Indian Idol 12’s top singers like Pawandeep Rajan, Arunita Kanjilal, Sayli Kamble, and Danish Mohammad recently were in the UK and performed in many big cities of Great Britain. Other singers who were also a part of the top 10 this season like Nihal Tauro and Shanmukha Priya will be joining Arunita and Pawandeep in the next leg of the UK tour this month. These singers will also kick off their US tour next year. So all in all, most of these singers who were a part of the top 6 are doing quite well earning a lot of fame as well as money.
Unfortunately the same cannot be said about Sawai Bhatt who rose to fame with Indian Idol 12 and received overwhelming response and appreciation for his typical Rajasthani-styled singing. Viewers loved him and so did the judges. Himesh Reshammiya also gave him a couple of songs that did well on YouTube. But even then Sawai is still fighting poverty as he does not have a home of his own. It is quite an irony that a singer who has fans across the globe still does not have a stable income source.
In an interview published in a newspaper some time ago, Sawai Bhatt said that electricity came to his village after he became popular on Indian Idol 12. Earlier he used to go from one village and town to the other doing tamasha and Kathputli shows but now with the advent of the internet, no one is interested in such shows.
He even requested the Rajasthan government to help him financially so that he can have a home of his own. Sawai is trying to garner support for Kathputli and other folk presentations from politicians and influential people so that everyone in his town struggling for making a living out of such shows can benefit.