Singer Shreya Ghoshal
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Shreya Ghoshal is a playback singer in Hindi films, she has also
performed in other Indian languages including Bengali,
Malayalam, Marathi, Tamil and Telugu.
Ghoshal's career began when she won the Sa Re Ga Ma Pa contest as an adult. Her
Bollywood playback singing career began with Devdas, for which she received
National Film Award for Best Female Playback Singer along with Filmfare Award
for Best Female Playback Singer and Filmfare RD Burman Award for New Music
Talent. Since then, she has worked in more than 180 films and received four
National Film Awards, five Filmfare Awards and four Filmfare Awards South.
Shreya Ghoshal’s voice mesmerized viewers instantly when she
first appeared on the popular musical contest TVS SaReGa Ma. She began her
career in Bollywood when Sanjay Bhansaliji chose her as the voice of Paro in
DEVDAS. A young achiever and youth icon for millions.
The Early Years
Shreya Ghoshal was born on 12th March 1984 in Berhampore, West Bengal,
India, to bengali parents, Sh. Bishwajit Ghoshal and Smt. Sarmistha Ghoshal. She
spent her first three months of her life in her birth place in West Bengal, then
she moved to a place called Rawatbhata near Kota, Rajasthan, where her father,
who is an Electronics Engineer, was posted. She has spent first thirteen years
of formative part of her life there and completed her schooling up to Eighth
Standard, in Atomic Energy Central School, Rawatbhata.
Initiation of the Musical Odyssey
Life at Rawatbhata was simple, pristine, unpolluted, far from madding rush
of a city. There used to be cultural programmes and social gatherings very
often. Her mother is a singer and both of her parents are very much culturally
inclined and they were very much involved with all those cultural activities.
During those activities, as a small child she picked up her first lessons of
music. She used to hum the same songs with her immature words whatever her
mother sang during rehearsals. It is during those days her potentials of singing
was discovered by her parents.
At the age of 4, she started learning music, mainly Bengali songs, from her
first Guru – her mother. She gave her first stage performance at their club’s
annual function. At the age of 6, she started getting formal training in
Hindustani Classical Music. She learnt Classical Hindustani Music from Rakesh
Sharmaji of Kota, Shri Jayawardhan Bhatnagar, her school's music teacher and
thereafter, from Mahesh Chandra Sharmaji of Kota. She got her initial exposure
to hindi film songs and Rajasthani folk from Shri Bhatnagar. She received
training in playback singing from Padmashree Late Kalyanji Bhai at later stage.
After shifting to Mumbai she continued her training in Classical Hindustani
Music with Late Mukta Bhideji.
In Pursuit of her Dreams
In year 1997 she moved to Mumbai with her family when her father got
transferred there. She did further schooling meritoriously from Atomic Energy
Central School-4 and Atomic Energy Junior College with Science. Considering
difficulty in pursuing Science with anticipated career in Music, she switched to
Arts, and completed her Graduation in Arts with English as Major from S.I.E.S
College, Sion, Mumbai.
1995 She won the All India Light Vocal Music Competition, New Delhi,
organised by Sangam Kala Group, in Light Vocal group in sub-junior level.
Eminent judges Kalyanji-Anandji and Pt.Rajan & Sajan Mishra judged her at
various stages. Her first TV performance followed this. It was a programme
called “Awaz Nayi Andaz Wohi” in EL TV. This was her first experience in studio
1996 She was selected for 75th Children’s Special Episode of TVS Sa Re Ga Ma,
which she won. Later on she won various other episodes of TVS Sa Re Ga Ma the
last one being the Megafinal judged by exceptional panel of judges comprising of
Ustat Vilayet Khan, Anil Biswasji, Girija Deviji, Pandit Ram Narain, Pandit Shiv
Kumar Sharma and Ustad Zakir Hussain.
1998 She started recording in regional languages (Marathi, Bengali, etc.).
2000 Sanjay Bhansaliji and music director Ismail Darbarji selected her for
playbacking for Paro played by Aishwarya Rai, in DEVDAS.
2002 She was launched as playback singer with the release of DEVDAS music.
Miles to go and Promises to Keep…
After Devdas, she has been continuously working and recording songs with
many music directors. She has recorded film songs not only in Hindi but also in
Assamesse, Bengali, Bhojpuri, Gujrarati, Kannada, Marathi, Malayalam, Nepali,
Oriya, Tamil, Telegu, etc.
She worked with music directors like Aadesh Shrivastava, Adnan Sami, Ajay Atul,
Amar Mohile, Amit Trivedi, Anand Milind, Anand Modak, Anu Malik, Anand Raj Anand,
A.R.Rahman, Bapi-Tutul, Bappi Lahiri, Bhardwaj, Debajyoti Mishra, Deepak Pandit,
G V Prakash, Harris Jayraj, Himesh Reshamiya, Illayarajaji, Ismail Darbar, Jatin
Lalit, Jeet, Joy Sarkar, Kailash Naresh Paresh, Karthik Raja, Koti, K.M.
Radhakrishnan, Lalit Sen, Mani Sharma, M.M.Kreem, M. Jayachandran, Monty Sharma,
Mano Murthy, Nadeem Shravan, Nikhil Vinay, Pyarelalji, Patnaik R.P, Pritam,
Rajesh Roshan, Rajkumar S.A, Raju Singh, Ranjit Barot, Ram Sampat, Ravindra
Jain, Roop Kumar Rathod, Sajid Wajid, Salim Suleiman, Sandesh Sandilya, Sanjay
Bhansali, Sanjeev Darshan, Sen Brothers, Shankar-Ehsan-Loy, Shantanu Moitra,
Sukhvinder Singh, Uttam Singh, Vidyasagar, Viju Shah, Vishal Bhardwaj,
Vishal-Shekhar,Yuvanshankar Raja and many more.
She has been performing all over the world and captivating audience with her
charming personality, ability to connect to audience instantly and above all her
She has judged child contestant in Musical Talent Show " Voice Of India - Chhote
Ustad" with exceptional ability.
Her performance as a team leader and a performer in "Music Ka Maha Muqabala" has
She wishes to take her musical talent much beyond the film music and expand her
horizon in other genre of music in particular Hindustani Classical Music.