Sony Entertainment Television is back with the 10th season of India’s biggest and most iconic singing reality show ‘Indian Idol’. The show, which has been a launch pad for indigenous talent across the country, has given music lovers some of the best singing talent for the past nine seasons. The show will begin with the audition episodes. A comprehensive talent hunt witnessed lakhs of gifted singers, who auditioned with live musicians, competing to the best of their ability to make it into subsequent rounds.
During the Kolkata auditions, one of the contestants, Sagarika Deka, who had come all the way from a village near Assam to try her luck, presented traditional and beautiful gamshas and topis to the judges as a mark of respect. When Neha enquired about Sagarika, she said that electricity had just reached their village two years back. That was when she learnt singing, listening to songs on her husband’s cellphone. When Neha invited her husband on stage, everyone was astonished to learn that he had taken a loan against their only garden to bring Sagarika,to the ‘Indian Idol’ auditions. The husband-wife duo broke into tears while narrating their story which got everyone emotional. The big-hearted girl that she is, Neha instantly volunteered to shoulder the responsibility of paying their entire loan amount. She also gave a standing ovation to her husband, hoping that husbands in India would be like Sagarika’s husband.
When contacted Sagarika said, “We live in a society where women are not encouraged to do anything beyond house-keeping. I am really lucky that my husband and my mother-in-law have encouraged me to audition on such a prestigious platform. When my husband narrated how we had taken a loan against our only garden to travel to the audition, Neha ma’am immediately offered to take care of the loan. My husband and I will always be grateful to her. I am really overwhelmed and touched by this. I feel ‘Indian Idol’ does not only understand talent but also our emotions. I am really glad to be a part of it. I am hopeful that ‘Indian Idol 10’ will help me fulfill my dreams.”