RIP, Ishmeet Singh Sodhi.
2nd September 1989-29th July 2008
"Nainam Chidanti shastrane,Naninam Dahti Pawakh:
Na Nainam Claydayntoyapo,Na shoshyati Maruth :"
Weapons cannot cut this self, fire cannot burn it,
water cannot wet this self, wind cannot dry it.
And his Passing Words........
Just a few days ago, I had the chance to speak to Ishmeet Singh Sodhi before
he left for Maldives for a stage show. He couldn't contain his excitement as he said that despite his ouster from the reality show Jo Jeeta Wohi Superstar on Star Plus he wasn't disappointed. “When I got eliminated I realized how Harshit must have felt when he lost to me during Voice of India. I could feel his dejection and pain, so I wanted him to win the title this time. But it was not to be”, quipped Ishmeet.
The singer from Ludhiana had also mentioned how he has traveled the length and breadth of India with his stage shows. “Performing before a two lakh strong audience is an altogether different high. Woh ek alag hi nasha hota hai. And I am fortunate that winning Voice of India has made most of my dreams come true”, he opined.
On being asked how he felt about the second edition of Voice of India and the thought of giving away his title soon he had said with his characteristic optimism, “Koi baat nahin. Voice of India ka pehla winner toh main hi hamesha rahunga na? Newer singers are welcome but the first Indian Idol will always be Abhijit Sawant, the first Sa Re Ga Ma Challenge Champion will always be Debojit Saha and Ishmit Singh, the first Voice of India”, said Ishmeet.
The affable singer was gung ho that he was working on a religious album “a little contribution for my community. It's a big project and if all goes well, I may be singing a devotional song with Lataji. Singing with her would be an honor than any prestigious singing assignment…I am keeping my fingers crossed”, he had signed off.
Little did he know that days later Lata Mangeshkar would instead be paying a tribute to the singer he was and the 'voice' she had appreciated, awarded and welcomed into the Hindi music industry!
As...told to: Kshama Rao
Vishal Dadlani, who's touring with the Bachchans and who recently judged Ishmit in Star Plus' Jo Jeeta Wohi Superstar, messaged his tribute to the ever-smiling Voice of India..
"He was a true talent, a decent human being, a sincere and focused singer. May God grant his family strength to bear this loss, and pride in his accomplishments, He held his head high, always conducted himself with dignity. It's sad to have lost someone with so much potential."
We all went to the Concert in Maldives and we all planned to swim after lunch but we were all feeling sleepy so went to sleep and decided that we will meet after one hour. I got a call after an hour to come, but I told them I am feeling sleepy. After few minutes, I got another call that Ishmit has drowned. He doesn't know swimming, but he took the chance and went to the deeper side of the swimming pool and was drowned. The police are now taking down the detail investigation with the authority and also the people of the company. It is very unfortunate that this happened. We are carrying the body with us and we will hand over his body to his family.
Actually we all were going for the concert to Maldives, but things did not work out for me and I cancelled my going. Yesterday I got a call from the news channel saying that Ishmit has met with an accident. I told my manager to get the confirmed news and it was shocker to me when I heard about his demise. I do not know whether he knew swimming or not, but I saw his uncle on TV where he said Ishmit did not know to swim. I am now going to Ludhiana to pay my tributes.
I have no idea what exactly happened, but I feel everything was going bad for him as he had met with three accidents in a span of one month. One was on the Pune highway, another in Malaysia, but he did not survive the third time. This is destiny!! It was a shock for me and if someone comes and tell me that it is joke I will believe that!!
Since I heard this unbelievable news things are going all haywire for me. Initially I thought it would be a joke, a prank or something. But then because of the interviews we gave to different news channels, the bitter truth is now sinking in that Ishmeet has left us. It’s unbelievable i tell u. He was such a nice guy and was very close to me in Voice of India. I still remember we used to play pranks on him and he used to come to me and speak out his heart as he always felt close to me. I have interacted even with his father and he had asked me to always stay beside him. I have too many fond memories of all the times spent with him, and I am getting flashes of all the good times.. It is a big loss personally for me and also to the music industry, I must say.
As told to: Kshama Rao, Ranjini Nair, Barnali
"When good men die their goodness does not perish, But lives though they are gone.... "