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By: Karish89, Sumesh, Chukkna, Shwan89, Sonyaee & lovly_angel
LIVE SHOW IN MUMBAI - ANTARA MITRA
26th March 06
You are like my best friend always. I can share my thoughts, sorrows, happiness and above all my secrets with you. I always wait to come back to my room and change and write to you about what happened today. I know we have this secret friendship since years and you know all about me, but what I am going thru now is a totally different experience. I didn't get a chance to write down in the last couple of days and believe me I have been thru a lot in these days.
I am not able to believe that I am in the Top 3 of a contest which was a dream till now. Last year I was watching this competition sitting on the couch, eating dinner in my pajamas and now I am here performing in this competition. Life is now like riding a roller coaster, wearing a new pair of dancing shoes everyday and dancing to a new tune. Everything happened so fast, the initial 9 weeks just flew and here we are, the final three contestants, going to the public, performing among the public asking for more love, more support and more votes. It was a mixed feeling of emotions, fear, strength and joy.
Today I had my first performance live among the Mumbai public. The performance show was arranged in Shanmukhananda Hall, Mumbai by Airtel India. It is a very big auditorium and artists of big fame have given live concerts there. So it was also an honor for me to perform on such a big stage. I was tensed of course as it was a live show and anything can happen among the live audience. In studio if there is any issue with sound/recording things are taken care of well and also it is edited before the telecast. But here it was like "Aarya paar". One has to be the best, win the confidence of the public to become their idol. Shall I share my secret wish; I want to be the first girl to be the Indian Idol.
During the practice session, we were also taught some dance steps so that I can interact with the public and get more of their attention. It was so much fun in the practice but I was scared to death to perform in front of the live audience. I have seen a couple of stage performances of big artists and I have seen where music system would go off. The artists were professional and they have managed things well and if something would happen during my show I am not sure how I would handle. Many different thoughts were coming and going in my mind. I wish Ma and Baba were here with me. You know, when I win this contest, I will always take them with me to wherever I go.
In the evening we reached the Hall, all dressed up. I was also supposed to change the dresses in between each song, which was scaring me as to what if I get late for second song and all that. We had a warm welcome and a grand entry on the stage. Lights, camera, action. . . . By now I had no stage fear as the performances became a part of life every week. But this feel and experience was totally different. Aman and Minnie had couple announcements to do. My attention was totally on my songs.
I cannot forget this, what happened today in the live performance. We could hear the cheer and applause of the audience and that filled us with lot of enthusiasm and courage. It was the first time being in the crowd facing them live. We knew anything could happen here. There were fans uncontrolled and almost ready to break the fence. While walking to the stage we had to come thru the crowd. People didn't pay attention initially that is was us. Then suddenly someone said "hey look, there is Antara." I could feel the mob then coming towards me and the security people had to control and stop them. I gave a few autographs on the way as it was a pleasure and first time attention. It was always a dream to become popular and perform in front of live audience.
People were cheering. I saw the fans dancing and few had banners in their hands. I saw a banner that touched me most was "Talent has a new name: Antara Mitra". "Antara you rock" I could hear constantly. Then Aman and Minnie interviewed a few fans who also got a chance to come up on stage to dance with me during performance. I was called on the stage to perform 3 different songs of different moods. I was dressed up in a maroon sari which was heavy, but OK to handle as I am getting used to all different dresses. I was tucked in pins from all sides.
I started the performance with a song from Chameli:
Behta hai man kahin
Kahaan jaante nahi
Koyi rok le yahin
Bhaage re man kahin
Aage re man chala
Jaane kidhar jaane na....
It was a versatile song projecting the innocence in the heart of a prostitute. The lyrics fascinated the audience. It was a Sunidhi Chauhan number and a difficult one to impress the audience with cos it was a popular one. As the song was over people started shouting "once more, once more" for the great performance. It gave me a lot of confidence. I was almost bought into singing it again, but then Aman announced they have to wait for the next performance as we have a lot in store.
