Shreya Ghoshal

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Shreya Ghoshal
Shreya Ghoshal GiMA.jpg
Ghoshal at the GiMA Awards in 2014
Background information
Native name শ্রেয়া ঘোষাল (Bengali)
Birth name Shreya Ghoshal
Born (1984-03-12) 12 March 1984 (age 31)
Baharampur, West Bengal, India
Occupation(s) Playback singer
Years active 1998–present

Shreya Ghoshal (শ্রেয়া ঘোষাল, born 12 March 1984) is an Indian playback singer who has recorded songs for various Indian films. She has performed in variety of languages including Bengali, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Hindi, Malayalam, Nepali, Assamese, Bhojpuri, Gujarati, Marathi, Oriya and Punjabi. She is the recipient of four National Film Awards, five Filmfare Awards (four for best playback singer), five Screen Awards and eight Filmfare Awards South. She has established herself as a leading female playback singer in Indian cinema.

Ghoshal aspired to a music career from a young age. At the age of sixteen, she participated and won the television singing reality show Sa Re Ga Ma Pa. Her Bollywood playback singing career began with Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Devdas (2002), for which she received a Nationa Award, a Filmfare Award for Best Female Playback Singer. Ghoshal was also honored from the U.S. state of Ohio, where 26 June was declared as "Shreya Ghoshal Day". She was also featured in Forbes’ list of the top 100 celebrities of India.

Early life[edit]

Ghoshal was born on 12 March 1984 to a Bengali family in Baharampur, Murshidabad district, West Bengal.[1][2] She grew up in Rawatbhata, a small town near Kota in Rajasthan.[3] 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.[4] She also has a brother named Soumyadeep Ghoshal.[5][6]

Atomic Energy Central School at Anushakti Nagar where Ghoshal attended from ninth grade to higher secondary

Ghoshal completed her schooling up to eighth grade at the Atomic Energy Central School in Rawatbhata.[3] 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.[7] 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][8]

Her mother used to help her in her rehearsals and she accompanied her on the harmonium and started practicing mostly Bengali songs. Her first stage performance was made at a club's annual function. When she turned six, she started her lessons in Hindustani classical music.[3] 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, which was hosted by Sonu Nigam.[9][10][11]

She has acknowledged Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhosle, K. S. Chithra, Geeta Dutt, Madan Mohan and R. D. Burman have been her Inspirations.[12][13]

Music career[edit]

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

Devdas and entry into Bollywood (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.[8] According to him, Ghoshal's voice had the innocence needed for the character of Paro in Devdas (2002).[19][20]

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.[21][19] 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 like Udit Narayan, Vinod Rathod, Kavita Krishnamurthy, KK, and Jaspinder Narula.[22] She was only 16 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.[19] The film garnered her Filmfare Award for Best Female Playback Singer for "Dola Re", a National Film Award for Best Female Playback Singer for "Bairi Piya". Her performance also won her the RD Burman Award for New Music Talent.[23]

She was an immediate success and was called by various regional film industries for recording songs in her voice. She was soon offered parts in upcoming projects such as Munna Bhai M.B.B.S., Shart: The Challenge, Tujhe Meri Kasam, Julie Ganapathi, Thoda Tum Badlo Thoda Hum, and Desh Devi Maa Ashapura.[19] Ghoshal was a playback singer many times in 2003 for films such as Saaya, Jism, Tujhe Meri Kasam, Armaan, Xcuse Me, Inteha, Out of Control, Munna Bhai M.B.B.S., and LOC Kargil.[24][25] Her song "Jaadu Hai Nasha Hai" from Jism won her the Filmfare Award for Best Female Playback Singer. In 2004, Ghoshal lent her voice to various composers for films like Plan, Khakee, Shikaar, Tum – A Dangerous Obsession, Muskaan, Krishna Cottage, Main Hoon Na, Aan: Men at Work, Girlfriend, Garv, Dhoom, Phir Milenge, Tumsa Nahin Dekha: A Love Story, King of Bollywood, Shukriya: Till Death Do Us Apart, Rok Sako To Rok Lo, Musafir, and Dil Maange More.[24]

