Shreya Ghoshal's first encounter with Sanjay Leela Bhansali!
March 12, 2014 11:14:28 AM IST By Mansoor Khan, Glamsham Editorial
Winner of four National Film Awards and 12 Filmfare Awards (combined both in Bollywood and South) for best playback singing, playback singer Shreya Ghoshal, in a career spanning more than a decade, has occupied a place in the hall of fame amidst legends like Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhosle, Kavita Krishnamurthy and others.
Shreya Ghoshal turns 30 today. Glamsham.Com wishes her birthday greetings and goes down memory lane how she was discovered by the great filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali.
For Shreya Ghoshal music is in her genes as she inherited it from her mother, Sarmistha Ghoshal, who was a good singer. Her mother was the first person to discover Shreya's aptitude for singing. Thus at the young age of four, she first began Shreya's training under her own guidance and later imparted her formal training in Hindustani classical music from many renowned music teachers like Rakesh Sharma, Shri Jayawardhan Bhatnagar, Mahesh Chandra Sharma and others. It was her training in classical music that won her recognition at the kids music talent hunt show 'Sa Re Ga Ma' on a popular channel, which she won by huge margin and won many fans including film maker Sanjay Leela Bhansali.
Recalling her first encounter with Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Shreya Ghoshal in an interview said, ''When I first won the 'Sa Re Ga Ma' competition I was very young, about 12 years. It was then that filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansaliji had called my mother and promised to give me a singing assignment in his movie. I was excited but despite waiting for over two years, my excitement fizzled out.''
She continues, ''Hence four years later when Sanjay Leela Bhansali contacted my mother and offered me to sing the song 'Bairi Piya' filmed on Aishwarya Rai in his magnum opus DEVDAS, my excitement was on sky nine.'' She adds, ''What floored me the most was that Sanjayji had forgotten my name but remembered my voice and the first letter of my name 'Sh'. Hence he contacted Gajendra Singh, the creator of 'Sa Re Ga Ma' and requested him to search the girl with the name 'Sh', who guided him to me.''