Archive for September, 2007
Sunday, September 30th, 2007
The Grand Final of Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Challenge 2007 is going to be held on 13th October at Andheri Complex Mumbai..It will be shown live..so don’t forget to vote for your favourite contestants. The voting for this round is open from Friday September 28,10 PM and will close on Saturday October 13, 8 AM
Saregamapa Grand Finale
Venue – Andheri Complex, Mumbai
Date – 13th October 2007
You can vote online from rediff.com website or you can vote from your landline or mobile. Please note that only one vote per email ID will be counted in the final round.
To vote for Amanat Ali you can sms AMANAT to 57575 from your mobile
You can call 1862424757503 form your BSNL/MTNL fixed landline phone or
call 51234933 from Reliance
To vote for Raja Hasan you can sms RAJA to 57575 from your mobile
You can call 1862424757504 from your BSNL/MTNL fixed landline phone
call 51234944 from Reliance
To vote for Aneek Dhar you can sms ANEEK to 57575 from your mobile
You can call 1862424757507 form your BSNL/MTNL fixed landline phone
call 51234941 from Reliance
Sunday, September 30th, 2007
Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Little Champs International is going to start from 19th October…After the huge success of saregamapa challenge 2005, 2007 and Lil Champs, Zee TV is going to start ‘Little Champs International’. This time little champs will go internationally. So be ready for it.
If you are less than 13 yrs old and want to become little champs, then this is your last chance to participate in this show. The auditions in major cities already have finished. The last audition will take place at Mumbai…so be ready for it
Little Champs International Auditions in Mumbai
Date - 2nd Octomber 2007
Venue - Andheri Sport Complex, Mumbai
Phone No – 022 66535757/ 66535303
Mobile No – 9987461529
Saturday, September 29th, 2007
Here are videos of 29th September Episode of Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Challenge 2007…
Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Challenege 07 – 29th September 07 – Pt01 *HQ*
Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Challenege 07 – 29th September 07 – Pt02 *HQ*
Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Challenege 07 – 29th September 07 – Pt03 *HQ*
Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Challenege 07 – [Episode-44] – 29th September 07 – Pt04 *HQ*
Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Challenege 07 – [Episode-44] – 29th September 07 – Pt05 *HQ*
Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Challenege 07 – [Episode-44] – 29th September 07 – Pt06 *HQ*
Saturday, September 29th, 2007
Yesterday was elimination episode and Poonam got eliminated.. The show has now got its 3 finalists namely – Amanat, Aneek and Raja.. Today is the performance round and we will get to hear these finalists perform and do their best..[ Finals venue - Andheri Complex - Mumbai at 13th October.. It will be shown Live..]
So, lets quickly begin with the updates:
Om Shanti Om Stars on the show
The show begins and clipping of Om Shanti Om is shown.. Then they show the stage where Vishal and Shekhar are singing the song Ajab si and then they sing oh haseena.. On the stage portrait of SRK and Deepika Padukone is kept.. Shreyas and Deepika enter the stage when they are performing.. All are enjoying.. ID is shown whistling for the song..
Aditya greets VS, shreyas, Deepika and invites Farah Khan on stage..
FK – We all love SRGMP, contestants and most importantly the judges and ofcourse Aditya.. Deepika has already been introduced by Himesh and she is a fabulous actress..
Himesh – Farah is here and she is the best director in the industry.. Shreyas is an outstanding actor.. Deepika is going to get all the awards and is to be the best actress in the industry.. SRK is already a King Khan and six pack..
Farah says, Himesh is number one in positive energy..
Aditya asks Farah to say something about the movie.. She says, the music is already a hit and is number 1 in charts.. SRK is there, so everyone will watch it.. Next is Deepika, and then Shreyas and 4th is VS.. They have done excellent job.. She also says, the audience will get one CD each..
First Round – Om Shant Om songs
In the first round, contestants will sing OSO songs and is selected by VS themselves..
