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Sandeep Acharya is the new Indian Idol!

Sandeep Acharya beat favourite NC Karunya to win the highly competitive Indian Idol contest.

April 22, 2006

Sandeep Acharya is the latest Indian Idol! In a tightly contested final today, the twenty-two-year old wrested the title from prime favourite NC Karunya. Even though Karunya enjoyed massive popularity on the show and with the judges, many felt that Sandeep was way ahead of Karunya in the polls. 

The voting for the final result started three weeks ago and continued till 8.40 pm tonight. According to insiders, the gap between Sandeep and Karunya's votes was huge. Also, because Sandeep was from Bikaner he had a lot of support from the North. Karunya hails from the South but did not get much support from the South.

Sandeep comes from a music-loving joint family in Bikaner and says that his family had always encouraged him.

Says Sandeep, "I have been practicing for ten years now. For the first five years, I studied under a teacher close to home. Since then, I have been learning classical singing professionally. I like Rajasthani folk songs -- Maand songs and songs based on Bidai."

Sandeep has completed Bachelors in Science from Bikaner and was planning to do his masters before he got selected for Indian Idol. 

For the final episode, he sang Sitaron ki mehfil from Kaho Na Pyaar Hai, Ruk jaa o dil deewane from Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, Raja miya chado yaari from Kahin Pyaar Na Ho Jaaye, and Gulabi aankhein jo teri dekhi from The Train.

Sandeep has won a Rs 1 crore contract from Sony BMG and will take home a Maruti Baleno.






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