Abhijeet is a third year Commerce student at the Chetna College in Bandra, northwest Mumbai. The college, also aware of the results before the telecast, was part of the evening's festivities, as the vice-principal and other staff members wished Abhijeet's parents at their home.
"He is not very good in studies," said Abhijeet's proud father. "His studies were always affected because of his singing. But we did not have any objection to that. I always suggested he concentrate on the field in which he wants to make a career."
With an interest in singing right from childhood, Abhijeet attended classical music classes at Kandivali, northwest Mumbai.
Sridhar works at the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation. Abhijeet lives with his parents and a younger sister, who is studying science in the 11th Standard.
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