Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Birth name :Shreya Ghoshal
Born :March 12, 1984 (age 25)
Origin :Rawatbhata, Rajasthan, India
Genres :Playback singing, Indian classical music
Years active :2002 - Present
Shreya Ghoshal (born March 12, 1984 in Rawatbhata, Rajasthan, India) is an Indian playback singer. She performed several songs in Bollywood, regional films and also for Indian soaps like Kasturi. Besides Hindi, she has also sung songs in Bengali, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Punjabi, Tamil and Telugu.
Shreya Ghoshal was born in a Bengali family. She grew up in Rawatbhata, a small town near Kota, Rajasthan. Her father works in Bhabha Atomic Research Center as a nuclear power plant engineer for the Nuclear Power Corporation of India while her mother is a post-graduate literature student.
From the age of four Ghoshal accompanied her mother on the harmonium. Her parents enrolled her for formal training in Hindustani classical music in Kota with Maheshchandra Sharma.
As a child she won the children's special episode of the Sa Re Ga Ma contest on Zee TV. Back then, the show was hosted by now-famous singer Sonu Nigam. Kalyanji who also judged the competition, convinced her parents to move to Mumbai. She trained with him for 18 months and continued her classical music training with Mukta Bhide in Mumbai.
She studied at Atomic Energy Central Schools (AECS) at Kota and Anushaktinagar (Mumbai). For Graduation she had enrolled herself at SIES College in their Arts Stream.
She caught the attention of film director Sanjay Leela Bhansali when she participated in Sa Re Ga Ma Pa for a second time, this time competing against adults. In 2000, He offered her the opportunity to be the voice of Paro, the lead female character of his film Devdas, who was to be portrayed by Aishwarya Rai. Shreya sang five songs in the film. Moviegoers from across the world heard Ghoshal’s singing voice pictured on Aishwarya Rai, and she quickly became one of the top female playback singers in Bollywood, alongside Alka Yagnik, Sunidhi Chauhan, Sadhana Sargam and Kavita Krishnamurthy. This song earned her the Filmfare Award for best singer that year, as well as the R D Burman award, given to upcoming talents in music at the same award ceremony.
Since Devdas, she went on to sing for many other actresses under the baton of various music directors, including Anu Malik, Himesh Reshammiya, M. M. Keeravani, Nadeem-Shravan, Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, Pritam, Vishal-Shekhar, Hamsalekha, Mano Murthy, Gurukiran, Ilayaraja, A. R. Rahman, Yuvan Shankar Raja and Harris Jayaraj. She has won many awards. She has also received many accolades for the song 'Mere Dholna' from Bhool Bhulaiyaa.
Today Ghoshal is an established industry singer and has recorded in various regional languages, including Hindi,Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Bengali, Kannada, Gujarati, Meitei, Marathi, and Bhojpuri. She also appeared as a judge in the singing show Amul Star Voice Of India Chhote Ustaad. She also sang the title songs of many Indian Television serials.
Awards and recognitions
National Film Awards
2002: National Film Award for Best Female Playback Singer - Bairi Piya (Devdas)
2006: National Film Award for Best Female Playback Singer - Dheere Jalna (Paheli)
2007: National Film Award for Best Female Playback Singer - Yeh Ishq Hai (Jab We Met)
2003: Filmfare RD Burman Award for New Music Talent
2003: Filmfare Best Female Playback Award (shared with Kavita Krishnamurthy) - Dola Re (Devdas)
2004: Filmfare Best Female Playback Award - Jaadu Hai Nasha Hai (Jism)
2008: Filmfare Best Female Playback Award - Barso Re (Guru)
2009: Filmfare Best Female Playback Award - Teri Ore (Singh Is Kinng)
Filmfare Awards South
2007: Filmfare Best Female Playback Award (Tamil) - Munbe Vaa (Sillunu Oru Kaadhal)
2008: Filmfare Best Female Playback Award (Kannada) - Ninna Nodalenthu - (Mussanjemaatu)
2003: IIFA Best Female Playback Award (shared with Kavita Krishnamurthy) - Dola Re (Devdas)
2004: IIFA Best Female Playback Award - Jadu Hai Nasha Hai (Jism)
2008: IIFA Best Female Playback Award - Barso Re (Guru)
2009: IIFA Best Female Playback Award - Teri Ore (Singh Is Kinng)
Zee Cine Awards
2003: Zee Cine Award Best Female Playback Singer (shared with Kavita Krishnamurthy) - Dola Re (Devdas)
2006: Zee Cine Award for Best FemalePlayback Singer - Piyu Bole (Parineeta)
2008: Zee Cine Award Best Female Playback Singer - Barso Re (Guru)
Star Screen Awards
2004: Star Screen Award Best Female Playback - Jadoo Hai Nasha Hai (Jism)
2006: Star Screen Award Best Female Playback - Piyu Bole (Parineeta)
2008: Star Screen Award Best Female Playback - Barso Re (Guru)
2005: Andhra Pradesh State Award Best Female Playback Singer - Pillagaali Allari (Athadu) & Neeke Nuvvu (Modati Cinema) (Telugu)
2007: Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Female Playback - Munbe Vaa (Sillunu Oru Kaadhal) (Tamil)
2008: Apsara Award Best Female Playback Singer - Barso Re (Guru)
2008: GPBA - German Public Bollywood Award Best Singer (Female) - Yeh Ishq Haaye (Jab We Met)
2008: Zee Astitva Award for Excellence In Music
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