Sapnon se Bhare Naina - Luck by Chance (Female take)

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Movie : Luck By Chance
Music Director : Shankar Ehsaan & Loy
Singer(s) : Shankar Mahadevan
Lyricists : Javed Akhtar

A completely western fusion take on classical Raag Bhairavi. Fabulous track with bass guitar chords throughout topped with Shankar Mahadevan’s brilliant bold vocals. The Pièce de résistance of course is the classic improv-style Sargams infused by Shankarji into the middle of the song, and the high notes. What an insanely amazing artiste the world has obtained in Shankar Mahadevan.

The lyrics, as always beautifully penned by Javed Akhtar, talk about the relentless pursuit of one (in this instance, a wannabe Bollywood actor) in search of their dreams. Eyes are filled with dreams, and there is many a sleepless night, but one must not give up for the sake of those awake eyes.
To quote the words of Tagore…
“I have become my own version of an optimist. If I can’t make it through one door, I’ll go through another door — or I’ll make a door. Something terrific will come no matter how dark the present.”

Coming to the composition, the tune is reasonably simple, except for a few tricky upward slides and drops. What I found challenging was the rockish beats to which it is sung – felt like a train ride from slow sleeper to a Shatabdi Express ride! And the track is pretty noisy… so please bear with that.

I listened to contestants on SRGMP and Chote Ustaad sing this, and they were awesome with their live performances…
Here is my lame and brave attempt. I have taken the liberty to add some variations with descents, harkats and also in the sargam. Hope you find it listenable. :-)
Rahul(AJ) has taken the time to clean up the k-track and make a great mix for me. Do check his version as well, for a better quality listen. Thanks so much Rahul.
As always, I appreciate all your valuable and encouraging f/bs.



Sudha Kumar said

Thanks a lot Paras di and Sarmi.
Paras – Yes, This song is itself an unusual kind for me, a bit out of my usual zone… The beats are very odd, and as such there is no Sum/Taali/Khaali! I was comfortable singing it as I could sing open-throated and use a classical vocal voice.
Sarmi – I agree, SEL rocks. Thanks for your unflinching support dear! :-)

“A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination. "
- Nelson Mandela


Harshan Nambiar Pro user said

Sudha….this is a very interesting composition with especially the beat patterns are pretty challenging. Loved your singing as usual, special mention about the swaras ….awesome effort in your bold and beautiful voice!!! Rahul bhai has done a great job with the mix as well………………………….to favs.
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Sarada Pro user said

Brilliant singing, Sudha.
This is something I admire in you. The way you choose your songs. A very different and tough composition but you sang effortlessly. Loved it, especially those swaras :)


Madhukar Mehta said

Sudha ji, Yes…. I am also equally impressed as my friends here if not more. Standing ovation, I second Rahul bhai. Very difficult song indeed…. Loved it, Fav’d it too.


Neil swanson.. Feeling better listening mode ! Pro user said

I agree with all comments. above. no t
knowing this muisc. the vocals. r superb.
as always . enjoyed the preformance . god
bless NEIL
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Latha Ganti Pro user said

Sudha – Wonderful !! yes !!!seems tough composition !! Effortless renditon Sudha !!loved it !

Rahul mixing ka jawaab nahi,ek dum perfect! :-)


Sudha Kumar said

Thanks a ton Harshan, Rahul, Sarada, Madhukarji, Neil, Tha and Latha for listening and your wonderful f/bs!
Harshan – You must have some good memories of your SIES buddy, Shankar. He never ceases to amaze us even in his live concert, when he plays around with rhythms so much. Not to mention his improv sargams and then the taal konnakols. Thanks for the preview as well.
Rahul – Thanks dear for your good words. :-)I did listen to this song endlessly for 2 days, so there was a good amount of Nainas in the house! And Thanks to you for actually making a mix out a horrible track, and even with my vocals, given my noise-prone rec gear.
Sarada – Thanks, I am a fan of your song choices and singing.
Madhukarji – Thanks. :-) I owe you a comment still.
Neil – admire you coming and listening despite unfamiliarity with the genre. Thanks.
Tha – Thanks dear friend. Appreciate you coming back for feedback, and Thank you for your earlier f.b on my deleted post as well.
Latha – Thanks dear. Yes, Rahul’s mixing really saves us!
“A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination. "
- Nelson Mandela


Soumitra Sarkar said

Well done Sudha. Really enjoyed your version :)
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Gautam Parekh said

Sudha Ji ! Shankar Ji ka bahot hi mushkil song aapne a6e se nibhaya hai. Aapne apna jo bhi best hai wo lane ki koshish ki hai. Not easy to singing & every one, But you have done it. Like it in your nice voice. Thanks….
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αнмε∂ Khan said

Oye hueeeee Kia baat hai Sudha ji,brilliant singing…
Sapno se bhare naina is very difficult song of Shankar ji…

Awesome:) loved it

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Kala Vijay Pro user said

WOW,sudha very tough indeed.but you done 100%
justice to the song.felt like shubha mudgal some places.your classical training really helped to make it so beautiful.very bold attempt done very successfully.congrats.Rahul’s mixing ka kya kehana?
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Ramesh Tadi Pro user said

Sudha, you are really brave picking up this toughie of SM and fantastic bold open vocals… loved the harkats/sangathis… just terrific job… loved it esply to start a Mon’day’.

btw, fantastic mixing by AJ
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Ajay m nair said

congrats for ur tough selection…. class singing…. excellent!!!!

