Saturday, November 3, 2007
"Dreaming is good", says Amit
Amit Paul’s modest home in Shillong is festooned with posters, banners and cards. One of them on the gate in an orange magic marker says simply: ‘Amit’s House’.
One month after this sprightly 24-year-old Bengali from Meghalaya came second in the Indian Idol the euphoria over the event that gripped the Indian northeast has subsided a bit, but Amit is still mobbed everywhere he goes in his hometown.
Last week, Amit was here to give a big thank you concert for the benefit of all those who texted to try to make him win.
Amit is a better singer than a speech-giver, and he read nervously from a piece of paper. Coming from a region with diverse autonomy-minded ethnic groups speeches have to be carefully worded.
But it was when he started singing that the mainly young and mainly female crowd went wild all over again. Amit’ s father is from Meghalaya, his mother from Assam, and the family considers itself to be Bengali Hindu.
“Amit has been singing from age three and is self-made, he never got any voice training,” says Amit’s father Deepak Paul. After Indian idol catapulted him to fame, the Meghalaya government bestowed on him the title of ‘Brand Ambassador of the State of Meghalaya for Peace, Communal Harmony and Excellence’.
Amit took time to speak to us after his concert and came across as a modest and mature young man who is comfortable with the fame that has come with the singing contest and hasn’t let the hype get into his head.
“When I came home I was amazed,” he said, “it was mind-blowing actually to see people supporting me so much.” Even as we spoke to him, there were crowds thronging the Paul house and stretching for about two blocks in either direction.
“I’ve seen hard times, very hard times,” he said, “but I dream a lot. Some people say dreaming is bad, but I dreamt that someday I would do something big. Dreaming is good.”
Despite his dreams, this is a realistic young man. “I don’t know how much I’ll be able to bring peace,” he said. “I just want people to understand each other’s feelings. They should stop fighting and help each other.”
Now as an Ambassador of Peace, Communal Harmony and Excellence, Amit faces the dual challenge of responding to dreams for autonomy of India’s northeast with the larger Indian state.
When told his profile was being printed in a Kathmandu newspaper, Amit said he loves Nepali folk songs. “It’s my favourite type of music and I’ll try to see if I can record Nepali numbers in future,” he adds.
Amit admits he doesn’t follow Nepali politics that closely, but hopes that Nepal will get over its present troubles. He and Prashant get along well, and Amit became popular when he also sang a Nepali song at a concert. He says he wants to work with Prashant to bring the message of peace through music to a broader audience.
Amit Paul holds a contract with Sony and intends to enter a career in Mumbai as a playback singer in Bollywood. He will be visiting Nepal later this month.
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Shillong sways with ‘Brand Ambassador’ Amit
By Our रिपोर्टर http://amitpaul.org/
SHILLONG: Amit Paul sang his heart out as thousands of his fans, including tiny tots, swayed to his golden voice at Polo Ground here on Thursday. It was chock-a-block at Jawarharlal Nehru Stadium, which saw the State Government formally felicitate the singing sensation after his glittering performance at Indian Idol 3 on Sony Entertainment Television (SET).
Shillongites, nay people of Meghalaya, once again proved that Amit continues to remain their 'Idol,' besides being Meghalya's Brand Ambassador for Peace and Communal Harmony.
Amit set the Polo Ground on fire by crooning many evergreen Hindi songs. He also beautifully sang some memorable numbers in Khasi, Assamese, Bengali and Nepali. The crowd erupted in boundless joy as he immaculately rendered Pehla Nasha and Nasha Yeh Pyar Ka Nasha, making them asking for some more.
A record number of people, bigger than the crowd seen during Amit's first homecoming on September 3 since he joined the SET talent hunt, turned up at the venue for official felicitation of the local lad.
An all-smile Amit thanked the audience for the love and affection showered on him.
"I love you. I love Shillong," he told the crowd at the end of the felicitation programme.
Earlier, State Chief Secretary Ranjan Chatterjee honoured Amit with a blazer with the Meghalaya Brand Ambassador emblem on it.
Chairman of the felicitation committee Paul Lyngdoh congratulated Amit on his success as the 'Idol' of the people of Meghalaya. A cheque of Rs 1 lakh was also presented to Amit at the function.
Meanwhile, the Shilllong Arts and Music Lovers Forum (SAMLF), which had earlier led the 'Vote for Amit Campaign', boycotted the day's function in protest against not being part of the official felicitation committee.
Though the State Government had not declared October 4 as a holiday, thin attendance was recorded in almost all government offices in the capital city after 12 pm thanks to the craze for Amit.
Mr Big and Amit Paul sizzles at ``Festival of Rock: Shillong``
Shillong, Oct 28: Eric Martin, lead vocalist of international rock band 'Mr Big', set the stage on fire here, as he played his greatest hit ''To Be With you'' for the first time in India in an exclusive concert- ''Festival of Rock: Shillong''.
Thousands of his fans from across the North Eastern states flocked the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium yesterday to soak themselves in the spell of soft love ballads.
Bollywood star Priety Zinta, who was here for the shooting of her next movie 'Har Pal', also made a special appearance at the concert. ''I am enjoying the concert in this beautiful place,'' Ms Zinta said.
The atmosphere was charged up with the first stroke on the guitar and the audiences burst into thunderous clamour as Eric Martin and his Argentinean band members- Charlie Giardine (bass guitar), Christian Vida (guitar) and Pablo Garrochi (drum sets), took the stage.
'Indian Idol-3' finalist Amit Paul, Mizoram-based rock band and winners of the great Indian rock 2006 ''Magdalene'', alongwith Meghalaya's leading band ''Snowhite'' kicked-off the concert, which lasted for more than four hours.
