Singer Sarodee Borah, who crooned for films like Shaandaar and Hichki in the past is currently on cloud nine as she bagged a nomination for the Upcoming Female Vocalist of the year at the prestigious Mirchi Music Awards 2020.
Elated Sarodee on bagging the Mirchi nomination says, “It’s like a dream come true. I’ve been fortunate to be conferred/nominated for some other titles at the regional level in the past but Mirchi nomination is my first National Recognition hence it is beautiful and special.”
Spilling more on her journey so far, she reveals, “I came to Mumbai in 2009 as a trainee at the SaReGaMaPaDhaNiSa Academy by Gajendra Singh ji where I spent one and half years in the city learning professional singing under the tutelage of Pt. Maniraj ji, Ismail Darbaar Saheb, Sucheta Bhattacharjee Ma’am, Abhijit Bhattacharya and so on. After completing the course there, I started living here. My mom came and stayed with me from 2011 while my dad provided everything from back there in Assam.”
“My first major break came when I got a call from none other than Mahalaxmi ma’am who invited to be part of an MTV Coke Studio Season II project by Ehsaan and Loy Sir in 2012. We did a track called Man Patang which was my first experience of working alongside stalwarts like Ehsaan Sir, Loy Sir, Mahalaxmi Ma’am and Dominique Cerejo, that kind of opened some doors for me,” she adds.
“Later, I got to work in various Bollywood movies, TV soaps. Regional Movie assignments also came in Punjabi, Rajasthani, Bhojpuri, Marathi, etc. I was fortunate to get the Best Playback Singer Female award at the Rajasthan Cine Awards in 2019. A highlight for me was a call from the Yash Raj Films for the movie Hichki. Although I didn’t sing much there, it was kind of an acknowledgment that the right people might be paying heed to my efforts in Mumbai and I was truly happy about it. Apart from this, I got to work with Amit Trivedi ji too for his movie Shaandaar, sang 3 songs for Prabhudeva starrer Ek Yodha Shoorveer, Govinda starrer Rangeela Raja,” she continues.
Remembering her hardships, she narrates, “When I came to the city, I or my family had absolutely no acquaintances here. I truly believe it’s important to have a godfather because it makes the journey a bit easier. You’d still need to work hard though be successful. My family has been the biggest source of strength and inspiration. We struggled our way through everything, right from getting myself introduced at various studios around the city and people who could help me see the way up to singing scratches. I did playback for some tracks that later on became blockbusters in the country. However, as there was no one to back my efforts up at the right places, my voice got replaced by established singers which are painful but also teach you to remain humble. That also is the reason why this Mirchi nomination is so special. It kind of inspires and also makes me believe that my efforts, even without any godfather are being listened to and acknowledged too. It is also important as the same brings smiles to my family who’ve given it all just for me to realize my dreams. I feel more than me, they deserve this nomination.”
Talking about her journey ahead, she shares, “My goal is to reach millions and millions of people through my singing and make them love and bless me. I wish to show everyone that a small-town girl with no background even can rise and beloved for her work. So, if I have to set a 5-year goal, I’d love to establish myself as one of the most sought after Playback Singers in the country. In terms of the genre of singing, Sunidhi Chauhan has always been my role model. So, I’d love to see myself as a versatile singer proficient in all genres of singing.”