The Berklee Indian Ensemble, a dynamic group of students representing over 40 countries, will host playback singer and Bollywood superstar Shreya Ghoshal for a sold-out Signature Series performance on Thursday, December 7. Ghoshal began her musical journey at a young age, learning songs from her vocalist mother; she began formal training in Hindustani classical music. As a young teenager, she entered and won an Indian music reality television show, and made her Bollywood playback debut at 18. Since then, she has performed all over the world in various languages, often as the preferred vocalist for composers from India.
“Shreya Ghoshal is a master storyteller through music, and her journey has inspired innumerable young artists around the world who hope to make a career by following their dreams,” said Philip ’09, a Berklee alumna and founder of the Berklee Indian Ensemble. “Shreya is unique in the Indian music industry as one of the most versatile vocalists of our time. But besides crossing genres, it is her ability to authentically sing in over 12 vastly different Indian languages that sets her apart. Often times, legendary composers will pick Shreya over native speakers of a language, and that is a true feat. Her performance with the Berklee Indian Ensemble will be one to remember.”
Ghoshal will perform with the ensemble in the group’s sold-out Signature Series performance Shreya Ghoshal Meets Berklee on Thursday, December 7 at 8:00 p.m. at the Berklee Performance Center. The concert will be available for a global livestream. The performance will be produced by Annette Philip (artistic director), Clint Valladares, (managing director), and Rohith Jayaraman (assistant manager) of the Berklee India Exchange, a platform for cultural conversation about Indian music through artist residencies, musical collaborations, and performances.