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Singing to win

The final round of the Jo Jeeta Wohi Singer held recently found the winner, who would be given a break on albums and productions.


PLAYBACK MAESTROS: Janaki and S.P. Sailaja.

MOST OF the time, singing is a hobby restricted to school competitions and official gatherings.

But some make it to a fulfilling career. "I'm feeling happy and pass on the credit to my friends for choosing the songs for me," says V. Parthasarthy, winner of the Jo Jeeta Wohi Singer finals held at Hari Hara Kala Bhavan on July 20.

A student of graduation, and of classical music under the guidance of Neti Srirama Sharma, Parthasarthy intends to go for the playbacks on celluloid, having S.P.Balasubrahmanyam as his role model.

With maestros Janaki as the guest, Mano and S.P. Sailaja as the judges testing the 14 finalists in the sruti and taal, organisers AVA Associates offered the young participants a platform to showcase their talent and make way into professional realm as singers. "We are looking at Hindustani music and the show is about scouting for hidden talent," says Ashwini, managing partner, AVA Associates.

The runner up Puja Gopalan -- an Intermediate 2nd year student did a remarkable rendition of Bhini bhini bhor followed by Shibani Das respectively.

The evening saw numbers of Kishore Kumar, Mohd Rafi and Yesudas sung with the accompaniment led by Suryakant Bhatt who has performed with Anup Jalota and Sonu Nigam.


WINNING TRIO: Parthasarthy, Puja Gopalan and Shibani Das.

"We intend to have concerts featuring jugalbandi and more across the country apart from making the Jo Jeeta Wohi Singer event an annual one," observes Ashwini.

As for the winners they would be given a break at working with production houses.

"Also they would feature on albums with noted singers with their tracks," adds partner Vishwanathan V.

For those who have missed the recent Jo Jeeta Wohi Singer, look out for the event the next time around.

S.F.

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