First to perform is Amanat.. He sings Ajab Si (singer -KK)
Vishal – This song of KK will suite him and it will be different in his voice..
Shekhar says the costume is suiting for him and that its as if he has come straight away from the promo..
ID – Sing in such a way that VS must feel, they could have taken you for this song and Farah should say that you sing all songs for her next movie
Amanat sings the song..
FK – First congratulation to ID for getting this diamond.. This is my fav song and I should agree with ID that there should be atleast one song that you should sing for my next film..
DP – Close to original.. I felt like crying.. you sang so well..
FK – You look like SRK and I will send Deepika and you should sing for her.. She goes to stage and Amanat sings again..
Shekhar – you sang now better than the take..
Shreyas – You were so good and as Deepika was there, you sang much better..
HR – Superb, Fantastic, Mindblowing.. Asks how much he wants.. He says, I have got crores.. He asks Amanat to remember that he is already committed and not look at Deepika.. Farah says – there is no harm in looking at her..
Vishal – You sang really well..
Shekhar – You have a great style and the way you sang Ajab si was great… He also sings that line for us..
ID – Izzat rakhli tumne.. If you had sung it bad, Farah would have asked me to take you back home.. You did a great job and your life is set..
Amanat says I feel proud to be here and singing this song and I am a great fan of SRK.. Farah says even SRK likes you and he always tell VS that these three are great singers
Next to perform is Aneek..
Vishal – This is the first time audience will get to hear this composition and I am sure, he will do it well..
Himesh – this is the first time you will hear it and judge based on the voice of the singer..
Aneek – I am a big fan of SRK and meeting him was great and I always follow him and thats why I have worn his style of dress too..
He sings Main agar kahoon.. (Singer – Sonu and Shreya)
FK – There couldnt be any better introduction to this song.. Outstanding,, You sing from heart..
HR – Superb Composition.. and you sang so well and deserve 100 from me..
FK – I will give you 500..
Shreyas – Dil se gaaya.. You have a fantastic career.. Enjoyed the performance..
DP – You are my favorite and you did a great job..
Aneek – I want Deepika to come on stage and dance with me.. Aneek sings and they dance.. Farah give standing ovation..
Shekhar – When you sing with Deepika its much better.. asks why? Aneek replies, its because we get the feeling..
ID – Very good expression.. I will ask Amanat to learn this expression from you.. give you 5000
Vishal – we will give you another 5000
Shekhar – Sang so well and thanks for such a good introduction
ID – The credit goes to VS and Farah.. If they dont get together, the music becomes flop..
HR – Your day is made as you have got such good comments..
Aneek – Thanks to VS and thanks to them as they made him talk to Sonu and Shreya..
Himesh – You have to pray for OSO and as you are a very good person, your prayers will be heard..
He appeals to audience in Himesh’s style..
Next to perform – Raja Hasan
Raja sings Dard-e-disco..(singer – Sukhvinder sing)
Farah says superb and audience shout once more.. VS and ID come on stage.. Raja brings Shreyas and Deepika to stage.. They all sing together and have fun..
Farah – dancing is not allowed for me, but after listening to this song, me and my kid both were dancing.. She asks VS to have Raja’s version of song in the next CD.. she also adds that only sukhwinder can sing this song, but you proved it wrong.. Raja says, I spoke to Sukhwinder as VS made me speak to them.. She then says, he will be proud of you..
Himesh – Want can I say, you were outstanding and VS gave the most hit song to you and did partiality.. Tumne toh Aneek ki chutti kardi.. Vishal asks Himesh not to bring any such thing atleast in this round.. Let the competition and comparison be there in its place and lets enjoy music.. Himesh says, that is there, but whatever is truth has to be said here and its true that he was better than Aneek.. he asks Raja to accept this.. Shekhar says everyone sang well today.. Himesh asks everyone of his fans to vote for Raja.. Asks Raja, how much point he needs.. Raja says, I just want your blessings and prayers.. Himesh says that will be there, but how much you want.. Raja says 10.. Himesh – Heights of modesty – Raja.. Gives 10..
