Shreya Ghoshal

Occupation:
Singer
Awards:
4 National Film Awards;2009: Kerala State Film Award for Best Singer - "Chandhu Thottille" (Banaras);2007: Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Female Playback - "Munbe Vaa" (Sillunu Oru Kaadhal);2005: Nandi Award for Best Female Playback Singer- "Pillaga
Years Active:
2002-Present
Shreya Ghoshal
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Shreya Ghoshal (Bengali: শ্রেয়া ঘোষাল; Devnagari: श्रेया घोषाल; born 12 March 1984) is an Indian singer. Best known as a playback singer in Hindi films, she has also performed several songs for other Indian film industries such as Assamese, Bengali, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Punjabi,and Tamil songs.

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 both the Filmfare Award for Best Female Playback Singer and the Filmfare RD Burman Award for New Music Talent. Since then, she has worked in more than 180 films. She has worked with many prominent Indian musicians, and several of her songs have achieved critical and commercial success. Ghoshal is one of the most awarded playback singers in recent times, with four National Film Awards and seven Filmfare Awards to her credit.

Early years

Ghoshal was born to a Bengali Hindu family in Kolkata, West Bengal. Her ancestors came from the Bikrampur region of Dhaka district, Bangladesh. She grew up in Rawatbhata, a small town near Kota, Rajasthan. She belongs to a highly academic family. Her father "B Ghoshal" works in Bhabha Atomic Research Center as a nuclear power plant engineer for the Nuclear Power Corporation of India; her mother is a post-graduate literature student.

From the age of four Ghoshal accompanied her mother on the harmonium. She got training in Hindustani classical music in Kota with Maheshchandra Sharma.1

As a child, she won the children's special episode of the Sa Re Ga Ma (now Sa Re Ga Ma Pa) contest on Zee TV. Kalyanji, who also judged the competition, convinced her parents to move to Mumbai.2 She trained with Kalyanji for 18 months and continued her classical music training with Mukta Bhide in Mumbai.1

She studied at Atomic Energy Central Schools (AECS) at Rawatbhata and Anushaktinagar (Mumbai). After graduation she enrolled at SIES College.

Career

Ghoshal caught the attention of music director Ismail Darbar when she participated in Sa Re Ga Ma Pa for a second time, this time as an adult. In 2000, he offered her the opportunity to be the voice of Paro, the lead female character of the film Devdas, who was portrayed by Aishwarya Rai. Shreya sang five songs in the film. Her performance won her the Filmfare Award for Best Female Playback Singer, as well as Filmfare's RD Burman Award for New Music Talent, given to upcoming talents in music. She also won kerala state film award and National Film Award for the song "Bairi Piya".3

Since Devdas, she has received awards singing under prominent musicians including Ilaiyaraaja , A. R. Rahman, M. M. Keeravani, Shantanu Moitra and Pritam. She has won many awards both in the north and south film industries. Moviegoers from across the world heard Ghoshal’s singing voice pictured on Aishwarya Rai, and in coming years she quickly became one of the top female playback singers in Bollywood, alongside Alka Yagnik, Sadhana Sargam, and Kavita Krishnamurthy.3

She enjoys symphony and instrumental western music; her favourite groups are Dream Theater, Backstreet Boys and Boyzone. But Indian music is her passion. She won three more Filmfare Awards. She is the only singer to get four National Awards at the age of 26 in the Hindi film industry.She has also been a judge for Star Voice Of India-Chhote Ustaad with singer Kunal Ganjawala and composer Pritam.