He’s come a long way, but Challenge 2005 contestant, Paresh Madhaparia, won’t give up till he’s
reached the winning end
Vivian Avenue, Wembley to aamchi Mumbai was but a short step for 24-year-old Paresh. Paresh to some, and ‘Pari’
or ‘Pras’ to friends, this Brit boy is among the ten finalists in the Sa Re Ga Ma Pa's Challenge 2005. It was
a long journey to the hot-list, but then for a banker with a song on his lips, this was the ideal platform. Paresh auditioned
without any hopes, but ended up making it through one round after another. “I went for the audition since I had nothing
to lose. Little did I realise that getting selected would mean so much to me.” His mother may have been his driving
force, but his muse remains his best friend and soul partner, Bhavesha, who he met during a stage performance. “We got
married fairly early. I was only 19 then. She brings out the romantic in me,” he gushes.
Paresh has been brought
up in London, which is why his Hindi (with a smattering of Gujarati) is not up to scratch. But despite this, our Kutchchi
‘chokro’ is geared up to set the stage ablaze with his rendition of soulful old Hindi music. In fact, he believes
that being a part of Challenge has been an immense learning experience for him. After all, the mentors associated with the
competition are held in high esteem as far as the music fraternity is concerned. Is there a better platform for someone contemplating
singing as a career?
“I feel light-headed when addressing a small audience… I am meant for the larger
crowds,” says this confident young man. Talking of which, he proudly remembers the time Salman Khan made a cameo on
Challenge and rooted for Paresh all the way. So much so, that the ‘borderline’ Paresh, with Salman's standing
ovation, sailed smoothly into the final list. There are times he is so over-powered with the spirit of competition that he
has to give up his favourite leisure pursuit – cricket – for practice sessions. “There are days when we
are shooting and India performs really well in a match. I miss watching cricket, especially with during peak season. But it
is nothing compared to this once-in-a-lifetime experience,” he is quick to add.
(Thanks to indian-forum.com and Xen10
for the Article)