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She sings like a superstar

Balangir, Sept. 3: She is shy and looks intimidated. But when it comes to singing, her panache and confident rendition leaves everybody spellbound.

Meet Balangir’s 22-year-old Sniti Mishra, who has made every Oriya proud by entering the finals of the popular TV reality show Sa Re Ga Ma Pa: Singing Superstar.

With her scintillating performance at the Kolkata audition, she floored the judges and the crowd with Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan’s Mora saiyan to hain pardes.

The rendition saw her through to the Mumbai audition. The judges were so impressed by Sniti’s singing that they came over to the stage to congratulate her.

In the mega audition in Mumbai, Sniti serenaded the soulful track Hume tumse pyar kitna in her unique style that impressed the judges insta ntly. During the mega audition she received a very encouraging feedback from Sajid, one of the judges in the show. “A little training can make Sniti Mishra one of the toughest contestant of this show,” Sajid said.

Sniti is well trained in classical music and has been learning Hindustani vocal from Guru Raghunath Sahu for the last 10 years.

“She was barely two-years-old when she started to sing and we saw that she was quite good at it. At the age of 12, she starting taking classical music lessons from Guru Raghunath Sahu. Since then she has been learning classical vocal from him,” said Sniti’s mother Sabitanjali Udgata.

Sniti holds the degree of Sangeet Visharad in Hindustani vocal from Gandharva institute in Pune.

“She was so keen to learn classical from her guru that when he shifted to Bhubaneswar, she followed him even there. She is keen on making a career in playback singing,” said Sniti’s mother. She added that Sniti was getting every possible support from her family members and neighbours.

“She can sing all kind of songs. She was asked to do a Sunidhi Chouhan number during the Kolkata audition, which she did successfully. We feel that she will definitely be among the top five contestants and if everything goes well, she could win and become the Singing Superstar! The public voting will also matter a lot,” said her mother who accompanied her to the Kolkata auditions.

Guru Raghunath Sahu is all praises for his disciple. “What holds the key to her success is her sincerity. She is too quick at learning things and is never tired of doing riyaz regularly. I am proud that one of my disciples has made it to the finals of such a popular TV reality show. She will definitely make it to one of the top positions,” he said.

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