Shreya Ghoshal, known as the “Queen of Bollywood Music,” is one of the most well-known playback singers in the industry. She has been singing since she was six years old and is recognized throughout the country for her incredible voice. She debuted in Bollywood at the age of 16 in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s film Devdas, released in 2002. Ghoshal’s voice is well-known not just in India but also across the world, and she is the first Indian singer to have a wax figure at the Madame Tussauds museum in London.
Shreya Ghoshal: Childhood
- Early Days Ghoshal was born on 12th March 1984 to a Bengali Hindu family in Murshidabad, West Bengal, and grew up in Rawatbhata, Rajasthan. Shreya began to acquire an interest in music at the age of four and began to learn it. She started a rigorous classical music education at the age of six, and at the age of sixteen, she sang her first Bollywood song.
- Singing Training Ghoshal acquired her formal training in classical music at the age of 6 from Late Kalyanji Bhai for 18 months and then continued her training in Mumbai with Late Mukta Bhide. Her first stage performance was at a club’s annual function, and she also started to take lessons in Hindustani classical music. At the age of 16, she participated and won an Indian television music reality show, Sa Re Ga Ma, which aired on Zee TV.
Shreya Ghoshal : Education
- Ghoshal studied at Atomic Energy Central School No. 4, Rawatbhta, until the eighth grade. Ghoshal won the All India Light Vocal Music Competition in New Delhi in 1995, which was conducted by Sangam Kala Group, a sub-junior level light vocal group.
- In 1997, her father was transferred to Mumbai’s Bhabha Research Atomic Centre, and she was also relocated to Mumbai, where she attended the Atomic Energy Central School in Anushakti Nagar. After finishing high school, she went to Atomic Energy Junior College to study science. Still, she dropped out after a few years to attend SIES College of Arts, Science, and Commerce to study arts with English as a major.
Shreya Ghoshal : Singing Journey
- First-ever recorded song Ganraj Rangi Nachato, a Martahai song originally sung by Lata Mangeshkar, was Ghoshal’s first-ever recorded song, while Bendhechhi Beena, her debut studio album, was released on 1st January 1998, with 14 tracks.
- Entry into Bollywood After Ghoshal won Sa Re Ga Ma in 2000, Sanjay Leela Bhansali approached her to play the voice of ‘Paro,’ the principal female actress in Devdas. Leela Bhansali claims that he first heard Shreya Ghoshal during her performance while his mother was watching the event, and after hearing her sweet voice, he decided to offer her a role in his next film. She sang 5 songs in Bhansali’s movie, Devdas. Her songs were an instant success and topped the chart, making her worthy of many awards and nominations.
- Rising star Following her great debut, she was approached by several film studios that wanted to record her voice, and she ended up recording numerous vocals for an indefinite number of films. Since then, Ghoshal has never looked back and has amassed an enormous amount of success. Ghoshal has performed songs in various languages, including Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Bengali, Assamese, Marathi, and Malayalam, and has been in nearly every film in Bollywood. Ghoshal has also appeared in many Indian reality shows as a judge and has appeared in many music videos.
Shreya Ghoshal : Collaborations
Ghoshal has collaborated with several musicians and vocalists, including
- Anu Mallik on Inteha, Munna Bhai M.B.B.S., LOC Kargil
- Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy on the song “Tu Hi Bata Zindagi,” for which she was praised for her “effortless” vocals.
- Sonu Nigam in Dil Dooba and Yun Hi Tum Mujhse
She has also worked with Himesh Reshammiya, M.M.Kreem, Nadeem Shravan, Pritam, Vishal-Shekhar, Mano Murthy, A.R. Rahman, and Yuvan Shankar Raja.
Shreya Ghoshal : International Concerts
Ghoshal is famous around the world and has performed in several countries other than India.
- In 2013, she went to Australia and New Zealand and performed at the Brisbane Convention Centre, the Dallas Brooks Centre in Melbourne, the Sydney Opera House, and the Vodafone Events Centre in Auckland. She also performed at Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium, UAE, and performed at Swami Vivekananda International Convention Centre in Pailles to pay her condolences to the casualties in Mauritius.
- In 2016, she performed at the Sydney Olympic Park and performed in the United States with a forty-member Symphony band at the Fox Theatre in Detroit.
Shreya Ghoshal : Awards and Nominations
Ghoshal has won a total of 173 awards and has been nominated 516 times. The list of awards and nominations is never-ending. Some significant achievements in her life are given below:
- Ghoshal has won 4 National Awards for Best Female Playback Singing.
- She won 7 Filmfare awards and 10 Filmfare Awards South.
- Ghoshal won 7 IIFA and 13 Mirchi Music awards.
- She has won 4 Guild awards and 3 Gima awards.
- She also won 7 screen awards.
- Shreya Ghoshal was honored by the state of Ohio, where Ted Strickland declared 26th June 2010 as Shreya Ghoshal Day.
Shreya Ghoshal : Family
- Parents Ghoshal’s father, Bishwajit Ghoshal, is an electrical engineer and works for the Nuclear Power Corporation of India, and her mother, Sarmistha Ghoshal, is a literature postgraduate. She also has a younger brother named Somyadeeo Ghoshal.
- Marriage Shreya Ghoshal married her childhood friend and boyfriend, Shiladitya Mukhopadhyaya, on 5th February 2015 in a traditional Bengali way. Ghoshal said that the couple dated for almost 10 years before their marriage, and then they finally tied the knot. The couple was blessed with a baby boy on 22nd May 2021, who was named Devyaan Mukhopadhyaya.
Shreya Ghoshal : Queen of Singing
Many youngsters aspire to be the person of their dreams, but not everyone is capable of achieving this goal. Ghoshal realized her dream of being the finest female vocalist of all time by achieving her love and passion for singing. She is well-known across the country, and many music directors hope they could collaborate with her.