One of the most talented and sought after playback singers in Indian cinema, Shreya Ghoshal turns a year older today. Trained formally in classical music, Ghoshal has lent her vocals to songs in multiple Indian languages and is a four-time recipient of the National Film Awards. She has an entire day, named the “Shreya Ghoshal Day”, in her honour and is also the first Indian singer to get a Madame Tussaud’s wax figure. On the occasion of her birthday, we take a look at five of her best playbacks.
Bairi Piya (2002)
Ghoshal received her first National Film Award for this song from Devdas (2002), which was her first playback for a film. She was sixteen-years-old at the time and recorded the track in the first go. The song is picturised on the characters of Paro (Aishwarya Rai Bachchan) and Devdas (Shah Rukh Khan).
Yeh Ishq Haye (2007)
Shreya lent her talented vocals to this Pritam Chakraborty composition for Imtiaz Ali’s Jab We Met. Written by lyricist Irshad Kamil, Yeh Ishq Haye won Ghoshal her third National Film Award. The song is picturised on Kareena Kapoor’s character Geet, who expresses her excitement at the prospect of meeting a man she loves.
Barso Re (2007)
The singer won multiple awards for performing this energetic track from the film Guru, directed by filmmaker Mani Ratnam. The music was composed by A.R. Rahman and the lyrics were written by Gulzar. Barso Re is picturised on Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s character Sujata, who rebels against her parents’ wishes and decides to elope with Gurukant Desai, played by Abhishek Bachchan.
Pherari Mon (2009)
Shreya Ghoshal wove her magic once again for this track from the film, Antaheen, directed by Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury. She performed the song, composed by Shantanu Moitra, with playback singer Babul Supriyo. The touching lyrics for Pherari Mon were penned by Anindya Chattopadhyay and Chandril Bhattacharya. Ghoshal won her fourth National Film Award for this song.
The singer lent her golden vocals to this folk track from Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmaavat. The song, based on Rajasthani folk dance, was written by A.M. Turaz and Swaroop Khan, with music composed by Bhansali.