"I made a serial called 'Nupur' in which I danced on one particular shloka of 'Soundarya Lahiri.' The show was mostly about dance. From there I started learning to chant the 'Soundarya Lahiri' and I noticed that it was coming to me very easily," the 65-year-old said on Wednesday at the launch of the album.

"I have been doing this for many years, nothing new for me. People only know me as an actor and a dancer and there is no need to tell people about it all. But recently I thought about doing this album," she added.

Megastar Amitabh Bachchan has given an introduction for the album and Hema revealed that Big B promptly agreed to do it.

"We wanted someone to introduce the whole thing to the public and who better than Amit jee. When I asked him if he could do a little introduction, he promptly agreed," Hema said.

"He never said anything; he just said 'yes, of course I will do it.' I am really happy, he has beautifully given the introduction," she added.

Singers Shankar Mahadevan and Suresh Wadkar have also sung a few shlokas in the album.

"There are 100 shlokas and I have chanted some of them. Some others by Suresh Wadkar and Shankar Mahadevan. It is around one-and-a-half-hour. It is more for meditation and spiritual knowledge," Hema said.


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