In a heartwarming chit chat interview, Senjuti Das, the talented singer hailing from a modest middle-class family, has managed to turn her dreams into reality by making it to the prestigious Indian Idol 13 competition. Senjuti’s journey has been one of determination, perseverance, and passion for music.
Q. Senjuti, your journey from a simple middle-class background to Indian Idol 13 is truly inspiring. Can you tell us about your early days in the industry?
A. Certainly. I began my singing career as a playback singer for popular TV serials such as Radha Krishna, Choti Sardari, and Sasural Simar ka. These opportunities not only allowed me to showcase my talent but also paved the way for my growth as a singer.
Q. You auditioned for SaReGaMaPa and got selected. How did that experience contribute to your musical journey?
A. Auditioning for SaReGaMaPa was a turning point. It was challenging because, being a Bengali, I faced the hurdle of not being familiar with Urdu words often used in Hindi songs. But through this process, I learned and improved a lot.
Q. Leaving a stable job at TCS to pursue your dreams in Mumbai must have been a bold move. How did you manage that transition?
A. It was indeed a risk, but I was determined to give my dreams a shot. I had no contacts or prior knowledge, but I believed in myself and my passion for music. In Mumbai, I balanced work with my pursuit of music for three months before getting a job as a music assistant in a studio, which helped me refine my skills further.
Q. Your journey on Indian Idol 13 has been remarkable. Could you share some of your experiences from the show?
A. Absolutely. Singing my first serial song on a ship named Bhagwan was a special moment for me. Positive feedback from composers on Radha Krishna boosted my confidence. Being on Indian Idol was unforgettable, filled with fun and memorable times.
Q. Pressure is often a challenge in reality shows. How do you handle it?
A. Handling pressure is crucial, and I believe it’s okay to feel nervous. However, not letting nervousness control you is key. I always remind myself that the audience is there to listen, not judge, which helps me overcome my anxiety.
Q. You emphasize the importance of classical music. Could you elaborate on that?
A. Learning classical music forms the foundation for all types of singing. It’s a valuable skill that shapes your vocal abilities and musical understanding. Different teachers bring unique approaches to teaching classical music, enriching one’s learning experience.
Q. Your camaraderie with fellow contestants Kavya and Chirag is heartening. Can you describe your bond with them?
A. My bond with Kavya is like that of sisters, as we share similar musical thoughts. Chirag is shy but opens up and is quite humorous. Spending time musically with Shivam has been enriching, and Rishi is someone with whom I share a similar musical vision.
Q. You’ve expressed a desire to lend your voice to Bollywood actresses. Could you tell us more about that?
A. I’d be thrilled to work with many Bollywood actresses, but there are three in particular – Deepika Padukone, Alia Bhatt, and Shraddha Kapoor – for whom I have a special desire to sing. Collaborating with them would be an incredible opportunity.
Q. You seem to have strong connections with your fellow contestants. Who is the closest person to you on the show?
A. Rishi is the person I’m closest to. Musically, I’ve spent the most time with Shivam. Chirag is respectful and shy, and I look forward to working with him and Shivam in the future.
Q. To wrap up, who would you challenge for a rapid-fire round?
A. (laughs) Sure! Rishi and Kavya, brace yourselves for a rapid-fire challenge!
Senjuti Das’s journey from an ordinary middle-class family to the glamorous stage of Indian Idol 13 showcases the incredible power of following one’s dreams with unwavering determination. Her story reminds us that no matter where we come from, with passion and hard work, we can achieve the extraordinary.