Asianet Plus programming stresses on music genre

MUMBAI: The newly launched Asianet channel targeting the youth, Asianet Plus, has devoted a major chunk of its programming to music-related shows. The shows range from classical to the latest western albums.

After music, the programming space has been devoted to movies, education and career, comedy, kids and talent hunt. Mobile-based interactivity is an integral part of some the Asianet Plus shows.

Nadamadhuri is a compilation of vocal / instrumental classical music comprising of performances of established musicians as well as the upcoming g generation. Classics is a compilation of popular melodies of yesteryears from the black & white era.

The interactive show Connect Plus gives the viewer an opportunity to be the VJ of the show. Songs can be requested through SMS or making a call through the viewer's mobile phone to the short code. Then we have the show Heartbeats which offers the latest collection of movie songs. Musical Chair is an intercollegiate musical quiz competition hosted by Nadirsha and Veemol.

The show Popcorn, anchored by film personality cum singer Sayanora Philip showcases Tamil and Hindi film songs along with Indipop albums. Nostalgic songs are included in the section Hrudayaragam. The show airs melodies of '70s and '80s.

VJ Sonia presents the popular fast numbers from Malayalam movies in the show Music Mania. Another anchor-based show Half Time is an interactive show where viewers can dedicate songs to their loved ones through emails and calls. Then we have Chartbusters presenting the latest hit songs while Mist is a compilation of albums.

The Big Band offers fusion music and Dreams attempts to re-create the magic of the popular songs. Popular Malayalam film director Lal Jose dons the role of a judge for the dance show Jhanak Jhanak. The first girl band from Kerala, Koyl, presents a weekly show in the channel. The popular songs written and sung by Malayalam actor Kalabhavan Mani feature in the programme Mani, Mani, Mani. Ace Malayalam playback singer Jyotsna anchors a show Rhythm in the channel.

Some of the non-musical programmes include Reaching Out which is a counselling show for teenagers. Career Plus offers valuable tips careers, etiquettes and customs, exams and interviews. Dangerous Boys is a version of the MTV Bakra show. FTQ, a popular interactive quiz programme which Asianet used to telecast, makes a comeback in Asianet Plus.

Style Guru offers an insight into the latest fashion and grooming trends. Then we have ace comedian Kalabhavan Nawas making a comeback on the small screen with the show Peridaatha Programme.

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