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Shreya Ghoshal
Shreya Ghoshal at Filmfare Awards South.jpg
Ghoshal at the 62nd Filmfare Awards South, 2015
Born (1984-03-12) 12 March 1984 (age 32)
Murshidabad, Murshidabad district, West Bengal, India[1]
Residence Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Nationality Indian
Ethnicity Bengali
Alma mater SIES College of Arts, Science, and Commerce
Occupation Playback singer
Years active 1998 – present
Home town Rawatbhata, Rajasthan, India
Religion Hinduism
Spouse(s) Shiladitya Mukhopadhyaya (m. 2015)
Musical career
Genres
Instruments Vocals
Labels
  • Sagarika Music
  • Times Music
  • Saregama
  • Asha Audio
Website shreyaghoshal.com
Signature
Shreya Ghoshal signature.svg

Shreya Ghoshal (born 12 March 1984)[2] is an Indian playback singer. She has received four National Film Awards, six Filmfare Awards and nine Filmfare Awards South (one for Telugu, two for Kannada, two for Tamil and four for Malayalam) to date. She has recorded songs for film music in various Indian languages, and has established herself as a leading playback singer of Indian cinema.

Ghoshal aspired to become a playback singer from a young age. At the age of four, she started learning music. At the age of six, she started with her formal training in classical music. At the age of sixteen, she was noticed by film-maker Sanjay Leela Bhansali when she entered and won the television singing reality show Sa Re Ga Ma Pa. Following that, she made her Bollywood playback singing debut with Bhansali's romantic drama Devdas (2002) for which she received a National Film Award, a Filmfare Award for Best Female Playback Singer and Filmfare RD Burman Award for New Music Talent.

Apart from playback singing, Ghoshal has appeared as a judge on several television reality shows. She has been honored by the U.S. state of Ohio, where governor Ted Strickland declared 26 June 2010 "Shreya Ghoshal Day". She was awarded with the highest honour in London by the selected members of House of Commons of the United Kingdom. She has also featured four times in Forbes, list of the top 100 celebrities of India.

Early life[edit]

Ghoshal was born on 12 March 1984 to a Bengali Hindu family in Murshidabad, Murshidabad district, West Bengal.[1][2][A] She grew up in Rawatbhata, a small town near Kota in Rajasthan.[4] Her father, Bishwajit Ghoshal is an electrical engineer and works for the Nuclear Power Corporation of India, and her mother, Sarmistha Ghoshal, is a literature post-graduate.[3] She has a younger brother, Soumyadeep Ghoshal.[5][6] At the age of four, she started learning music.[7]

Ghoshal completed her schooling up to eighth grade at the Atomic Energy Central School in Rawatbhata.[4] In 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. In 1997, when her father was transferred to the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, she was relocated to Mumbai, with her family and studied at the Atomic Energy Central School in Anushakti Nagar.[8] She joined the Atomic Energy Junior College to study science. She withdrew from the junior college and enrolled at the SIES College of Arts, Science, and Commerce in Mumbai, where she took up arts with English as her major.[3][4][9]

Her mother used to help her in her rehearsals and she accompanied her on the harmonium and started practicing mostly Bengali songs. At the age of six, Ghoshal started with her formal training in classical music. She acquired training from Padmashree Late Kalyanji Bhai and Late Mukta Bhideji.[9] Her first stage performance was made at a club's annual function. When she turned six, she started her lessons in Hindustani classical music.[4] In 2000, at the age of sixteen, she participated and won the television music reality show Sa Re Ga Ma (now Sa Re Ga Ma Pa) on the channel Zee TV.[10][11][12]

Music career[edit]

Her first studio album was Bendhechhi Beena, which was released on 1 January 1998, with 14 tracks.[13] Some of her earlier albums include O Tota Pakhi Re, Ekti Katha (1999),[14] and Mukhor Porag (2000).[15] Ghoshal recorded Bengali studio album Rupasi Raate (2002).[16] Ghoshal recorded devotional songs in albums like Banomali Re (2002),[17] and later, Krishna Bina Ache Ke (2007).[18]

Bollywood debut (2002–04)[edit]

Ghoshal caught the attention of director Sanjay Leela Bhansali when she participated in the 75th children's special episode of Sa Re Ga Ma. Bhansali's mother was watching the show and during Ghoshal's performance, she called him to watch her performance, after which he decided to give her a chance in his next film.[9] According to Bhansali, Ghoshal's voice had the innocence needed for the character of Paro in Devdas (2002).[8][19]

