blood. Her mother Neelatai Ghanekar was a renowned classical singer who also taught music. SinceÂ early childhood Sadhana took to music as fish to water.
Sadhana Ghanekar started her stage performances under the guidance of Veteran Music Director Late Vasant Desai.
Her destined meeting with music Directors Kalyanji- Anandji through a composer Anil Mohile changed the course of her life. She became Sadhana â€˜sargamâ€™, Christened by the â€˜Duo.â€™
Her first song was for a Gujarati film â€˜ Kanku Pagli.â€™then came Vidhata.
Khudgarz, a film by Rakesh Roshan was the turning point in her life. And then there was no looking back.
She sang memorable numbers in Khoon Bhari Maang, Kishan Kanhaiya,Tridev, Saudagar, Jo JeetaWohiSikander, etc. Her songÂ â€˜Pehla Nasha Pehla Khumarâ€™,Â beamed you to a different world away from the clutters of life. Har kisiko nahi milta yahan pyaar and jab koi baat bigad jaye , are some of her soul â€“stirring numbers.
She had shot to fame instantly and had her fair share of hits.
Today she says, “I won’t fight tooth and nail, or try gimmicks to be in the limelight.”
She is quite content with her regional tracks, besides a childrenâ€™s music show that she is judging on television. She is absolutely amazed by the depth of talent we have.
But a word of caution to the kids is that singing is a passion to be pursued with dedication. â€œ. Our voices keep changing as we grow, and we need consistent practice to adjust to the ragas and the surs.â€
Today besides singing for regional films she is dedicating her time and talent to a music school Kala Veer Academy ( Kalyanji Anandjiâ€™s dreamchild).
She has been constantly doing stage shows with A R Rahman . At present she is involved in a Chinese Venture- Warriors of Heaven and Earth with him.
As for her association with him she considers herself truly Lucky.