Kolkata, 30th June' 2011 ' His voice is the kind that touches souls and invokes many undiscovered adrenalin. The man who shot to fame with the popular number, ' Allah ke Bande', is here in Kolkata today in capacity of a Guru and Mentor of li'l kids of the Number 1 singing reality show on Indian Television - Hero Honda Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Li'l Champs. Kailash Kher, along with 2 most promising Li'l Champs is here in Kolkata today to meet their ardent fans and seek viewers support.
Going by the tremendous response and encouragement that has come from Kolkata, contestants Niladri Chatterjee, Salman Ali and Guru Kailash Kher are very thankful to the audience of Kolkata who have always supported pure singing and have adored Sa Re Ga Ma Pa as a brand. Singing is huge in every nook and corner in India and this has been proved time and again with the talent pool that Sa Re Ga Ma Pa has discovered in every edition of the show. The show is a complete entertainment package which showcases some amazing singing talent from small towns of India.
Li'l Champs is a 13 week series this time and is anchored by popular actor and heartthrob of millions of girls, Jay Soni. Apart from Kailash Kher, the other judges on the show are - accomplished singer and concert pianist, Adnan Sami and popular Bollywood playback singer, Javed Ali. Alka Yagnik is the Mahaguru on the show. Together, all these stalwarts of music guide the young singers to showcase their prowess with the seven notes of music and bring the nation's best singing talent to the fore.
Contestants' profiles '
Name- Niladri Chatterjee, 11 years old
Ever smiling and very serious about his singing, Niladri is a true Bengali in every sense of the word. He is very competitive in nature and other than singing, is extremely passionate about cricket. He does his riyaaz 4 hours a day everyday. Currently, in the show, Niladri is facing difficulty with his Bengali accent. But he hopes to get over it soon.
Name ' Salman Ali, 13 years old
He is the street smart kid whose USP is his confidence. And this confidence comes from his strong sense of rhythm and sur. He is very superstitious about his tabeez, which was given by a khwaja from Ajmer. He consciously stays away from girls and does not befriend them. Hailing from Haryana, apart from singing, Salman loves playing the table and the dholak.
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The popularity of Zee arises from its understanding of Indian culture and beliefs which are depicted in its programming. Realizing its strength in programming and the need for Indian entertainment in the overseas market, the company launched Zee TV in the UK / Europe (1995), the USA (1998), Africa (1998) and today is available across five continents.
Zee TVs programming delivers a variety of choices for all segments of the audience, including primetime drama series, television movies, theatrical films, specials and daytime dramas. Zee has always believed in bringing innovative programming to its viewers. The new positioning with the brand slogan 'Umeed Se Saje Zindagi' is about a celebration and vindication of a woman's emerging beliefs and a reflection of her changing hopes, dreams and optimism. Since its inception the channel has introduced ground-breaking programming like Just Ek Minute, Saapseedi, the popular game shows, Tara, Banegi Apni Baat, Antakshari and blockbuster programming like Sa Re Ga Ma, Dastaan, Chattan, Hasratein and Sailaab. All these programmes proved to be major successes with local audiences and were bench marks in their times. Other original programming includes Zee Horror Show, X-Zone, Saturday Suspense, Rishtey along with dramas like Amaanat, Ashirwaad, Basera, Koshish Ek Asha and Mehendi Tere Naam Ki.
Today the channel has a multi genre offering again and is living up to its image of being a socially conscious channel. With path breaking shows like Hasne aur Hasane Ka Tonic Ladies Special, Agle Janam Mohe Bitiya Hi Kijo, Aapki Antara, Pavitra Rishta, Shree, Maayka, Ghar ki Lakshmi Betiyann and Hero Honda Sa Re Ga Ma Pa L'il Champs, the channel has established icons such as Laali, Archana, Antara, Lakshmi and Saraswati to name a few. Zee TV also carries the proud tag of being the pioneer of the musical game show Sa Re Ga Ma Pa.