Monday, November 29, 1999

``Sangeeta Nahayudddham`` to be aired on Surya TV from July

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Kochi, June 18 (PTI) Promising a music reality show with a difference, Saibaba Telefilms Private Ltd today announced the launch of ''Sangeeta Mahayuddham'' which would be aired on Sun network''s Surya Channel in Kerala from July. Six well-known music directors and singers - Unni Menon, Vidhu Pratap, George Peter, Chitra Iyer, Sayanora, Manjari as Captains of their teams would lock horns and share the same platform to challenge each other''s supremacy, Ajay Vidyasagar, Chief Operating Officer, Sun Network, told reporters here. "Our objective is to increase awareness about the vast musical talent in India. Kerala has always been a hub for great talent for the entertainment industry. ''Sangeetha Mahayudham'' has the right blend of traditional and modernity that is essential in every innovative format," said Gajendra Singh, Managing Director of Saibaba Telefilms. "Until now, audiences in Kerala have only seen musical talent hunt shows. ''Sangeeta Mahayuddham'' will showcase proven talent competing against each other in a musical war. In one episode, if you are a contestant, in the next, you will be the jury. This format will completely change the musical reality show scenario in Kerala," Ravi Menon, Head of Programming, Sun Network, said. Each team would have four participants. Fifteen episodes of the prime time week day show, which would be aired from July onwards, has already been shot. The show would be hosted by actress Poornima, Vidyasagar said. Eighteen finalists selected from the mega auditions in Kochi would be part of the six teams led by the Captains in the show which will last for 14 weeks. The six teams - ''Thrissur Tambrans'' will be led by Unni menon, ''Kottayam Kings'' by Chitra Iyer, ''Cochin Warriors'' by George Peter, ''Kozhikode Sultans'' by Manjari, ''Kannur Masters'' by Sayanora and ''Trivandrum Royals'' by Vidhu Pratap. The winner of each episode would be the team that scores the highest as per the judge''s scores. Saibaba Telefilms are currently content partners for Star Plus, Sun TV Network, ETV Network, Star Jalsha, Mahuaa TV and Doordarshan National.

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