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SHREYA GHOSHAL: YOUNGEST PLAYBACK SINGER NOW:

At 20, Bollywood playback singer Shreya Ghoshal of Devdas fame mock complains that she's often taken too seriously.

"After Devdas, people think I only sing melodious serious songs," laughs Ghoshal.

"But hey, that's not it. I don't mind singing dance numbers and item songs at all," Ghoshal, perhaps Bollywood's youngest playback singer at the moment, told IANS in an interview on phone from Mumbai.

"Don't forget I did Jism," giggles Ghoshal, referring to last year's sex and murder flick. The sultry songs of Jism brought a lot of fame for Ghoshal.

The daughter of an engineer at the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Ghoshal's musical genes come from her mother, who is a singer.

"She always inspired me to sing and taught me a lot. Though she doesn't sing professionally," said Ghoshal.

Her next big project is Tumsa Nahin Dekha from the team that made Jism - director-producer Mahesh Bhatt and his daughter Pooja.

"Tumsa Nahin Dekha is a big project for me, I have seven songs in the album and they are of a wide variety - from a jazzy number to soft romantic tunes," she said.

"It has allowed me to experiment with the entire range of my singing capabilities."

The film stars Emraan Hashmi and Dia Mirza.

Ghoshal, who was first discovered through the TV crooning contest Sa Re Ga Ma, shot to fame when director Sanjay Leela Bhansali chose her for his epic "Devdas".

"Devdas was a mind blowing experience," said Ghoshal. "Sanjay spotted me one and a half years before I actually got involved with the film."

She went on to sing for Bollywood queen Aishwarya Rai. "I met Aishwarya several times during the film and she was just wonderful. Extremely polite and charming.

"For me it was a dream come true. I was singing in a film which had the top stars of Bollywood -- Shah Rukh Khan, Aishwarya Rai and Madhuri Dixit."

She was also floored by Khan. "They say Shah Rukh is the King of Bollywood and he really is. He is just magnificent."

Ghoshal's other projects are a special album by Sony Music called Tera Mera Pyar and Chehra, a film starring Bipasha Basu and Dino Morea.

As she notches up film after film, she is also planning to complete her MA in literature. I've just finished my graduation in English and since I love literature, I want to continue my studies. But it will have to be through correspondence."

The young Bengali girl is also dreaming of cutting her own album soon. "And I want to have a video that features me but I won't dance in it."

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Early years

Of Bengali origin, Ghoshal grew up in the remote southern corner of Rajasthan, in the small township of Rawatbhata near the city of Kota. Her father works in Bhabha Atomic Research Center as an Engineer in the nuclear power plant by the Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd (BARC) and mother is a postgraduate in literature. She belongs to a highly academic family. Her early days as a singer started from the age of four. Her mother was a good singer and whenever she used to play any note on the harmonium, Shreya used to sing correctly on her own.[citation needed] Her father recognized her talent and decided to give her proper training. But as she was residing in an isolated place near Kota, she could not get much help. Later on she started going to Kota and started learning proper Hindustani classical music.

She auditioned for Sa Re Ga Ma, an Indian television show, and they sent her for a year and a half training. It was here that music director Ismail Darbar discovered her and determined that she should be the voice of Paro, the heroine in Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Devdas (played on-screen by Aishwarya Rai). She began recording songs for the movie in 2000; the film itself was released two years later.
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Career
Moviegoers from across the world heard Ghosal's singing voice pictured on Aishwarya Rai, and she quickly became one of the top female playback singers in Bollywood, alongside Alka Yagnik, Sunidhi Chauhan, Sadhana Sargam and Kavita Krishnamurthy. Since Devdas, she has gone on to sing for many more actresses under the baton of various music directors, including M.M. Kreem, for whom she sang "Jaadu Hai Nasha Hai", a sensuous number pictured on Bipasha Basu in Jism.

She targeted doing good work and has won many awards (8 awards in a single year including a National Award).

