V ani was recording a song for a film that was being dubbed in Hindi. The Telugu version had N. T. Rama Rao in the lead, and the song was for a dance sequence filmed on Hemamalini.

“I had the headphones on – P. Leela's Telugu original in Atana raga in White 5 Scale was flowing into one ear and I had to match my Hindi version with the live orchestra in C Sharp that fell on my other ear. The sync had to be perfect.

“Composer Usha Khanna who had come over to watch the recording was so awe-struck that she got emotional,” remembers Vani. Little wonder that the singer was referred to as a prodigy in her childhood!