L V. Revanth the young Indian Idol of Season 9 winner, knows no Hindi. Yet,he is all set to conquer Bollywood .
Hours after winning Revanth sighs, “It’s all like a dream. I don’t want to talk about my struggles. In fact when my elder brother spoke about it on the show on Sunday night I was embarrassed. Everyone goes through their own share of struggle. Nothing unique mine,” says the level-headed singer who has mastered Sanskrit in school.
“I went to Vedic school and we were taught Sanskrit. It helped me understand Carnatic Sangeet , and classical vocals. But I’m not a trained singer. I’ve learnt only by listening to the great playback singers,” says Revanth , raring to make it big in Bollywood .
Interestingly he is already an established singer in Telugu cinema. “I’ve sung nearly 200 songs in Telugu. My most popular number is inBaahubali. It surprises people when I tell them I chose to be a contestant on Indian Idol after being an established singer in AndhraPradesh. But you see I spend 4 months of every year travelling and singing at live concerts. I mostly sing Telugu songs. I realized how much I could expand my audience-base if I sang Hindi songs. That’s why I am here.”
Revanth, still disbelieving that he actually won, wants to thank all the people who made this triumph possible for him. “I don’t know what the future holds for me. But I want to make my family proud. It was the proudest moment of my life when the God of cricket SachinTendulkar Saab gave me my trophy. I don’t think any Indian Idol winner has had that privilege.”
Not even Arijit Singh, the first Indian Idol winner now an established playback singer in Bollywood .
Revanth confesses he is a fan. “Arijit Singh is a role model among contemporary Bollywood singers. I also look up to Kishore KumarSaab and Shankar Mahadevan ji. I hope to imbibe some of their versatility.”
Revanth has already sung a song in Hindi. “It’s for the show SabseBada Kalaakar and it’s a beginning. But I have a long way to go. The first thing I need to do is to learn Hindi. I want to get myself a good Hindi teacher right away.”
He will divide his time between Mumbai and Hyderabad. “My roots are in Telugu cinema. I never want to let go of my roots.”