Daijiworld Media Network - Udupi (HB)
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Udupi, Apr 17: Emerging and talented singer Rajath Mayya Ujire wowed the judges in 'Voice of Karavali', topping all contestants to take home the twin titles of 'Voice of Karavali' and 'People's Choice Singer' on April 16 at The Holy Family Church grounds, Brahmavar.
'Voice of Karavali' was organized by Rotary Club Brahmavar in associated with 'The Expressions' and 'Being Social'.
Rajath was one of the last five finalists who performed in front of scores of music lovers. He rendered Kannada songs like ‘Om Mahaprana Deepam Shivam Shivam’ and Hindi song ‘Zindagi Ek Safar Hai Suhana’ to impress the judges. Rajath has earlier been a finalist in a singing reality show on a local channel and also a contestant in state level ‘Ede Thumbi Haduvenu’ singing competition.
The grand finale began with a casual round for the top eleven namely, Mahalaxmi Kamat Barkur, Akash Hebbar Udupi, Shama Salikere, Praveen D’Souza Petri, Vishwatha Bhat Udupi, Vinush Bharadhwaj Thekkatte, Pallavi Udupi, Rajath Mayya Ujire, Rajeshwari Prakash Karje, Shreesha Bhat and Vijayalaxmi. Six of them were eliminated after which Shreesha Bhat, Vijayalaxmi, Rajath, Vishwatha Bhat and Vinush Baradhwaj advanced as the top five finalists.
Songs like ‘Sapnon se Bhare Naina’, 'Moh Moh ke Dhage', ‘Jataka kudure Hatthi Petegogumma’ and ‘Shivashankari’ were sung by Shreesha Bhat, Vijayalaxmi, Vishwatha Bhat and Vinusha Bharadhwaj respectively in the final round.
Rajath was awarded Rs 15,000 cash prize and a trophy, while the other four top finishers received attractive trophies and certificates.
Rajath bagged another Rs 15,000 cash prize for winning the 'People's Choice Singer', based on audience votes.
The winner of South India Queen Miss Beautiful Eyes 2015 and actress Seema Buthello, versatile singer and Kannada music director Yashwanth M G Acharya, and Saptaswara-2 winner singer Sharadhi Patil judged the grand finale.
After the first round of the competition, Fr Antony Vaz, priest, The Holy Family Church Brahmavar, inaugurated the formal stage function by lighting the lamp. Kishore Gonsalves (Kishoo Barkur), convenor The Expression; Avinash Kamath, president, Being Social; Rotary club members Bhaskar Rai, Mohandas Pai, Chandrashekar Hegde and Naveen Dias were present on the dais.
Addressing the gathering, Fr Antony said, "This is a good programme organized by Rotary Brahmavar. Offering prayer through music is very good deed. It gives peace to mind and heart."
Mohandas said, "Contestants who fail to get through, should not lose hope. This experience will help in their future."
Politician, entrepreneur and founder of ‘Being Social’ Amrith Shenoy congratulating the contestants and the organizers said, "It was a heart warming programme. Every contestant sang beautifully and energetically. The programme was as good as an international singing competition."
Social worker and active blood donor JC Dinesh Bandhavya was felicitated on the occasion and conferred with ‘Man of the Year' award for his remarkable work in blood donation.
Singer R M Vijaya Shankar of Bhava Beladingalu, P Kalinga Rao Pratishtana, Bengaluru, judges Yashwanth and Sharadi Patil entertained the gathering with Kannada movie tracks.
Earlier, Alwyn Andrade, president, Rotary Club Brahmavar welcomed all the gathering. Sunil Pandeshwar compered the formal stage function.
Popular TV anchor, Avinash Kamath, enthralled the audience with his lively and amazing anchoring style.
Hangyo was the title sponsor of the event, while Daijiworld.com and Daijiworld 24x7 were the official web and telecast partners respectively.