Amit Paul plans to help budding NE singers

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Itanagar, Oct 2 (UNI) Though he lost the grand finale of the musical extravaganza 'Indian Idol' by a whisker, Amit Paul, the musical sensation from the North East, believes in keeping alive the competition as he plans to help the budding singers from the region to groom.

From the small town of Shillong to the sparkling world of music, the Indian Idol finalist, who has traversed a long way, prefers to accept the highs and lows of life in his career.

Amit, who arrived here last evening to perform in a musical nite today, while talking to mediapersons, unveiled his plans for the future, though with all humility and restraint.

''I won't go overboard but I have lots of plans to execute. My career as a singer offered a plethora of opportunities for me and now I want to help the young singing talent of the region,'' he said.

He advised the young talented singers to step out of Arunachal Pradesh and be prepared to compete in the highest arena.

''I struggled a lot and now I have started reaping the rewards of my toils,'' he added.

Replying to the queries of scribes with equal confidence as he performs in stages across the country, Amit disclosed that the decision of both the judges and the public was equally important for selection of a talent.

When asked about his singing, he said that he performed more out of love for the art and less for recognition.

''I am still young and have a long way to go. My fans' love is a source of inspiration for me. Though I could not win the Indian Idol final but that does not disappoint me, when I think of the kind of love and support I got from the whole of North East. My fans inspired me, stood behind me. What I am today is because of my fans from North East only,'' he asserted.

Asked about his opinion on reality shows like Indian Idol, seen as an ideal platform for young and budding talents, Amit said though musical shows like Indian Idol were a craze among the music lovers, the real test of singing prowess could only be through playback singing.

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