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Aditya Narayan says he turns down crores, doesn’t need to rely on ‘rubbish contracts’ since he’s a ‘big television host’

Aditya Narayan has called music his first love adding that he has enough resources now and doesn't need to rely on music labels, 'or their rubbish contracts'. He also called himself 'a big television host now'.
UPDATED ON JUL 28, 2021 01:54 PM IST
Aditya Narayan will take a break from television to concentrate on his singing career.

Singer Aditya Narayan spoke about his first step in television when he hosted the singing reality show Sa Re Ga Ma Pa at the age of 18. He said that he was paid 7,500 per episode then. He is currently hosting the reality show Indian Idol 12. He also said that he would love to be known as 'a struggling musician rather than a successful TV personality'.

Calling music his first love, he continued that he has enough resources and doesn't need to rely on music labels, 'or their rubbish contracts'. He added that since he has 'become a big television host now', people have forgotten that he is a singer also.

Speaking with Bollywood Life, Aditya Narayan said, "When I first set my foot in the world of television by hosting Sa Re Ga Ma Pa at the age of 18, I was being paid 7,500 per episode. It used to be a huge amount for me at that time. So now when they come to me and offer in crores, it pains me to say no to them...You can say that I did TV for all these years so that I can launch my own music label, make my own music videos and sing them as well. I have reached a point in my life where I would love to be known as a struggling musician rather than a successful TV personality. Call me a struggler, a failure, work in progress or underrated, but I would love people to add the word singer or musician along with it."


"The television industry has given me everything in terms of fame, home, farmhouse or car, but my first love will always be music...the problem is since I have become a big television host now, people have forgotten that I am a singer too. I hardly do 2-3 songs in a year while you will always see me on TV shows. So my body of work in TV industry outweighs my body of work in the music fraternity by a long shot. I was happy till date that people know me as a TV host. It isn't a bad thing because I have been doing TV for the past 18 years. I am 33 years old now and by the grace of god now I have enough resources of my own that I don't need to rely on music labels, or their rubbish contracts that will force me to become their slave for 8 years or so on," he added.

Recently, he had revealed that he will not play host on television after 2022 as it was 'time to do bigger things'. He said, "2022 will be my final year as a host on Indian television. I won’t host after that. It’s time to do bigger things. I am bound by prior commitments, which I will complete in the coming months...I will take a break from TV next year. I feel great about doing multiple things at a time, but it’s also exhausting."

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In 2007, he hosted Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Challenge. On Indian Idol, he has been hosting for two seasons--Indian Idol 11 and Indian Idol 12.

Aditya tied the knot with Shweta Agarwal in December last year. Due to the Covid-19 restrictions, the wedding was a low key affair at a temple. They were in a relationship for 10 years before they got married. They had met when they were shooting Shaapit, their debut Bollywood film.

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