Hungama Artist Aloud, a platform that supports and promotes independent content, and Khazana – a festival of ghazals, an annual concert that celebrates ghazals, today launched the second edition of Khazana Artist Aloud Talent Hunt Powered by Hungama in association with Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited – India’s first and only talent hunt for ghazal singers. In its second year, the talent hunt will welcome entries from international participants, besides Indian contestants, making it a global competition. To be judged by renowned ghazal maestros, Pankaj Udhas, AnupJalota, Talat Aziz, Rekha Bhardwaj and Sudeep Banerjee, two winners will receive a chance to perform alongside famous ghazal singers at ‘Khazana – A Festival of Ghazals’ on 26th and 27th July 2019 in Mumbai.
The talent hunt saw a phenomenal response last year with entries from over 75 cities in India. To participate, interested singers can upload videos of them singing ghazals onwww.artistaloud.com/khazana till 10th June 2019. 20 contestants will be shortlisted and called to Mumbai to perform live in front of the judges. Thereafter, the jury will announce two winners who will win a rare chance to perform at ‘Khazana – A Festival of Ghazals’ in the august company of ghazal legends. Competition extended to international contestants, making them eligible to participate alongside Indian aspirants.Speaking about the talent hunt, Soumini Sridhara Paul, Vice President, Artist Aloud, Hungama Digital Media said, “Since its inception, Khazana has elevated itself as an annual phenomenon that celebrates the splendidness and glory of ghazals. As a platform that stands for independent content, we are honored to have been associated with Khazana and have the chance to recognize young and aspiring talent in the country. Last year, we received an overwhelming response from over 75 cities in India. With the contest opening up for international aspirants, we are certain that we’ll see remarkable participation this year too.”
Talking about the talent hunt, Pankaj Udhas said, “Khazana is extremely close to my heart. It is more than just a ghazal concert, it is a homage to the exceptional art form that has been going on for ages and will remain for the times to come. WithKhazana Artist Aloud Talent Hunt our effort to identify and bring forth exceptional talent inghazal singing. In our second year, we aim to reach out to all the corners of the world and provide a stage to aspiring singers globally.”
Khazana – A Festival of Ghazals was founded by legendary ghazal singer and President, Parents Association Thalassemic Unit Trust, Pankaj Udhas and Y.K. Sapru, Chairman and CEO, Founder Director, Cancer Patients Aid Association (CPAA) with the support of ghazal maestros Talat Aziz and AnupJalota. Currently in its 18th year, Khazana has excelled in preserving and promoting the exquisite art of ghazal singing by giving a platform to both, new and established ghazal singers. All proceeds from the festival go to the Parents Association Thalassemic Unit Trust (PATUT) and Cancer Patients Aid Association (CPAA).
Those of you who have been around from the 1960's through the 1990's will remember the vibrant live music scene in almost every starred hotel in India. Those were the days when you walked into a nightclub like 'Rendezvous' at The Taj Mahal hotel and 'Supper Club' at the Oberoi Sheraton in Mumbai to see curtains going up on a band that was the prime focus of these outlets. Every seat in these restaurants allowed an unobstructed view of the band that performed every night on resident contracts. Today all this has disappeared thanks to some ridiculously high entertainment taxes on live music. Today, non off these hotels have complete bands playing save for a few that feature small duos or solo singers. The Lodhi in New Delhi, recently listed among the world's best hotels, decided to step in and rewind to the good old days. They got Goa's premier jazz quartet 'Jazz Junction' to move to Delhi on a resident contract and the decision has paid off in terms of footfalls generated by the band. Jazz Junction featuring singer Daniella Rodrigues, pianist Tony Dias,
bassist Colin D'Cruz and drummer Angelo Colasco began playing at The Lodhi in June 2018. Four months into the contract the band generated a sizeable following, with quite a few high profile guests choosing to celebrate their special occasion at the Elan bar where the band performs. Against all odds the rewind option proved to be a huge success and hopefully other properties around the country takes the cue to trigger a whole new revival of live music.