Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Emon versus Sa Re Ga Ma Pa

Twice in a row after coming back from the dead with fine performances, Emon Chatterjee has chosen songs on Indian Idol 3 that have been sung by his counterparts on Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Challenge 2007 in the same week.

His first pick - Sonu Nigam's "Iss Pyaar ko mein kya naam doon" was promptly repeated by Aneek Dhar on SRGMP the same week. And this is just my opinion, but Emon was found comparatively wanting.


The following week, Emon took on Kailash Kher's "Teri Deewani" and this time he sounded wonderful, but struggled very slightly with the lows. Wisely he skipped the low version of the chorus and used his ability to hit the highs and stay on safer terrain. It was good singing, but again unfortunately for him, Raja Hasan on SRGMP, who has a voice that can power a small city, picked the same song. And his deeply immersed sufi rendition was positively terrific.

When comparing singers across both shows along with most of the drifters here I feel that pound for pound the SRGMP singers can wipe the floor with those on Indian Idol 3 - with the possible exception of Mauli Dave. Only Emon and Amit can go toe to toe with the SRGMP contestants.

Perhaps Amit will provide us with a few data points in the coming weeks by overlapping songs with someone on SRGMP - I'm thinking Mussarat.

17 comments:

jitendra said...

while emon's rendition lacked the sufi touch, it was technically flawless. On the other hand, i think raja's had a lot of minor mistakes and he was struggling in the low notes.
After last week's performance, i would rate puja's performance as SRGMPesque. Just that consistency eludes her.

Mind Rush said...

Mind Rush reporting from India: Following Sanjay Dutt's incarceration, one of the news channels put Raja on camera and asked him to speak/sing....He did a spontaneous sufi song begging for mercy. Not only was he awesome but he knows the Bollywood pulse.

Who knows? Raja's vocal chords might just move the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court in favor of Sanju Baba....

Aspi said...

Hey Manish, if you reading this, could you dig up a YouTube link of this for us?

Manish said...

Sufi, so good.

As for supreme court judges, they are ahemm, a bit more qualified than Saregamapa and II judges.

Manish said...

Aspi, our comments crossed each other enroute. I have searched everywhere, simply can't find the video. Haven't traced the news channel yet. Mind Rush, could you let us more on this?

clix said...

there cant be a fair comparison at any stage of the competition - ALL the singers in saregamapa are classically trained, and most on indian idol are not. now one can start arguing about a fundamental point of how important is training in the first place ....

... and for that reason, saregamapa singers will continue to pick tedha-meda songs, will keep on rending them in perfect sur, and will outshine indian idol singers. indian idol is for "ordinary" folks who like to sing [like me :)].

on a different note, attended a ghulam ali/jagjit singh gazal night last sunday in bangalore and came back appreciating classical prowess of ghulam ali in all its glory [hence this post]. never thought i would ever say it, but he outshone my hero jagjit by the sheer joy he takes in his singing [another point maybe? ...]

Aspi said...

Clix, good point for sure. It's not always about who can sing the best.

Which is why I think Anu Malik should stop hyping the show so much and connect with what is good about it - young boys and girls trying to see if they can learn how to sing.

Now some of the II3 kids get training. But they haven't been at it for long enough. I think in that respect, Emon is fair game for comparison.

*~mad munky~* said...

off-topic but i caught some of VOI the other day - had to watch it online as i don't think it airs in the UK...

whilst it was hard to warm to the contestants, it was nice to see a 'gurugraph' thingy that did not pass the 9 mark..and the 9s were from jatin anyway...(the guy who vowed to cut off his own hand in SRGMP 2005 if a contestant didn't make it).. most people got 8s and 7s... and these were talented singers...

:o)

Aspi said...

~mm~ who is that contestant on VoI who looks like Raveena Tandon (a bit). She's pretty good - needs a new hairstylist though.

Leera said...

I agree with jitendra, Puja is sadly underhyped inspite of her vocal chops. While lacking in the vocal maturity that Poonam on SRGMP has, she still has that power that the idol singers sometimes falter on. As for Emon vs Raja, even as a fellow bong I will take Raja's soul stirring man notes over Emon's boyish 'surilaness' anyday.

Aspi said...

My wife - just because she was born in Kolkatta - constantly keeps reminding me during the show of how supertalented Bongs are. Now while I am not saying they aren't - the day GangaJamunaSaraswati left was a good day for me because the chatter got reduced by a third.

Now if Puja gets knocked out - it will have its advantages. The chatter will go down by half.

Anonymous said...

If you thought Raja was good, you should listen to Abhrokanti from last year's SRGMP kids contest sing the same song. He blows Raja away and he's only 11. (There's a clip posted on saregamapashow.com and on youtube)

Mohmad said...

Hey anonymous...
don't take me wrong , i am as big of raja fan as i was for abro ...

i think the comparision is not right ..since a kid and well trained or well experiance singer .

although abro sang very well , i thought Raja's performance was much better - ear candy .

in order to be unbiased , i opened up both links on youtube and closed my eyes and tried to enjoy both performances ... i thought raja's performance was better ...

but then again , what do i know about music / let's say i know about music as much as Bush knows how to run the country..

take care guys...

Anonymous said...

I wold say emon in indian idol 2 is better than all the sa re ga ma pa contestants beacuse emon has a beautiful voice and he sings really nice my favouraite singer so faris sonu nigam and sonu nigam has a beatiful voice and so far emon has an even better voice because emon sang that song is pyar ko mein kya naam do and sonu nigam sang the orignal one and if you compare them 2 emons is better then when emon shang teri dewani by kalish kher and then when that guy called aneek sang it on sa re ga ma pa aneek's one was a but like kalish's where as emon has a beautiful voice and emon sang it really nice , if you compare aneek's and emon's i would say emon's is better cuz emon is more talented comparing him with aneek.

I think you have put 2 different people to compare with because for me emon is more talented compared to that aneek ,
EMON YOU SHOULD BE THE INIDAN IDOL !

fatema said...

I wold say emon in indian idol 2 is better than all the sa re ga ma pa contestants beacuse emon has a beautiful voice and he sings really nice my favouraite singer so faris sonu nigam and sonu nigam has a beatiful voice and so far emon has an even better voice because emon sang that song is pyar ko mein kya naam do and sonu nigam sang the orignal one and if you compare them 2 emons is better then when emon shang teri dewani by kalish kher and then when that guy called aneek sang it on sa re ga ma pa aneek's one was a but like kalish's where as emon has a beautiful voice and emon sang it really nice , if you compare aneek's and emon's i would say emon's is better cuz emon is more talented comparing him with aneek.

I think you have put 2 different people to compare with because for me emon is more talented compared to that aneek ,
EMON YOU SHOULD BE THE INIDAN IDOL !

morshed said...

I agree Emon is more talented than any SA RE GA MA PA contestant but AMIT easily beats EMON.

AMIT is the pride of II3

Sidekick said...

Emon is out of II3, but here is another data point. This week, Aneek Dhar on SRGMP sang the Sonu Nigam song that Emon sang about a week ago (for which he earned the ire of Javed Akhtar that he was a Sonu-clone!). I thought Emon's smooth rendition was better than Aneek's. If there is one rap against Emon it is that he tends to stick very close to the original rendition of any composition and therefore there is little that is unique about his interpretation.

To my mind, both Amit and Emon seem capable of rolling with the punches and staying with the pack on SGMP.