MUMBAI: The first ever music reality show in Malayalam television which set the trend in 2006 is back in a new avatar from Aug 4 (Mon-Thu 8:30-9:30 pm) on Amrita TV. The show re-enters the TV programme circuit after a gap and hence is eagerly awaited for its next season as it is identified as a top-class music competition for music wannabes.
The twenty final contestants were selected after a rigorous set of auditions across four centres in Kerala followed by a gruelling final audition at Amrita TV studios in Trivandrum. The final selected contestants who are in the 16-25 age group comprise 13 girls and 7 boys including two techies working in Infosys, another a lecturer and the rest consist of students.
The jury panel is embedded with a galaxy of talent which includes veteran music director Sharreth who has composed for scores of Malayalam, Tamil,Telugu movies and has won Filmfare’s Best Music Director Award (2009), State Awards for best music (2009,2011); music composer cum playback singer and guitarist, Alphons Joseph who has sung for A.R.Rahman and is also part of ARR’s world tour troupe He is the founder of Rex Band and has passed out from the Trinity School of Music. Accompanying them on the jury panel is young playback singer Mahathi who has sung for Malayalam,Tamil,Telugu,Kannada and Punjabi movies and started her playback with maestro Ilayaraja ,besides singing for ARR ,Harris Jayaraj, Karthik Raj, etc. She has sung over 700 songs and has won State Award in 2008.
The captivating set that tunes in to just the right ambience for the musical contest in the foreground, also hosts professional dance troupes that provide visual accompaniment to the melody, dancing in harmonious mode to the lilts and tempos of the contestants.