Playback singer Sanjeevani Bhelande who shot to fame with her rendition of Chori chori jab najrein mili and was the winner of the first season of Sa Re Ga Ma which has had 26 seasons till now was in Ahmedabad recently for a music concert.
Dressed in a blue gown, Bhelande who began her career with Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s Kareeb in which she sung five song and was nominated for the Filmfare Best Female Playback award in 1995, enthralled the hundreds present in the audience at a city club.
Exuding her charm and grace, the classically trained Sanjeevani not only sang over a dozen hit numbers back to back but also took several on the spot requests from the audience including five-year-old kids and sang them without any extra effort with the same energy.
Sanjeevani has held hundreds of concerts across the globe. She scripts, comperes and manages her concerts. She knows 12 languages and has sung for various devotional albums. Excerpts from a chat with Sanjeevani.
Sanjeevani: I love Ahmedabad and I love Gujarat. Maney Gujarati aavade chhe. Hu Gujarati boli shaku chhu aney Gujarati ma baddha geeto pan gayi shaku chhu. I had a fantastic evening as the atmosphere with the audience here was all charged up.
Sanjeevani: I have composed and sang a single Zindagi meri, zindagi hai teri. I am planning to make a broad based style music out of my Meera and Me book in which I have written and translated songs in English. I just did a 12 minute song on a suburb of Bombay. I am doing a lot of devotional recordings . Prarthana Sabha project that I have done with Anup Jalota is being released by HMV Saregama. I also write lyrics. I write, sing and keep perfecting my craft.
Sanjeevani: Hamey samay ki dhaara main behte jana chahiye. Jo aajkal ka zariya hai uske saath me jana hi samajhdari hai. I reach out directly to my listeners through these channels.
Sanjeevani: We went with the flow and things just happened on their own. I won Sa Re Ga Ma and Vidhu Vinod Chopra ji called me to sing a song and I became a playback singer. And I got an identity of my own.
Sanjeevani: I have sung a song for his sister Shailja Dhar’s movie.
Sanjeevani: Oh wow! You know about this! We are Marathi speaking Jains and I have sung a lot of the Jain songs like Mahavir ashtakam, Navkar mantra, the entire Bhaktamar stotra. My father used to sing Darshanam Paap Naashnam and it is very close to my heart.