Tete- a-tete with 'Voice of India' Stars

April 20, 2008

Exclusive Interview with Sumitra and Irfan - The 'Amul Voice of India' Stars

It is tough in the singing world says Sumitra Iyer

Finalist in the Amul Star Voice of India music contest, Sumitra Iyer is learning the tough tricks of the singing world.  “Being a finalist means nothing” says Sumitra.  “Today, in India, there are so many shows and so many singers trying their hand in getting into bollywood singing”.  “Unless you have someone backing you up, it is extremely difficult to progress” opined the rocking singer.  Sumitra was appearing in Dubai to perform at the Paradela Musical along with Irfan.

Sumitra is a trained musician and wants to do some classical stuff as she moves forward in the singing world although she loves peppy numbers which make the crowd restless.  She is active in making her own albums and has one marathi album already released.  Sumitra has the ability to sing in more than one languages.  She intends to start  doing tv shows shortly. Sumitra wants to expand her all round abilities and is ready to anchor and present her own shows when the occasion demands.  “I will do film singing whenever I get a chance.  But, it is important to look for more options” said the South Indian girl now firmly set to impress the Mumbai music lovers especially.

An IT professional, Sumitra finds that there are too many players in the singing business.  Unless we have more than one qualification and areas of expertise it will be tough she opined. 

Ever ready to oblige everyone who wanted to click snaps with her in Dubai, Sumitra wants to return to Dubai for more shows.  She is also proficient in ghazals, hip hop music and western music as well.

Sumitra intends to move all over the world with live shows which she feels will give her a better exposure and opportunity to further her career.  Being smart as ever, her impressive visiting card is a clear proof that the lanky girl is here to stay in the music world for good long time.

It was an enriching experience feels Irfan

Hyderabad’s Irfan is a god fearing lad who thanks his creator for reaching the finals of the Amul Voice of India music contest.    “Taking part in the competition was both enriching and educating” said Irfan when I met him in Dubai.   In fact, famous director Mukesh Butt was so impressed with his performance he instantly picked Irfan for the Emran Hashmi starrer Jannat.  When he sang “Tadap Tadap ke” from the film Hum Dile De Chuke Sanam at the competition, the crowd is said to have erupted with one single chorus. 

“Getting selected was a tough affair but in the end it was worth it” said Irfan.     “I was singing on my own till the 10th standard and then I got trained by guru Ramacharya which has helped my singing to a great extent.”  Irfan is also popular in Sri Lanka where he has performed and this is his second trip to Dubai.  He rates the Dubai audience as one of the finest and knowledgeable about their music.

Irfan also feels that the road to success in the singing world is tough and very competitive.  Irfan hopes that some music directors will find him good for their music and give him regular opportunities to show his singing prowess.

An extremely soft spoken lad, Irfan wants to make his presence felt in the bollywood music scene.  He has been trying to impress various music directors and trying to get offers.  But with so many choices around, it is a matter of time before Irfan makes it big on the Indian music scene.

The long haired Hyderabadi is training himself to become a better and full fledged singer.  He is confident of his support from the mass of music lovers who backed him during the contest.  “One big number is all that is required” says the youngster before stepping back to the stage to render yet another lilting song much to the joy of his audience.

by Denzil Fernandes - Dubai
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