ID – When VS told me about this song, I told them that this will be a good hit.. And I ask all Amanat votes to also be given to Raja.. gives 10 and hugs him..
Shekhar asks all VS fans to vote for Amanat and Aneek
Farah says its this positive energy among the mentors that this show is such a big hit.. ID says, its these contestants who have made us turn from Shaitaan to this.. Its not that we are shaitaan.. but this +ve energy is coz of these contestants..
Second Round – Songs suggested by SRK..
All 3 contestants meet SRK.. He gives them a CD of OSO and wishes them luck and says all 3 of you are winners.. He says, compete among yourselves and there should not be any competition between you all as an artist is himself a winner.. You all three are great singers.. Asks all 3 contestants from where they are and whats their age.. To Amanat he says, his family also was there in Pakistan.. Amanat says he has visited that place and everyone in Pakistan loves him.. Wishes them luck for the future..
He gives a message for Aditya and says I know you from the time of Pardes and always call you as Off Beat singer.. You are doing a great job and making your parents proud.. He also wishes all the viewers luck
First to perform Amanat Ali
He then speaks to Amanat and says its good that he has come from Pakistan and I always feel that both countries are the same and there is no difference.. Its music and art that makes them together and I am happy that Hindustan janta has accepted you and is giving you votes.. He gives him Shaukat Amanat ali sahab’s song Mitwa..
Amanat sings Mitwa
Shekhar comes on stage and says I have to repeat what Jagjit Singh said that you are far from what this competition actually is..
FK – You sang much better than the original.. I have to agree with ID that though even I have judged certain competitions, we have not been able to find singers like these people..
Deepika – Though you sang close to original, there was so much Amanat in the song..
Shreyas – I think Pakistani mitthi has so much in it that it was first Shaukath and then its Amanat..
Shekhar – One Crore Marks..
Vishal – I told farah when you sing, the whole stage will have magic..
HR – You sang well but Aneek will also sing well.. one crore points..
ID – I always feel happy when people praise you and for getting a shakhir like you..
Next to perform Aneek Dhar
Aneek meets SRK.. He gives him the song tu hi re from dil se.. He says there is a word called Uns and that means attraction.. You may not be knowing and when I wanted to know, I called up and asked the meaning..
Himesh – asks him you know na what happened? Amanat gave a fantastic performance and you should sing much better than him.. You have to sing like that for me.. Remember Ur parents, god.. Deepika lifts her hand and says her too..
He sings Tu hi re from Dil Se
VS, HR come on stage in the half way when he was singing and enjoy the performance..
Himesh – Tumne aaj dho daala sabko.. This show definitely deserves to be number 1 in TRP.. You sang so well.. Asks him for whom he sang for him or Deepika.. Aneek replies for both.. Himesh is very upset with this and says, from the beginning I have been your guru and in just one day, you changed yourself.. Tell that you sang only for me as I cannot share the love with any deepika.. Aneek says, no – I sang for both.. Deepika asks him to say that he sang for Himesh.. Himesh says he does not want any second hand treatment.. Atlast Aneek says I sang for Deepika.. Himesh is upset but says, I will still support you though you have left me..
FK – asks him who taught the variation as even Ar Rehman did not bring such variations.. It was outstanding.. Asks if he is married.. he says no.. She says, even Deepika is not married
DP – I am genuinely speechless..
ID – I brought full suitcase of marks, but its not sufficient.. Asks how much he needs? He says how much Amanat got? ID says 5000 then give me 10000.. he gives 10.. I wish all 3 of you become winners..
Shekhar – You sang mindblowing.. Full credit goes to all 3 celebrities..
