This weekend surely was one of the most electrifying musical weekends!! Be it for absolutely outstanding performances in either shows or the nerve wrecking tension faced by the viewers, frustration or exhilarated jubilations or the controversies surrounding Amit Paul's return, the week was definitely an emotional rollercoaster ride! While some cheered, some were left in despair. But musically, it was a gratifying week!
SVOI Chhote Ustaad ruled this week’s musical time. The two talented girls – Aishwarya and Anvesha, gave one brilliant performance after another and clean bowled the crowd. If Aishwarya had touched the heart of the Kolkata crowd with a beautiful rendition of a Bengali song, this week it was Anvesha’s turn, who sang a flawless Gujarati song and endeared the crowd of Ahmedabad!
The Grand Finale on Saturday was a grand affair, celebrity studded and the jewel in the crown was Amitabh Bachchan. There were some outstanding performances by the two finalists, and the other performers. Some of the performances of the two A’s really stood out. The retro dedication was beautiful but some of the new popular numbers was not as pleasing. The show stealer of the day definitely was Anvesha with her “Ami je tomar rendition”. The show though grand, had a few flaws as well. The two hosts – Abhaas and Shaan, went overboard many a times with their exaggerated expressions. The editing team did not match up to the occasion resulting in eye catching faux pas especially in the beginning when Abhaas announced for the AV to show the reaction of the other Chhote Ustaads and Shaan agreed that it was indeed confusing hearing them, but the fact is that AV was never shown! The end was abrupt, the anchors forgot to mention about the awards won or even the votes count. Repeated use of “Aath dus ka difference”, that figure of speech was indeed mistimed and it caused more controversy than consolation.
In K for Kishore, this week the theme was “Dard Se Disco Tak”, a tough challenge set to judge the versatility of the top 5 and they all gave some brilliant performances. The new introduction style of the participants with their own composition was indeed entertaining. The performance by Amit Kumar and Sudesh Bhosle was also very entertaining. This week the show format has changed again. Does the show have a fixed format at all or does it evolve as things progress? Handling the mike by the contestant gives an impression that maybe the songs are prerecorded and what we see on stage is only lip-sync. Amit Paul has been shrouded in controversy from the time he set foot and the episode ended again on a suspense – whether Amit Paul should be allowed to be a part of the contest or not. This time Amit Kumar and Sudesh Bhosle’s comments hold some weight. How many times should a participant be given a chance? Is that not unfair to those who are also unwell and yet have to face the challenge?
SVOI show had many technical and TRP related shortcomings, but it has definitely produced two very talented singers who have walked away with the Winner and the first runner up titles of Chhote Ustaad. On the whole, a very happening musical week – the winner this week was definitely music.
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