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Voice of gold Sunidhi Chauhan
Voice of gold Sunidhi Chauhan

Sunidhi Chauhan looks for the new Indian Idol

Mast announced her arrival, and that's what her voice epitomises even after a decade. She might offer a Kaisi Paheli Hai once in a while, but we know her bread and butter comes from a Crazy Kiya Re or Bidi Jalaile. Sunidhi Chauhan has no complaints about the way her career has shaped up. When success comes early, you tend to undermine it, but Sunidhi, an industry veteran at 26, says she looks at the positives. “I wanted it so passionately. Now that I have it, I have no right to complain about the negatives.”

Changing sides

A find of Indian television's first music-based talent show, Meri Awaaz Suno, Sunidhi has changed sides. She is one of the judges on the fifth season of reality show Indian Idol. “Television hadn't seen ‘reality' those days,” she quips. “There was no public voting, but let me make it clear that the show was not responsible for my getting a break in playback singing. I was picked by the composers before the show. Besides Doordarshan's reach, I participated in Meri Awaaz Suno because there was an opportunity to share stage with Lata ji (Mangeshkar).”

Why did she wait so long to take the judge's chair? “I have been approached many times by different channels. Earlier, I was not mentally prepared. Also, I found too much drama on such shows. But I was sure that when I enter the ring, it'd be with Indian Idol.” Isn't she a self-taught singer? “Yes, I have not taken any formal training under any guru, but I consider Lata ji my guru, because I have learnt, listening to her. I believe learning through cassettes should be counted as training too.”

Sunidhi says she is basically looking for versatility in singers on the show. “One should not limit oneself to one style. I am not looking for copycats. We don't need another Sonu Nigam or Kailash Kher. Also, the show is essentially a search for a playback singer. So, we'll look for singers who have a command over one style, but can manage other styles too, and most importantly, are ready to work on their range.”

ANUJ KUMAR

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