FK – we are having time of our life
Next to perform – Raja Hasan
SRK meets Raja.. Shahrukh says, this song is very close to me and also feel like dancing whenever I hear.. This is a very good song and too many of them have worked upon this.. He says you also dance when you sing.. I will pray for you all …
He gives a message for all the mentors and says you all are doing a good job of searching the talent.. He thanks VS for giving music of OSO and says may it be successful.. To ID he says I have not met you after Devdas but always see you on TV smiling and getting serious with these contestants.. To Himesh he says you are number 1.. I havent yet watched your movie but I will definitely do it and I am sure, you have done a great job..
Raja sings Chaiyya Chaiyya from Dil se
All of them come on stage except Farah and dance.. All 3 contestants sing the same song together.. Himesh says Raja is number 1 and says its tough to decide for the audience as to whom to vote.. Aditya asks the mentors to decide who is the titan of the day.. Himesh asks Farah to decide this.. But she says its impossible.. They all have gone beyond marks and cannot choose one.. Himesh says its all because of music and VS have done excellent job with the music.. Farah says its not only music, but the singers have equally done a great job here…
Friday, September 28th, 2007
Here are videos of 28th September Episode of Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Challenge 2007
Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Challenege 07 – 28th September 07 – Pt01 *HQ*
Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Challenege 07 – 28th September 07 – Pt02 *HQ*
Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Challenege 07 – 28th September 07 – Pt03 *HQ*
Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Challenege 07 – 28th September 07 – Pt04 *HQ*
Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Challenege 07 – 28th September 07 – Pt05 *HQ*
Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Challenege 07 – 28th September 07 – Pt06 *HQ*
Friday, September 28th, 2007
Hi Friends and Welcome to the Musical Talent Hunt Show SaReGaMaPa Challenge 2007…Today is elimination day and out of four contestants, one will get eliminate…So here are the live updates of 28th September Episode of Saregamapa ….
As the show begins, green room is shown.. Each of the contestant speak in front of the camera that they are nervous about the result and it depends on the public if they are through to finals or not..
Pandit Jasraj is one of the guest for today and he gives a live performance today on stage It was definitely a treat to hear him.. Amanat was on harmonium.. The stage is decorated with candles and all contestants are sitting on the stage.. The mentors table and chairs have also changed and they are looking more professional and elegant.. After his performance, contestants and Aditya get blessings from him.. He then meets the mentors and they too get his blessings..
Jagjit Singh enters the stage and he too gives a live performance and sings sarakti jaaye rukh se nakhab ahistha.. What a treat
He says he is happy to be here and congratulates SRGMP for the success.. He also adds that he follows this show as there are good singers and says you all four are winners..
Shekhar – I feel lucky to be here.. I have learnt a lot for pandit jasraj and Jagjit Singh is just like our family member and I started my music from him.. I also follow him for many things and my voice also sometimes sounds like him.. Jagjit Singh says I know Shekhar from when he was in school or college.. (Shekhar says school) and used to visit his father.. Then he mentioned that Shekhar is interested in music and so made him to take proper riyaz fro Niyad Ahmed Khan sahab..
Vishal – Someone said we are good gurus but I feel we are not actual gurus and those two who are sitting there are the actual ones.. We will learn a lot today and the contestants will also learn
Himesh – I am happy that Pandit Jasraj is here and the romantic feeling who brought in songs was Jagjit Singh..
ID – Give us blessings, that is what we need..
Pandit Jasraj – This show is improving a lot and singers are also very good.. To Aditya – You are managing very well as host.. And to mentors he says, usually they keep fighting, but nice to see all of them happy and united..
Aditya announces that this week they have got 53,12,003 votes and from India it is 34,83,959 votes..
Every contestant is going to sing two songs..Today contestants will sing two songs one semi classical and another ghazal..
Raja Hasan from Hit It Gharana
In India voting the contestant to get the highest number of votes this week is Raja and he has got 9,44,399 votes..
Raja comes on stage and Vishal says – Dont think aout voting, just concentrate on singing and learn well today..
