Singer - Shreya Ghoshal

Shreya Ghoshal (born 12 March 1984) is an Indian playback singer. She has received four National Film Awards, six Filmfare Awards, five for Best Female Playback and one for RD Burman Award for New Music Talent in 2003 and eight Filmfare Awards South (2 for Kannada & Tamil,1 for Telugu and 3 for Malayalam) till date. She has recorded songs for film music in various Indian languages, and has established herself as a leading playback singer of Indian cinema.

Ghoshal aspired to become a playback singer from a young age. At the age of sixteen, she was noticed by film-maker Sanjay Leela Bhansali when she participated and won the television singing reality show Sa Re Ga Ma Pa. Following that, she made her Bollywood playback singing debut with Bhansali's romantic drama Devdas (2002) for which she received a National Award and a Filmfare Award.

Apart from playback singing, Ghoshal has also been appearing on several television reality show's, serving as a judge. She has also been honored from the U.S. state of Ohio, where governor Ted Strickland declared 26 June as "Shreya Ghoshal Day". She has also featured three times in Forbes’ list of the top 100 celebrities of India. In February 2015, Ghoshal married her childhood friend Shiladitya Mukhopadhyaya.

Ghoshal was born on 12 March 1984 to a Bengali Hindu family in Baharampur, Murshidabad district, West Bengal. She grew up in Rawatbhata, a small town near Kota in 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 also has a brother named Soumyadeep Ghoshal.

Ghoshal completed her schooling up to eighth grade at the Atomic Energy Central School in Rawatbhata. 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 withdrew from the 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.

Her mother used to help her in her rehearsals and she accompanied her on the harmonium and started practicing mostly Bengali songs. 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 the channel Zee TV, which was hosted by Sonu Nigam.

Ghoshal has acknowledged Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhosle, K S Chithra, Geeta Dutt, as her inspirations. In Joyalukkas promotion in Kerala, she said singer K S Chithra is her the most influential person in her singing style

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