Ghosal has completed her college education, and is planning to pursue her MA in literature, a subject which she adores. She enjoys Symphony and instrumental in western music and her favourite is ABBA group. But Indian music is definitely her soul. Her voice has a texture that suits romantic songs and she can project voice very well (a fine example is "Jadu Hai Nasha Hai " from Jism). She is also comfortable singing sad songs or peppy songs. She has recorded in Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Bengali, and Marathi, besides Hindi. Apart from Devdas, she has done songs for Jism, Saaya, Inteha, Out of Control, Khakee, Munnabhai MBBS, Dhoop, Kuchh Kaha Aapne, Aarman, Desh Devi, Tujhe Meri Kasam, LOC Kargil, Aetbaar, Police Force, Lage Raho Munnabhai,GURU etc.

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NEED TO GET HER UP THERE FOR THE MISS WORLD:
SHE HAS THE LOOKS AND BRAINS TO MATCH:


Awards
2002: National Award for the Best Female Playback Singer for Bairi Piya (Devdas)
2002: Filmfare Best Female Playback Award (with Kavita Krishnamurthy) for Dola Re (Devdas)
2003: Filmfare Best Female Playback Award for Jaadu Hai Nasha Hai (Jism)

2003: Zee Cine Award Best Playback Singer- Female (with Kavita Krishnamurthy) for Dola Re (Devdas)
2006: Zee Cine Award Best Playback Singer- Female for Piyu Bole (Parineeta)
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ShreyaGhoshal

"I consider myself very lucky"

To Kalyanji must go the credit, of selecting some of the best talent in the country through his Kalaveer Academy. Almost all singers in Bollywood today are his protégés in one way or another. To add to the AnuradhaPaudwal, Sonali Vajpayee, Sunidhi Chauhan gang, comes young Shreya Ghoshal. From small time singing she's hit big time with Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Devdas in which she playbacks for Aishwarya Rai.

We trace this 18 year old's journey into film singing.

"I'm a Bengali from Rajasthan Kota where I spent 13 years of my life. My father was working in NPC the Nuclear power corporation. I'm here in Bombay for the last five years. My parents have shifted here to help me pursue a singing career. Today I'm studying in SIES Collegeand have just finished my FYBA."


How it all started

"I participated in the children's episode of the Sa re ga ma contest on Zee Tv where Kalyanjibhai was the judge. I won the contest. He was impressed by my potential and was very insistent that we be based in Mumbai so I could follow my singing. He convinced my parents and we shifted here. My father took a transfer and I started learning with Kalyanjibhai. I was with him for one and a half years. I started learning singing from the age of four, initially I learnt from my mother and I still do. Dad too has a fine sense of music and teaches me. The fine nuances of expressions etc. In Mumbai I'm learning classical singing under Shrimati Mukta Bhide. In Rajasthan I studied classical under Shri Maheshchandra Sharma. I feel that though one may do light singing it's important to have a classical base. I've learnt from listening to Lata Mangeshkar. AshaBhosle, listening to folk songs. I'm also learning western music, the piano with Mr Leon D'souza. I want to imbibe all kinds of music.

"Sanjay Bhansali saw me on the mega finals of Sa re ga ma-I was under age but Gajendra Singh asked me to participate. I happened to win the mega finals –that was mega finals two. Sanjayji saw this and contacted me through Gajendraji and I came to meet him. I still remember the date 9th march 2000. I sang for him and I happened to sing all his favorite numbers - Lata Mangeshkar's old songs. He's a big fan of Lata Mangeshkar and we shared our taste in music. Then I rehearsed for three days and he gave me a number from Devdas to sing. He approved and my work started."

Shreya is not new to the microphone having sung some marathi and Bengali songs earlier. When she was signed on by Bhansali she was a science student but realized that a full fledged career was beckoning her and shifted to the Arts stream. Shreya has sung five songs for Devdas and is pretty thrilled that she's working with the likes of Anu Malik for JP Dutta's much hyped LoC and Vidhu vinod Chopra' next film with Shahrukh khan and Aishwarya Rai-here she again sings for Aishwarya-the film is Munnabhai MBBS.



Her work with Vinod Chopra was also coincidental. Anu Malik was at the recording but no singer had been chosen yet and Anu asked Shreya to sing for Vinod Chopra and convince him that she was the right choice for this song.



