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Posted: 20 March 2005 at 9:27am | IP Logged
whatever it is.......... he deserved to win..... he sang beautifulyClap

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Posted: 20 March 2005 at 10:46am | IP Logged

Originally posted by garima1234

Yesterday Amit Sana sang beautifully.His voice stood out from the rest.He has found a special place in my heart!I really love him.

hey garima.... may i know the date n place?

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Posted: 21 March 2005 at 11:12pm | IP Logged
I want to give people good songs: Abhijeet
Source: Subhash K Jha, IANS. Image Source: Setindia.com

His rags-to-riches story gives every Indian youth the right to dream. Abhijeet Sawant, who was a Maharashtrian working-class boy till a few weeks ago, has become famous overnight as the first Indian Idol.

"I want to keep my head on my shoulders," says Sawant, swamped by media attention ever since he was crowned March 5.

Sawant, who is cutting a pop album, told IANS: "I want to give people good songs that they can hum, just like the songs I grew up humming."

He was selected as the winner from among 400,000 registered contestants, 21,000 auditioned hopefuls, 130 selected participants and 11 finalists in Sony Entertainment's popular music talent contest.

Excerpts from the interview:

Q: How does it feel to be an overnight star?

A: It hasn't really sunk in. I haven't really felt the impact. I live exactly the way I was living. I don't know what it feels like to be a star. For the last so many months while the Indian Idol contest was on I stayed in a hotel in Mumbai. I'm still there.

Now I'm recording an album. So I haven't had much interaction with the outside world as yet. Obviously when I do step out I'm overwhelmed when people recognise me. The love that I get is a great, great gift. I don't want to lose this precious gift. I want to keep my head on my shoulders.
Q: You are the first Indian winner of this global show.

A: Yes I'm the first Indian Idol and I see that makes me doubly responsible. People do have great expectations from me, I'm aware of that. The only thing I know how to do is sing. I want to give people good songs that they can hum, just like the songs I grew up humming by Rafi Saab, Lataji, Mukesh Saab and the other singing legends.

I want to carry music as far as I can. I'm cutting a pop album. And I understand the Indi-pop industry is in doldrums. I hope to still make an impact.

Q: But you've gained popularity on television by singing well-known film songs!

A: I don't think that should be a problem. I had mentally prepared myself to sing fresh original compositions later on. If it wasn't Indi-pop it would have been film songs, but still my own. I just wanted to make my way ahead in life.

I want to be playback singer eventually. Right now I'm focusing on being an Indian Idol... it's a huge responsibility. I owe it to those who've given me this success to make the best of the opportunity. I want to work on my shortcomings as a singer.



Q: You've now become an icon for the middleclass.

A: I am a boy from the middleclass. My father works in the Mumbai municipal corporation. My mother is a housewife. I've a younger sister. After completing my graduation I started my struggle as a singer. But there were no open doors for me in the film industry. I had braced myself for a long period of struggle.

But then Indian Idol happened. That became the fulcrum of my life. I never thought I'd become the Idol. I just wanted people to know who Abhijeet Sawant is. That's all. Beyond that I just did what I had to on the show... sing to the best of my abilities. My parents are of course very happy. Initially, they were quite apprehensive about my aspirations as a singer - and naturally so.

After all how much money can a singer earn? I'd sing from childhood. When it came to choosing a career, my uncle Sanjay Sawant, who is a singer, supported me and allowed me to be part of stage shows. But I wanted to move ahead. I had decided to give myself two-three years to make it and then do a desk job if things didn't work out as a singer.

Now I can't believe I'm recording an album with music composed by Biddu of my own for Sony! We want to record and release it as fast as possible because right now listeners are curious to hear me.


Q: Finally there were just you and a boy named Amit Sana fighting to be the Indian Idol. How did the competition seem at that point?

A: We were both good friends and good singers. We never felt like competitors. Both of us were in competition with ourselves, trying to better our own performance with every step upwards. I made lots of friends. And when the contestants starting getting eliminated, I felt very dejected. It was like friends departing at the railway station. I used to cry for them.

Q: You're from the middle class. Are you comfortable being projected as a pop icon?

A: I grew up listening to and singing film songs. The whole experience of being an Indian Idol was a culture shock to me. When I came into this competition I had prepared for huge changes. I didn't want to look self-conscious at any stage of the competition. I think it's very important to rise to the challenges that life throws your way.

