AirTel Super (Sothappal) Singer


Had been watching the AirTel Super Singer contest from the New Year. Though I do not follow it every day, i do see it many a times. Recently the anchor is changed from Chinmayi to Malini & Yugendran. The effect is visible seen in the telecasts. Chinmayi was doing a decent job, at least we did not search for the remote once she was on the screen. I was thinking it would be a temporary arrangement, but came to know from her blog, that she has permanently signed off from Super Singer.

Regarding the new hostess, I must stay she is not impressive at all.  The way she pronounces Paadal and many other words, kodumai da saami. And has script writer also left the show along with chinmayi? Malini just seems to be delivering on the spot – repetition of the same words, no meaningful content and irritating tamil accent.  You cannot find much of fault with yugendran as he simply holds the mike many a times.

Yesterday’s program was worse since Vijay was trying to cross sell it’s new serial – Roja koottam. For every singer who gets selected on the spot, they were given a rose bouquet and was presented by a actoress from that serial, fair enough. But why should they term it as “Roja koottam” it was ill-fitting in the whole scenario and worse ever it did not even sound pleasant to the ears. But one needs to admit that this reality singer show is much better in the quality of the singers than its competitors. I hope they save the program if not for the new anchors.


Sonu Niigaam & Benny Dayal at Saarang ’09


It was a great miracle that we got the tickets for the show at the last minute, but need to admit that the show did not turn itself into a miraculous one. We were 30 minutes late, but sonu niigaam had not taken the stage till then. Not sure who was singing as the time filler, but she was doing a decent job. First impression on listening to her was that, her voice was not heard properly! The music was so loud and was dominating her. poor thing…

Then was the time for Sonu’s entry. He came in, the good thing was he found the imbalance in the music instantly and to increase his mike voice. Good! we came to hear his voice after all. He asked them to set it right… And removed the monitors from the stage giving a hand himself. He apologized and started the show again. But the speaker arrangement was bad till the end, he couldn’t be asking them to adjust it every time. It failed to create the magic that usually engulfs the listener, especially when we are hearing to a live show, in a open air theater – that too performed by a very talented singer.

Sonu did a very entertaining and a charming performance, but his selection of songs did not suit our crowd. Most of the songs he sung, the audience were hearing it for the first time. Except for Rang De Basanti, and Soniyae, Nach le, every thing else were unknown ones. I was thinking that, probably i have not heard to these songs, but later came to know from the general feedback, that I was not only one to have felt so. The end result could have been much better if there was a powerful female singer who could have paired with him for duets, some nice melodies and his all time hits. Sonu was active on stage moving here and there, did some good dancing, and the finishing touch for every song with increased tempo which was great. There were two powercuts and other interruptions disturbing his performance. He left the stage around 10 with a simple namasthe and stepped down. You could have done that better sonu!

Next was Benny dayal on stage. He started with the Dil Se Re congratulating AR for his Golden Globe and went on to sing tamil numbers. The speakers and balance of the instruments were much better this time. But the sad part was many people started to leave once time ticked 10.30. People were shouting for Pappu can’t dance, and he sang it, but guess what… with the karoke bg. That was bad, we did not come this far to hear him sing with karoke and same was with “taxi taxi”. Even Benny was doing a good job dancing, moving to the ends and dancing, and he was sweating so much towards the end. Unlike Sonu, he had few nice duets from ATM and Vaaranam Aayiram. People wanted him to sing more songs and he was eager too, but there was no time 😦

Popular Nite at Saarang – People who missed it, do not feel so much it was not a lifetime chance and experience. And if you had been there, Ok it was not that bad that you regret the decision. But surely the IIT people need to set their speakers right, so that they do not disappoint the crowd every time.


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Akhil and I have lots of plans for December and January.

  • Listening to a katcheri
  • Exhibition
  • Circus
  • Chennai Sangamam
  • Book Fair

We went to Nithyasri Mahadevan’s katcheri in music academy during the music season.  That was akhil’s first ever visit to a katcheri. He couldn’t sit more than 20 minutes which was very much understandable and the tiffen at the canteen was good too. The canteen had a speaker which did a wonderful job – vayirrukkum sevikkum ore idathil unavu 🙂

Akhil got hurt a little in his leg and was not able to walk for a week. And I was telling him this list every time and said that you get all right and walk fast, we can go to exhibition, circus, sangamam and book fair. Every time, i miss a event, and he would be sharp to tell the missed event.  Next tick is for chennai sangamam, and akhil went to palavakkam grounds yesterday, and today is the turn for events at besant nagar beach.

Book fair should come on its way by this weekend, followed by exhibition and circus 🙂 Come on, what else can be more exciting for a 3 year old child than hang out at these not to miss seasonal events?