RnM Team    20 Mar 10 12:33 IST

Anuj Sharma - 'I have tried rock for the first time'

Anuj Sharma is a known singer from Himachal Pradesh. But his big break came when he managed to reach the final 14 in Indian Idol's second season. He had to leave the show, but many felt that he deserved a better chance. So Anuj Sharma was brought back into the show through a wild card entry. And he proved it right by managing to end the season as the runner up.

Now he is back in Mumbai from Himachal to complete his journey as a national level musician. Anuj Sharma has cut his first music album â€?Khwaab' under the label of Universal Music 

A chat with the singer -

Why did it take you almost three and half years to come up with your first album?

As soon as I finished with Indian Idol, I was booked for one year for shows in the north and all around world. Naturally, there was not enough time to even think about an album, let alone work on it, that too solo.

After a year, my music director Gaurav Dayal told me to plan an album, as a 'thank you' gesture to all the people who had given me a platform on the national level. He said that I needed to give something back to my supporters  Once I started working on it, we had to be sure that everything was perfect. Original scores, good poetry etc takes time.

Till now, you have done more than 44 albums in Himachal folk music. How is this album different?

It's so obvious that people would expect a folk influence in my Hindi album, also because of my knowledge and experience of Himachal music. But in reality, it's not like that. I have tried something completely new for the first time in my album and that is rock music. Gaurav also wanted me to do something new and completely different. I knew that if I tried any Indian music, people would search for the folk influence. So I worked extra hard and sung rock songs.

How have you managed to move from folk to rock as a singer?

Gaurav had given me some CDs to get familiar with the flavour and texture of rock music. I listened to them intently as study material  Few days later, when I visited him in his studio, he was busy recording some song. He asked

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Anuj 07:06:27 PM 24 Mar 2010 Report Abuse
check songs here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-oTnbwoGGEg http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XtZXMcnME6E
Priya 01:18:00 AM 22 Mar 2010 Report Abuse
your song is so nice, great to see that you had put lots of effort. music, lyrics & shoot are also very good. this song has potential to be among top 10 in india.
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