| Sourabhee Debbarma |
Last Sunday was quite hectic for me, as I had to travel to Mumbai all the way from Assam. I was anxious to catch the finale of Indian Idol 4 on television, as Tripura girl Sourabhee Debbarma was one of the three finalists. But by the time I got home, the show was over.
However, after getting the news that Sourabhee had won the coveted title, my heart filled with pride, more so because she was the first girl to win the Indian Idol title. In the past, not many girls have made it very far in these contests. They fade out at some point or the other.
I thought to myself that Indian Idol 4 may be history, but for Sourabhee the real show was about to begin. I should know, for I have been through it all. For now though, I would want her to enjoy her success, which is huge, because if she doesn’t cherish what she has achieved now, then she won’t find time for it later. There will be too many demands on her, not least of which would be fulfilling her contractual obligations. It had happened to me too. Even before the feeling of being tagged the “Voice of India” sunk in, I got too busy and found little time to savour what I had achieved.
Sourabhee should undoubtedly share her joy of accomplishing this significant feat with her family and friends. But, perhaps a word of caution would be in the fitness of things here. I have seen many a winner drown in the ecstasy of victory far too long to really know when to stop partying and get on with life. Then, suddenly, another reality contest winner comes along and the media focus shifts. One can feel lonely and frustrated then.
Sourabhee has done the Northeast proud by adding yet another feather to its cap. But her journey does not end here. In fact, it has just started. The battle she won was tough, but what lies ahead is going to be tougher.
Sourabhee must continue to practise hard if she has to make a career of singing.
There’s one more thing. We from the Northeast are comparatively soft and sober. Sourabhee must be able to retain this hallmark of our collective character and yet be able to slog it out against all odds. She has lit a lamp and her endeavour should be to keep it burning bright.
Well done, Sourabhee. May you achieve all that you strive for.