In 2000, Bhansali and music director Ismail Darbar offered her the opportunity to be the voice of Paro, the lead female character of Devdas, who was portrayed by Aishwarya Rai.[8][20] Ghoshal sang five songs in the film, namely, "Silsila Ye Chaahat Ka", "Bairi Piya", "Chalak Chalak", "Morey Piya", and "Dola Re Dola", with established singers such as Kavita Krishnamurthy, Udit Narayan, Vinod Rathod, KK, and Jaspinder Narula.[21] She was sixteen when she recorded the first song for the film, "Bairi Piya" with Udit Narayan. Her Higher Secondary Examinations were nearing that time and she would take her books and notebooks to the studio in order to study during downtime. "Bairi Piya" was an instant success and topped the charts.[8] The film garnered her first Filmfare Award for Best Female Playback Singer for "Dola Re" (shared with Kavita Krishnamurthy)[22] and a National Film Award for Best Female Playback Singer for "Bairi Piya".[23] Her performance also won her the Filmfare RD Burman Award for New Music Talent.[22]

She was an immediate success and was called by various regional film industries for recording songs in her voice.[8] Ghoshal was next heard in Darbar-composed Desh Devi, where she performed three tracks for the film.[24]

After rendering traditional semi-classical songs for her previous ventures, Ghoshal performed two seductive numbers for M. M. Kreem's Jism, which prevented her from being stereotyped.[25] According to Ghoshal, "Jaadu Hai Nasha Hai" and "Chalo Tumko Lekar Chale" from the film "made everyone look at [her] in a new light", opening the doors to a "versatile image".[26] She was awarded with another Filmfare trophy for Best Female Playback Singer for the song "Jaadu Hai Nasha Hai".[27] She thereupon worked with Anu Malik, where she performed the female version of "Aye Meri Zindagi", "Seena Pada" and "Aai Jo Teri Yaad", along with the bhajan-styled "Har Taraf".[28] In spite of providing vocals for "Har Taraf", Ghoshal also made her first on-screen appearance in Saaya.[29][30] Apart from Inteha, Ghoshal provided vocals for Malik in two other films, Munna Bhai M.B.B.S. and LOC Kargil, where she recorded the song "Chann Chann" for the former and "Pyaar Bhara Geet" for the latter, along with Sonu Nigam.[31][32] Besides, Ghoshal made her first collaboration with Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy by performing the female version of the song "Tu Hi Bata Zindagi". Calling her sing "effortless" in the song, The Hindu mentioned that she was "able to impart the required emotions" for the song.[33]

In 2004, Ghoshal contributed to the soundtrack album of Thoda Tum Badlo Thoda Hum by performing four tracks, which were labelled with an "average" tag by Joginder Tuteja from Bollywood Hungama.[34] However, he was "impressed" with Ghoshal's rendition from her songs in Khakee, where he affirmed that Ghoshal's voice suits Aishwarya Rai to the "core" and she "lends credibility to the entire song" in "Wada Raha".[35] Besides, the two duets with Nigam; "Dil Dooba" and "Youn Hi Tum Mujhse", were equally favored by music critics.[35] Further complimenting her vocals in the song "Hum Tumko Nigahon Mein" and "Soniye" from Garv, Tuteja asserted that Ghoshal's "vocals have started to suit the current breed of actresses better and better with each passing day".[36] Apart from Dil Bechara Pyaar Ka Maara, Ghoshal worked with Nikhil–Vinay in other projects, by recording "Betab Dil Hai" from Phir Milenge, and "Woh Ho Tum" from Muskaan.[37][38]

During the time, Nadeem–Shravan composed Tumsa Nahin Dekha: A Love Story was considered to be the biggest album for Ghoshal, as she sang all the numbers with an exception of one song.[39] She performed a wide variety of songs—from a jazzy number to soft romantic tunes—in the album.[40] According to Ghoshal, the album allowed her to "experiment with the entire range" of her "singing capabilities".[40] Besides, Ghoshal lent her voice for Malik, where she sang "Tumhe Jo Maine Dekha" and "Gori Gori" for Main Hoon Na apart from the title track—which received the maximum praise from critics.[41] Mid Day affirmed that Ghoshal provided "perfect accompaniment" for the track, while Rediff.com was "impressed with her rendition".[42][43] The year marks her first collaboration with Rajesh Roshan and Daboo Malik by singing the melodious track for the former composed "Saansein Ghulne Lagi" from Aetbaar and performing the track "Shikdum" from Dhoom, for the latter.[44][45]

