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Sowmya Raoh speaks on 'SOWMYA'!

By Sameer Wadekar, Bollywood Trade News Network

Sowmya RaohShe is credited with more than 200 songs down South and is a huge craze amongst her fans there especially after her stupendously hit Telugu number "Greekuveerudu"  (from the film NINNA PELLADATA) which ran for 20 consecutive weeks at No 1 position. She has extensively worked with maestros like A R Rahman, Deva, Illyraja and Vidyasagar. But she was eager to sing for Bollywood and that opportunity came through Sandeep Chowta with 'Aiyo Aiyo Rama' (JUNGLE). She then sang some wide popular songs like 'Ankhom Mein Rahon' (COMPANY), 'Zindagi' (SAMAY) and 'Jeena Tere Liye' (DUM). But it was 'Katra Katra' (FAMILY) and 'Nach Baliye' (BUNTY AUR BABLI) that has catapulted her to the zenith. We are talkin' about Sowmya Raoh!

BUNTY AUR BABLI was one of 2005's biggest hits and its songs were an absolute rage. 'Nach Baliye' was a standout for its easy-on-ears catchy tune and Sowmya's soothingly ecstatic voice. The talented trio of Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy did the musical score for the film.

And now this brilliant singer has added another gem into her kitty! Her self-titled album SOWMYA had its official launch on 5th April 2006 at the hands of veteran actress Dipti Naval and versatile composer Sandeep Chowta. The album is released by Times Music.

The album has in all nine tracks, five of which she has sung previously including the peppy 'Haai Re Haai Tera Ghoongta' (from the album JALWA 3). The rest four numbers are original compositions of which one is composed by Sowmya herself! The track is called 'Nazar Na Lage' which is more in the Qawwali format.

But is it the right time to cut a pop album? There's a 'Sowmya' reply, "Yes I know that the non-film music segment is not doing well these days. But I have made an effort to keep my album as innovative as possible so that it reaches out to a vast multitude. Isme Har Mood Ke Liye Gaana Hai. (This album has got songs for every mood)."

Sowmya RaohThere is a video song called 'Pyaar Hai' composed by Taufees Akhtar who has also done the remix of the same number. Directed by N C Matthew this is Sowmya's first commercial video "It was wonderful to work with Matthew. We shot the video in Chennai in soaring temperatures but it was a lot of fun," Sowmya chuckles excitedly.

What are her current assignments? "Well, there are a few film songs I am doing right now but it's too early to speak about it, you see."

And her expectations from this album; is she nervous? "I am excited but I haven't kept any exorbitant expectations. Basically this is another crack at my musical endeavor and I hope my fans would welcome it open-heartedly! That's all I wish at this moment," she concludes.



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Mumbai's hopes at Fame X
   By: Shaheen Parkar
   November 29, 2006
Karke dikhaenge! Jyotika Sharma, Rehan Khan and Neethi Nair

Three Mumbai youngsters, Jyotika Sharma, Rehan Khan and Neethi Nair have made it to the final 16 on SAB's reality show, Fame X. In this second season of Sony's Fame Gurukul, the trio battles for the top honour a contract with Sony BMG as well as a chance to sing India's Cricket World Cup anthem next year, besides being MTV's artiste of the month (March 2007).

Potential winners

Neethi, 19, is a resident of Dombivli and is studying for a BSc at Somaiya College. Besides singing, she has also learnt bharatnatyam, mohiniattam and kathakali. She has been performing on stage since childhood and has also sung jingles.

Jyotika, also 19, who was studying arts at SIES College, has taken a break from studies. She has featured in several television game shows.
Rehan, 23, is a resident of Mira Road. After completing his class 12, he has performed with Indian Idol Abhijit Sawant and Fame Gurukul runner-up Rex D'souza. He has also done several shows with last year's Fame winner, Qazi Touqeer. Says Rehan, "I had taken part in Indian Idol as I aspire to be a playback singer. The contest has just begun and every contestant has the potential. All of us want to do our best. The rest is in the hands of the judges."

