Mohanlal-backed UAE TV talent show goes online

Dhanusha Gokulan (Principal Correspondent)/Dubai Filed on March 25, 2021

Symphony TV’s Voice of Symphony UAE 2021 is backed by the Malayalam superstar.

Popular reality TV talent show Voice of Symphony UAE is back - but this time it will be online owing to Covid-19 restrictions.

Superstar Mohanlal, who is a director at the Kerala-based media production house Symphony TV, launched the new season for high school students on January 1 in Thiruvananthapuram via video-conferencing. V Krishna Kumar, managing director and CEO of Symphony TV is the director of the show.

“To accommodate changes in the school calendar, rules set by the KHDA and Ministry of Education, and exam schedules due to Covid-19, organisers will be accepting entries and original video recordings of the preliminary round duly attested by the school authorities until March 28,” stated Kumar.

“Given the Covid-19 situation, Voice of Symphony - UAE 2021 has been devised as a completely pandemic-complaint, fully online solo music competition for senior school students from grades 9 to 12,” Kumar added.

He said the competition will be held in two stages: preliminary and finals. “There will be independent competitions for Eastern and Western music. Each school can have two separate teams of two participants each (male or female) for Eastern and Western music independently, which means each school can have up to four participants (two male and two female singers) respectively,” stated Kumar.

Students participating in the Eastern music category can sing Indian classical, Arabic, or any other form of traditional music, including film songs. “Western music singers can look at liberal, generic-style options,” he added.

Voice of Symphony is a solo competition and each of the four participants from the school will perform individually in each round. “They will also be judged individually on their performance. An independent, professional jury will evaluate the performances and decide the preliminary and final round winners,” said Kumar. Participation is limited to only 100 schools during the preliminary round.

The finals will be held in May 2021 and winners will be felicitated at a star-studded grand gala award ceremony later in the year.

A few house-keeping rules:

In view of Covid-19 restrictions, schools are allowed, in good faith, to shoot and send video recordings of participants

Schools should observe all UAE government protocols

Videos should be recorded at the respective schools itself by their own school team supervised and certified by the head of the institutions based on guidelines provided by organisers.


Dhanusha Gokulan

Originally from India, Dhanusha Gokulan has been working as a journalist for 10 years. She has a keen interest in writing about issues that plague the common person and will never turn down a human interest story. She completed her Bachelor in Arts in Journalism, Economics and English Literature from Mangalore University in 2008. In her spare time, she dabbles with some singing/songwriting, loves travelling and Audible is her favourite mobile application. Tweet at her @wordjunkie88

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