2005–07[edit]

Ghoshal at "Carvaan-E-Ghazal" celebrations

Ghoshal was bestowed with her second National Film Award for her rendition of "Dheere Jalna" in Paheli.[46] As claimed by Daily News and Analysis, the song "treads the fine balance between the classical and popular genre of Hindi film music".[47] Barring the song "Dheere Jalna", Ghoshal was heard in two other tracks "Kangna Re" and "Minnat Kare", composed by M.M. Kreem.[48] She provided vocals for Kreem in one of his another compositions: "Guzar Na Jaye" from Rog.[49] With the film Parineeta, she made her first collaboration with Shantanu Moitra.[50] She performed four tracks from the film alongside Nigam, which includes "Piyu Bole", "Kasto Mazza" and "Soona Man Ka Aangan".[51][52] Thereupon, the duo worked for the soundtrack album of Yahaan, performing a soulful track "Naam Adaa Likhna", "Urzu Urzu Durkut" and a Punjabi track "Mele Chaliyan".[53] Ghoshal's work in both the films was widely acclaimed, subsequently being nominated for the Filmfare Awards with the song "Piyu Bole".[54] Reportedly, Ghoshal was selected to sing the female rendition of the track after being auditioned by many other artistes.[50] In an interview, Moitra stated; "Pradeep wanted a little trill of laughter in the middle of the song and she did it effortlessly".[50]

Along with "Piyu Bole", Ghoshal received another Filmfare nomination for her rendition of the song "Agar Tum Mil Jao" from Zeher.[54] The song along with "Jaane Ja Jaane Ja" from the same film was acclaimed by music critics.[55] Apart from providing supporting vocals for Himesh Reshammiya's "Aashiq Banaya Aapne", Ghoshal's voice had been used in some of his other compositions released during the year.[56] However, while reviewing Malik-composed "Pehle Se", Bollywood Hungama wrote: "Ghoshal sings in a mature manner and does well once again to prove herself as a dependable playback singer".[57] Similar sentiments were echoed for the song "Bolo To" from Shabd which was composed by Vishal–Shekhar.[58]

2006 marks Ghoshal's first collaboration with Ravindra Jain in film Vivah, where she performed three duets with Narayan titled "Mujhe Haq Hai", "Do Anjaane Ajnabi" and "Milan Abhi Aadha Adhura Hai".[59] For the album, she also recorded "Hamari Shaadi Mein" with Babul Supriyo and two sisters conversation song "O Jiji" with Pamela Jain, along with a bhajan performed with Jain.[60] Ghoshal's "obsessive" vocals were appraised in Roop Kumar Rathod's composition, "So Jaoon Main" from Woh Lamhe.[61][62] Despite the length, the version was particularly acclaimed from the album.[63] During the year, Ghoshal performed her ever duet with Sunidhi Chauhan—though they have contributed in multi-singer songs together—with the Salim–Sulaiman's composition, "Imaan Ka Asar" from Dor.[64] In spite of providing backing vocals for Lage Raho Munna Bhai's "Bande Mein Tha Dum", Ghoshal and Nigam performed a romantic duet titled "Pal Pal", a composition by Moitra.[65] For the song, she received a Best Female Playback Singer nomination at the 52nd Filmfare Awards.[66] She was next heard with Vishal Bhardwaj in the song "O Saathi Re", which exudes the feeling of intimacy and deep love.[67][68] Ghoshal's low pitch rendition in the song was positively noted by critics.[67]

In 2006, Ghoshal sang "Pyaar Ki Ek Kahani", "Koi Tumsa Nahin" and "Chori Chori Chupke Chupke" for Rajesh Roshan-composed Krrish which were also favored by the critics.[69] Reviewing the album, Bollywood Hungama wrote: "Ghoshal is extremely competent and justifies her continued presence in the big league".[69] They also mentioned that Ghoshal has reached to a similar level of Alka Yagnik in terms of "class, quality and style".[69]

