Shalmali Kholgade is a young playback singer in Hindi films. Born on 2 January 1990, she has been a professional singer since the age of 16. Her mother, Uma Kholgade, a classical musician herself, began Shalmali’s music lessons from the age of 8.
Shubhada Paradkar then took on her musical training. She rejected an offer to study at L.A. Music Academy in order to pursue her career in Bollywood.
Shalmali entered Bollywood in 2012 on a promising platform offered by Yash Raj films: “Ishaqzaade”. In the movie she sang the hit song “Pareshaan” written by Kausar Muneer and composed by Amit Trivedi. Along with Benny Dayal, she went on to sing “Daaru Desi” from “Cocktail” where the lines were by Irshad Kamil and it was set to tune by Pritam Chakraborty. Anurag Kashyap’s “Aiyaa” (2012) has a song sung by Kholgade titled “Aga Bai”. She can also be heard in the movie “Peddlers” (2012) which was released at Cannes’ International Critics’ Week.