Press Esc to close

Tapping into a pool of talent

July 2, 2013, DHNS 19:00 IST

Musical Passion

talented: Kalpana singing for KJ Subz.
As part of the ‘World Music Fest’ celebrations, the Singing Nakshatra competition was recently held at Orion Mall. The day-long event, hosted by Karaoke Jockey (KJ) Subz, saw participants competing in several rounds, hoping to make their way to the finals.

The competition was open to anyone over the age of 15 and permitted songs in Hindi, English or Kannada. Interestingly, almost all the singers opted for Hindi songs, with only a few takers for the other two languages. The rules were simple — the competition had two rounds: the speedy auditions that comprised eliminations and preliminaries, followed by the finals with the karaoke performance.

“I’m looking for two kinds of people — those who are cardiologically young and the chronologically young. Regardless of the contestant’s age or what song he or she chooses, it needs to be a dynamic performance. The criteria for judging are originality, creativity, personality and audience interaction,” explains KJ Subz. He adds, “There are a lot of people waiting for such events to happen just so that they can showcase their talent to the world. They have a lot of passion for music. Even if they don’t win, they will stay in the mall till the end of the programme. They aren’t here just for their songs.”

People of all ages attended with great enthusiasm, doing their best to go home with some recognition and prizes. The songs performed included recent Bollywood hits, songs from the yesteryears and even Jagjit Singh ‘ghazals’ among others.

“There was no pressure on the contestants and it was a good experience. I usually sing in small groups and this is the first time I’m singing in public to strangers,” says Ganesh Nair, who sang Kishore Kumar’s ‘Mere Naina Sawan Bhado’. “I enjoyed this because I was comfortable with the song,” he adds.

The keenness to participate reflects in the fact that there were many advance registrations as well as spot registrations through the day. “I registered a week in advance. My friend has heard me sing and we decided to take part for fun. It was a little dramatic because I almost got eliminated in the semi-finals. The competition was tough but I made it and victory feels really sweet,” says Kalpana, who emerged the winner.

Go to Top

More from this section
Most trending stories
Photo Gallery
Bollywood Actress Kareena Kapoor Khan,Director Rakesh Omprakash Mehra,Minister Roshan Baig...

Bollywood Actress Kareena Kapoor Khan,Director Rakesh Omprakash Mehra,Minister Roshan Baig...

Dancers perform during the inauguration of the 10th Bengaluru International Film Festival...

Dancers perform during the inauguration of the 10th Bengaluru International Film Festival...

Carolina Kostner of Italy performs during the women's free figure skating final in the...

Carolina Kostner of Italy performs during the women's free figure skating final in the...

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with his Canadian counterpart Justin Trudeau, First Lady...

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with his Canadian counterpart Justin Trudeau, First Lady...

Russian athlete Ivan Telegin (7) skates with the puck against Jakub Nakladal (87)...

Russian athlete Ivan Telegin (7) skates with the puck against Jakub Nakladal (87)...

A motorcycle rider performs stunts at the 'Hamburg Motor Days' fair in Hamburg, Germany...

A motorcycle rider performs stunts at the 'Hamburg Motor Days' fair in Hamburg, Germany...

Tourists ride on horses after snowfall at Anjni Mahadev near Manali on Friday...

Tourists ride on horses after snowfall at Anjni Mahadev near Manali on Friday...

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau signs the visitor's book as his son Hadrien looks on...

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau signs the visitor's book as his son Hadrien looks on...

The Swedish team celebrates their gold medal after the venue ceremony at the men's...

The Swedish team celebrates their gold medal after the venue ceremony at the men's...

Rajasthani folk artists perform at historical Govind Dev Ji temple during the 'Fag Mahotsav'...

Rajasthani folk artists perform at historical Govind Dev Ji temple during the 'Fag Mahotsav'...

Like us on Facebook

Copyright 2017, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bengaluru - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523
Powered by Yodasoft Technologies Pvt. Ltd.