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Srini S said

Fantastic singing sudha.Keep it up.


Ananya Ramprasad said

I was curious as to how this song might sound in a female voice sudha :) you simply had me spellbound ……….brilliant singing ….


Adithi said

Beautiful Sindhu Bhairavi! Loved your take on this lovely composition Sudha! Strangely, I found very tiny offnotes. Some harkats could have been better. But what a brave attempt! Loved your take! :)
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Sudha Kumar said

Thank you so much dear friends for the listen and the encouraging comments. It was a bold attempt for me, quite an acquired taste, appreciate all those of you who could enjoy and like this attempt.
@Adina – Highly possible coz my voice opened up more after the middle parts.
@Adithi – agree, could have not done that well at places. Recording on headphones with a bass guitar drone throughout – hmm… bad for ears! I may have taken the liberty to do my own harkats at places, esp. the Pukars from the middle. Do feel free to point out improvement areas. :-)
Kala Chechi, Ananya, Anju – yes, a very different tone here, I think Rahul’s mixing also projected my vocals more boldly. He does the magic with the voice.
Anju – The original is a few 100 times better, so do give a listen to that.
“A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination. "
- Nelson Mandela


Swati Prasad said

so bad of me hearing such a fantastic song first time :D

wow didi loved your singing…. its just fabulous…. suuuuperbbbb!!!
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Srividya Kasturi said

First time listening to this tune! Very nicely done….Descent at a few places could have been a bit smoother….it seems to be a tough song!
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Dj Wazif said

Awesome singing Sudha and great mixing Rahul.
Wonderful package…. enjoyed it much.
Keep singing and sharing like that.

Wish you Gr8 Luck!

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Mustafa musaji (drifting away...) said

Sent here from over AJ’s!
Gosh, Muziboo is just teeming with class singers! Almost every second new voice I hear makes me realize the mediocrity of my singing!
Great voice Sudha ji and bold, confident and powerful rendition! And what a finish! Loved it all the way!
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Harry Chops said

Sudha – Wow….Indeed a very difficult song and matching Shankar’s scale is a task in itself. Sargam in the middle was like icing in the cake. IMHO, mixing was loud.
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Anbu Mohamed (listening mode) said


Not much familar with Hindi songs. Loved your singing with a bold and beautiful voice. Seems to be a difficult one. Good one.
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Neetu (away) said

Hearing this song for the first time……loved it….This song reminds me of ur DOR rendition!!! Great job!!! Loved the Sargam a LOT!!

Mixing ke kya kehne……Best!!:)
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Harry Jassal (trying to reconnect) said

Did not hear it earlier, so for that I take it as original :-). What a beautiful rendition. Loved the Naina part and following sargam. You are well equipped to take the next step. Wonderful ! Rahul’s mix has added the magic.

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Saroj Nair said

nice tough song but Sudha you have sung it very smoothly
beautiful voice and very expressive singing


Thinkal govind kumar Pro user said

“Something really out of this world” !
Crystal-clear expressions in your great voice well-supplimented by our Rahul’s professional mix !
Very tough to cover which you have flawlessly accomplished !
Hats off !
GOD Bless !
Loving Best Wishes,
Thinkal Govind Kumar.


Sudha Kumar said

Thanks friends for the wonderful feedback. Your encouragement and pointers go a long way. Thanks to all those of you who fav’ed or liked this attempt.
Wazif, Mustafa, Anbu – welcome to my space. Mustafa, don’t underestimate yourself. Practise hard, and give your best, baaki chhod do… :-)
Neets – Thanks dearie! DOR is beyond compare…but I agree, this is another song with a message. You get my taste, don’t you? :-)
Harry – Flattered!
Govindji – Thanks Sir for your unflinching support for us beginners, means a lot. :-)
“A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination. "
- Nelson Mandela


Chondryma Chakrobortti (inactive) said

Let me congratulate you first on attempting such a difficult song…. It takes a lot of courage to attempt a Shankar Mahadevan song !!
Sudha – Loved your expressions and low notes were really good…. Few notes could have been better…. But nevertheless, you pulled it sooooooo well in your beautiful voice….


