The mega audition round of the first-ever North East Idol was held at Srimanta Sankardev Kalashetra in Guwahati, Assam on Saturday, in which 20 contestants were selected by a distinguished panel comprising of Amit Paul (Indian Idol Season 3 runner up), and singers Remanti Rai and Nabam James Bijnoo.
Of the 20 candidates selected for the final round of the singing contest, six are from Assam — Riya Chowdhary, Trisha Kashyap, Swajit Biswas, Tanvir Dey Sarkar, Snigdha Roy, and Mayuri Chaudhary. Four of them are from Arunachal Pradesh — Meenam Goi, Devokanta Taid, Likha Yari, and Bijay Dorjee.
Meanwhile, five each were selected from Sikkim and Tripura — Babita Thapa, Suraj Sewa, Anup Tamang, Pritam Rai and Sishir Thatal from Sikkim; and Hidangmayum Shrama, Anura Roy, Nikitha Debnath, Topas Debarma and Bipul Singha from Tripura.
The judges’ panel consisting of Amit Paul, Remanti Rai and Nabam James Bijnoo
Speaking with VibesMojo, Paul said, “We are here to find very good talents from the Northeast and I can see there are lots of good singers in here. The singers in here are scared to come out to the limelight, so we are trying to get them out.”
Paul also sent a message to the youngsters saying, “For the newcomers, I would like to wish them all the best. I would like them to come out and [make] lots of music.”
Remanti Rai, another judge of North East Idol, said, “We all are very much aware that Northeast has a bunch of talents and the only need is such kind of beautiful platform. There are selfless people who want the talents of Northeast to come out so that whole nation can know about them. For me, being a member of the jury member is obviously a blessing and I am really very happy.”
Assam’s irrigation minister Bhabesh Kalita with the event organising committee
“The expectations from the contestants are very high and as North East Idol is providing such a platform for them. We are expecting them to represent the Northeast in the bigger platforms very soon,” she further explained.
Senior artiste Bijnoo, who hails from Arunachal Pradesh, said, “I think this is a very good platform for the artistes in Northeast as through this platform they can go out and perform in national level. And I have a very positive opinion about this show because they are organising it so well. We are halfway through the auditions and I think we will be getting some diamonds today.”
Speaking with VibesMojo, Tarh Kina, the organising secretary of the show, urged people to help and support him. “I want to request the people to support North East Idol morally and physically as I want to expose the talents from every nook and corner of the Northeast,” Kina added.
The mega audition was inaugurated by Assam’s irrigation minister Bhabesh Kalita, who commended the organisers for their effort to unite the eight states of the region through music, and also for providing a platform to the youths of the NE states to showcase their talent.
The final round of the competition will be held at Nirjuli, Arunachal Pradesh in October.