Shreya Ghoshal (born 12 March 1984) is an Indian playback singer. She has received four National Film Awards, six Filmfare Awards including five for Best Female Playback Singer, nine Filmfare Awards South (one for Telugu, two for Kannada, two for Tamil and four for Malayalam)
with three Kerala State Film Awards, one Tamil Nadu State Film Award and several other major awards to 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 four, she started learning music. At the age of six, she started with her formal training in classical music. At the age of sixteen, she was noticed by film-maker Sanjay Leela Bhansali when she entered 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 Film Award, a Filmfare Award for Best Female Playback Singer and Filmfare RD Burman Award for New Music Talent.
Apart from playback singing, Ghoshal has appeared as a judge on several television reality shows. She has been honored by the U.S. state of Ohio, where governor Ted Strickland declared 26 June 2010 “Shreya Ghoshal Day”.
She was awarded with the highest honour in London by the selected members of House of Commons of the United Kingdom. She has also featured five times in Forbes, list of the top 100 celebrities of India.
Ghoshal caught the attention of director Sanjay Leela Bhansali when she participated in the 75th children’s special episode of Sa Re Ga Ma.
Bhansali’s mother was watching the show and during Ghoshal’s performance, she called him to watch her performance, after which he decided to give her a chance in his next film. According to Bhansali, Ghoshal’s voice had the innocence needed for the character of Paro in Devdas (2002).
Ghoshal is also known for her style and fashion sense.Ghoshal received lots of offers for acting in film industry but she rejected it. In 2013, the UK-based newspaper Eastern Eye placed her forty-third in their “50 Sexiest Asian Women” list. In 2015, it placed her seventh in their “Greatest 20 Bollywood Playback Singers” list. Ghoshal was listed third among the “Top Ten Hottest Female Bollywood Lead Singers” by MensXP.com, an Indian lifestyle website for men.
Ghoshal maintains a Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram,account. She is the sixth most liked Indian personality on Facebook and on Twitter. According to the statistics of Socialbakers, Ghoshal ranks in sixth place on Facebook and 44th on Twitter in India. Ghoshal is among the top ten most searched Indian singers on Google Search.