India’s new musical Jodi

One could feel the excitement at the Dubai Airport Expo, the venue for the Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Ek Main Aur Ek Tu grand finale, on June 24th. The popular music reality show, aired on Zee TV, is not only one of the longest running shows around but

By Rana Fazal (Contributor)

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Published: Mon 26 Jun 2006, 2:53 PM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 4:45 PM

is a trendsetter of the reality game shows that are now quite the rage on Indian TV channels.

This particular music contest, for the best singing couple, started 15 weeks ago with 9 short-listed couples or jodis. Thereafter, every subsequent week a couple was eliminated, till four weeks back when the competition hotted up with finalists Sharib and Banjyotsana versus Aishwarya and Ujjaini. Elimination was done by the judges comprising of Hariharan and Leslie Lewis of the Colonial Cousins, as well as the voting of the world wide audience through SMS. Contestants were judged on their voice, tonal quality, sur, taal, expressions, pronunciation and the energy of their performance.

Beamed to 120 countries, the taping of the finale had all the razzmatazz and buzz of a happening event, including dramatic entries of the contestants on stage in Hummers and mobikes. There were 11 plasma TVs on stage and the pulsating music and disco lights set the mood as the audience sat in anticipation, ready with banners of their favourite couples.

The show exploded into life when the hosts Rohit Roy and Ishita (actor and VJ respectively on the small screen) made their entrance. The singers were impressive in their confidence, because the format of the show went beyond mere singing, the emphasis being equally on performance as well. And Ujjaini-Aishwarya and Banjyotsana-Sharib proved their prowess beyond doubt as they sang a variety of songs, from old hits to current chartbusters.

There were costume changes galore, both for the hosts as well as the contestants and through it all the Dubai audience was unflagging in its enthusiasm.

Hariharan and Bipasha lined up on stage along with the team of Corporate and the contestants, as the results of the previous weeks' voting were revealed. Then amidst a shower of confetti ,the winners were announced, and as one saw the ecstasy of Ujjaini-Aishwarya, one couldn't help but feel a twinge of sadness for Sharib-Banjyotsana who lost out on the rewards: a recording contract worth 50 lakhs, a musical album and of course the glory of winning.

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