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‘Goa is a very musical place’

Indian Idol season 5 runner-up Rakesh Maini, was in Goa to perform at a corporate event. NT BUZZ caught up with the artiste to know more


When Agra boy Rakesh Maini set out to chase his dream he did not realise how much was in store for him. Post his Indian Idol season 5 stint, Maini has had a lineup of stage shows and corporate events in his kitty. Though Bollywood success may not have reached him yet, he has a couple of singles that have garnered much appreciation especially over the Internet. He chats with NT BUZZ


  1. When did you realise that you had a talent for singing?

As a child, I enjoyed singing, but professionally, after completing my class 10, I realised that I can make singing a career.


  1. Did you have any formal training?

I’ve had a little bit of training during my childhood but otherwise no formal training. My actual training began when I was a contestant in Indian Idol. I learnt a lot from the judges, the mentors, and the trainers who are behind the scenes. I am still learning music even today.


  1. Who is your idol?

Everyone says that I sing a lot like Mohammad Rafi and Sonu Nigam. Personally, I like most of their songs and I have been very closely following both of them, and I try to sing like them.


  1. What is your opinion about music reality shows and does it help singers?

Of course it does help newcomers from non-film backgrounds as they get a platform to showcase their talent to the world. Success however hugely depends on how you continue to work hard even after the shows. A small amount of luck is also important.


  1. How has your journey been post Indian Idol?

It’s fantastic. I am doing a lot of showS and have met a lot of industry people. I have travelled almost the whole world. I have also done a number of Punjabi songs like ‘Bholepan’, ‘Maaye Ni Meere’ which are doing very well along with some Hindi cover songs. I have also done a video song with Big Boss contestant Benafsha Soonwalla which was a huge social media hit. A lot more songs are lined up which hopefully should release by the year end.


  1. Are you in touch with other contestants?

Yes of course with almost all of them. We even have a WhatsApp group named “Hum Idol wale” with the top 16 contestants. We celebrate each other’s birthdays, song releases, and other occasions; and try to meet each other whenever all of us have time. We try to catch up every month or so and celebrate each other’s success. Surprisingly this has not happened with any other season of Indian Idol. In fact other seasons’ contestants are surprised when we tell them about our camaraderie.


  1. How was your performance in Goa?

It was a corporate show, and I was a part of a group with other singers like Sachin-Jigar and Shruti Pathak. The energy of the Goan audience is amazing, and I hope to visit again.


  1. What do you think of the music scene here?

Every time I visit Goa I feel there is some different energy in this city. I feel that music is in the atmosphere of Goa. People here love to sing when they are with their families and at functions or even on the beaches, so yes I feel that Goa is a very musical place.



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