I don't sing for money or fame: Shreya Ghoshal
You don't see her judging a talent hunt show, or featuring in music videos for her hit film songs. Shreya Ghoshal believes in making her presence felt only through her voice.
And if you're wondering where you heard her last, it could be in any one of the following films: Lage Raho Munna Bhai, Vivah, Dor, Guru and Ta Ra Rum Pum. Coming up are Aap Ka Suroor - The Movie, Chooriyan, Sunglass, Bong Connection and Zamanat, among others.
A pleasing-on-the-eye 23-yearold, Ghoshal is content to stay behind the scenes.
"A singer is known by his or her work and I don't think there is any need for me to be in the public gaze. I have never thought of ever getting featured in a song," she says.
When we catch up with her, Ghoshal has finished a six-hour long recording stint. However, there are no signs of tiredness.
She finds recording songs more exciting than performing live.
"While recording you have peace of mind and your creativity comes into play. It's like your own baby," says the singer who has been in the industry for six years now.
"I haven't slept properly for two nights but I don't mind as long as I am working. I sing for the love for music," says she.
"I always feel that I must do something new, at least for my fans. I am definitely releasing an album. It's going to appeal to the youth with its soulful numbers," she adds.
Much like her melody-filled film songs? Unlike contemporaries such as Sunidhi Chauhan and Alisha Chinai, she has never tried venturing into rock.
"I know my strengths and limitations. I feel my voice suits romantic or sad numbers. If someone feels that I can do justice to a rock number, it will be an honour," says the National Award-winner (for her debut song, Bairi piya, in Devdas).
She loves the kind of music being produced by composers Pritam and Vishal-Shekhar.
"But everyone shouldn't imitate them because that will bring in monoton," she adds.
Though she records an average of five songs a day, Ghoshal does not want to be in the rat race.
"I am an easy going person. I don't sing for money or fame. I was brought up in an environment where I was taught to love and respect music, not consider it a business," she says.