Poornima is the stage name of the Nepali playback singer, Sushma Shrestha. She began her career at the age of nine in Ramesh Sippy’s 1971 production “Andaz” with the Shankar-Jaikishan creation “Hai Na Bolo Bolo” which went on to become a hit. She is the voice behind the legendary “Kya Huwa Tera Vada” from “Hum Kisi Se Kum Nahin” (1977). She has sung in Hindi, Nepali and Marathi and has Balgeet and Bhavgeet albums to her credit.
Her other popular numbers include “Channe Ke Khet Main” from “Anjaam” (1994), “Main Hoon Gaon Ki Gori” from “Bol Radha Bol” (1992), “Aajkal Ki Ladkiyan” from “Chal Mere Bhai” (2000) and “Sona Kitna Sona Hai” from “Hero No. 1” (1997).
Her father, Bhola Shrestha, was a music composer. Her first break happened accidentally when Chandrakant Bhosle, her family friend and assistant to Shankar-Jaikishan persuaded them to use this unknown kid to sing “Hai Na Bolo Bolo” though the prevalent custom was to use women singers to sing for children. Around the turn of the century she began singing for jingles. After marriage put a damper on her career, in the nineties it was the music company, Tips that helped her break away from the child prodigy image with the name change. When she sang “Barsaat Mein Jab Aayega Saawan Ka Maheena” from “Maa” (1992) it was well received.
But it was “Tu Tu Tu Tu Tu Tara” in David Dhawan’s 1992 film “Bol Radha Bol” that brought the limelight on Poornima. She went on to sing in David Dhawan films like “Coolie No. 1” (1995), “Judwaa” (1997), “Hero No. 1” (1997) and “Biwi No.1” (1999).
In 2006 she sang “Aadha Sach” for Raman Kumar’s film “Sarhad Paar”.