Shalmali have started her career at a very tender age when she was only sixteen. In the initial stage of her career she was under her mother, Uma Kholgade’s guidance who is also a renowned classical singer.
Later she went to Shubhada Paradkar for continuing her music education. She has also been accepted by the L.A Music Academy but could not attend due to her recording commitments.
She has contributed her voice in many bollywood films like Ishaqzaade, Cocktail, Aiyyaa, Race 2, Akaash Vani, Meri Dad Ki Maruti, Shudh Desi Romance, Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, Gori Tere Pyaar Mein and many others.
Shalmali Kholgade have got a number of awards as playback singer for her song ‘Pareshaan’ in Ishqzaade like 2012 Film Fare Awards as Best Female Playback Singer, 2012 Zee Cine Awards as Best Playback Singer- Female, 2012 Screen Awards as Best Playback singer, 2012 Stardust Awards as New Musical Sensations (Female), 2012 Star Guild Awards as Best Playback Singer Female and 2012 TOIFA Awards as Best Playback Singer Female.