How has Indian Idol platform been beneficial in your career?
Emon: Yes, without this platform, my journey to Mumbai might have taken another 2-3 years. It’s a honor to be standing right before Sonu Nigam and singing in front of Greats like Javedji, Uditji and AnnuJi. This experience has taught me so many things, which I will remember forever.
Who is the best judge according to you?
Emon: Sonu Nigam!! My God! It was a dream come true for me as I sang before him. It was so nice. It was my happiest day, but I feel sad that he was not a permanent judge this year. Even then, those moments were great for me.
Have you had any professional training in classical music?
Emon: Yes, I have been learning it for the past 1 year now.
Do you think it is beneficial to be a trained singer?
Emon: Definitely, you always get an edge when you learn music. With this background, you are ready to sing any type of song, and that is one reason why Sonu Nigam is my Idol. He is a living example for aspiring singers; he has sung every sort of song. Extraordinary!!Everyone including the Great Kishore Kumar had a basic training. Singing for such a long time needs training of course.
If you get an opportunity to bring back one contestant eliminated - who would it be?
Emon: Deepali … I don’t want to recall that evening, it was so sad… It was just shocking and depressing to me. She was my best friend ever. I have started missing her a lot now.
You are in Bottom 3 for the past two weeks, what do you think is your chance of becoming Indian Idol?
Emon: I am motivating myself to do better. All that matters is good singing. I want to be a good playback singer, so my focus is on singing. I don’t worry about performance on stage as I know that a playback singer just needs to sing in the studio and he need not have a basic training in dancing. Whatever happens here, I will surely concentrate on my singing and will carry on like this forever.
You are intoxicated and fully drunk – what song can you imagine yourself singing in this state?
Emon: (Laughs)! I have never been in this position before. But yes, I might sing ‘Is pyaar ko main kya naam doon….”
Which song did you sing for this week’s Gala and how did all the judges, especially your Idol Sonu Nigam react?
Emon: I sang the song ‘Ae Dilruba’. Sonu Nigam was very happy, and he said I sang it better than him. It was such a big compliment for me, that too coming from him. This is enough for me!! All the judges were extremely happy with the way I sung the song. So I hope for the best now.
Emon Chaterjee is a name to remember for long! He is surely a new singing sensation and he has a Great Future ahead!
Reporter: Srividya Rajesh
Author: Barnali, Srividya Rajesh