Revanth, who’s from Hyderabad and is already an established singer in the Telugu film industry, aka Tollywood, sang the song Manohari in Baahubali: The Beginning. Determined to make it big in Bollywood, he says, “I have big dreams and I have to make it big in Bollywood. I have one eye set on Bollywood and the other on Tollywood, but I want to work on my Hindi first.”
Sony Entertainment Television’s singing reality show Indian Idol 9 had its grand finale tonight (April 2) with some spectacular performances. After giving tough competition to others for three long months, LV Revanth emerged as the winner of the show. The singer was pitted against P.V.N.S Rohit and Khuda Baksh, but Revanth managed to walk away with the trophy and a prize money of Rs 25 lakh. Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar handed over the trophy to Revanth. Judges Anu Malik, Farah Khan and Sonu Nigam were also present on the finale night.
Besides the outstanding and foot-tapping performances by the three finalists and the judges, the big highlight of the show was when legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar appeared for the world television premiere of his debut track “Cricket waali beat”, on which he has collaborated with Sonu Nigam.
“Right now I am on cloud nine. I am very happy for winning the show. I would say that my life has just began right now. It’s not easy to win that title being a south Indian singer. I saw this show as a big opportunity. The four-month journey in this show has completely changed my life,” Revanth told.
Born on February 10, 1990 in Srikakulam district of Andhra Pradesh state, Revanth had his education in Srikakulam and Visakhapatnam. He moved to Hyderabad to pursue his career in playback singing. He lost his father, just before he was born. He has an elder brother and he was brought up by his mother.
Revanth’s career took a turn with the encouragement given by popular Telugu music composer MM Keeravani. In 2008, he sang his first film song, Jhalak Diklaja in Maha Yagnam, composed by Vandemataram Srinivas. He won several awards including the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) award for the best playback singing. He participated in several reality shows on Telugu television channels and emerged as title winner.
The winner recalls the time he drew mockery for his poor Hindi on the show: “When I started my journey in Indian Idol, a lot of people laughed at me for not knowing Hindi very well. I did feel bad about it, initially, but I did not let anything negative affect me and kept my willpower strong.”
Revanth is ready to repeat the struggle in Bollywood, as he’s sure that he will rise. “I know the value of money, opportunity and hard work,” he says. “I know that Bollywood is a huge industry and the number of artists is huge as well. But I want its people to listen to my songs and recognise my talent.”
What makes him proudest? The fact that he achieved all this success without any formal training in music. Revanth says, “Family situations never allowed me to do anything big. I came to Indian Idol not to win or lose, but only to sing. The best part about the show is the learning I got. I will go back home and visit a temple to offer my prayers to God.”
Earlier, Indian Idol worked as a platform for singers Abhijeet Sawant, Prashant Tamang, Sreeram Chandra and late Sandeep Acharya, who won the show in previous seasons and went on the make a name for themselves in the Indian music industry.
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