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Shreya Ghoshal returns in August for her fourth concert in Australia

Show organisers are clearly leaving no stone unturned when it comes to setting things in place for the mammoth Shreya Ghoshal show planned in Sydney on 21 August.

A singer is judged by versatility, musical acumen, voice quality and manodharma, and when it comes to all of these, Shreya wins hand down. I cannot name another currently active singer possessing the abundance of these virtues to the level of Shreya.

Of Bengali-Brahmin extraction, though born in Kota, Rajasthan, to a reputed Atomic Energy Scientist father and homemaker mother, well educated in literature and highly trained and accomplished in North Indian classical, Bengali folk and Rabindra Sangeeth, Shreya has grown to become the prima dona of Bollywood music, as well as in South Indian film music.

Her diction, intonation and mode of accented expressionism varies markedly in Malayalam, Tamil, Kannada, Telugu compared to Shreya’s mother tongue Bengali. I can say with a fair amount of authority that her handling of my mother tongue Malayalam is more perfect than proven local Malayalam singers.

Shreya once explained to me how she perfects the words and expression. She writes the lyrics in Bengali and notates it with the help of language specialists and skilled music directors. She gets corrected in pronunciation, practices them time and again, records them and correction to perfection continues. It is a long drawn and tedious process, but with amazing results I must say. We are unaware of it, but hear only the final musical product.

With awards and accolades coming to her thick and fast she may arrive at an unassailable stature much sooner than later. She has so far collected 4 National Awards, 6 Film Fare Awards, 9 South Indian Film Fare Awards, 7 IIFA Awards, 7 Zee Cine Awards, 3 Mirchi Awards, 4 Guild Film Awards, 4 Kerala State Film Music Awards; and all these achieved between 2007 and 2016.

Musically gifted, having a melodious voice culture, always striving for perfectionism, combined with a pleasing disposition makes Shreya a class act and complete package. No wonder her shows are always packed. For some great music, do attend the fourth show Shreya is presenting in four successive years.

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