October 3, 2010 5:36:22 pm
Northeast’s success in television reality shows continued as the Shillong Chamber Choir was crowned winners of the Colors TV show ‘India’s Got Talent Khoj 2’.
The hill city of Shillong,famous as the rock capital of India,went into frenzy half an hour past midnight,as soon as the local choir group was adjudged the best among the nine finalists,selected jointly through sms votes and by scores of the three adjudicators.
“The choir has been giving spectacular performances consistently. They deserve to win,” actress Sonali Bendre,one
of the judges,said.
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Drummer Tezi Toko of Arunachal Pradesh,another sensation from the region,finished second.
“The success shows the talent in the region. It was well deserved. I cannot refrain from expressing my appreciation of your eloquent performance. The state is proud of the choir,” Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul Sangma said in a message.
Besides Sangma,state Education Minister Ampareen Lyngdoh and MLA R V Lyngdoh had gone to witness the grand finale of the talent show at Mumbai.
Buoyed by the success of the local boys,the festive season appeared to have set in much early as the pine city resounded with fire crackers and groups of people — some in motorcycles and some in cars – coming out on streets cheering “We did it” and “Who’s the winner,Shillong Choir”.
Special screening of the show were organised across the city and people celebrated throughout the night.
Led by Neil Nongkynrih,the Shillong Chamber Choir had created waves as they effortless sang popular Bollywood numbers of yesteryears along with flawless rendition of western chorals.
This is the second time Shillong has sung its way to the finals of a reality TV show,the first being the Amit Paul,who was crowned the ‘Indian Idol’ in 2008. Earlier in August this year,Assam’s Jeetumoni had won Zee TV’s ‘Dance India Dance’ (DID) L’iL Masters trophy. Debojit Saha (Voice of India) and Anamika Choudhury (Zee TV’s L’il Champ) from the northeast had also occupied the top slot in reality shows on previous occasions.
The Shillong Chamber Choir was formed in the year 2001 by a group of singers who wished to come together to produce a variety of music,rather than being limited to only one kind.
They had bagged three gold medals at the World Choir Games 2010 at Shaoxing (China) in the categories of sacred music,gospel music and popular music.
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