First round is Ghazal.. Raja sings Yeh dil yeh pagal dil from Ghulam Ali..
Pandit Jasraj – Very good…
Jagjit – Tum Raja nikle.. This style suites you.. continue in this style.. Asks him how he felt? He said he was nervous.. Jagjit sahab says, you must be feeling happy and also wanting to sing more..
Himesh – you proved everyone wrong, and corrected all mistakes.. Mindblowing..
ID – Very difficult to sing in front of these people, I wouldnt be able to sing one note.. You did a great job
Vishal – Learn how much ever possible today
Shekhar – No,1 is Raja
Aneek Dhar from Rock Gharana
Aneek is number 2 in Indian votes and he has got8,96732 votes..
He will be singing the song made by the Big FM listeners and to make this announcement, Vrajesh and Anirudh comes on stage and says he will sing Tumhari zul ke saayein of Mohammad Rafi..
Pandit Jasraj – You were very well on sur and technically perfect..
Jagjit Singh – Asks him what his age is.. He says 18.. Jagjit Singh says, for your age you have sung very well.. Your voice is immature, but as you grow, your voice will become mature..
ID – Khoob Bhalo.. You sang very well.. Im missing Bappida as he always used to speak in Bengali
Shekhar – You were technically perfect.. You sang with lot of soul which was very much important
Himesh – Overall presentation was good..
Poonam Yadav from Yalgaar Gharana
Poonam is third in Indian votes and she has got 8,84,03 votes.. Her mom has come on sets today and she is brought by a Zee TV reporter on stage.. She says she is happy to be here and requests everyone to give her love and support.. She also greets the mentors.. But she breaks down.. Poonam says I am thankful to Zee TV.. My mom has been my inspiration.. I never thought I will be here leaving my mom.. But Im happy to be here..
Aditya announces that Poonam has also adopted a daughter and her name is Simran.. He asks her how good a mother is Poonam. She answers a very good mother.. ID speaks with her and asks do you learn music? She says No.. He asks Poonam, why didnt you make her learn? She answered – Her voice is not that good.. ID asks Simran to ask her mom – Is her voice nice? (in a humor)
She sings Dard se mera daman of Lata Mangeskar..
Jagjit Singh – You were nervous at the beginning.. Do Pranayam before singing, that nervousness will not be there..
Pandit – As Jagjit said, do pranayam.. You have a great voice.. Very well sung.. May god bless you..
Shekhar – You sang the Anthra very well.. The soul in anthra was great..
Himesh – You have divinity and you are a great human too which is shown in your singing.. Just pray you dont loose this..
ID – As Shekhar said, you caught the feel in the anthra.. Feel was little missing, but you did a great job.. Dont worry
Amaant Ali from Yalgar Gharana
Amanat is the fourth and he has got 7,..,725 votes..
He sings Hungama Hai kyon of Ghulam Ali.. Vishal give standing ovation
Pandit Jasraj – You are Allah’s Amanat.. Pray that you get all the success.. you sang very well even without getting drunk.. Did a great job
Jagjit Singh – Fantastic, Outstanding, Out of the world.. Ask Himesh what else.. Then Himesh shouts Mindblowing.. He asks what is his age.. Amanat replies 19.. 19 mein yeh alam hain toh, aage jaake kya hoga?
Vishal – Your voice suites ghazal.
Shekhar – I felt like being in concert.. Outstanding
Himesh – This performance excelled all the performances till now of any contestant.. Undaa, Kamaal, Afreen..
ID – I am happy you are in my gharana
Total Votes (India and International)
Number 1 is Aneek
Total number of votes is 14,08,998 votes.. International votes – 5,12,256 votes..
Himesh – You are number 1.. Asks him what he should do.. Aneek says, should sing very well.. Himesh – Not only that, keep doing riaaz.. Work is workship.. 13th is finals.. concentrate on that..