Ghoshal on the sets of X Factor India, 2011

In 2007, Ghoshal recorded a thumri in the mujra style for Khoya Khoya Chand.[70] Titled "Chale Aao Saiyan" and composed by Moitra, the song was particularly praised for Ghoshal's "different" vocal structure.[71] She even lent her voice for two other songs for the album; "Sakhi Piya" and "Thirak Thirak".[72] She reunited with Moitra for Laaga Chunari Mein Daag, where she performed "Hum To Aise Hain" along with Chauhan which also had Swanand Kirkire and Pranab Biswas lending supporting vocals.[73][74] Raja Sen found "Kachchi Kaliyaan" song from the film less appealing with its "bad remix background" though praised Ghoshal, Chauhan, KK and Nigam for giving the song "the vim it requires".[72] Apart from providing background alaap in Monty Sharma's composition "Masha-Allah", Ghoshal was heard in the classically oriented numbers "Jaan-E-Jaan" and "Sawar Gayi", included in the album Saawariya.[75] She also recorded her first track in a Sanjay Leela Bhansali's composition, "Thode Badmaash" for the same album, providing a "feminine quality" to her "temperate nuances".[76]

During the same year, Ghoshal sang the peppy rain song, "Barso Re" for Mani Ratnam's Guru, a composition by A.R. Rahman.[77][78] A Review from Oneindia praised Ghoshal's rendition of the song and opined that it was a different incarnation of her in comparison to her previous records.[79] The song won her third Filmfare Award for Best Female Playback Singer.[80][81] The same year, she came up with the song "Yeh Ishq Haaye" from Jab We Met, composed by Pritam which was successful in earning her a third National Film Award for Best Female Playback Singer.[82][83]

The duo also worked with the classical track "Mere Dholna" for Bhool Bhulaiyaa (2007), performed beside M. G. Sreekumar, which was acclaimed with special mention to the alaap towards the "climax of the song".[84] Ghoshal also lent her voice for Vishal–Shekhar with few of his compositions and was particularly praised for the theme song of Ta Ra Rum Pum along with the romantic song "Main Agar Kahoon" and the dance song "Dhoom Taana" from film Om Shanti Om, where some critics compared her singing style of the latter with S. Janaki.[85][86][87] In the year, Ghoshal worked with Ilaiyaraaja for the album Cheeni Kum.[88][89]

2009–14[edit]

After singing for films such as U Me Aur Hum, Sirf, Ghatothkach, Dashavatar, Mere Baap Pehle Aap, De Taali, Haal-e-Dil, Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic and Kismat Konnection,[88] Ghoshal recorded another hit song for Singh Is Kinng (2008), titled "Teri Ore", composed by Pritam Chakraborty.[90] It received mixed reviews from music critics.[91][92] The song earned her a fourth Filmfare Award for Best Female Playback Singer and overall fifth Filmfare Award.[93] After that, she lent her voice for films like Bachna Ae Haseeno, God Tussi Great Ho, Welcome to Sajjanpur, Kidnap, Karzzzz, Ek Vivaah... Aisa Bhi, Dostana, Yuvvraaj and others.[88] She won her fourth National award for singing "Pherari Mon" for the Bengali film Antaheen (2008),[94] and "Jeev Rangla" for the Marathi film Jogwa (2008).[95]

She debuted in the Tamil cinema through the song "Yen Chellam" in Vasanthabalan's film Album (2002), and she received success after singing "Munbe Vaa" from Sillunu Oru Kaadhal under composer A. R. Rahman. She received her first Tamil Nadu State Film Award .[96] She made her Telugu debut for music director Mani Sharma in Okkadu (2003).[97] She made her debut in Kannada cinema with the song "Krishna nee begane baaro" in the movie Paris Pranaya (2003). Ghoshal debuted in Malayalam cinema through a studio album of composer Alphons Joseph and later gave voice to his song "Vida Parayukayano" from Big B (2007).[98] She became a sensation in Malayalam cinema through her song "Chandu Thottille", and received her first Kerala State Film Award for Best Singer. She became the first North Indian singer to receive this award. In 2010, Ghoshal sang for the English independent film When Harry Tries to Marry.[99]

