Shreya Guhathakurta

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Shreya guhathakurta
শ্রেয়া গুহঠাকুরতা
Born (1975-02-03) 3 February 1975 (age 47)
NationalityIndian
Occupationvocalist
Years active1979–till to date
Known forRabindra Sangeet singer
Spouse(s)Sujoy Mazumder

Shreya Guhathakurta (শ্রেয়া গুহঠাকুরতা) (3 February 1975) is an Indian Rabindra Sangeet singer.

Early life[edit]

Shreya Guhathakurta was born into a family of renowned musicians. Her orientation with music started at the age of four. She is the daughter of film and television actress, Saswati Guhathakurta and Vishwa Guhathakurta. She lent her voice as a playback artist at the age of six for the film, "Deepar Prem", directed by late Arundhuti Devi. Shreya also acted in this film. Later at the age of 15, she lent her voice as a playback singer for the National Award winning film ‘Antardhan’ directed by late Tapan Sinha. Shreya is the granddaughter of late Suvo Guhathakurta,[1] founder of two of the Rabindrasangeet institutions in Kolkata - Gitabitan & Dakshinee. She received formal training and diploma from Dakshinee, graduating in 1994.[2] Shreya passed out with distinction and continued her learning process from her paternal uncle, Sudeb Guhatkurta. From a very early age, Shreya also received ‘Talim’ from Late Kanika Bandyopadhyay who frequented their Kolkata residence. She considers "Mohor– dida" to be her biggest inspiration.[citation needed] She is also the niece of recently deceased Rabindrasangeet exponent, Smt Ritu Guha.[3]

Career[edit]

Shreya has performed all over the world.[4][5] Her recent shows were held is Singapore, Canada,[6] Bangladesh,[1][7][8] U.K, Paris, Australia, Berlin and U.S.A. Shreya is a regulars artist on popular T.V channels like ‘‘Tara Muzik’’ "Channel I" .

She has completed recording 12 songs for Bengal Foundation, Dhaka. Her album titled Baje Koruno Shure is slated for release in 2012. Shreya has several CD’s[9][10] to her credit. Some of these are titled ‘Bimlo Anande’, ‘Shurer Doriyay’, released last year from Bangladesh. HMV Saregama has so far released 3 of her CD’s ‘Mon Bhulay Re’, ’Antabiheen Poth’, and ‘Anandadhara’,[11] her new upcoming CD will be released in April this year titled ‘Khanchar Pakhi’.[1] She has been listed in numerous Song Sites.[12][13]

Shreya has recording over 800 songs for ‘Tara music’ and also recorded several songs for Gitabitan Archive released last year by "Saregama". Shreya has won critical acclaim for her performance in Tagore’s dance dramas like Shyama, Chandalika. Chitrangada – with which she recently toured several cities in India like Delhi, Baroda, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Ranchi & Jamshedpur. Shreya Guhathakurta does online Rabindrasangeet workshops over Skype for Bengali students settled in London and Paris.[14]

Awards[edit]

Shreya was recently awarded with the ’Shyamal Sen Smrriti Puroshkar’ for her outstanding contribution to the field of music and culture. Shreya was awarded by Radio Big FM in Kolkata as the best singer in Rabindrasangeet category for the year 2011.

Musical style[edit]

She is notably one of the most popular Rabindrasangeet singers belonging to this generation. In particular, her musical style has often been compared with that of Kanika Bandyopadhyay. Shreya's rendition is melodious yet melancholy, plaintive yet soul-stirring as it was with Kanika Bandyopadhyay. One of the biggest reasons for her popularity is her ability to bridge the gap between classical old style ‘gharana’ and new age presentation.

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Shreya Guhathakurta performs at IGCC". The Daily Star. Retrieved 20 April 2018.
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  3. "Rabindra Sangeet exponent Ritu Guha dies". Moneycontrol.
  4. "Latest News, Trending Topics, Top Stories, HD Videos & Photos, Live TV Channels, Lifestyle, Sports, Entertainment - In.com". In.com. Archived from the original on 26 January 2013.
  5. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 28 April 2012.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. "Special Event – Shreya Guhathakurta". 7 September 2011.
  7. "Tagore singer Shreya performs in Dhaka". 26 December 2011.
  8. "Solo Rabindra Sangeet". The Daily Star. 25 April 2012. Retrieved 20 April 2018.
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  10. "Pandora Internet Radio - Listen to Free Music You'll Love". Pandora.
  11. "Digital Music, Carvaan, Yoodlee Films, TV". Saregama.
  12. Raaga.com. "Bengali songs MP3 Free Download, New, Old, Latest, devotional - Raaga". Raaga.com.
  13. "Antabiheen Path [2010] (Rabindra Sangeet) By Shreya Guhathakurta".
  14. "The young minstrels". The Telegraph. Calcutta (Kolkata). 8 May 2011. Retrieved 25 October 2018.