Born on March 12, 1984 in Rawatbhata, Rajasthan, Shreya Ghoshal has made rapid strides in Hindi playback singing. She has made a name for herself in last few years. Know for her melodious voice and classical talent, Shreya has sung for almost every top banner of the Hindi film industry. She is also active in regional films as well and has managed to make millions of fans. The regional languages she has lent her voice to include, Marathi, Telugu, Bengali, Kannada, Malayalam, Punjabi and Tamil.

Shreya showed glimpses of her talent from an early age only. She was musically inclined since the tender age of four. She received her earlier training in Hindustani classical music from Maheshchandra Sharma. Later on she won the children’s special episode of the Sa Re Ga Ma contest on Zee TV and that victory made her family move its base to Mumbai. She trained with famous composer Kalyanji who was highly impressed with her talent.

Her first major came with the hit movie Devdas where she was given the voice of Paro. That movie was her key to stardom and since then she has never looked back. That movie won her the Filmfare Award for best singer as well as the R D Burman award, given to upcoming talents in music. In her career, Shreya Ghoshal has sung for all the top music composers including Anu Malik, Himesh Reshammiya, Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, Pritam, Vishal-Shekhar, Hamsalekha, Mano Murthy, Gurukiran, Ilayaraja and maestro A. R. Rahman. She has also acted as a judge in the singing show Amul Star Voice Of India Chhote Ustaad.

Shreya has won no less than three national awards and four Filmfare awards. May she keep mesmerizing us with her wonderful voice.


Indian music industry has produced many great singers. One of the legends of the golden era was Talat Mahmood. Born on Feb 24, 1924 in Lucknow, he belonged to a middle class family. Like several other great artists, he showed inclination for music at an early age. He would enjoy listening to all night music and shero-shayari occasions. Talat Mahmood was also inclined towards listening to great classical singers of the era. He took his first official plunge in the world of music when he joined Music College.

 Talat Mahmood was primarily a ghazal singer. H started by singing ghazals of Jigar, Daag, Mir at a relatively young age of 16. He had a very unique voice and that fetched him his first big offer from HMV. That turned out to be the beginning of the great jouney by one of the greatest ghazal singers of India. His fist big hit was ” tasveer teri dil mera behla na sakegi ” in the year 1941. There was no looking back after the huge success of this album. Talat Mahmood sang numerous songs in Hindi, Urdu and Bengali. Apart from that he also acted in 3 movies.

 Talat Mahmod was also credited to make filmy ghazal popular. He in fact, redefined the way ghazals were perceived by the people. Soon he became the favorite singer of great music composers like Anil Biswas. He was a master of intonation and diction. His vice had an unparalleled sweetness, emotional nuances and pathos. A proud owner of a different voice, Talat Mahmood was known as King of Ghazals. He gave numerous hits apart from acting in few hit movies.

Tune into ‘Naino se keh do tum, nishaana chuk na jaye’, ‘Yeh raat ye chaandni phir kahan, Sun ja dil ki daastaan’ and did you realize your heart skip a beat? So who sang these wonderfully melodious songs and many others of similar ilk? Well, it’s none other than legendary singer Hemant Kumar. No doubt, he was a singer par excellence. Hemant Kumar was a proud owner of a deep voice and mellifluous voice. His arrival in the Hindi music industry added quality and class to the rich tradition of Hindi film music. He was adept at enthralling the music lovers with his lilting voice and mesmerizing style of singing.


His actual name was Hemanta Mukherjee. Born on the 16th of June 1920 in Varanasi, right from his childhood Hemant Kumar was deeply interested in the magical world of music. His first public appearance took place at an early age of 13 when he sang his first song on the All India Radio (AIR). Soon, a company as prestigious as HMV recognized his talent and released his first gramophone disc. But it took him some time to make a firm entry into the elite music circle of Hindi film music. Despite the release of his disc he had to wait for few years he was finally able to establish his name. He sang his first Hindi song ‘Kitna dukh bhulaya tumne’ in 1940. But his struggle to get a foothold in the bollywood continued.

Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak also gave bollywood a successful pair of Udit Narayan and Alka Yagnik as playback singers. They sung together in several blockbuster hits including Dil, Raja, Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar etc. in between he also became very famous in Nepali movies and even tried his hand at acting in movies like Pirati and Kusume Rumal. These movies did not do very well but however, Udit Narayan had established himself as the most famous Nepali singer.


In the Hindi film industry, another playback singer Kumar Sanu was already creating waves and the rivalry between the two resulted in some of the best songs of that era. In the hindsight, Kumar Sanu managed to go away with all the awards till the year 1995 when Udit Narayan made a strong comeback with the movie ‘Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jaaenge’. The song ‘Mehendi Laga Ke Rakhna’ became a huge hit and he also bagged the best playback singer award for the same. His next award did not take much time as he won it again next year for the song ‘Pardesi Pardesi’ for the movie Raja Hindustani.


Udit Narayan has attained fame and respect for his original voice and cheerful songs. He is also the most natural singers around who is able to give exact feel to the song. His major hits include, Darr, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Taal, Swadesh, Dil Toh Pagal Hai, Veer Zaara, Mohabbatein, Lagaan, Rangeela and any more. He has also sung songs in other languages like, Tamil, Kannada, Oriya, Telugu, and Bengali etc.