Sunday, August 3, 2008

Saregama - 1998 Mega Final

Sonu Nigam - the current No.1 playback singer participated in Zee TV's Antakshari programme as a participant. He was a small boy of 18 or 19 years of age and was mimicking Kishore and Rafi's voice in that show itself! This programme was produced by Gajendra Singh and I think it ran for more than 12-13 years. Annu Kapoor who was the anchor became very famous through this programme. Our whole family loves music and we used to watch it regularly on Friday nights.

Then, Gajendra Singh produced this programme 'saregama' (I feel like writing TVS saregama - TVS was the sponsor and it feels odd to just say 'saregama!) and Sonu Nigam was the anchor. Youngsters who were proficient in classical and film music were selected and were given this platform to prove themselves. One segment had 13 episodes. The judges were prominent singers, music directors, classical singers etc. The quality of the singers was extremely good. I think after some 16 segments or something, 'Mega Final' episode was made with the winners of these segments. Many famous music directors and singers and classical singers participated as judges and I feel it was the golden period of music by Gajendra Singh. We can see Naushad, Anil Biswas, Kalyanji(of Kalyanji Anandji)etc., who are no more. We can see Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma, Ustaad Zakir Hussain, Pandit Ramnarayanji and many more stalwarts. We are still nostalgic about those episodes!

We had been looking in stores for the cd/dvd's of these episodes, but couldn't find. Does anyone know if they are available in the market?

I came across some songs of the 'Mega Final' of 'saregama' and you can see the quality of the show. You too enjoy like we did.

Sonu Nigam is singing here with the contestants. Ameya Date is singing in concerts everywhere. Bela was very good. Parthiv was the best. Sonu Nigam was conducting very nicely. He is completely different here, hair style etc.! We admired him a lot in these episodes. Very very polite Sonu!

2 comments :

Swaram said...

He is such a nice singer alva Sandhya :)

Sandhya said...

Swaram: He is a gifted singer. Today morning I heard Rafi singing an old song and for a second I thought, it was Sonu!

You are the first commentor everywhere in most of my posts, now, Swaram! Thank you so much for taking time to read my posts!

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