Shreya Ghoshal is Indian playback singer who is known for her sweet voice. Shreya Ghoshal songs received four National Film Awards, four Kerala State Film Awards, two Tamil Nadu State Film Awards, seven Filmfare Awards including six for Best Female Playback Singer and nine Filmfare Awards South. She has recorded songs for film music and albums in various Indian languages and has established herself as a leading playback singer of Indian cinema.
Ghoshal aspired to become a playback singer from an early age. At the age of four, she started learning music. At the age of six, she started her formal training in classical music. At the age of sixteen, she was noticed by the mother of film-maker Sanjay Leela Bhansali when she entered and won the television singing reality show Sa Re Ga Ma Pa (called Sa Re Ga Ma at that time). Following that, she made her Bollywood playback singing debut with Bhansali’s romantic drama Devdas (2002)
Shreya Ghoshal was born on 12 March 1984 to a Bengali Hindu family in Murshidabad, Murshidabad district, West Bengal, with ancestral roots in Bikrampur, Bangladesh. She grew up in Rawatbhata, a small town near Kota, Rajasthan. 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. She has a younger brother, Soumyadeep Ghoshal. At the age of four, she started learning music.
Ghoshal completed her schooling up to eighth grade at the Atomic Energy Central School in Rawatbhata. In 1995, she won the All India Light Vocal Music Competition, New Delhi, organized by Sangam Kala Group, in the Light Vocal group in the 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. She joined the Atomic Energy Junior College to study science. She dropped out of 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.
Ghoshal’s mother used to help her in rehearsals and accompany her on the Tanpura, starting with mostly Bengali songs. At the age of six, Ghoshal started with her formal training in classical music. She acquired training from Late Kalyanji Bhai for 18 months and continued her classical music training with Late Mukta Bhide in Mumbai. Her first stage performance was made at a club’s annual function. When she turned six, she started her lessons in Hindustani classical music 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 channel Zee TV.
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. According to Bhansali, Ghoshal’s voice had the innocence needed for the character of Paro in Devdas (2002).
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. 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. 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. The film garnered her first Filmfare Award for Best Female Playback Singer for “Dola Re” (shared with Kavita Krishnamurthy) and a National Film Award for Best Female Playback Singer for “Bairi Piya”. Her performance also won her the Filmfare RD Burman Award for New Music Talent.
In 2004, Ghoshal contributed to the soundtrack album of Thoda Tum Badlo Thoda Hum by performing four tracks, which were labeled with an “average” tag by Joginder Tuteja from Bollywood Hungama. 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”. Besides, the two duets with Nigam; “Dil Dooba” and “Youn Hi Tum Mujhse”, were equally favored by music critics. 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” 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.
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. She performed a wide variety of songs—from a jazzy number to soft romantic tunes—in the album. According to Ghoshal, the album allowed her to “experiment with the entire range” of her “singing capabilities”. 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. Mid Day affirmed that Ghoshal provided “perfect accompaniment” for the track, while Rediff.com was “impressed with her rendition” 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.
In 2017, Ghoshal also sang “Thodi Der” duet with co-singer and music director Farhan Saeed for the film Half Girlfriend. She received a Filmfare Award for Best Female Playback Singer nomination for the song. Komoi stated, “Ghoshal’s voice as sweet as honey mesmerizes the listener in Thodi Der”. Glamsham reported, “Ghoshal is simply fantastic and [song] can be put on repeat mode”. In the same year, Ghoshal sang two songs in fifth episode of Mixtape, a web series launched by T-Series for which she received a positive response. Ghoshal’s four Kannada songs were included in The Times of India list of “10 Best Romantic Songs of 2017”, which are “Usire Usire” from Hebbuli, “Ondu Malebillu” from Chakravarthy, “Ninna Snehadinda” from Mugulu Nage and “Chippinolagade” from Maasthi Gudi. Her Telugu song “Blockbuster” from Sarrainodu was voted as number one in 10 Best Party Songs of 2017 by the same.
2018 started for Ghoshal collaborating with S. Thaman for the song “Mandhaara” from Bhaagamathie. She later provided her rendition for “Allasani Vaari” from Tholi Prema. She also lent her voice to four songs for the delayed film Phir Se… (2018). Ghoshal continued with song Ghoomar from the period drama Padmaavat, along with Swaroop Khan. Composed by film’s director Sanjay Leela Bhansali himself, it was based on the traditional music and dance forms performed by the Rajput queens of Rajasthan. The song was well-received, with critics praising Ghoshal for her rendition. Gaurang Chauhan from Times Now noted that the song “is appealing and will be, if not already, a favorite among dance performers across India. “Ghoomar” went on to earn Ghoshal the Filmfare Award for Best Female Singer. She was next heard in the recreated version of “Ek Do Teen” from Tezaab (1988) in Baaghi 2 and the title track of Dhadak (2018) .
Famous Shreya Ghoshal Songs
Shreya Ghoshal has given so many hit songs to the film industry, some of the best Shreya Ghoshal songs are as under:-
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