Talent hunts,more so the televised ones,work in compartments. Either you have to be a spring chicken with dazzling singing/dancing/acting/ tantrum-throwing skills or you have to be a freak of an auntyji with a zest for life to impress an assortment of jaded,over-the-hill judges. The Idea Jalsa,a nationwide musical talent show organized by the Indian Music Academy,at least widens the scope. It is open to all talented individuals with the age group of 5 years-45 years.
The Kolkata leg of the auditions at the ICCR last weekend saw an overwhelming number of contestants trooping in from as far as Japan and other locations like Asansol,Gaya,Burdwan and Siliguri trooping in to impress the judges,Classical musician Durga Jasraj and sitar player Purbayan Chatterjee.
But three contestants stood out,28-years-old Saptarshi Chakraborty who sang Raag Natbhairav in Hindustani classical vocal,Arindam Chakravarty (25 years) who presented and Kakali Bhattacharya (32 years).