'Sa Re Ga Ma Pa 2012' returns with new twists

New Delhi, Sep 12 (IANS) The new season of music reality show "Sa Re Ga Ma Pa" will be new in more ways than one -- old songs will get a contemporary twist, audience involvement will increase via the web and in a unique addition, "Indian Ocean" fame Rahul Ram has joined the show's judging panel.

The upcoming season, starting on Zee TV Sep 29, will be one with a bagful of surprises, promise composer duo Sajid-Wajid, who will return as judges after the last season, aired in 2010.

"We wanted to sit back and research how we can bring in new things and make a difference this time," explained Sajid, who, along with his brother Wajid, was on the judges' panel in the last season too.

"There are a lot of music reality shows nowadays. So we wanted to do something that you won't see in any other show. It will be a very fresh experience, very youthful and it will have a new generation of creativity," he added.

Positioning it as "India knows its music", "Sa Re Ga Ma Pa 2012" aims at viewer engagement in a bigger and a better way.

Auditions for the show, which has regaled music aficionados since 1995, have been held across 12 Indian cities over three months. Over 100,000 aspirants tried their luck, according to the channel.

It will have one surprise judge, whose name will be unveiled in a few days.

It's quite a surprise in itself to see Rahul Ram, bass guitarist and lead vocalist of Indian Ocean, in a truly Bollywood show like "Sa Re Ga Ma Pa 2012".

Asked about it, he said: "There is a lot of music that is not just Bollywood nowadays and Indian Ocean is a representation of that different kind of music. These guys wanted me to bring some contemporary changes to the show, so that's how I came into the picture."

"We want contestants to give their own twists to songs, and not just sing songs the way they have been sung since they were composed. We want to see what new they can bring to the stage," he added.

The judges are confident the show, like always, will serve as a platform for hidden talent. But they don't guarantee that winning the show will take the contestant places.

Luck and focus, they say, plays a big role.

--

Did you know that you can get stories like this on the Yahoo mail app?
Download it here.

Latest News

  • Kim Kardashian pledges support for stepfather Bruce Jenner

    Reality television star Kim Kardashian pledged her full support on Monday for her stepfather, Olympic gold medalist Bruce Jenner, who said last week that he identifies as a woman. Kardashian, 34, spoke out for the first time about her stepfather in an interview on NBC's "Today" show with Matt Lauer saying what is most important to her and her family is that Jenner is happy. "As long as he happy, and he wants to live his life, however he wants to live it, that just makes me happy, and I …

  • Singer Amy Winehouse's father says new biopic misleading
    Singer Amy Winehouse's father says new biopic misleading

    By Rollo Ross and Marie-Louise Gumuchian LONDON (Reuters) - A new film about the late British singer Amy Winehouse is misleading, her father said on Monday, and the family of the six-time Grammy Award winner was disassociating itself from the production. Mitch Winehouse said he was not happy with the way the makers of "AMY", which will screened at the Cannes Film Festival next month, had portrayed him. The film was directed by Asif Kapadia, who won a BAFTA for his documentary "Senna" on the …

  • Verizon says CBS Sports Network will be available on 'Custom TV'

    Verizon Communications said on Monday that content from CBS Corp's Sports Network will be available on its new pay TV offering starting May 1. CBS Sports Network has joined Verizon FiOS's new Custom TV lineup under its sports package, a Verizon spokesman told Reuters. This announcement comes as another sports content provider ESPN, a division of Walt Disney Co, filed a suit against Verizon seeking damages for violating its agreement. Since Verizon unveiled its cheaper, slimmer pay-TV plan on …

  • Russia's Bolshoi corrects oversight, mounts Mozart 'Figaro'

    By Olga Petrova MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's Bolshoi theatre has a chequered history with Mozart's ever-popular 1786 opera "Le Nozze di Figaro" (The Marriage of Figaro), having not presented any version of it until 1926. Now the company presents a new staging by director Evgeny Pisarev that is intended to accent the opera's lyricism with a cast of mostly young singers, conducted by British maestro William Lacey. "I am not going to present any radical concepts about how everyone misunderstood …

  • Walt Disney's ESPN sues Verizon for breach of contract
    Walt Disney's ESPN sues Verizon for breach of contract

    (Reuters) - Walt Disney Co's sports network, ESPN, has sued Verizon Communications Inc over an alleged breach in contract, a court filing showed on Monday. The breach in contract relates to Verizon's new cable plan, which allows FiOS customers to choose a smaller bundle of channels every month, CNBC reported. ESPN is seeking damages and to stop Verizon from "unfairly depriving" it of "the benefits of its bargain", according to the court filing. Verizon was not immediately available for comment. …

  • Designer Westwood carries mutilated 'baby' in anti-fracking campaign

    British fashion designer Vivienne Westwood took to the streets of London on Monday cradling a "fracked baby of the future" in her latest show of opposition to hydraulic fracturing. The 74-year-old, known for her environmental campaigning as well as her bold designs, held a doll covered in bloodstains and with a missing hand, which campaign group Talk Fracking called a "limbless, radiation-scabbed 'Fracked Baby of the Future'". …

  • Architect Gehry to design opera set for Berlin's Staatsoper

    (Reuters) - The American architect Frank Gehry will be the stage designer of a new production of the Christoph Gluck opera "Orfeo ed Euridice" for Berlin's Staatsoper, the company announced on Monday in unveiling its 2015-2016 season. Daniel Barenboim, the Staatsoper's music director, and Juergen Flimm, its general manager, also announced a new production of Richard Wagner's "Die Meistersinger von Nuernberg" will be the season opener on Oct 3, with Barenboim conducting his 20th Wagner …

  • Movie star Salma Hayek explores Lebanese roots with film of The Prophet
    Movie star Salma Hayek explores Lebanese roots with film of The Prophet

    By Sylvia Westall BEIRUT (Reuters) - Movie star Salma Hayek said on Monday her new film The Prophet was a labour of love that helped her explore her relationship with her late Lebanese grandfather who adored the book that inspired it. The animated film, which draws on the 1923 book by Lebanese-born writer Kahlil Gibran, tells the story of Almitra, a headstrong girl who forms a friendship with the imprisoned poet Mustafa, voiced by actor Liam Neeson. Mexican-American actress Hayek co-produced …

Video watch

Loading...