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. Her father recognized her talent and decided to give her proper training. 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 director Sanjay Leela Bhansali discovered her and determined that she should be the voice of Paro, the heroine in his 2002 film Devdas.
She began recording songs for the movie in 2000; the film itself was released two years later. Moviegoers from across the world heard Ghoshal's sweet-as-honey singing voice pictured on Aishwarya Rai, and she quickly became one of the top female playback singers in Bollywood, alongside Alka Yagnik, 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 featured in the film Jism. Ghoshal has completed her college education, and is planning to pursue her MA in literature, a subject which she adores. She enjoys Symphony and instrumentals in western music and her favorite is ABBA.
But Indian music is definitely her soul. Her voice has a texture that suits romantic songs and she can project voice very well. Besides Hindi She has recorded in Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu (with elan), Kannada, Bengali, and Marathi. Apart from Devdas, she has done Jism, Saaya, Inteha, Out of Control, Khakee, Munnabhai MBBS , Dhoop, Kuchh Kaha Aapne, Aarman, Desh Devi, Tujhe Meri Kasam, LOC, Aetbaar, Police Force, Lage Raho Munnabhai etc.
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