Meghalaya govt accords grand reception to Amit Paul

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Shillong, Oct 4 (UNI) The Meghalaya government today accorded a grand reception to 'Indian Idol-3' Amit Paul for making it to the finals of the mega event and making the state proud.

Breaking barriers of caste, creed and religion, nearly 35,000 people, both young and old, came out on the city thoroughfares before heading towards Jawaharlal Sports Complex to catch a glimpse of the singing sensation and watch him perform.

At least, 40,000 music lovers from all walks of life thronged the Polo ground here, surpassing all previous records of public turnouts at the venue even during concerts by various international bands.

The artiste mesmerised them with his melodious voice as he sang Nasha Ye Pyar Ka Nasha Hain and other Hindi songs in multi-lingua.

A fortnight ago, the Shillong-born singer was edged out by Prashant Tamang from the neighbouring hill station of Darjeeling in the grand finale of the popular show on Sony Entertainment Television.

''Thank you for the support you had given me,'' Amit said at grand reception cum felicitation programme organised by the Meghalaya government.

Urban Affairs Minister Paul Lyngdoh and Chief Secretary Ranjan Chatterjee felicitated Amit before a sea of crowd for bringing name and fame to Meghalaya and helped Shillong find its place on the musical map of the world.

He may not have won the Indian Idol contest, but he is our Idol for bringing name and fame to the state, Mr Lyngdoh said.

Yesterday, a tribal Pnar woman gifted her 24-Karat gold chain to Amit Paul.

Earlier, the state government had conferred him the honorary title of Meghalaya's brand ambassador for 'peace, communal harmony and excellence' UNI RRK LL RN1911

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