Into the limelight (2005–07)[edit]

Ghoshal started 2005 with songs from Elaan,[26] Blackmail,[27] Jurm and Classic Dance of Love.[28][24] She recorded the song "Agar Tum Mil Jao" for Roop Kumar Rathod, which was featured in the album Zeher (2005).[29] Her voice also became a part for films such as Shabd, Main Aisa Hi Hoon, Nazar, Yakeen and "Piyu Bole" for Parineeta.[30][24][31] She also worked with Ilaiyaraaja for Mumbai Xpress.[32] In 2005, Ghoshal received her second National Film Award for Best Female Playback Singer for the song "Dhire Jalna" from Paheli,[33] a composition by M. M. Keeravani.[34] Further on in 2005, Ghoshal also rendered songs for films like Fareb, Aashiq Banaya Aapne, James, Rain: The Terror Within..., Shaadi No. 1, and Vaah! Life Ho Toh Aisi!.[24] Ghoshal later sang in films like Jawani Diwani: A Youthful Joyride, Holiday, Fight Club – Members Only, Malamaal Weekly, Chand Ke Paar Chalo, Banaras, Saawan... The Love Season, Ankahee, Chup Chup Ke, Krrish, The Killer, Omkara, Anthony Kaun Hai? and Lage Raho Munna Bhai.[24][35]

The year 2007 started for Ghoshal with "Barso Re" from Mani Ratnam's Guru, a composition by A.R. Rahman.[36][37] A Review from praised Ghoshal's rendition of the song and opined that it was a different incarnation of her in comparison to her previous records.[38] The song won her the Filmfare Award for Best Female Playback Singer.[39] The same year, she came up with the song ""Yeh Ishq Haaye" from Jab We Met, which was successful in earning her a third National Film Award for Best Female Playback Singer.[40]


Ghoshal at her concert in 2015

After singing for films like U Me Aur Hum, Sirf, Ghatothkach, Dashavatar, Mere Baap Pehle Aap, De Taali, Haal-e-Dil, Khushboo, Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic, Thodi Life Thoda Magic, and Kismat Konnection,[24] Ghoshal recorded another hit song for Singh Is Kinng (2008), titled "Teri Ore", composed by Pritam Chakraborty.[41] It received mixed reviews from music critics.[42][43] The song earned her a fourth Filmfare Award.[44] After that, she lent for voice for films like Bachna Ae Haseeno, God Tussi Great Ho, Chamku, Welcome to Sajjanpur, Hari Puttar: A Comedy of Terrors, Kidnap, Cheenti Cheenti Bang Bang, Karzzzz, Ek Vivaah... Aisa Bhi, Deshdrohi, Dostana, Yuvvraaj, Ru Ba Ru and others.[24] She won her consecutive fourth and fifth National award for singing "Pherari Mon" for the Bengali film Antaheen (2008),[45] and "Jeev Rangla" for the Marathi film Jogwa (2008).[46]

Ghoshal had the experience of working with numerous music directors, some of which in alphabetical order are 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, Bharathwaj, Debojyoti Mishra, Deepak Pandit, Devi Sri Prasad, G. V. Prakash Kumar, Harris Jayaraj, Himesh Reshammiya, Ilaiyaraaja, Ismail Darbar, Jatin–Lalit, Jeet, Joy Sarkar, Kailash-Naresh-Paresh, Karthik Raja, Koti, K. M. Radha Krishnan, Lalit Sen, Mani Sharma, M. M. Keeravani, M. Jayachandran, Monty Sharma, Mano Murthy, Nadeem–Shravan, Nikhil Vinay, Pyarelal, R. P. Patnaik, Pritam Chakraborty, Rajesh Roshan, S. A. Rajkumar, Raju Singh, Ranjit Barot, Ram Sampath, Ravindra Jain, Roop Kumar Rathod, Sajid–Wajid, Salim–Sulaiman, Sandesh Shandilya, Sanjay Bhansali, Sanjeev Darshan, Sen Brothers, Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy, Shantanu Moitra, Sukhwinder Singh, Uttam Singh, Vidyasagar, Viju Shah, Vishal Bhardwaj, Vishal-Shekhar, Yuvanshankar Raja, and many others.

