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30 Surprising Facts About Shreya Ghoshal Even Fans Might Not Know

Shreya Ghoshal
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Shreya Ghoshal, one of the most melodious singers in the world, has so many accolades to her name, having recorded in 12 difference Indian languages. She has been named as the “undisputed queen of playback singing” by Asjad Nazir of Eastern Eye. Known for her style and fashion sense, she is among the top ten most searched Indian singers on Google Search. She has been featured on the Forbes list of “Top 100 Celebrities From India,” for more than 5 times. She is the only Indian singer to be included in the list of Verve's “50 Power Women Of 2016" list. Here are some really interesting things about the Indian playback singer that will make you love her more:

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  1.  Shreya has been honored by the U.S. state of Ohio, where Governor Ted Strickland, declared the 26th of June as “Shreya Ghoshal Day.”
  2.  She was awarded with the highest honour in London, by the members of House of Commons of the United Kingdom in April 2013.
  3.  In the year 2017, four of her Kannada songs were included in The Times of India list of “10 Best Romantic Songs of the Year.” Her Telugu song “Blockbuster” was voted as the magazine’s #1 in the list of “10 Best Party Songs of the Year.”
  4.  Ghoshal paid her respects to the casualties of an excessive rainfall in Mauritius with a concert at the Swami Vivekananda International Convention Centre in Pailles, in 2013.
  5.  Her first ever recorded song was “Ganraj Rangi Nachato,” a cover version of the Marathi song sung by Lata Mangeshkar. Her first studio album was “Bendhechhi Beena” with 14 tracks released on January 1, 1998.
  6.  Shreya Ghoshal was born on March 12, 1984, to Bishwajit Ghoshal and Sarmistha Goshal, in Murchidabad, West Bengal, India.
  7.  She grew up with her younger brother Soumyadeep Ghoshal, in Rawatbhata, near Kota Rajasthan. She started learning music at the very young age of four.
  8.  She started her formal training in classical music, at the age of six, learning from Late Kalyanji Bhai for 18 months, before continuing her training with Late Mukta Bhide.
  9.  In the year 1995, won the All India Light Vocal Music Competition, New Delhi, organised by Sangam Kala Group, in Light Vocal group in sub-junior level.
  10.  Her father, an electrical engineer, works for the Nuclear Power Corporation of India, while her mother is a literature post-graduate.
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  12.  Her mother used to always help her in her rehearsals while accompanying her on the Tanpura, mostly with the Bengali songs.
  13.  She attended Atomic Energy Central School No. 4 in Rawtbhata, before transferring to the Atomic Energy Central School in Anushakti Nagar, Mumbai.
  14.  She enrolled at the Atomic Energy Junior College to study Science, but dropped out to join the SIES College of Arts, Science and Commerce, in Mumbai, taking up English as her major.
  15.  At the age of sixteen, she won the TV music reality show “Sa Re Ga Ma” on the Zee TV channel in the year 2000, which marked the beginning of her career in the music industry.
  16.  During the 74th children’s special episode of “Sa Re Ga Ma,” her performance was pointed out to director Sanjay Leela Bhansali, by his mother who was watching the show.
  17.  Listening to her sing, Bhansali decided to give her a chance in his next movie – “Devdas,” as he felt Ghoshal’s voice had the innocence required for the character of Paro.
  18.  In the year 2000, Bhansali and Ismail Darbar offered her the chance to voice the character of Paro, singing five songs – “Silsila Ye Chaahat Ka,” “Bairi Piya,” “Chalak Chalak,” “Morey Piya” and “Dola Re Dola.”
  19.  Her Higher Secondary Examinations were nearing, so she would be studying with her books and notebooks, during the downtime in studio.
  20.  She was just sixteen years old, while recording her very first song – “Bairi Piya,” with the established singer Udit Narayan. The song earned her National Film Award for Best Female Playback Singer.
  21.  Following her traditional semi-classical songs, she performed "Jaadu Hai Nasha Hai" and "Chalo Tumko Lekar Chale" which prevented her from being stereotyped, while giving her a “versatile image.”
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  23.  Her performance of “Jaadu Hai Nasha Hai,” in the M. M. Kreem’s “Jism earned her another “Filmfare trophy for Best Female Playback Singer.”
  24.  Ghoshal made her first on-screen appearance in the 2003 movie “Saaya,” as the school girl singing the song – “Har Taraf.” Following this, she was offered many movie roles, but she declined everything as she was not interested in it.
  25.  She gained recognition in the Tamil Music Industry with her song “Munbe Vaa” from the 2006 movie “Sillunu Oru Kaadhal” receiving her first Tamil Nadu State Film Award.
  26.  In the year 2014, she sang the duet “Manwa Laage” from the movie “Happy New Year,” which crossed over 2 million views in just 48 hours of its release on YouTube.
  27.  She has been dating her childhood friend Shiladitya Mukhopadhyaya from early 2005. The duo got married in a traditional Bengali ceremony on February 5, 2015.
  28.  On March 4, 2021, she revealed that they are expecting their first child. The couple welcomed a baby boy – Devyaan Mukhopadhyaya on May 22, 2021.
  29.  In the year 2013, she toured to Australia and New Zealand, performing at the Brisbane Convention Center, Dallas Brooks Center in Melbourne, the Sydney Opera House and Vodafone Events Centre in Auckland.
  30.  She performed a charity event in 2016, in support of a 17 years old patient of Acute lymphoblastic leukemia, a cancer of the lymphoid line of blood cells.
  31.  In March 2017, she is the first Indian singer to have a wax figure of her made for display in the Madame Tussauds Museum in Delhi.
  32.  She, along with Sonu Nigam, Shiamak Davar, and Sunidhi Chauhan, performed the theme song of 2010 Commonwealth Games, at the closing ceremony of the 2006 Commonwealth Games, as an invitation to the following Commonwealth Games in Delhi.
  33.  Shreya Ghoshal Net Worth: $25 Million

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