Sudha Kumar said

Thanks Chondryma. Yes, this was some random radical mood upload. I know, I sing this better w/o headphones. Those oddly placed notes, a bit random, for Bhairavi, does throw one off. ;-)
Thanks again for your great balanced f/b.
“A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination. "
- Nelson Mandela


Biju( lap top down..will be bck soon) Ramachandran said

brilliant work sudha.
first wen i heard it i didnt like it much.
but it slowly grew on me….
its a v good song…yu have sung superbly well.
loved the throw in voice.
mix is great.-2db ampli wud have been better.


Swamy Kitcha said

Good one Sudha. Nice bold song selection. Seems like the composing team wanted to came up with a fusionised song :-).

You’ve done very well. Felt the voice processing could’ve been handled a bit different. Don’t know if that’s how it sounds in the original.
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Sudha Kumar said

Thanks Biju and Kitcha. Appreciate your candid yet warm feedbacks! :-) You bet! I have to completely agree this is a song that only grows on you with time. I have passed on the mixing f/b to Rahul as well. All of you do have to discount that unlike the original, this is not multi-track edited tracks. All I sent Rahul was one fat and dry voice file (done in exactly 3 takes) and a horribly noisy k-track. I do agree the vocal gain could be lowered, and perhaps some gradation in volume would be nice too…. but I think yeh chalta hai for just an experiment done on a whim. :-) :-)
“A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination. "
- Nelson Mandela


Sushmita Mishra said

awesome singing sudha words.what a voice u have i like the first part the most.really nice singing with heartouching feel.

sudha ji, i uploaded a new deotional song"o palan hare".if u have some time then plz look into my last upload.ur feedback very much mean to me.

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Satish Murti said

loved your voice very much…. great mixing by Rahul…. superb rendition and thoroughly enjoyed each moment of the song….
A word of constructive criticism is worthier than ten words of appreciation…


Kavitha kondapalli said

Such a tough song this sounds Sudha ji… I really agree to those tough pointers of this song in your write-up but you did a wonderful ride. It was like you were skiing on those up and downs… Brilliant swaras… loved it.

Rahul… your work really does magic :)


Radhakrishnan Nair said

Brillaint singing Sudha! Simply superb!
Loved this in your voice, esp the part in your base voice and the sargam.
Keep it up!

Great job Rahul with the mixing!



Shailender Pro user said

Wonderful singing, Sudha………your singing at bass was very revealing…….and voice sounded so aptly different for this song to match the mood……

Liked it a lot….

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Anu Anand said

Effortless singing :) lovely rendition Sudha ! :)
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Sudha Kumar said

Thank you Susmita, Satish, Dr.Sridharji, Kavitha, RK, Shailender and Anu for visiting this classical fusion post, and registering your wonderful f/bs! Truly appreciate all your good words. Thanks for fav’ing or liking all of you. :-)
“A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination. "
- Nelson Mandela


Sudhakar said

very tough song, excellently rendered.


Uthra said

Sud: Didn’t know what to expect from this song as I had not heard this before.It is a toughie and you handled it well. Enjoyed it.


Vishak Subramoney said

wonderful Sudha gaaru.


Rakesh Baro said


No wonder you are one of my fav singers….you have a wonderful voice , lovedd ittt, loved the alaaapppp/sargam from 2:25-3.20 , it was awesome….

Goes to favssss……



Sudha Kumar said

Thank you Sudhakar, Uthra, Vishak and Rakesh!
@Uthrey – this was an unexpected song for me too…Donno why I sang it! :-)
@Rakesh – bahot dinon baad tashreef laaye…Thanks for your supportive f/b :-)
“A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination. "
- Nelson Mandela


Shaniruh Pro user said

Brilliantly sung in your beautiful voice ……. awesome rendition ….enjoyed immensely :)


Dinesh Mehta said

Nice rendition of a very difficult song.

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Sudha Kumar said

Thanks Shaniruh, Dineshji and Saqib. Glad you found it nice and enjoyable. :-)
“A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination. "
- Nelson Mandela


Raghu Kedar said

Sudha, not heard this one till now, but surely wonderful singing! Liked all those highs you have carried off with ease!
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Sudha Kumar said

Thanks a lot Arijit, Raghu and Shonnie. :-)

“A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination. "
- Nelson Mandela


Adwait Ranade (away) Pro user said

That’s simply fantabulous, energetic and jabardast upload. Nothing more to write, as I am enjoying your graceful glides through the notes and melodies interwoven in most fascinating manner. Kudos :)


Sudha Kumar said

Thanks a lot Adwait! :-)
“A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination. "
- Nelson Mandela


Shekhar Gupta said

wow……excellent cover………havent heard better covers of this song…….great work…….
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Sudha Kumar said

Thanks again Shekhar. Will ping u offline later. :-)
“A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination. "
- Nelson Mandela

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