Wednesday, May 23, 2007


GANGTOK, May 22: If you have been watching he current Indian Idol, you would have noticed a certain Nepali-speaking guy who has made it to the theatre round in Mumbai.

Well, meet Prashant Tamang – a cop with the Kolkata police and from Darjeeling who has made the entire region of Darjeeling Hills and Sikkim by making it to the theatre round.

Prashant is an ex-student of St. Robert's, Darjeeling, who has already qualified for the Mumbai round and has reached the last group of 28, passing through 3 qualifying rounds in Mumbai. During the audition around in Kolkata, he said he was the lead singer of the Kolkata Police Band and his friends persuaded him to audition. He marched in the audition room and informed the judges that he was a Sipoy, originally from Darjeeling, the Tea Capital of the World! He sang well, and the judges thought he had the most interesting voice, they had ever heard that day and that he could be groomed and he was selected.

This talented boy from the Hills lost his father when he was in class 10 in 2001. He quit School and joined the Kolkata Police where he has been working for the last 5 years. He used to sing from an early age, winning many inter-class singing competitions. He learnt singing from his late father, Deep Waiba, and veteran Nepali singer Pema Lama while studying at St. Robert’s.

Meanwhile, various clubs and NGOs from Rangpo have expressed their happiness over the selection of Prashant in Indian Idol, reports our Rangpo correspondent. Secretary of the Cricket Alliance of Rangpo, Bikash Prasad has expressed full support to Prashant and wished him success and the Indian Idol crown. BK Sharma, Joint Secretary, Lions Club of Rangpo, has assured full support in voting for Prashant in the voting round. “Prashant is the pride of the Hills,” he said.