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Singers queue up for fame crown
- Another talent hunt floated on TV

Jamshedpur, May 5: The phenomenal success of idols Abhijeet Sawant and Amit Sana has been inspiration enough for the budding singers of the city to pack their bags for the first round of auditions of Fame Gurukul ' a nation-wide hunt for the next super-singer.

The auditions are slated to be held in Calcutta tomorrow. The contest is being organised on the lines of the recently concluded Indian Idol, where the winner in the final knock-out rounds was made through public voting.

This national level competition is organised by Sony Entertainment Television and offers a cash award of Rs 1 crore and an opportunity to make a music album.

Sankalita, a student of Loyola School and a participant in the contest, dreams of making it big. She is one in a breed of many who view such contests as the passport to stardom.

From those professionally trained, to the proverbial bathroom singers, all wish to tread the path of success through these contests.

Nikhil Sahay, a first year college student and an ardent Kishore Kumar fan, said, 'I feel such contests provide aspiring singers with a platform to fulfil their potential.'

For Anirban Chanda, a final-year student of Karim City College and a trained classical singer, preparations for the music jamboree has started through endless practice sessions.

The veteran musicians, though, are unwilling to give these talent hunts their nod of approval.

'The procedure is faulty. The contestants do not get enough time to prove their mettle,' said Ajay Sen Choudhury, who runs the music school Surankan.

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