Sharon Prabhakar is an Indian pop singer, theatre personality and public speaker. Born on August 4, 1955, it was in the 1980s and 90s that she was active in Bollywood as a playback singer and has cut seven albums. She also brought classical jazz and Indipop to the Indian music scene in the eighties.
It was in her college years at Lady Shriram College, Delhi that she began her career in singing. She sang in many musicals notably Godspell, Jesus Christ Superstar, Caberet and played Evita in the eponymous play by Alyque Padamsee. She was first married to Brian Mascarenhas in 1978. The marriage lasted till 1982, after which she married Alyque Padamsee but they are not together any more.
In the early eighties she cut a Hindi disco album called “Chalo Disco Chalo” which received mixed reviews. Lately, her new Arabic hip-hop album “Dilruba”, with lyrics by Sameer and music composed by Tauseef Akhtar was released in August 2006. One of her most popular numbers is “Papa Don’t Preach” her rendition of which always gets an encore request. In the years 1995-2000 she represented India at pop festivals the world over.
As a playback singer she has contributed to “Judge Mujrim” (1997), “Tu Chor Mein Sipahi” (1996), “Nirnayak” (1997), “Gentleman” (1989), “Veerana” (1988), “Mard” (1985) and “Armaan” (1981) among other films. It was for her performance of the song “Mere Jaisi Haseena” under the music direction of Bappi Lahiri, in the movie “Armaan” that she won Singer of the Year award in 1981.