He sings Laga Chunri mein daag of Manna Dey..
Jagjit Singh – For your age, you are singing very well.. At your age, we used to struggle, but you did a fabulous job..
Pandit Jasraj – Your name has Dhar, Tumne Dhar liya.. Sang very well..
ID – You are small and that is why you could sing well.. If you grow, you will start understanding things.. Hope you be like this always
Shekhar – Kharach ka riyaz karo.. If you work on your low notes, you will become a successful singer..
Panditji – Shekhar said it very well.. He has caught your mistake rightly..
Himesh – Keep working.. He gets up and comes on stage.. He says I want to give Aneek a gift and gives a scarf..
Second is Raja Hasana
Second to get into the finals is Raja and his total number of votes is 13,68,067 votes..
He sings Jhanak Jhanak tori baje payaliya of Manna Dey..
Jagjit Singh – Kharach ka riyaz karo.. Sur kahin sahi nahin lage.. Keep working.. You could have done better..
Pandit Jasraj – Raja is always Raja, even if he does some mistakes here and there.. Even we all have problems in keeping the right Sur, so dont worry.. Taan acche lagaye.. Sang well..
Himesh – How much ever effort you can, put that.. In these 15 days, do your best as you must regret in the future..
ID – you are a star already, but you have to be a superstar..
Vishal – Everyone has been saying about the low notes and you have been working on it and has brought tremendous improvement that in itself says, how much effort you have been putting..
Shekhar – You have to sing like a ustaad and listen like a
Bottom two – Amaanat and Poonam
Next to perform is Amanat.. They have not yet announced the results..
ID says, being a guru, I have changed the composition a bit for Amanat.. he sings Albela Sajan sung by Shankar Mahadevan, Ustad Sultan Khan, Kavitha Krishnamoorthy.. what a performance
Shekhar gives standing ovation..
ID – he comes on stage and says, He shouldnt be here, where he is now..
Pandit Jasraj – You are Amanat for Himdustan.. You are number 1 for us..
Jagjit Singh – You are best singer of SaReGaMaPa..
Shekhar – You have a magician in your hand, dont leave him at all(He was pointing at ID)
Vishal – Your music knowledge is very strong.. If at this age you sing like this, dont know what will happen in the future..
Himesh – We were from beginning saying that this is Vishwayudh.. And no one can bring singers like you.. This is really a great contest..
Next to perform is Poonam.. She sings Kuhu Kuhu Bole Koyaliya.. wow fantastic
Jagjit Singh – If you go through today, you will get through in the next round also..
Pandit Jasraj – You sing shastriya sangeeth very well and you must continue in this.. Its not that film music or ghazal is not good, but shastriya sangeeth has its own value..
Himesh – Sang very well.. Jagjit Singhji was right..
Shekhar – He says Richa Sharma, the singer is a very big fan of Poonam and he made her talk to Poonam as she was the one to sing the taal song.. Asks her what did Richa say – Poonam answered saying Richa said – “Rongte Khade Ho Gaye”
ID – You are already a winner. Who ever leaves this stage, be happy.. And thank public that for the past 10 weeks, they have kept our family together..
Total number of votes for 4th place – 12,55,443
Total number of votes for 3rd place – 12,79,505
Aditya asks any guesses.. Poonam says Amanat.. And thats true.. So, Amanat is through to the next round and Poonam is Eliminated.. Her mom and daughter breaks down..
Himesh – Poonam is actually the winner.. We cannot keep a competition between Lata and Kishore (Male and female) and decide who is the best.. So, you are the winner among girls..
So Poonam is Winner among Girsl
Vishal – In every performance of yours, you have raised the standard of this stage.. For your bad performance, you have got so many votes that means how much people love you..
Poonam – I first want to thank Ismailji my guru.. He has guided me in every step.. When we used to see this program, my mom always said you go to ID’s gharana.. I never thought I would come so far.. I have seen ID as a father, brother and guru.. He has always been with me.. She asks all the mentors to guide her as for her music is life..
