It’s official: Bollywood singing sensation and seven-time Filmfare Award winner Shreya Ghoshal will perform live in Auckland next month in a concert titled Shreya Ghoshal Live in Concert - Jaadu Hai Nasha Hai.
While Shreya, 26, is best known as a playback singer in Bollywood films, she has also performed several songs for other Indian film industries. Besides Hindi, she has sung songs in Bengali , Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Punjabi, Tamil and Telugu.
Most recently, she won Filmfare Awards in 2008 and 2009 for playback in films Guru and Singh is King respectively.
In Auckland, Shreya will perform live at the TelstraClear Pacific Event Centre, in Manukau, on August 20, at 7.30pm. She will be accompanied by Shiv Prasad, winner of Sa Re Ga Ma, and mimicry by Nitin Bhandarkar, plus the best of Bollywood musicians.
Tickets available at 0508 EVENTS or www.tickewtdirect.co.nz.
Shreya’s career began when she won the Sa Re Ga Ma Pa contest as an adult. Her Bollywood playback singing career began with the movie Devdas, for which she received both the Filmfare Award for Best Female Playback Singer and theFilmfare RD Burman Award for New Music Talent.
Since then, she has worked with prominent Indian musicians in more than 140 films, and several of her songs have achieved critical and commercial success. Shreya is one of the most awarded playback singers in recent times, with four National Film Awards and four Filmfare Awards to her credit.
Ghoshal was born to Bengali Hindu family in Durgapur, West Bengal and grew up in Rawatbhata, a small town near Kota, Rajasthan. She belongs to a highly academic family. 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 (now Sa Re Ga Ma Pa) contest on Zee TV. 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 Rawatbhata and Anushaktinagar (Mumbai). For Graduation she had enrolled herself at SIES College in their Arts Stream.
She is the great fan of shri Vani Jayaram. Shreya 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 as an adult.
In 2000, he offered her the opportunity to be the voice of Paro, the lead female character of his film Devdas, who was portrayed by Aishwarya Rai. Shreya sang five songs under the music direction of Ismail Darbar in the film. This song earned her the Filmfare Award for Best Female Playback Singer, as well as Filmfare's RD Burman Award for New Music Talent, given to upcoming talents in music.
She also won a National Film Award for the song "Bairi Piya". Since Devdas, she went on to sing for many other actresses under the baton of various music directors, including Ilayaraja, A.R.Rahman, Anu Malik, Himesh Reshammiya, Mani Sharma, MM Keeravani, Nadeem-Shravan, Anand-Milind, Shantanu Moitra, Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, Pritam, Vishal-Shekhar, Hamsalekha, Mano Murthy, Gurukiran, Harikrishna, Yuvan Shankar Raja and Harris Jayaraj.
She has won many awards both in north and south film industries. Moviegoers from across the world heard Shreya’s singing voice pictured on Aishwarya Rai, and in coming years she quickly became one of the top female playback singers in Bollywood, alongside Alka Yagnik, Sadhana Sargam, and Kavita Krishnamurthy.
She enjoys symphony and instrumental in western music and her favourite groups are Dream theater, Backstreet Boys and Boyzone. But Indian music, according to her, is her soul. She won three more Filmfare Awards, including one for her performance in Pritam's song "Teri Ore" from Singh is Kinng. She is only singer to get four national awards at the age of 26 in the Hindi film industry.
Awards and recognitions
National Film Awards
2003: National Film Award for Best Female Playback Singer - Bairi Piya (Devdas; Hindi)
2006: National Film Award for Best Female Playback Singer - Dheere Jalna (Paheli; Hindi)
2008: National Film Award for Best Female Playback Singer - Yeh Ishq Hai (Jab We Met; Hindi)
2009: National Film Award for Best Female Playback Singer - Jiv Rangla (Jogwa; Marathi) & Pherari Mon (Antaheen; Bengali)
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)
2003: Stardust Award - New Musical Sensation (Female) - Devdas
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)
2009: Apsara Award Best Female Playback Singer - Teri Ore (Singhh is Kingg)
2008: GPBA - German Public Bollywood Award Best Singer (Female) - Yeh Ishq Haaye (Jab We Met)
2008: Zee Astitva Award for Excellence In Music
2009: Kerala State Film Award for Best Female Playback Singer - Chandhu Thottille (Banaras)
2010: Apsara Award Best Female Playback Singer - Tujh Mein Rab Dikhta Hai (Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi)
Special Recognition Governor, Ted Strickland of US State of Ohio declared by a proclamation that June 26th, 2010 is Shreya Ghoshal Day in the stae of Ohio in recognition of Shreya's musical contribution.