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.[47] She made her Telugu debut for music director Mani Sharma in Okkadu (2003),[48] and 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).[49] She is known for her frequent association with Malayalam music director M. Jayachandran. In 2010, Ghoshal sang for the English independent film When Harry Tries to Marry.[50]

In 2013, Ghoshal collaborated with singer Kailash Kher for the song "Naina Chaar", under the initiative 'Project Resound' by Sony Music India.[51]

Concerts and other activities[edit]

Ghoshal at her concert in Toronto, 2012

Ghoshal became active in musical concerts all over the world. She also performed at the Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium in United Arab Emirates.[52] In 2013, Ghoshal paid her respects to the casualties of an excessive rainfall in Mauritius with a concert at the The Swami Vivekananda International Convention Centre in Pailles.[53] The same year she along with Hrishikesh Ranade, made a stage performance during the 18th annual day celebration of Airports Authority of India.[54] Later in 2013, Ghoshal made a Europe tour as a celebration of 100 years of Indian cinema.[55]

Ghoshal has also been appearing on television reality shows. In 2007, Ghoshal served as the judge for the first season for Amul STAR Voice of India Chhote Ustaad, with singer Kunal Ganjawala and composer Pritam Chakraborty.[56] She was one of the three judges in X Factor India with Sonu Nigam and Sanjay Leela Bhansali.[57] Ghoshal was a captain on the singing show Music Ka Maha Muqqabla along with Shankar Mahadevan, Shaan, Himesh Reshammiya, Mohit Chauhan, and Mika Singh.[58] In 2013, Ghoshal appeared as a judge for the first season ofIndian Idol Junior, along with Vishal Dadlani and Shekhar Ravjiani.[59][60]

In 2011, Ghoshal became the brand ambassador for Joyalukkas jewellery.[61] In 2003, Ghoshal made an on-screen appearance in the film Saaya, singing the song, "Har Taraf".

Personal life and popularity[edit]

On 5 February 2015, Ghoshal married her childhood friend Shiladitya Mukhopadhyaya in a traditional Bengali ceremony.[62]

Singer Javed Ali and Palak Muchhal have mentioned her as one of their favorites in the industry.[63][64] In an interview with India Today, veteran singer Manna Dey praised her musical abilities.[65] Ghoshal was also honored from the U.S. state of Ohio, where governor Ted Strickland declared 26 June as "Shreya Ghoshal Day".[66] The very first Shreya Ghoshal Day (on 26 June 2010) was celebrated among her fans on popular microblogging and social networking sites.[67] Ghoshal maintains a Facebook and a Twitter account. She is the sixth most liked Indian personality on Facebook and on Twitter.[68] In 2012, she broke into Forbes Celebrity 100, a list based on income and popularity of India's celebrities. She remained in the top fifty spots for three consecutive years, listed at the forty-two spot in 2012–13 and the twenty-eighth spot in 2014.[69][70][71]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Ghoshal has been the recipient of five National Film Awards: Best Female Playback Singer for singing "Bairi Piya" for Devdas (2002),[72] "Dheere Jalna" for Paheli (2005),[33] "Yeh Ishq Haaye" for Jab We Met (2007),[40] "Pherari Mon" for the Bengali film Antaheen (2008),[45] and "Jeev Rangla" for the Marathi film Jogwa (2008).[46] She has also won four Filmfare Awards, she received two awards for singing "Dola Re Dola" for Devdas (2002), the Best Playback Singer Award and the RD Burman Award for New Music Talent.[73] She also won the award for lending her voice for "Jaadu Hai Nasha Hai" from Jism (2003),[74] "Barso Re" from Guru (2007),[39] and "Teri Ore" from Singh is Kinng (2008).[44]


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