Pandit Jasraj – You are born to sing Shastriya sangeeth.. Its your choice to choose which line you want..
ID to public You all have brought her so far.. Please pray for her success..
Shekhar – We have always been with you and we will pray for you..
Thus, Poonam gets eliminated and is declared winner among girls
Congratulations Poonam Wish you all the best for future
Written by Anu
Wednesday, September 26th, 2007
Om Shanti Om director Farah Khan and stars Deepika Padukone and Shreyas Talpade visit the Sa Re Ga Ma Pa sets this week to promote their film. The Three Megafinalists of Saregamapa Challenge 2007 – Raja Hasan, Aneek Dhar and Amaanat Ali performed on the songs of Om Shanti Om in Saturday’s Episode.
While Deepika sizzled on stage, Shreyas was his usual charming self. So impressed was Farah Khan with one of the mega finalists, that she promises him a break in her next movie (another break!!!!). Unable to decide which of the three deserved to be the “Titan of the day” the gift was given by the contestants to Deepika (thats better…btw dont tell me that this is Besharmiya’s idea!!!).
Speaking about the film, Farah said “The subject of the film is very strong. I agree that even before this many people have dealt with reincarnation but none of them used it properly. Karan-Arjun was good and I even liked Subhash Ghai’s Karz.”
Meanwhile, Deepika Padukone, who is making a dream debut opposite SRK, says she watches the show because of Vishal and Shekhar who are the music directors of OSO and Himesh, who actually gave her a break in his music video.”
The Sa Re Ga Ma episode featuring the OSO cast will be aired on Saturday. OSO is releasing on November 9.
Wednesday, September 26th, 2007
Here are videos of Saregamapa Hungama 21st and 22nd September Episode
Saregamapa Hungama – 21st September Episode Part I
Saregamapa Hungama – 21st September Episode Part II
Saregamapa Hungama – 22nd September Episode
Wednesday, September 26th, 2007
Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Challenge 2007 contestant Poonam Yadav has an adopted daughter, aged six. Twenty six-year-old Poonam is a single mother…Thanks to Sushmita Sen and her daughter Renee, single motherhood is catching on. Poonam Yadav is no style diva but an ordinary girl from Lucknow who has taken the step of adopting a girl.
A source from the production house reveals that Poonam is only 26 years and belongs to a lower middle-class family. “As she is a contestant on the show, the channel wanted her mother to be present too. When they talked to Poonam Yadav with daughter Simran her mother in Lucknow over the phone to invite her, she asked if she could bring Poonam’s adopted daughter, Simran, as well. Needless to say, the channel was stunned with the revelation.”
Poonam’s father died before she was born. Her mother worked as a housemaid and also sold roasted corn on the streets of Lucknow. To make ends meet, Poonam managed to pass standard 12 and also worked in a PCO for Rs. 600 a month.
Her daughter Simran was just two when her biological mother abandoned her, four years ago. Poonam lived in the same neighbourhood and needless to say could not tolerate the apathy towards the girl child and took her home. Her mother was obviously stunned, but Poonam stood by her decision. Gradually, her mother also supported her cause and the little girl became a part of their family.
When contacted, Poonam said, “I adopted her because I didn’t want her to undergo the same difficulties as me. I still had shelter, she was abandoned. I feel that if every family adopts an orphan, no child will be without shelter. With my kind of income, if I can gather the courage to take this initiative, I think anyone can do it. We just need the determination to do it.”
Payaol Patel, the creative head of Sa Re Ga Ma Pa confirmed the news. She said, “We were actually stunned when we heard about Poonam. When our team went to her house in Lucknow, they found that she lived in a very small house and she belongs to a lower middle-class family. Hats off to her, she has the guts to adopt a daughter. More so because she belongs to a poor family and being a single mother in a state like Lucknow is a laudable feat.”