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Indo Idol comes to T&T

Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Bishen Singh, director of Indo Muqabla


The local East Indian version of the popular TV show American Idol, Indo Muqabla, is picking up steam with hundreds of contestants already vying to cop the coveted title. After ten preliminary shows, producer Bishen Singh managed to attract both the young and old, who showcased their singing skills at the Gulf City auditorium. Many chose classical songs while others chose popular film songs from the Bollywood industry. During the third quarter-final segment, 17 people qualified for the show. The live music added to the ambience as the contestants competed for the grand prize of $100,000 and the second-place prize of $25,000. One of the most powerful singers, Amit Soornanan delivered a scintillating rendition of the Indian classic Chandi Jaisa. Not to be outdone, Neeshad Sultan also delivered an amazing performance of the song Terre Muste Maste.
The audience erupted in cheers and some of them even sang along.  The youngest performer of the night was Amelia Moonasar who rendered her version of the song Rahe Naa Rahe Hum, much to the delight of the crowd. Singh, who migrated to Trinidad from India in 2010, said he wanted to bring the Indian culture at an international level. He is a former director in the Indian film industry and a main organiser for a local talent show in his country’s Indian Idol. Seeing the talent from the past competitions, Singh decided to produce a show portraying the local talent. The competitors are chosen by the judges and the public who are asked to select their favourite performance through text messages. All contestants who qualify from the third quarter-finals, will move on to the semifinals.


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