"I went to the mike and started singing and after the first line itself Vinod Chopra decided that I would sing it. I'm very happy that I'm singing Anu Malik songs these are very good songs the best of Anu Malik. I had met Anu Malik earlier but nothing had worked out but he had kept my voice in mind."

"I'm now working with Amar Mohile son of Anil Mohile who is starting his career. I'm singing for Ismail Darbar in another film too, in fact I'm recording for him tomorrow."

"I consider myself very lucky that Sanjay uncle came into my life and gave me such a big break. All of a sudden career has started off. I feel blessed no one could have got a better vehicle than this to start off."
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A beauty by Shreya and Udit:

Chaahenge Tumhe: Vaah Life Ho Toh Aisi
Singer : Shreya Ghoshal, Udit Narayan

Udit:
(chaahenge tumhe bas tumhari baat karenge)2
I'll only want you and to think of you
ab tumse mohabbat hum sanam din raat karenge
now I'll love you night and day
Shreya:
(chaahenge tumhe bas tumhari baat karenge)2
I'll only want you and to think of you
ab tumse mohabbat hum sanam din raat karenge
now I'll love you night and day
Udit:
ab tumse mohabbat hum sanam din raat karenge
now I'll love you night and day
Shreya:
ab tumse mohabbat hum sanam din raat karenge
now I'll love you night and day
Udit:
chaahenge tumhe bas tumhari baat karenge
I'll only want you and to think of you
Shreya:
ab tumse mohabbat hum sanam din raat karenge
now I'll love you night and day

Udit:
dil ko tumse pyar hai kitna lafjo mein mushkil hai keh pana
it's very hard to put into words of how much I love you
tumse kayam jaane tamanna in saanson ka aana jaana
the continuous flow of my breath is dependant on you
Shreya:
aankhein jhuk jaati hain aaye humko sharam
I lower my gaze in shyness
tumse kaise kahe haal-e-dil sanam
how can I tell you what my heart feels darling
Udit:
khwaabon mein bhi tum hi se mulakat karenge
even in my dreams I'll meet only you
ab tumse mohabbat hum sanam din raat karenge
now I'll love you night and day

Udit:
saari duniya pass thi apne sirf tumhari ek kami thi
I had the whole world, only you were missing
chuke tumko pighal rahi hain in hothon pe barf jamithi
the frost on my lips melts on touching your lips
Shreya:
aaya kaisa sama aayi kaisi ghadi
oh what a moment this is!
chain jaane laga bekaraari badhi
my peace of mind is disappearing,restlessness increasing
ab zindagi basar hum tere saath karenge
as I'll love you with my life and heart
ab tumse mohabbat hum sanam din raat karenge
now I'll love you night and day
Udit:
ab tumse mohabbat hum sanam din raat karenge
now I'll love you night and day
Shreya:
ab tumse mohabbat hum sanam din raat karenge
now I'll love you night and day
Udit:
chaahenge tumhe bas tumhari baat karenge
I'll only want you and to think of you
Shreya:
(ab tumse mohabbat hum sanam din raat karenge)2
now I'll love you night and day
Udit:
(ab tumse mohabbat hum sanam din raat karenge)2
now I'll love you night and day

Trans Palacerani:
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quote:
Originally posted by Villagebelle:
Hi ASJ wavey.gif

I am listening to these songs right now....didn't know they were sung by this beautiful, talented YOUNG lady.

WOW!!!

I love Jaadu Hai Nasha Hai yippie


VB She also sang Jadu Hai Nasha Hai...solo:
will link that up next.

As our colleague Sis Lynn says Beauty, Brain and Talent all go together.

A singing sensation makes one remember Lata Mangeshkar at a very young age.

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Awards

* 2002: National Award for the Best Female Playback Singer for Bairi Piya (Devdas)
* 2002: Filmfare Best Female Playback Award (with Kavita Krishnamurthy) for Dola Re (Devdas)
* 2003: Filmfare Best Female Playback Award for Jaadu Hai Nasha Hai (Jism)
* 2003: Zee Cine Award Best Playback Singer- Female (with Kavita Krishnamurthy) for Dola Re (Devdas)
* 2006: Zee Cine Award Best Playback Singer- Female for Piyu Bole (Parineeta)


Wow!!!! Just started and under her belt is Two Film Fare Awards: