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In search of Aawaz Punjab Di



REALITY BYTE: Hans Raj Hans is one of the judges for the MH1 show, "Aawaz Punjab Di"

So, talent hunt has crept into regional channel too! MH1, the 24-hour music and entertainment Punjabi channel, has just launched a music talent hunt programme Aawaz Punjab Di, aimed at "creating a platform" for aspiring singers in the language. After the initial rounds of contests in Chandigarh, Amritsar, Ludhiana and Delhi, the grand finale will be held in Jalandhar where two winners, one male and one female singer, will be selected as the `Voice of Punjab' and would get album contracts worth Rs. one-crore from Lara Music.

The Delhi audition of Aawaz Punjab Di was held at Shah Auditorium, Rajpur Road, this past week.

Says Mahinder Bathla, Chairman and Managing Director, MH1, "The programme is our sincere effort to search for the voices of Punjab through an unique platform where the contestants will be judged by both the esteemed jury members and the people of our country. It is also our utmost endeavour to provide an equal opportunity to all the contestants and help them in building a successful career."

Hans, Jaspinder, Sachin

Jury member Sachin Ahuja, says, "To judge a good singer on the parameters of quality of voice, knowledge of music, ability to carry a time and presentation is really a very tough job." The jury consists of three stalwarts of Punjabi music - Hans Raj Hans, Jaspinder Narula and Ahuja.

Hans, an established name in Punjabi folklore and Sufi songs, adds, "Aawaj Punjab Di is the best step forward in identifying, grooming and building a true gemstone in the immensely gifted Punjabi music fraternity. This mega contest has been conceptualised keeping in mind all the necessary ingredients required to become a good singer." Jaspinder Narula of `Akhiyon Se Goli Maare' and `Bumbroo' fame is of the opinion that, "most contestants are raw, lacking in taal, the very basis of music."

"So we have to rely on sur. Besides, feelings, expression and creativity of a candidate should be kept in mind," she says.

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