GANGTOK, November 28, 2012
India’s Got Talent runners-up Deepraj Rai was accorded a rousing welcome by his well-wishers here on Tuesday. He was greeted with cheers by hundreds of Gangtokians all the way from Burtuk helipad to MG Marg where a formal reception was held.
Deepraj (12) missed out the India’s Got Talent crown during the grand finale on Colors TV on Saturday but he had already captured the hearts of the Indian television audience
with his raw singing talents. He was also warmly appreciated by Shahrukh Khan who promised to fulfil his dreams for his father.
King Khan announced in television to gift a car after learning Deepraj wanted to buy a vehicle for his father. Scores of people lined up Burtuk helipad to welcome the 12-year-old singing sensation of Sikkim.
“We have come to cheer for Deepraj. He has made our school proud. He is also very good in studies”, said school teacher Namrata Gurung.
Deepraj was accompanied by his father Dilip. He is from Lumsey and studies in Class VI at Sai Gurukul Academy. He has not taken any formal training in music and is a devout Sai
“I am touched by the love and support of the people. I want to pursue my studies as well as singing. I want to be a professional singer. I also want to participate in more such competitions in future. I thank all for their support”, said Deepraj.
He was mobbed by his wellwishers at MG Marg. His mother Bindu said that she will be cooking Deepraj’s favourite dish vegetable momos for her son tonight.
Deepraj Fan Club chairman Thukchuk Lachungpa said that a felicitation programme for Deepraj would be held on December 2 at MG Marg. Deepraj will also perform on the occasion, he said.
The Fan Club had mobilized a SMS voting campaign for Deepraj last week in Gangtok. “This is a very rare opportunity for the hill people to showcase their talents in national television.
For us, Deepraj is the winner”, said HRD minister NK Pradhan. He had come to congratulate Deepraj at MG Marg.
Gangtok MLA Dorjee Namgyal also congratulated Deepraj on the occasion.
Courtesy: The Sikkim Express