''Snowhite'' lead vocalist Timmy Kharhujon and local singing sensation Amit Paul also performed a duet with Eric Martin's numbers - 'Wild World,' and 'To Be With You'.
Earlier, Eric Martin thanked the music lovers for keeping his dream alive and said, ''I didn't expect that people out here love music and I am glad to have set foot in this picturesque hill state''.
Martin also belted out for the first time his new original number ''You Are Too Good For Him'' from his album ''Destroy All Monsters''.
The city, known for its passion for western music, has emerged as a 'hot' destination for international music bands with recent performances by 'Petra', 'Fire House', 'Michael Learns To Rock' (MLTR), Paul Di Ano, the lead vocalist of iron maiden.
Sepultura, a Brazilian-based heavy rock metal international band is also to set to serenade music lovers on October 31 here after the performance in New Delhi on October 28. They would be performing in Bangalore on November 3.
फॉर देतैल्स विसित: http://amitpaul.org
Friday, September 7, 2007
Today on 8th Sept. 07 Amit sung - 'Kora Kagaz Tha Yeh Mann Mera' and 'Gustakh Dil' - Dil Maange MoreHe was the best of all singers.
Watch Indian Idol roobaroo with Jojo on 6 September at 9 p.m
MUMBAI: With only three contestants left in the fray… basking in all the attention and enjoying every moment of it, Amit Paul, Emon Chatterjee and Prashant Tamang are having a great time. The male bonding is there for all to see. Mini Mathur is having a great time getting them to reveal some little known secrets about them on Roobaroo. She has now mastered the knack of getting them to spill the beans on each other.
With Chang gone, it is now left to Prashant to let the cat of the bag. About his best friend and buddy Amit Paul. She asked Prashant about Amit and vice versa. What followed was a laugh riot. With Emon giving his take on both!
There was a surprise guest on the show. Jojo made their day when he sang his new song Maheru from his latest album. Jojo confessed he followed Indian Idol and that he loves Amit's voice. "It's great for playback singing,"he revealed. He is rooting for Amit as the next Indian Idol . Looks like so is the rest of the country!
Amit with his new look, style and shy charm is fast turning out to be a ladies' man much against his wishes! At their recent concert in Indore a young enthusiastic fan insisted on dancing with Amit on stage and Amit simply refuse d to oblige… because he is so shy. His friends have yet to stop ragging him about it.
Place: Shillong (Meghalaya) Occupation :Aspiring सिंगेर
Amit Paul is 24 years old and he is from Shillong (Meghalaya)। Music is his life and he cares for music more than his studies. Shillong may not be rich in the way you think but when it comes to music you just have to taste its richness.
Making of Amit as Idol
Shillong, Aug। 28: Shillong went into a tizzy after Indian Idol wannabe, Amit Paul, was pushed into the elite band on Friday, finding a place among the top four left in the reality show. The Indian Idol show suddenly bridged the cultural divide in Meghalaya. And Amit Paul fans have quickly got into action.The Shillong Arts and Music Lovers’ Forum, which had spearheaded the Vote Amit Paul campaign, organised a series of public meetings to drum up support for this self-made singer.At a public meeting on Jail Road Boys School on Saturday, people came from every corner of Meghalaya. Contingency plans were drawn up to improve Amit’s vote bank. People were even ready to sponsor PCOs so that fans could vote from 9pm Friday to 8am.Amit Paul’s is the most articulated name in Shillong today. In fact, everything else, including politics, has taken a back seat even as people soak in the “feel-good” sensation. Amit’s fan club cuts across all ages.An 84-year-old grandmother from Mawlai is one avid fan. Friday after Friday she has been watching Amit in action. Alva Nongsiej, a young college student voted 2,800 times on her mobile even as she supervised her PCO at Mawlai Motsyiar. Another diehard fan, Kalpana, said her family would sponsor a PCO in Mawlai this coming Friday. There is no dearth of innovative strategies as far as Amit’s fans are concerned. While some are sponsoring mobile phones and pre-paid cards to distribute to volunteers, others have been sending SMS texts to every part of India urging especially non-resident northeasterners to vote for Amit.Net surfers who hit Sify.com for tidbits on Indian Idol are surprised that the maximum number of fanmail comes from Pakistan. So far, Amit has a tally of 8,688 messages.Anosh Yakub from Lahore says, “I am your biggest fan; every time you sing you rock the stage.” Joshua from Karachi has this exhortation for Amit fans: “Please vote as much as you can. Don’t let us down and don’t let Pakistan down too. Really wish I could vote. If I could I would have voted in thousands.” Talk about music as a Track II diplomacy strategy! With reality TV shows, music has indeed transcended geographical and political boundaries.Amit Paul is not just a good singer but a versatile one, singing in as many as six languages including Telugu. Chaitanya from Hyderabad says, “Amit, please sing a Telugu song because your Telugu accent is to good.” Female admirers literally swoon over Amit’s unconventional good looks and rock star image.“After Debojit Saha of Voice of India fame, Amit is the next person from the Northeast to have made it to the top four slot in a reality TV show. But if the Northeast is to compete with Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal and North Bengal (from where the other contestants hail), then the northeasterners will have to vote en bloc.” This is what Kunal Mordani, secretary of the Shillong Arts and Music Lovers Forum had to say. Many Shillongites are already voting in four digit figures.So if Amit Paul is to be Indian Idol III, he certainly needs a fan club cutting across the seven states and across India. Can the Northeast rise to the occasion?
VOTE FOR AMIT PAUL from Shillong North East India Aspiring Indian आइडल
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