I quickly changed to a lovely bluish green ghaghra for the second song "Kajra re". Ipshita told me that this dress was selected by my fans on the internet called India Forums. I have to thank them and talk to them soon for giving so much love and support.
The lyrics to my next song were:
Aaisi nazar se dekha usne jalim pe chowk par
humne kaleja rakh diya chaku ki nok par
Mera chain wain sab ujda zaalim nazar hata le - 2
barbaad ho rahe hai ji - 2
tere apne shehar wale
meri angdai na toote tu aaja - 2
Kajrare kajrare tere kare kare naina - 2
ho mere naina mere naina mere naina judwa naina....
It had lots of public involvement and I was excited to perform this. People liked the song a lot and I could constantly hear "once more" from them.
Then came the most (then scary but now funny) interesting part if the show. Aman and Minnie invited few fans on the stage and interviewed them and I gave autograph to all. Then appeared a funny looking fan with beard, chewing "pan", looking like a goon or cheap roadster, claiming he was from Kolkata and he loves me and wants to propose me on the stage. I was so zapped. He knew everything about me, my b'day, and parents, even which song I sang in which gala. I was surprised, shocked, happy but nervous at the same time. Aman asked him to sing something for me. I was nervous and scared thinking what he would do next. I do not recall what he sung for me.
Minnie asked him to propose me in front of the live audiences. I felt like running away from there as I didn't know what would happen next. He innocently came and said "Ami tomake bhalo bashi". I could tell, it was a non-bengali not a local Kolkata person. Minnie asked me to respond. My face was pale and I had no emotions. I was very uncomfortable, looking down trying to get buried into the floor.
Suddenly, I heard a sudden laughter and when I looked up, to my surprise the funny man disappeared. Sonu Nigam ji was standing next to Minnie and they all were laughing at my expressions. It was a prank played by Sony. I heaved a sighed relief. Everyone was laughing and the camera was focused straight on my face. After few seconds I was back with a cheer on my face. They got me cos of my innocence. It is funny when I think back, but that moment was killing. Minnie asked me how I feel after the prank is over. I said if I would have known it was Sonu ji, I would have said yes. People were laughing at my wit. The atmosphere was pleasant. They asked us to sing a song together.
Sonu ji said "Kya bolti tu" I said "Kya main bolu"
Sun, suna aati kya khandaala, kya karoon aake main khandaala
And Sonu ji said "Gaayenge, nachenge, stage performance denge, popular ho jayenge aur kya" The crowd busted into laugh. They were clapping and cheering.
I rushed to change to a rose dress for the last but not the least song was from Jism:
Jaadu Hai Nasha Hai Madhoshiyan Hai
Tujhko Bhulake Aab Jaao Kahan
Jaadu Hai Nasha Hai Madhoshiyan Hai
Tujhko Bhulake Aab Jaao Kahan....
I am thankful to God today. I am glad the audiences were happy. I could hear "Once more" again and again. People were cheering for the best performance so far.
As the show was over few crazy fans were given a chance to come up on stage and take pictures with me. I signed many autographs. It was fun doing that and I felt like a celebrity. It was a very happy moment and a very precious moment. Since we were late we packed up fast and left to the hotel. As I moved towards the car many fans rushed towards the car. I rushed into the car as it was late and was told not to stop for pictures and autographs. I could see the fans rushing behind the car until we moved and the car caught up speed. It was a great experience being among the people, with people and singing for those who love you a lot. This was the most unforgettable day of my life.
Thank you dear diary, you helped me ease after the show and also I will remember this always. I can always come back to you to refresh my memories and laugh at situations like this.
Good night and sweet dreams!
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Since Ayesha requested I tried to read amey story this time atlast.But after some para I stopped...Sorry
I was wondering whether TOP 3 show get this much celibrities in the show...
Every one did a good job..Congrats...
May the best wins..
Hoep Anjali will be back soon!!!
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