Shreya Ghoshal at The Global Indian Film & Television Honors 2012

In 2011, Ghoshal recorded hit duet song "Saibo" in film Shor in the City with Tochi Raina, a composition by Sachin-Jigar.[100] Satyajit from Glamsham reported, "Sweetly toned and mesmerized with mellifluous flows of Shreya Ghoshal singing, the first outing "Saibo" is a smoothening surprise that extols the feel of romanticism to perfection".[100] Later that year, Ghoshal sang the duet "Teri Meri" in film Bodyguard with Rahat Fateh Ali Khan.[101] A Himesh Reshamiya composition, the song received positive to mixed reviews.[101][102] NDTV labelled the song as "moderately paced and average".[101] Ghoshal later collaborated with Bappi Lahiri in the duet "Ooh La La" from film The Dirty Picture.[103] Abid from Glamsham stated that Shreya Ghoshal manage to keep up the fun tempo with an improvised and highly entertaining and excellent renditions.[103] Ghoshal received further two nominations that year at Filmfare Awards for songs "Saibo" and "Teri Meri.[104]

In 2012, Ghoshal rendered her voice for popular item song, "Chikni Chameli" from film Agneepath.[105] The song was composed by Ajay-Atul and was a remake of their own Marathi song "Kombdi Palali" from film Jatra.[106] Joginder Tuteja of Bollywood Hungama stated, "A special word for Shreya Ghoshal too who changes her singing style in a big way and comes up trumps. She gets the kind of rustic flavour that was the need of the hour and is superb in her rendition."[107] Ghoshal received her one of the two Filmfare nominations of the year for the song.[108] Ghoshal's rendition of the female version of theme song of film Kahaani was well received by critics.[109] Satyajit from Glamsham labelled the song as "mesmerizing, both in rendition and soothing decorum".[109] During the same year, Ghoshal performed four songs, all composed by Sajid–Wajid for film Rowdy Rathore which received mixed reviews from critics.[110][111] For the duet song "Dhadang Dhang Dhang" performed by Ghoshal alongside Sajid, Devesh Sharma of Filmfare remarked, "Shreya Ghoshal puts the ’90s ka tadka' in her rendition" and for lullaby song "Chandaniya" he said, "Shreya Ghoshal sounds uncannily like Alka Yagnik and proves that she is a singer for all occasions".[112] Joginder Tuteja from Bollywood Hungama stated in relation to "Chandaniya", "Shreya Ghoshal can fit into any mode as per the demand of the situation".[113] The song "Tera Ishq Bada Teekha" received mixed reviews from music critics.[110][111][112][113] Ghoshal then lent her voice in a Four-part harmony song, "Radha" of film Student of the Year alongside Udit Narayan, Vishal Dadlani and Shekhar Ravjiani which garnered critical appreciation.[114] In the same year, she again collaborated with A.R. Rahman for a duet song "Saans" from film Jab Tak Hai Jaan along with Mohit Chauhan. The song received positive to mixed reviews by critics.[115][116][117] At the poll conducted by Indiatimes, the song Saans won the title of "Most Romantic Song of the year 2012".[118] The song earned Ghoshal second of her two Filmfare nominations of the year.[108]

Ghoshal at her concert in 2015

In early 2013, Ghoshal sang two duet songs "Naino Mein Sapna" and "Taki O Taki" for film Himmatwala. The songs were originally composed by Bappi Lahri and re-created by Sajid–Wajid. Both songs received positive reviews from music critics.[119][120][121][122] For "Naino Mein Sapna", critics of NDTV mentioned, "Ghoshal sounds tailormade for the track" and for "Taki Taki" they remarked, "Ghoshal proves yet again her mettle in the industry".[119] For "Naino Mein Sapna", Shivi from Komoi stated, "Shreya Ghoshal replace Lata Mangeshkar and do a decent job".[120] Ghoshal sang the female version of Sunn Raha Hai in Aashiqui 2 composed by Ankit Tiwari and written by Sandeep Nath.[123] She garnered critical praise over Ankit Tiwari who sang the male version of the song.[123] In the same year, Ghoshal collaborated with singer Kailash Kher for the song "Naina Chaar", under the initiative 'Project Resound' by Sony Music India.[124] Apart from rendering vocals for A.R. Rahman composed "Banarasiya" in Raanjhanaa,[125] Ghoshal lent her voice for duet "God, Allah aur Bhagwan" in Krrish 3 alongside Sonu Nigam.[126] Though the former song was met with largely positive reviews,[125][127] the latter was poorly received.[126][128] Ghoshal next performed two tracks in Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela namely "Dhoop" and "Nagada Sang Dhol" both composed by the director of film, Sanjay Leela Bhansali. She earned positive to mixed response for former[129][130] and mostly positive reviews for the latter.[129][131] Mohar Basu of Koimoi stated in regards to "Dhoop", "Shreya Ghoshal’s voice croons hauntingly and this song evokes a range of deep emotions. Passionately sung and flatteringly themed, this song makes evident the reason why Ghoshal can be compared to music veterans of the industry."[129] Ghoshal received two Filmfare nominations for songs "Sunn Raha Hai" and "Nagada Sang Dhol" that year.[132]

