We are talking about none other than Amit Paul, the finalist of Indian Idol 3, who had a humble request - that he should be given an opportunity to enter as a challenger on the popular show 'K for Kishore' on Sony Entertainment Television. For Amit, this is the best way he can contribute in memory of his "God Kishore Kumar".
Amit Paul, who has had the entire nation backing him and has seen the mass frenzy created by loyal fans, strongly felt the need to be a part of the show. He defied everyone who tried to talk him out of the competition and took part as a challenger (entry thro' any one gateway - Tata Indicom, Radio Mirchi or IBN 7) in Sony Entertainment Television's unique concept and popular show 'K for Kishore'.
At the concert in Indore he joined the other two challengers and sang to a crowd of over 2000 people who cheered him all through the performance. What came, as a surprise to the judges was that Amit Paul's passionate singing of Kishoreda's songs and the tremendous courage he showed by entering as one of the challengers. His flawless singing of Kishoreda's songs got him the 'Music Company Sa Re Ga Ma' trophy for 'Mach Gaya Shor', 'Har Taraf Kishore' award at Indore. Chetan Rana, one of the participants on the show, shared the award with him.
It is interesting to note that the entry of the challengers is only making the competition tougher and reaffirming the increasing Kishore Kumar fan following and their keenness to be a part of 'K for Kishore'. The other two challengers in Indore were K Shailendra from Jhansi, a die-hard Kishoreda fan and a professional singer himself; and Naveen Srivastava, an exporter from Motihari in Bihar, whose knowledge in music comes from his parents who sing folk songs.
However, for Shailendra and Naveen singing became a passion and they soon followed their hearts putting their personal desires on hold. Shailendra left his MBA half way to pursue singing. Incidentally, both started their careers in singing with Kishore Kumar songs and till date they remain faithful to the legend.
'K for Kishore' has recreated the magic of the legend Kishore Kumar. Kishore Kumar is irreplaceable and continues to inspire generations of singers, performers and music lovers. The concerts in memory of the legendary singer-'Machh Gaya Shor', 'Har Taraf Kishore', (entry with passes only) held in Kolkata and Indore on two consecutive weekends received overwhelming response with over 2000 Kishoreda fans attending the concerts.
With eminent judges like popular music director and singer Bappi Lahiri, who knew Kishoreda as a friend and musician, singer Sudesh Bhonsale, who completed all Kishoreda's incomplete film songs after his death, and his son Amit Kumar and hosts Babul Supriyo, a die-hard Kishore Kumar fan, and Rageshwari Sachdev, this show has become a rage among music lovers across the country in a short span of its launch.