Shreya Ghoshal is an Indian playback singer who sings in Hindi and Bengali films and also in Assamese, Gujarati, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Nepali, Oriya, Punjabi, Telugu and Tamil. Born on March 12, 1984 to a Bengali Hindu Brahmin family in Murshidabad, West Bengal, Shreya grew up in Rawatbhata, a small town near Kota, Rajasthan, where her father, an electrical engineer at Nuclear Power Corporation of India, was posted. Her mother is a singer, though she does not sing professionally.
She attended SIES College at Sion, Mumbai and took up arts with English as her major. Ghoshal's career began when she won the Sa Re Ga Ma Pa contest in 1995, at the age of 14. Her Bollywood playback singing career began with Devdas.
She recorded her first song Bairi piya at the age of 16, for which she received a National Film Award for Best Female Playback Singer, a Filmfare Award for Best Female Playback Singer, and a Filmfare RD Burman Award for New Music Talent.
She was featured in Forbes’ list of the top 100 celebrities of India. She was declared the most popular artist on Saavn (an Indian music streaming service) in 2013.