In 2014, Ghoshal recorded three songs for film PK namely the solo "Nanga Punga Dost" and duets "Chaar Kadam" and "Love is a Waste of Time" with Shaan and Sonu Nigam respectively.[133] Later in the same year, she sang the duet "Manwa Laage" with Arijit Singh for film Happy New Year composed by Vishal-Shekhar duo and written by Irshad Kamil.[134][135] Surabhi Redkar of Koimoi stated, "Shreya Ghoshal’s voice brings out the mush in you."[134] After its release, "Manwa Laage" crossed one million views within 21 hours[136] and two millions views in 48 hours[137] on YouTube worldwide. Ghoshal got another nomination at Filmfare Awards for the song.[138]

2015–present[edit]

2015 started with Ghoshal's another collaboration with A.R. Rahman in Tamil film I.[139] Besides rendering vocals for original Tamil duet "Pookkalae Sattru Oyivedungal" alongside Haricharan,[139][140] she also dubbed its Hindi version "Tu Chale" alongside Arijit Singh[141] and Telugu version "Poolane Kunukeyamantaa" alongside Haricharan.[142] The original Tamil version song "Pookkalae Sattru Oyivedungal" was met with positive reviews by critics, with most critics praising the vocals of Ghoshal.[139] Nicy V.P. from International Business Times commented on Tamil version, "Haricharan's crystal clear voice, Shreya's Hindustani driven singing lead to a chart-buster, here. With regards to Shreya Ghoshal, we have to dig deep the dictionary to come up with some new adjectives to praise her singing."[139] Later that year, Ghoshal sang the female version of song "Hasi" from film Hamari Adhuri Kahani composed by Ami Mishra which got critical precedence over male version sung by Ami Mishra himself.[143][144] Devesh Sharma from Filmfare remarked, "The female version of Hasi, sung by Shreya Ghoshal, works better than the male version, sung by guest composer Ami Mishra himself. Ghoshal elevates it with her superb effort and the softer arrangement works better for it overall."[143] Ghoshal also performed the female version of the song "Gaaye Jaa" for the film Brothers composed by Ajay-Atul which received positive reviews from music critics.[145][146][147][148] The Times of India stated, "Shreya Ghoshal scores brownie points for her rendition".[147] Glamsham praised Ghoshal's vocals labelling them "sugary sweet and superbly controlled".[145] Bollywood Life commented, "Shreya Ghoshal amazes the listener by making this situational song such a great listen and just for her lovely voice, one has to put this song on a loop"[146] The same year saw Ghoshal again collaborating with Sanjay Leela Bhansali in Bajirao Mastani.[149] She performed three songs in the film, namely "Mohe Rang Do Laal", "Deewani Mastani" and "Pinga", all of which met with widespread critical acclaim.[150][151] She also dubbed these songs in Tamil and Telugu versions of the film's soundtrack.[152][153] The qawwali interlude song "Deewani Mastani" in the film fetched her sixth Filmfare Award, fifth for Best female playback singer.[154][155]

In early 2016, Ghoshal provided vocals for duet "Tere Bin" from film Wazir alongside Sonu Nigam.[156] Composed by Shantanu Moitra and written by Vidhu Vinod Chopra, the song opened to positive reviews by critics.[156][157] Labelling the song as "a beautiful start for the film", critics from Bollywood Hungama commented, "Though the sound of song is quite classical for a film which is set in the current times, one can well expect that it would fit in well into the narrative."[156] Ghoshal was next heard in song "Tum Bin Jiya" in film Sanam Re, composed by Jeet Ganguly.[158] It was a recreation of a song with same title from 2001 film Tum Bin sung by K.S. Chitra and composed by Nikhil-Vinay.[158] The song received positive to negative reviews.[158][159][160] Ghoshal provided vocals for song "Aatach Baya Ka Baavarla" in Marathi film Sairat composed by Ajay-Atul which was well received by critics.[161][162] Ghoshal's collaboration with Ankit Tiwari in song "Jab Tum Hote Ho" from film Rustom was critically well received.[163][164] Devesh Sharma of Filmfare labelled the song "sombre" and praised use of Ghoshal's "melodious" voice in the song.[164]