Regional divide

It is learnt that barely a week into the show, the 16 participants have already begun bonding. According to a unit source, "There is already a 'Mumbai on one side, the rest on the other' divide. There's also a clear divide between those contestants who are into rock music and the rest of the group. The contestants from the North have gelled among themselves. There is already plenty of groupism among the contestants. The focus this time is on the X factor of the contestant, so there is this geographical bonding."

The participants are housed at the Fame X Academy, which has been set up at RK Studios, Chembur. They will spend the next three months at the academy, away from the outside world. Palash Sen (of the band Euphoria) is the dean of the academy and Soumya Raoh is training the singers. The judges of the show include Daler Mehndi, Ganesh Hegde and MTV (represented by Nikhil Chinappa).

The rest of the contestants

Aditya Jassi, 24, from Delhi, is a journalist by profession. But music is his life and his first love is composing songs and performing with his band.

Rohit Raj Sinha, 24, from Allahabad, had participated in Indian Idol 2 but was eliminated prior to the final 12 list. His interest in music began as a challenge: to prove to himself that he could!

Samrat Kaushal, 22, from Punjab, has been training under his father. He experiments with his voice to render each composition in a different style.

Ashutosh Jain, 23, from Delhi, is a software geek who has left his job to pursue his passion music. He can play the guitar, drums and keyboards.

Rakesh Sharma, 30, Madhya Pradesh, is a Sufi singer who seeks inspiration from the legendary Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.

Alok Chaubey, 18, Bihar, considers himself a performer. His parents are artistes at All India Radio.

Anandrupa Bagchi, 19, Bihar, comes from a musical family and is trained by her mother, a music teacher. Since the past year, she has being training with Suresh Wadekar. She plays the sitar and tanpura and adores Sonu Niigaam.

Ritu Pathak, 19, Madhya Pradesh, plays the tabla and harmonium and is passionate about pursuing music as a career.

Vidhan Chandra Pandey, 21, Uttar Pradesh, stammers when he speaks but sings flawlessly. This self-taught singer listens to Mohammed Rafi for inspiration.

Priyadarshi Banerjee-Banjo, 23, West Bengal is a rock singer and considers himself extremely innovative in his performance.

Arunima Bhattacharya, 23, West Bengal, is a trained classical singer and has been performing since the age of six. She participated in Sa Re Ga Ma Pa (World Series) and Indian Idol.

Trupti Pandkar, 20, Pune, sings mostly Western songs. She is the lead vocalist in a band.

Priyanka Purohit, 21, left her biotechnology course to pursue music. She is not a trained singer but has made it to the final list of Fame X

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Who'll be the next 'fame'ous one
Friday, November 03, 2006 10:57:31 IST
With Daler Mehndi announced as the first judge, Fame Gurukul will now be revamped in terms of its concept and name
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Last year, there was a sudden spat of reality shows like Nach Baliye, Indian Idol and Fame Gurukul. While Indian Idol has finished with its second season a long while ago, Nach Baliye is halfway through its second season, then how could Fame Gurukul be left far behind?
Starting from the 23rd of this month, Fame Gurukul will now be revamped not only in terms of its concept but also in terms of its name. The show, which essentially is a singing competition, has already conducted its auditions in the various cities of India. From as many as 200 participants, 14 will be selected.
The show has a couple of twists too. It is now called Fame X and now Euphoria lead singer Palash Sen will be the dean of Fame Academy. While Fame Gurukul was telecast on Sony, Fame X will be aired on SAB.
"Fame X is very different from its earlier version in terms of selection of the judges, look and feel of the academy, which will be an indoor and outdoor set up. Also there will be one single winner who will be entitled for a Sony BMG contract and a special honour of singing an anthem for the Indian cricket team," said Priya Mishra, Programming Head, SAB.
The first judge to be announced by the channel is Daler Mehndi. Speaking about his new role as judge, Daler Mehndi said, "I agreed to be a part of Fame X as I liked the concept of this show. I will be playing a key role in the growth of the 14 contestants as I will be their mentor, their critic and above all their guiding force."
Explaining the reason for the choice of their judge, Vikas Bahl, Senior VP and Business Head, SAB said, "SAB is consciously making an effort to reach to the new age Indian and offer them popular entertainment that is innovative, inspirational and optimistic. We are very delighted to announce that Daler Mehndi will don the judge's cap in our first reality show Fame X. We are very glad to have the nation's biggest singing sensation, who has already made a mark on the Indian youth, to be a part of Fame X."



