Shreya Guhathakurta is undoubtedly one of the most popular Rabindrasangeet singers of present time. Shreya’s musical style has often been compared with that of Kanika Bandyopadhyay. Her rendition is melodious yet melancholic, plaintive yet soul-stirring as it was with Kanika Bandyopadhyay.
“One of the prime reasons underlying Shreya’s popularity is her ability to bridge the gap between classical old style ‘gharana’ and the new age presentation.”
Born in a family of renowned musicians, Shreya’s orientation with music started at the tender age of four. 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, founder of two of the renowned Rabindrasangeet institutions in Kolkata – Gitabitan & Dakshinee. She received formal training and diploma from Dakshinee, graduating in 1994. 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 the celebrated Rabindrasangeet singer, Late Kanika Bandyopadhyay – who frequented their Kolkata residence. She is also the niece of the Rabindrasangeet exponent Late Ritu Guha.
She has completed recording 12 songs for Bengal Foundation, Dhaka. Shreya has several CD albums to her credit released from Bangladesh and West Bengal, India. Shreya has recorded over 800 songs for ‘Tara muzik’ – the very popular TV channel of Kolkata and also recorded several songs for “Gitabitan Archive” released by “SaReGaMa”. Shreya has won critical acclaim for her performance in Tagore’s dance dramas like Shyama, Chandalika and Chitrangada – with which she toured several cities in India, Bangladesh and abroad.