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Shalmali Kholgade – Journey So Far

Shalmali Kholgade, the unusual name comes suddenly came forward from nowhere, with Pareshaan song, her first single from the movie Ishaqzaade. Actually, she had no plans of getting into Bollywood. In fact, singer Shalmali Kholgade was heading to the US for a course in vocal music when she was approached by Amit Trivedi, and resulting in Pareshaan happened. Shalmali, is Mumbai born January 2, 1990 an Indian singer-songwriter. Shalmali started her musical training from very little age of 8 from her mother Uma Kholgade an Indian classical singer and theatre personality. She continued her music education under Shubhada Paradkar.

Shalmali, who is riding high on the success with her talent, is still taking the fame and name all in and says, I am too stunned with the pace at which my life is moving.”  She adds, The fame and name is all good, but I’m not used to it. I’m very nervous and anxious. When it is actually time for you to celebrate, you’re too busy thinking what all this means. But it sure is celebration time for this new voice of Bollywood.

Life surely has changed for her. She still feels the thrill when she looks at that juncture in retrospect. She says, Life sans the tag of the Pareshaan singer would’ve been vastly different. The risk of staying in India and seeing how my Bollywood venture pans out, was a good choice. But I would still say, if my life weren’t like this today, that other life would’ve been equally exciting as well. Maybe in a different way.

Born and brought up in a family with classical music around her, Shalmali always found herself more inclined towards western musical settings. Shalmali feels that Bollywood has a lot to offer in honing one’s talent. And coming from a non-film background never really posed difficulties for her. She says,“I never felt like a new comer. I have been singing for a while now. Just that I’m also singing Hindi film songs.”

Shalmali who aspires to work with the likes of AR Rahman and Vishal Bharadwaj feels there is a lot to be explored as Bollywood offers a huge pool of variety. She says, “I can’t say I’ve the ability to crack it in every style that Bollywood has to offer, at least not at this stage.” Shalmali,who already has her hands full with film offers, is gearing for her non-film album which she hopes to release soon.

So, talking about her musical journey until now,



  • The Debut song, Pareshaan got enormous hit in youth, especially in youth girls. This song creates the romantic chore in heart that girls simply love, which made this song a great hit. This song got many awards including Filmfare Award for Best Female Playback SingerZee Cine Award for SaReGaMaPa Fresh Singing Talent and TOIFA Award for Playback Singer. Pareshaan may not to be everybody’s favorite word, but Shalmali says it’s ironical but the word has spelled happiness for her.
    • The great success comes with great opportunities. She got consecutive hit with the Daaru Desi from movie Cocktail. Even this song got enormous hit from youth. Shalmali ecstatic about Deepika Padukone’s Compliments.
    • Another single from movie Aiyya is Aga Bai. Its the item song filmed on Rani Mukherjee after a long break. I loved this song as much I love Rani Mukherjee. Simply awesome.
    • One of my favorite peppy song yet, Lat Lag Gayi  from Race-2I simply loved the way she sang this one with all smoothness in song but keeping that beat up of dancing makes everyone to dance.
    • A romantic song Rumani from Akaash VaniThe lines Rumani Aankhon Ki Jaana Ghazal Tum Ho, Befiqar Beraham Jaana Katal Tum Ho, just stuck in head, that’s the power of Shalmali’s voice.
    • Another catchy song Main Senti Hoon from Mere Dad Ki Maruti, is very song. The music of song is so groovy that I was humming it for hours.
    • And the very latest Balam Pichkari  from Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani , is on top charts for weeks and still playing on TV and Radio.

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