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Shreya comes to serenade

The 20-year-old singing sensation, Shreya Goshal, will sing for her Bangalore fans on May 29


EVERYONE WHO has seen Devdas will remember it for its grandeur and irrefutably good music. As you hum "Bairi Piya" (with `Issh' et all) and shake your hips a little to Dola Re, you realise that they are both sung in the same lovely voice — that of Shreya Ghoshal.

A 20-year-old making waves in Bollywood music, Shreya has swept Indian film awards for over two years now, including the 50th National Award 2003 for the Best Female Playback singer. The singing sensation will be in the city on May 29 with two other upcoming singers from Sa Re Ga Ma Pa, the musical talent hunt show on Zee TV- Abhijeet (the bandana sporting 11 episode winner) and Arpita (the golden voice hunt winner).

It is not everyday that a filmmaker like Sanjay Leela Bhansali calls you up and offers you a film. Shreya, who arrived in Mumbai seven years ago after spending her childhood near Kota in the northwest Indian state of Rajasthan, bagged Devdas through Sa Re Ga Ma, which was on the lookout for talented singers. She sang her way to the children's finals, where she won. The judges, musical duo Kalyanji-Anandji, were so impressed with her that Kalyanji took her under his wing and trained her for a year-and-half.

When Bhansali noticed Shreya on the show, he knew immediately that this was the voice he wanted for Paro. It had innocence. Shreya was auditioned and selected. The song did very well on the Indian charts. Having grown up listening to Lata Mangeshkar and Asha Bhonsle, working with the big-wigs of the industry like Udit Narayan, Kavita Subramanium, Jaspinder Narula, K K and Pandit Birju Maharaj was a dream come true for Shreya.

Shreya's musical journey began since she was four, when she gave her first performance. Her mother is an amateur classical singer and her father, an engineer working at Mumbai's Bhabha Atomic Research Centre. Shreya's family took a transfer from Kota to Mumbai only to further her career in music. She has now become quite the favourite with Rahman, Ismail Darbar, Anu Malik, Rajesh Roshan and even Illayaraja. Some of her hits include "Jadoo hai nasha hain" (Jism), "Wada raha pyar se" (Khakee), "Chan chan" (Munnabhai MBBS), "Main hoon na", "Gori gori gori", "Tumhe jo maine dekha" (Main Hoon Na).

The concert is slated for Saturday, 7 p.m. at Ambedkar Bhavan, Millers Road. The charity show is being supported by TVS, UB, Airtel, Mercedes-Benz, The Chancery and Pizza Corner. Tickets for the charity show are priced at Rs. 200, Rs. 249 and Rs. 400 and will be available at K.C. Das, Church Street (25585672), Calypso, Jayanagar (26552368), all Pizza Corner outlets (23446111) and select TVS Motor dealers (26347389).

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