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Indian Idol II releases debut album

Jaipur, May 24 (PTI) Sandeep Acharya, the winner of Indian Idol II contest, today released his debut album, a compilation of eight tracks here.

india Updated: May 24, 2006 21:22 IST

Sandeep Acharya, the winner of

Indian Idol II

contest, today released his debut album, a compilation of eight tracks here.

Titled Sandeep Acharya-Mere Saath MeraJahaan, the music in the album ranges from Rajasthani to Sufiyana, with soft romantic numbers and hip-hop thrown in.

"Getting recognition in the field of music is like a dream come true. Becoming Indian Idol II and releasing my album here gives me great satisfaction," the young singer who was called a "remarkably endearing personality" by music composer Anu Malik, said.

However, the singer regretted being away from home.

"The only regret I have is that I cannot go to Bikaner (his hometown) to meet my parents and friends during this trip. I miss playing cricket matches for hours with my colony mates as schedule these days is very hectic," he told PTI.

The good looking Acharya said he would also like to take a shot at tinsel town.

"I will definitely work in a movie but I will do only one film and then retire", he said amidst giggles.

On the general feeling that he imitated playback singer Udit Narayan, Acharya said, "It is true that during the competition I had sung many of his songs, and I like his voice. I have also learnt a lot from it. But after listening to my new album, people will not complain that my voice resembles that of Narayan."

He thanked his family for their support. "My family is obviously very happy and they always reminded me not to lose my sense of self and pride."

Candidly responding to a querry on who should have won the contest had he not taken part, he said losing finalist Meenal Jain "deserved" to win.