Zee Marathi – Finally some sense prevailed

Finally yesterday some sanity prevailed in Zee Marathi Saregamapa Little Champs with the declaration of all 5 little champs going to the mega finals. I was getting nervous and so was everyone in the family when we saw Arya going to number 2. Considering the percentage of SMSes she gets generally. I have been inactive for last quite a number of days primarily due to some personal problems. But I was getting lot of comments on both blogs (blogspot & wordpress). Now for all those Arya fans who are not voting using SMS as they do not want to pay the cellphone companies… here is the link to vote online. Go ahead and vote for free. Don’t just sit and wonder why she is not getting enough votes. I have enough comments on the blog to have a feeling that she is everyone’s favourite but then she needs votes as a proof.  पोरगी कितीही हुशार असली तरी परिक्षा पास व्हायला मार्क हवेतच का नाही? आर्यानी पेपर उत्तम लिहीलाय पण तपासल्यावर आपण गुण द्यायला विसरतोय.

To summarize my comments on last few weeks,

1. Arya is already our superstar. Reasons – sheer quality of singing, choice of songs, versatility, attitude to learn and excel. In fact the lesser number of votes was helping her excel. For her there is no scope for complacency as there was not much backing from judges till last few episodes, the vote count put her on edge making great singing as the only option and she stood up to that challenge. Bravo Arya! keep it going.

2. Prathamesh is not at his best. As AG pointed out, he is passing through the transition phase. He is becoming monotonous and suddenly sings shockingly exceptional songs like the koli song of yesterday. For me he is at number two purely because he has not shown much versatility and we are longing for more. Singing quality is of course top quality.

3. Two statements got my immediate agreement – first one coming from Avanti Patel. She said she would not have done same level of preparation in ten years had it not been for this competition. Very true and same would be case for all participants and it will definitely take them further in life. Second one from Vaishali which seems to be the root cause for yesterday’s decision. All the children are now friends with each other and singing together for so many days but everyone has kept his/her identity. That is simply unbelievable. Think about it. At such a small age when we are imitating everyone we like or find good, how do these children learn as well as not imitate? Off course they have great singers to follow the footsteps but still… I think this is a great attribute to gain and these children are really lucky.

4. I am still surprised how Rohit is getting so high marks. He is singing all sorts of songs and proving that he is jack of all trades but then he is master of none really. He has to focus on getting correct “sur” than focusing on expressions, and emotions. He made a good attempt at “ek chatur naar” but if you listen to the original song after or before his, you will notice that he was out of control in many places and just on sheer energy he pulled it. But that is not good enough at this stage. I hope he takes note of this and improves his singing. Yesterday Avadhoot showed him the real difference and after long time I heard a right comment from Avadhoot. Now that no one is getting eliminated, the pressure on judges to give prescribed comments will go away and we will get more true comments and suggestions.

5. Kartiki is getting unnecessary popularity. She is one-dimensional. She has the folk music in her blood but then she is not working on other aspects of singing. I wonder if she would be trying all Hridaynath and Khaleji’s songs in the finals. All this praise and popularity will make her a folk singer whereas the ease with which she sings she is capable of doing much much more.

6. Mugdha is the little baby and at her age, she is doing great. But this is a competition and she has many years to go in her childhood itself. From absolute singing view point, she has lot more to learn and I believe she is not a candidate to win this competition just yet. She will probably win in another 4-5 years eventually. Let her be the small child she is.

7. The comments I am seeing on the blog… I am unable to read the new lingo. What spellings man…. come on folks… spend some time on typing few more key strokes… better yet type in Marathi if possible but don’t convert the Latin script as phonetic. The script itself is too limited. Devnagari is much better.

10 thoughts on “Zee Marathi – Finally some sense prevailed”

  1. hey
    I like rohit so much. prathamesh was good b4 but his performance is collapsing day by day. i liked rohit coz i like new songs and i like the way he sings songs. Arya is better but she has a common voice. kartiki, mugdha has got unique voice which i think they will be golden when they grow up.

  2. Hi,

    Your comments and observations on the saregama little champs programme are really interesting.
    I regularly watch saregama little champs these days, and after each show check your blog for comments. Most of your thoughts about the show are quite similar to what we discuss at home after the show. I do think Arya is by far the best and she is on a much higher level compared to the rest of the participants. There is no doubt they are all really great singers, especially for their age, but Arya is the star !

  3. I completely agree with the comments… I think Arya and Prathamesh are the best and Rohit is just being given lot of good comments by the judges and also unwanted attention – like avadhoot goes on the stage and hugs him – he has never done such things for arya – agreed – it may look odd since she is a gal – and a good looking one and teenager… but at least he can go on stage and pat on her back (if not hug her)… he does it regularly for Rohit….

    The last episode was the first one when Avadhoot actually told Rohit that he needs to sing all types of songs….

    Also I agree that arya simply does not get enough votes – coz she is from a metro city – I mean people from a small region – always think regionally – she is from Alibag – he is from Latur – etc…. but people fro Mumbai/ Pune etc never think this way – they dont even vote for the candidates as they realise its just a money making scheme for the telecom companies and channels….

    but this should not result in the better candidates losing – there is online voting on zeemarathi.com and I have been regularly voting there – obviously for Arya….

    I urge all of you to go there and vote for your candidate….

  4. hi,

    nice article…yes arya is my favourite too…she is a top contender…and it will be grave injustice to her if she loses out due to low % of sms…i am doing my bit by voting for her online…i register at least 30-40 votes weekly..will definitely try to do more..

    keep writing..

  5. It is just insane to talk that people from metros think that it is telecom’s business. Zee has availed u to vote online. I am sitting in US still vote regularly. Question is that how many people in metros watch this marathi programme? I bet people must be running for hindi programs. If kartiki, mugdha is getting more votes what’s their mistake. Arya is certainly okay. But she definitely floats in the common voice category. I bet when mugdha will grow up she will come in picture. Listen to her voice. what a sharp voice. I feel all 5 are good. they are unique one to be compared.
    And what makes a difference if avdhoot hugs arya or not. Is that more important issue to be discussed here? if she is so catchy she should get enough SMSs. Rohit is not too bad to criticized. I didn’t know many of marathi new songs which i came to know after this program. I downloaded his songs and enjoy them. So for Arya i did the same. I guess people should stop criticizing and understand that each one is different with different capabilities and uniqueness. DON’T be to strong to decide who should have gone out of this competition.

  6. Its heart-breaking to see Shalmali Sukhtankar not competing in finals. Why did they not stop elimination one week b4? Its very bad to lose such a talented and good singer. I pray she does well in her life and singing career. She’s a gem and her elimination is unjust.

  7. thank you Hemant for good comments and observations on the saregama little champs programme. it is really interesting.I request to all of u please vote for
    right candidate

  8. I agree – Shamika and Shalmali were too good to be eliminated.. Although its a personal choice – I would have loved to see both these gals – ahead of Rohit… Yes – no fault of his – but its really irritating to see him getting a lot more opportunities…. like for example – more sining time and more opportunities with the celebrities…. anyways….

    As far as I am concerned…. Arya and Prathamesh are the clear winners in this…. difficult to make a 1 and 2 between them…. Mugdha and Kartiki are young and need to be encouraged…..

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