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Aditya Jassi

Age - 24 years

From - New Delhi

Aditya is a journalist by profession and also plays in a band called Heavy Metal. He has never been trained in music, but plays the guitar, mouth organ and sings like a dream. He is the naughty boy with a charming personality.

He is the country boy who has the charm to make the audience melt with his performing capabilities. Pink Floyd, KK, Shaan, and Indian Ocean are his favourites. His sweet arrogance is just what is required



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Alok Chaubey

Age - 18 years

From - Bihar

The shy guy from Patna, belongs to a family of farmers and has grown up in a conservative, rural society. His family has a history of singing in temples and being the boy of the house, he has sustained this tradition. He sings in Jagrans, but at the same time, he is very adaptable to Indian music beyond his own region. Because of his delightful and authentic character,



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Anandrupa Bagchi

Age - 19 years

From - Bihar

She is from Jamshedpur, studying in Mumbai. This filmy girl is also the talkative one, a great performer and has participated in lots of shows. A very ambitious girl, Anandrupa is a die-hard fan of Sonu Nigam. She has this flirtatious streak to her and loves being in the limelight. And she is all here to grab everyone's attention.

Rohitraj Sinha

Age - 24 years

From - Allahabad

A wonderful singer and a great dancer, this Allahabadi believes in seizing any opportunity and loves to be in the limelight. A filmy kind of guy, he wants to be a star and believes that Fame X is his platform for stardom. Rohitraj was just waiting for this opportunity and has no intentions of letting it go.



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Arunima Bhattacharya

Age - 19 years

From - Bihar

She is from Jamshedpur, studying in Mumbai. This filmy girl is also the talkative one, a great performer and has participated in lots of shows. A very ambitious girl, Anandrupa is a die-hard fan of Sonu Nigam. She has this flirtatious streak to her and loves being in the limelight. And she is all here to grab everyone's attention.

Ashutosh Jain

Age - 23 years

From - New Delhi

Ashutosh grew up to be a software engineer. But somewhere deep down in his heart, he knew he was only made for music. And this time, Ashutosh listened to his heart and left his job to pursue music.... And Fame X found him. For him, Fame X is his gateway to musical success.

He composes fusion music on different music software like frootiloop and plays a keyboard and a guitar. With a great mix of Indian Classical and Western music, Ashutosh is all set to rock the stage.

Jyotika Sharma

Age - 19 years

From - Mumbai

Mumbaikar Jyotika can speak in many languages, has performed on stage and has even acted on television. This Mithi Churi-like youngster can rock the nation with her performance once she gets on stage. The pretty, child-like Jyotika is popular because of her friendly nature and generally gets away with everything because of her 'Bholi Surat'.



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Neeti Nair

Age - 19 years

From - Mumbai

Big things come in small packages ...and so does Neeti. She comes from Mumbai and belongs to a middle-class family. She might look like the typical sweet Indian girl ...but make no mistake. Because as far as her performance and her passion for music is considered, she is a rockstar. This 'Theekhi Mirchi' is all set to rock you.

Priyadarshee Banerjee

Age - 23 years

From - West Bengal

Born in downtown Kolkata, he has spent most of his life in Lucknow and Delhi. Therefore, he has the characteristics of many cultures in him. Lovingly called Banjo, he is the happy-go-lucky guy, who is the funny one amongst all.

Banjo is such a guy who has the ability to hold the audience with his performance, which comes with a dash of humour. The flirtatious one amongst the lot, Banjo is the versatile singer who believes that Fame X is a place where Rock, Bhajan, Gazals and Filmy songs can all be kicking at the same time. He is the perfect blend of Indian Classical and Western Music.

Priyanka Purohit

Age - 20 years

From - Rajasthan

Jaipur girl Priyanka is very rooted in tradition. She is a very confident girl, who wants to make mark in the world for herself. Though she comes across as a not-too-talkative girl, you will be surprised to see how opinionated and argumentative she is!



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