Born in Leicester, England, Sangeeta showed a passion for singing in her early years. Perhaps written in destiny (her name meaning music in Hindi), she was presented the first prize award by singing superstar Lata Mangeshkar at the BBC Radio Asian Song Contest in 1979.
Sangeeta signed a deal with Keda Productions in 1987 and her first album A Breath of Fresh Bhangra Air was released two years later on vinyl and cassette. The album was received well but struggled to make a mark in the burgeoning male-dominated bhangra scene – a time when it was unheard of for a woman to sing bhangra songs.
Her 1992 album Flower in the Wind reached number one position in both bhangra and Bollywood charts at the same time, even though it was sung in Hindi (Bhangra songs are usually sung in Punjabi).
Sangeeta’s video for the title song Pyar Ka Hai Bairi was played on BBC television’s Network East programme and became an overnight hit. She had beaten the bhangra-boys at their own game!
During the following years, Sangeeta produced more albums and toured nationally (as well as in the Netherlands and East Africa) performing to thousands of people.