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    The stage is hers

    Shibani Dandekar is back on TV with an English music reality show

    Shibani Dandekar has hostedA�many shows in the past seven years, but her stint with the new show a�� The Stage a�� in her words, a�? is groundbreakinga�?. A trained singer, Dandekar will also get the chance to sing on the show, so for her, ita��s clearly not work. Whata��s even better is that the this show is looking for the best of English music talent, making it Indiaa��s first home-grown English music reality show. The first episode one saw see her introduce 20 contestants, and the jury a�� composer-guitarist Ehsaan Noorani, singer-music producer Vishal Dadlani, electronic musician Monica Dogra and Devraj Sanyal, MD and CEO of Universal Music Group (South Asia).

    a�?We found English musicians in the parts of country that you would not think of a�� Varanasi for example! They are such passionate kids. Yatharth Ratnam, at 18 years, is the youngest; I didna��t even have the brain power to do something like this at 18. Ita��s amazing see youngsters take on challenges, learn and grow,a�? says Dandekar. And she loves the format too! a�?Only judges get to vote. If you are good, youa��re good, and if youa��re not a�� you need to fix it,a�? she adds. Whoa��s the funniest? a�?Vishal! Sometimes he can be that Pentagram rocker, tough with words, and sometimes he can be a softie. Other times, he is fooling around. Ehsaan wants to make sure everybody is pitch-perfect. Monica wants you to perform from heart. And, Devraj is looking at things from the record label kind-of-vision,a�? she explains. Incidentally, the show has a Bengaluru-based contestant, Abhijit Gupta who runs a travel agency in the city.

    On Colours Infinity. 9pm.
    On Saturday and Sunday.
    a��Barkha Kumari


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