Shreya Ghoshal: Not Just a Pretty Face
The lovely and extremely attractive is a popular Indian singer. Her voice is one the loveliest and most popular playback voices in Hindi films, as well as in Bengali, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Telugu and Tamil. A playback singer sings for movie soundtracks, prerecorded tracks for movies or as singing voices to be lip-synced by the movie stars.
She is not just any playback singer, but an award winning at that. She received a National Film Award for Best Female Playback Singer and Filmfare RD Burman Award for New Music Talent for her work in “Devdas”
, her first Bollywood project. In all, she has lent her enchanting voice to more than 180 movies and received four National Film Awards, four Filmfare Awards South and five Filmfare Awards.
Born on March 12, 1984 in Durgapur, West Bengal, Shreya Ghoshal traces her roots to Dhaka, Bangladesh. She grew up in the small town of Rawatbhata near Kota, Rajasthan. She was raised by two unique individuals – her father was a plant engineer for the Nuclear Power Corporation of India and her mother has a post-graduate degree in Literature.
Little Shreya first fell in love with singing when she was only four years old: her mother believed in her singing abilities early on and took her to be trained in classical Hindustani music in Kota. As a little child, she joined the children’s special episode of the “Sa Re Ga Ma Pa” TV singing contest on Zee TV. She won not only the competition but also the heart of Kalyanji, one of the TV show’s judges.
Kalyanji trained the young superstar for 18 months. After that time, Shreya continued her training in classical Hindustani with the continued guidance of her supportive mother. She then moved to Mumbai and studied at the Atomic Energy Central Schools (AECS) and later at SIES College.
She competed at “Sa Re Ga Ma Pa” for a second time and that was when she caught the attention (and ears) of Sanjay Leela Bhansali, a well-known movie director. In 2000, the director offered her to supply the singing voice of the female character in the movie “Devdas”. And the rest is history.
She took on so many projects that it is difficult to keep count. She won several awards including the National Film Award for the song “Bairi Piya”. She was recognized several times by Filmfare Awards and the State Film Awards. She was first known in the South for her song “Yen Chellam” and a duet, “Munbe Vaa”.
Meanwhile, she entered the scene in Malayalam movies through an album created by Alphons Joseph, a well-known Indian composer. In 2010, this popular singer who also looks like a movie star sang for “When Harry Tries to Marry”, an English independent film.
A few movie makers did notice that Shreya Ghoshal indeed sounds and looks like a star. She made an on-screen appearance in “Saaya” and for a jewelry store ad. She is truly one of the most important figures in Indian cinema today, and she doesn’t even have to show her pretty face in the camera.