Concerts and other activities[edit]

Ghoshal at her concert in Toronto, 2012

Ghoshal performs in musical concerts around the world. In 2013, she performed at the Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium in United Arab Emirates.[165] The same year, she paid her respects to the casualties of an excessive rainfall in Mauritius with a concert at the Swami Vivekananda International Convention Centre in Pailles.[166] Along with Hrishikesh Ranade, she also made a stage performance during the 18th annual day celebration of Airports Authority of India.[167] Later in 2013, Ghoshal made a Europe tour as a celebration of 100 years of Indian cinema.[168]

In 2006, along with Sonu Nigam, Sunidhi Chauhan and Shiamak Davar, Ghoshal performed the theme song of 2010 Commonwealth Games at its closing ceremony, as an invitation to everyone to the following Commonwealth Games in Delhi.[169][170][171] The same year, she along with Nigam, recorded the title track "Haath Se Haath Milaa" for the album put together by the BBC World Service Trust as part of an AIDS awareness campaign, where profits garnered through the album, was donated to HIV charities.[172][173]

Ghoshal has also been appearing on television reality shows. In 2007, Ghoshal served as the judge for the first season for STAR Voice of India Chhote Ustaad, with singer Kunal Ganjawala and composer Pritam Chakraborty.[174] She was one of the three judges in X Factor India with Sonu Nigam and Sanjay Leela Bhansali.[175] Ghoshal was a captain on the singing show Music Ka Maha Muqqabla along with Shankar Mahadevan, Shaan, Himesh Reshammiya, Mohit Chauhan, and Mika Singh.[176] In 2013, Ghoshal appeared as a judge for the first season of Indian Idol Junior.[177][178]

In 2011, Ghoshal became the brand ambassador for Joyalukkas jewellery.[179] In 2016, Ghoshal performed a charity event to support a 17 years old patient of Acute lymphoblastic leukemia.[180]

Artistry[edit]

Influences[edit]

One of Ghoshal's earliest musical memories is listening to her mother, Sarmistha Ghoshal, sing classical Bengali songs at clubs.[181] As a very young child, she was introduced to music by her mother, whom she refers as her first "guru".[6] She states that her mother is her best critic.[182]

Ghoshal has acknowledged Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhosle, K S Chithra, Geeta Dutt, Mohammed Rafi, Kishore Kumar and Mukesh as her inspirations.[183][184][185][186][187] Ghoshal has also named Jagjit Singh as her inspiration to perform songs in the genre of Ghazal.[188][189]

Voice[edit]

Ghoshal on the sets of Indian Idol Junior, 2013

Ghoshal possesses a soprano vocal range of two octaves to C#6.[190] In spite of her frequent high pitched rendition, Ghoshal has performed songs with a lower vocal range.[191] Her voice has been described as "sweet" with "slight huskiness".[192][193] In an interview, Ghoshal noted that her voice has transformed from the "girlish tenor" of the earlier days to a more matured texture.[191] Her voice is characterized in the media for being most suitable for higher-pitched renditions, although some critics have said that her voice tends to screech when she reaches a higher note of scale.[194] Similarly, in the book Confession of a Coward — an Indian Adventure, it was stated that Ghoshal's high-pitched vocals are interesting and impressive, but "certainly take some time getting used to it".[195] Ghoshal has voiced against correcting pitch with Auto-Tune.[196][197]

What makes Ghoshal remarkable among her contemporaries, according to The Indian Express is, the "serenity in her voice" and the "enviable range".[196] Further complimenting her versatile vocal range, they noted: "The honey-dipped inflection of [her voice], which once put in the recording studio, can turn into naughty, sensuous, serious, sad, comic and pure classical, depending on the requirement of the job".[196] Naming her as the "most versatile singer of this generation", India West remarked the smoothness of her voice when flowing from "lower registers to higher notes".[198] According to The Times of India, Ghoshal maintains the "touch of versatility" with her music by singing different style of songs from classical to pure commercial music.[199] In 2003, Ghoshal admitted that she modulates her voice well, hence "none of the music directors have yet been able to label me".[199]

