ENTERTAINMENT: Hill singer to compete with talent from abroad

ENTERTAINMENT: Hill singer to compete with talent from abroad – Another star from the hills, electric performance ?!!

Karma Sherpa in Darjeeling's Chowrasta - drawing in the crowds ?!!

FROM THE TELEGRAPH
BY RAJEEV RAVIDAS

Kalimpong, July 26: From the national arena to the global forefront, Karma Sherpa’s trek had been long and impressive.

The 26-year-old from Sonada, who had finished third in Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Bangla in 2007, is the first singer from the Darjeeling hills to make it to the television round of international Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Singing Superstar to be aired from August 13.

Before making it to the final 18, Sherpa had impressed the judges in two rounds of auditions.

“I won the rising star medal in the first round of audition in Calcutta, and shining star medal in the mega audition in Mumbai,” Sherpa told The Telegraph on the phone from Mumbai.

Thousands of aspiring singers had taken part in the two rounds of audition that were held across the country and abroad including Pakistan.

“After the first round, 60 of us including some contestants from Pakistan and Canada, were selected for the mega edition in Mumbai,” he said.

Eighteen finalists were chosen after the auditions in Mumbai.

“I was lucky to make it to the top 18 because the level of competition was very high. Shooting for the television round will begin from August 10 and the show will be telecast from August 13,” said Sherpa.

Sherpa has been performing in different parts of the country and abroad including Hong Kong, Nepal and Bangladesh after he finished third in the singing contest in 2007, that was aired in Zee Bangla. “Apart from doing stage shows, I am learning classical music in Calcutta. To make it to the final rounds of this international contest is a dream come true for me,” said the singer.

Sherpa hopes that the people from the eastern region, particularly the Darjeeling hills and Sikkim will extend their support to him.

Sa Re Ga Ma Pa is known for having discovered talents like singer Shreya Ghosal and composer Shekhar Ravjiani.

Shekhar along with his composing partner Vishal Dadlani would be judging the contest. Bhangra singer Daler Mehndi and composers Sajid-Wajid would be the other judges.

“I have worked really hard to reach here and I need the blessings of all to climb the summit,” Sherpa said.

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