Kolkata, Aug 29 (Calcutta Tube/IBNS): A gala evening was organized here on Saturday by a city management institute for their annual cultural programme featuring performances by singers Nachiketa, Debojit Saha and Bhoomi Trivedi.
Fresh off the stages of India Idol 5, where she was chosen the runner-up, Trivedi said she very excited to have her first performance in the city of joy at ‘Saffron’, organised by the Subhash Bose Institute of Hotel Management.
“It’s my first stage show after Idol and it’s great to have it in such a beautiful and welcoming city,” said the girl from Gujarat.
Trivedi has no qualms about coming a long way and then losing out in the finals, she said, “It’s not losing for me. I have come as far as I could have come and besides we all (finalists) exited the show together. I am grateful for whatever I have achieved.”
Bhoomi’s Indian Idol journey has never been without bumps. Before hitting it on for Indian Idol 5, she had auditioned for the show twice – for the third and fourth seasons – and even got selected.
She had to quit Indian Idol 3 as she was suffering from jaundice and 4th season as she had a personal crisis wherein her aunt, who she was very close to passed away because of breast cancer.
The 21-year-old girl from Vadodara, who was supposed to complete her graduation this year but took a break because of Idol and is up for exams next year, said she felt ‘very nice to perform for a young crowd of college students’.
“In school and college, I used to hate studies. I was into extra-curricular activities and commerce subjects but I used to hate maths,” she said before going on stage for her gig filled with zealous foot tapping numbers.
The evening was further electrified as popular Bengali singer Nachiketa performed one request after another for the students.
“It’s great. The energy young people have is unparalleled and it makes for a great show,” said the singer whose modern lyrics and effortless singing have always gone exceptionally well with young folk.
Speaking about the fest, a college official said, “We started Saffron in 1998, when our college began but the thing really became huge from 2003. Now it’s a full fledged entertainment event.”
“Saffron combines our annual programme with the freshers’ welcome event and we find that, when all the students get to practice together and everything, it even counters ragging,” he added.
And it seemed to work very well as students in groups gave electrifying singing and dance performances back to back without hitches and hiccups.
“Saffron has always been the event that we look out for, almost everybody in college participates and it’s just a great feeling ti put up a show together with your friends and then perform in front of everybody,” said a third-year student.