Ghoshal took vocal lessons and did workshops with Kalyanji Virji Shah, where she learnt the technique about "throw of voice, straight notes, vibratos".[26] She considers classical music training as an asset in playback since it "keeps one's voice fit and fresh".[26] Music director Shekhar Ravjiani praised Ghoshal for her singing versatility.[200] According to Sonu Nigam, the best quality about Ghoshal is that the expressions come perfectly along with mannerisms.[201][202] During her interviews, Ghoshal mentioned, "I cannot sing double meaning songs or the songs which have vulgar lyrics".[203][204]

Personal life and popularity[edit]

On 5 February 2015, Ghoshal married her childhood friend Shiladitya Mukhopadhyaya in a traditional Bengali ceremony.[205]

Music director Jeet Gannguli,[206] singers Javed Ali,[207] Palak Muchhal,[208] Sonu Nigam,[201] Pakistani singers Rahat Fateh Ali Khan,[209] Syed Asrar Shah,[210] A cappella band Penn Masala,[211] actress Dia Mirza,[212] and cricketer Suresh Raina,[213] have mentioned her as one of their favorites in the industry. Singers Alka Yagnik,[214] Asha Bhosle,[215][216] Papon,[217] Sadhana Sargam,[218] filmmaker and music director Vishal Bharadwaj,[219] picked Ghoshal as the best female singers from the generation. Usha Uthup named her among the "voice for the future".[220] Director Vidhu Vinod Chopra has called her "the best singer in the industry".[202] Veteran singers Vani Jairam and Manna Dey has praised her musical abilities.[221][222] A Canadian singer Nesdi Jones and Ananya Nanda, the winner of Indian Idol Junior (Season 2) mentioned Ghoshal as their inspiration.[223][224]

Ghoshal was also honored from the U.S. state of Ohio, where governor Ted Strickland declared 26 June as "Shreya Ghoshal Day".[225] The first Shreya Ghoshal Day (on 26 June 2010) was celebrated among her fans on popular microblogging and social networking sites.[226] In April 2013, Ghoshal was awarded with the highest honour in London by the members of House of Commons of the United Kingdom.[9]

In 2012, Ghoshal appeared in the Forbes Celebrity 100, a list based on income and popularity of India's celebrities. She remained in the top fifty spots for four consecutive years, listed at the forty-second spot in 2012–13, the twenty-eighth spot in 2014 and the thirty-third spot in 2015.[227][228][229][230] In 2013, Forbes India placed her in their "Top 5 Celeb100 Singers and Musicians" list.[231]

Ghoshal is also known for her style, image and fashion sense.[232][233][234] In 2013, the UK-based newspaper Eastern Eye placed her forty-third in their "50 Sexiest Asian Women" list.[235] In 2015, it placed her seventh in their "Greatest 20 Bollywood Playback Singers" list.[236] Ghoshal was listed third among the "Top Ten Hottest Female Bollywood Lead Singers" by MensXP.com, an Indian lifestyle website for men.[237]

Ghoshal maintains a Facebook,[238] Twitter,[239] and Instagram,[240] account. She is the sixth most liked Indian personality on Facebook and on Twitter.[241] According to the statistics of Socialbakers, Ghoshal ranks in seventh place on Facebook and forty-fourth on Twitter in India.[242][243] Ghoshal is among the top ten most searched Indian singers on Google Search.[244] In 2016, Ghoshal began to use her Twitter account to respond directly to her fans by using the hashtag #AskShreya. [245][246]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Ghoshal has been a recipient of four National Film Awards for Best Female Playback Singing: "Bairi Piya" for Devdas (2002),[23] "Dheere Jalna" for Paheli (2005),[247] "Yeh Ishq Haaye" for Jab We Met (2007),[83] and one award for both songs "Pherari Mon" for the Bengali film Antaheen (2008) and "Jeev Rangla" for the Marathi film Jogwa (2008).[94][95] Ghoshal has won six Filmfare Awards: one RD Burman Award for New Music Talent ,[248] and five awards in Best Female Playback Singer category for "Dola Re Dola" for Devdas (2003),[248] "Jaadu Hai Nasha Hai" for Jism (2004),[249] "Barso Re" for Guru (2008),[250] "Teri Ore" for Singh Is Kinng (2009),[251] and "Deewani Mastani" for Bajirao Mastani (2016).[154]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Although Ghoshal has herself stated her birthplace as Murshidabad, many sources including Ghoshal's official site mention her birthplace as Baharampur, West Bengal.[3][4]

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