Q: What's is your advice to youngsters like you with dreams?

A: To be part of an event like Indian Idol is a bonus. But success comes primarily from hard work. I know success doesn't always come to the deserving. Destiny plays a great hand in one's life. You must have people to look up to.

If today I am an Indian Idol then I've idolised Sonu Nigam. I've studied his life. I want to mould my life like his.

One more thing: if you want to be a singer you must learn classical singing. I've done so for three years. I've trained under Bhavdeep Jaipurwale. At the same time you must be familiar with trendy music. It's the perfect balance between the classical and popular styles that makes a successful singer.

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Posted: 21 March 2005 at 11:20pm | IP Logged
Please, rahul vaidya fans, accept the fact that vaidya has lost and move on. His attitude was always a problem (check the repeat of earlier episodes where the judges like anu and sonu made comments about it) and the indian idol had to be someone who was good on all counts. His singing was first class but his behaviour was downright bad. He has lost and i hope he will learn from it, he is getting offers-good for him but he should be careful because this attitude can cause his downfall as well.


As far as abhijeet is concerned, he is a good singer and a wonderful performer combined with humble ness. I shudder to think sometimes when i see abhijeet giving interviews as indian idol- that if vaidya was in this place how intolerable and overconfident he would have got. Abhijeet is mature, sensible, pleasant looking and all this with his good singing has taken him where he is now.
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Posted: 22 March 2005 at 10:57am | IP Logged
  'Amit Sana is favourite for Indian Idol'
   By: Prakash Bambhrolia
   March 1, 2005

NOT PLAYING FAVOURITES: Rahul Vaidya
The once favourite contestant on Indian Idol, Rahul Vaidya, believes that the final results, which will be declared on March 5, will tilt in Amit Sana's favour.

Vaidya has sent in 10 smses himself — six for one contestant and four for the other — though he refuses to divulge who he has sent in the extra two smses for.

So who do you think is the hot favourite amongst the two, we ask the Lokhandwala resident? He says, "Both the contestants that reached the final are extremely good and will give each other tough competition.

Although they performed very well, I think Sana was better than Abhijeet Sawant.

Which is why Sana is the favourite for the title. I have sent in six smses for one finalist and four for the other, but I am not going to say anything beyond that."

While comparing the two, Vaidya says, "Abhijeet has the personality, while Amit has the talent.

Though the final results will be dependant on the viewers themselves. Honestly, I think Abhijeet has a bigger fan club, so he actually has a better chance of winning.

The same thing happened in my case. I thought I had performed really well, and I was confident of making it to the finals, but the viewers gave me less votes than the other two finalists, and I had to leave the race."

Although Vaidya was voted out, all is not lost for this XII std, Commerce student from Mithibai College.

The young star has signed a Rs 20 lakh deal with Sony to be their brand ambassador. "I have to give Sony 75 days of my time to be their brand ambassador.

They have paid me Rs 1 lakh as a signing bonus, after which they will pay me 2.5 lakhs every three months. A lot of different music companies have also approached me and I am free to sing with them according to the deal I have signed with Sony."

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Posted: 22 March 2005 at 11:00am | IP Logged
  Hey, Was reading all your posts... and must say that even though I am a crazy Rahul Vaidya fan and would have loved to see him win, Priti is bang on...if you listen to the performances (they are available on coolgoose) Abhijeet really raised the bar and improved as the rounds progressed. Rahul  was an instant hit with the audience, Abhijeet's popularity grew as the show progressed.

Completely agree with Priti; although Rahul is absolutely fantastic and its natural for all of us to be upset that he lost, but Abhijeet was the total package and deserved to win. If you read his interviews, he clearly is the most balanced and level-headed; his likable personality combined with his singing talent makes him the most appropriate Indian Idol.

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Posted: 22 March 2005 at 11:07am | IP Logged
Originally posted by thhikana

Originally posted by garima1234

Yesterday Amit Sana sang beautifully.His voice stood out from the rest.He has found a special place in my heart!I really love him.


hey garima.... may i know the date n place?




Sure thhikana,I was referring to the 'Pal...'song which Amit sang along with Rahul Vaidya and Prajakta Shukre in 'Jassi jaisi koi nahi' on Friday.

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Posted: 22 March 2005 at 11:14am | IP Logged
Does anybody know either contact no. or email id of Amit Sana?

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