| The five toppers of the talent hunt in Patna on Tuesday. Picture by Ranjeet Kumar Dey |
Five shortlisted finalists of a music concert-cum-talent hunt will fight it out in a battle of melodies to share stage with popular Bollywood singer Sunidhi Chauhan.
On Wednesday, Sunidhi will judge the finalists and announce the winner of the talent hunt being organised by a telecom service provider at Gandhi Maidan.
Sixty participants fought it out in solo vocalist, duo vocalist, and instrumentalist categories in the Patna auditions. Of them, Kunal Kishore, Ravi Kumar Gupta, Snehashish Das Roy, Shlok Lal and Ritesh Jha have made it to the final from Patna. These finalists will come together to showcase their talents at the concert.
A team of four judges with extensive knowledge of music and experience screened all the entries received for the talent hunt and shortlisted 60 in Patna. A panel of local music academicians and popular music personalities further screened the 60 and compiled the Top 5 finalists. These five will be groomed and prepared for the final round.
Speaking about the initiative, Sunidhi Chauhan, said: “It feels great to be back on the stage after eight years. It has always been a pleasure to be associated with this rocking musical event. It not only gives me a platform to connect with my fans but also enables me to contribute to the cause of music promotion in India by identifying and grooming the untapped, young musical talent across the country.”
The finalists are on cloud nine. Sharing his anxiety with The Telegraph, Kunal Kishore, a student of AN College and one of the finalists, said: “I am in the grooming section now. A song has been selected for each of us. I have listened to each of the finalists. All of them are quite good. I will try to give my cent per cent. After all, it’s about performing with Sunidhi Chauhan.”
Snehashish Das Roy, a Class XII student of St Dominic Savio’s School, is set for the finals. “I am bit tensed. My parents have a lot of expectations from me. My lifetime dream was to meet Sunidhi Chauhan but now, if I win, I will get the chance to share stage with her. I am enthralled,” said Roy.
Shloke Lal, a businessman for whom music has always been there in his life, is ready to give music a chance. “I am trying to concentrate on the song and the tunes. I am not thinking of the results. Of course, no one will miss out on a chance to share stage with Sunidhi. But the more I think of the result, the more I will get tensed. I think making it to the Top 5 is a great achievement. Hope it will change my life.”
“Idea has always promoted young talent in Patna and it gives me immense pleasure to announce the finalists of the Idea Rocks India in Patna. It is heartening to witness the extent of talent that the city holds. I hope that Idea Rocks India will prove to be a platform for these finalists in realising bigger dreams and shining brightly on the stage with Sunidhi,” said Monishi Ghosh, chief operating officer, Bihar and Jharkhand, Idea Cellular, which has organised the event.