Multi award-winning playback singer Shreya Ghoshal is, without doubt, not only one of the most popular voices in Bollywood but also one of the most talented. Having sung in over 18 languages including Hindi, English, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Bengali, Bhojpuri and Punjabi, Shreya Ghoshal is a name adored by music lovers across the globe.
Always wanting to become a playback singer; Ghoshal began taking music lessons when she was only four years old. Her break occurred when she won the television singing reality show ‘Sa Re Ga Ma’ at the tender age of sixteen, and was noticed by director Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s mother, Leela Bhansali. Making her debut in in Bollywood as a fully-fledged playback singer in 2002, Ghoshal this year completes 20 years in the industry.
To mark her 38th birthday, have a look at some of the memorable songs of Shreya Ghoshal.
Yeh Ishq Hai
“Yeh Ishq Hai” is a joyful song from the film Jab We Met sung by Shreya Ghosal. Pritam composed the music, Irshad Kamil wrote the lyrics, and Kareena Kapoor Khan and Shahid Kapoor starred in the film.
Sunn Raha Hai
The female version of the song, “Sunn Raha Hai,” was sung by Shreya Ghoshal. The song is from the musical film Aashiqui 2, starring Shraddha Kapoor and Aditya Roy Kapur, for which the song received numerous nominations at the year’s awards shows. Ankit Tiwari was the music director, while Sandeep Nath wrote the lyrics.
The sole love ballad in this film, this beautiful melodious romantic love song sung by Ghoshal and Ustad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, blew everyone away. From its warm lyrics, to the memorable musical arrangement by Pritam, this song had it all. Picturised on Akshay Kumar and Katrina Kaif, romancing away between the pyramids in Egypt, Ghoshal’s voice had even the best of us wanting to take our significant others to the African country for a spot of Bollywood dancing.
Hard to believe but this particular song was not intended for Ghoshal but rather for the Monali Thakur. But what turned out to be Thakur’s loss, became Ghoshal’s gain – with this song staying at the number 1 slot in the charts for a consecutive 11 weeks. Regarded as one of Ghoshal’s finest emotive solo performances, the romantic vibe used in this song is very true to the Bhansali style we all have come to know and love. A song made for the ages, this song has been known to be Ghoshal’s favourite to perform in live concerts.
By line: Divya Thearia