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Prashant Tamang is a popular singer turned actor and the winner on the third season of the reality singing competition show, Indian Idol in year 2007. He was born on January 4, 1983 in Darjeeling, West Bengal to Rupa and Madan Tamang who both came from the Nepali lineage. He spent his early life in Himalayan, Darjeeling and attended St. Robert’s School. When his father dies in an accident, he stopped attending school and joined the Kolkata Police. He usually sings for the police orchestra in Kolkata Police. He got married to Geeta Thata, an air hostess on February 2011 in Nagaland, India.

Prashant took the audition for the 3rd season of the Indian Idol because his friends, officers and Mr. Zulfiqar Hasan of Special Additional Commissioner of Police told him that he has a good voice. When he auditioned for the Indian Idol in Kolkata, he received mix remarks from the juries and he was selected for the next round. Prashant was the only contestant who has never been place in the bottom of the gala round. He was on the top two along with his contender, Amit Paul Amit Paul is an Indian singer. He was a participan >> Read More... but in the end, he received a total of 70-million votes and won the Indian Idol Season 3. This makes him the first Indian police force to joined the Indian Idol and made it to the final rounds.

After joining the Indian Idol, he instantly became a celebrity in Nepal, West Bengal, Sikkim and Darjeeling. People from those places mostly voted for Prashant and even the mayor of Mirik spent Rs. 10,000 just to vote for him. The mayor’s staff also spent their monthly salary for his win. There are also rallies formed in Darjeeling to support him and radio station in Pokhara made a campaign so they can collect donations to vote for Prashant; they have collected a total of Rs. 27,000. Newspaper, schools, clubs and some organizations also helped him in winning and he was named as Pahad Ko Gaurav or Pride of the Hills. Other people that support him are P.S. Golay (Sikkim’s Minister of Sports and Youth), officials of Kolkata Police headed by Zulfiqar Hasan, Bimal Gurung of Darjeeling Gorkha Hill Council, and many more.

After Indian Idol 3, he launched his first album, Dhanyavad in 2007, which consists of Hindi and Nepali songs. He toured around the world and performed in concerts. His second album, Namaste was launched in 2008. Prashant also sang for the Nepali film, Himmrat 2 together with some of her co-Indian Idol contestant. In year 2009, he venture into acting and was debuted in the box-office film, Gorkha Paltan in 2010. Subsequently, he did his second film, Angalo Yo Maya Ko and his third film entitled, Kina Maya Ma. His most recent film, Nishani is still under production.


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