Shreya Ghoshal Biography
Shreya Ghoshal was born on 12th March 1984 in a Bengali Hindu family in Durgapur, West Bengal but grew up in Rawatbhata, a small town near Kota, Rajasthan. Her father Biswajeet Ghoshal is a nuclear power plant engineer and has worked for the Nuclear Power Corporation of India and her mother is a literature post-graduate. From the age of four, this beautiful singer was trained in Hindustani Classical music by Maheshchandra Sharma in Kota.
Her voice and proper training helped her win ‘The All India Light Vocal Music Competition’ organized by Sangam Kala Group and the children’s special episode of the reality music show ‘Sa Re Ga Ma’ which is featured on Zee TV.
But her first television performance was in ‘Awaaz Nayi Andaaz Wohi’. The impressed judge of the contest, Kalyanji convinced her parents to move to Mumbai and trained her 18 months. She also continued her classical music training with Mukta Bhide in Mumbai.
Initially she studied in Atomic Energy Central School in Rawatbhata and Anushaktinagar School in Mumbai. After her graduation she was enrolled in the SIES College. Her passion for music landed her again on ‘Sa Re Ga Ma Pa’ show as an adult and she caught the eye of director ‘Sanjay Leela Bhansali’ who offered her to be the voice of Paro in his movie ‘Devdas’ in the year 2000.
Her melodious voice was given to five songs in this film and won her the Filmfare Award For Best Female Playback Singer and also Filmfare’s RD Burman Award For New Music Talent. For the song ‘Bairi Piya’, she won the National Film Award. Her control over other languages such as Marathi, Bengali etc allows her to sing songs in many languages.
Her language bag overflows with Assamesse, Bengali, Marathi, Bhojpuri, Gujarati, Kannada, Malayalam, Nepali, Oriya, Tamil, Telugu etc linguistic commands. She has also received Filmfare awards in Hindi, Malayalam, Bengali, Kannada, Tamli and Telugu industries and state Film Awards from Malayalam and Tamil Industries.
. In 2010, Ghoshal also sang for the English independent film ‘When Harry Tries to Marry’. She has been a judge for ‘Star Voice Of India- Chotte Ustaad’ with singer Kunal Ganjawala and composer Pritam. Her phenomenal win in ‘X-fator India’ against co-judges singer Sonu Nigam and director ‘Sanjay leela Bhansali’ has set her as an amazing judge and supporter of the contestant. Her performance as a team leader and performer in ‘Music Ka Maha Muqabala’ has been legendery. She continues to enchant people with her beautiful and nightingale voice.