At 22, Shreya Ghosal is one of the busiest singers on the scene. Chilling out with her family at her modest Chembur apartment, on her first day off this year, she gets talking:
Loads of work. I’ve been travelling all over the country for live shows. I also have many releases lined up.
My year began on a good note with Guru and Salaam-e-Ishq. Now, there’s Sanjay Leela Bhanali’s Saawariya, Pradeep Sarkar’s Choodiyan, Tara Rum Pum, Sudhir Mishra’s Khoya Khoya Chand and a few more. Work wise, I’m houseful.
Why don’t you ever sing disco numbers?
I’ve sung some already but those, films haven’t released yet. I’m always asked this question. I think every singer can be versatile but a particular style that suit s a particular voice best. Like soft, melodious songs suit mine.
I’ve tried to break the monotony by doing songs that are poles apart from what I’ve done so far. Besides all disco numbers don’t require yelling.
Do you support reality talent hunt singing contests?
I don’t think that we’re actually finding new talent through such contests. These shows make TV heroes out of their winners and make them lose touch with reality.
Are you competitive?
I’m competitive and ambitious enough to keep myself going. But compared to other singers in the industry, I think I’m a little laidback. My father always tells me that I need to be more ambitious about my career because there’s too much competition in the industry He tells me that there’s a lot more to do, lots to achieve.
Isn’t your voice confused with some other singers?
I haven’t come across such confusion so far. But a couple of us, Nihira Joshi, Madhushree, Mahalaxmi Iyer come from the same school of music. We all follow Noor Jehan, Lataji, Anuradha Paudwal, Alka Yagnik and Kavita Krishnamurthy. Our voices are most suited for Indian classical.
Besides all of us are young. A little similarity in our voices is unavoidable. Do you have any friends in the industry? I have a great rapport with everyone on a professional level. In the studios, the music composers kid around and keep the atmosphere jovial. Personally I don’t have any , strong attachments.