Ye Dil Maange Aur…
Bahut Khoobsoorat Hai Hindustan…Aapka Fann, Aapki Aawaz…Aapki Sangeet…Aapka Nritya…Kitni Ameer Hai..
I love India’s Got Talent. I love India’s Got Talent [IGT] for showcasing the various talent acts from my motherland, India. And the world is watching. The stage has been set, and it is not only for the Indian viewers to watch. The format of ‘Got Talent’ has always been followed by online viewers, all across the length and breadth of the globe, and hence the expectations from the judges of the show to showcase only the best of the best of India’s talent is very justified. How can we be left behind when names like Susan Boyle and Paul Potts are becoming online favorites. The first online success from the India’s Got Talent show is the Illuminati group from Mumbai who performed an onstage depiction of the classic Nintendo Game – Super Mario – consisting every detail – from the Mushrooms, to Mari and Luigi fighting with lasers and the Princess Castle.[ They got mentions in Game Fanboy blogs like Boing Boing, Kotaku and Nintendo WiiBlog]. The bad thing is, that this act did not make it to the 40 semi-finalists.
This raises another question. Unlike the US, UK or Australia, India has a lot of inherent folk acts which has ‘INDIA’ written in Capital Letters. These acts showcase India of the villages – the Krishna Act from Orissa , or Aslam Khan’s Rajasthani folk song group, or the Malkhamb acts. It won’t be surprising if the Incredible India campaign from the Tourism of India department chooses these acts to promote Indian tourism. On the other end of the spectrum, we have acts showcasing the modern India, the hip hop dancers from Nala Supara Mumbai, to acts like the Nintendo – Super Mario, and even rock bands. Also, in a country where the TV Channels are already pouring Talent shows which are choosing the Best Dancers, Best Singers and Best Dance groups, do we think TALENT is limited to only these. Are we prepared as a nation to crown, for example, the Krishna act, as the winner of Season 1 of IGT ?
One major concern is the way this show has acts which are performed by a group of not so fortunate [ in other words, handicapped -physically or mentally] people. Although, it is a big boost or encouragement for them, but again, if these acts were to make it to the top 40, will they able to handle the pressure of live Television, big stage and audience votes? Will they be able to handle rejection in front of the camera? And also, please stop playing ‘Ye Haunsla’ in the background every time we see a group of handicapped people.
IGT has Bhangra, Laavni, Manipuri, Kathak and Hip Hop on the same stage with Carnatic music on Saxophones, or Indian classical music fused with Rock or Electronica, or even Punjapi Rap – doesn’t it undermine the superiority of our folk culture, classical music and dances by putting them on a single stage, and then, getting them voted off, to prove that the nation prefers Hip Hop over a Laavni performance. Although, I am elated with the shows concept of travelling across the length and breadth of the country to showcase talent from even remote areas of the country, and put them on a platform for the world to see, it still makes me feel sad when an act like the Raavana Act gets eliminated [ even when he was so crap].
Don’t get me wrong. I digg Hip Hop, and do try to ‘drop it like its hot’ sometimes.[ My fav dance groups have been Kaba Modern and Jabawokeez] But c’mon. Reality shows like Boogie Woogie, Sa re Ga Ma, or dance Indian Dance also feature awesome dancers, or singers don’t they? My argument put in simple words is this: Hip Hop, no matter how awesome it is, should not win this show – because Hip Hop in itself doesn’t represent INDIA. IGT is not just a show; it is also a global statement. So, my appeal for the audience is: Please select a winner for the show, who represents INDIA in the truest form. These dancers and musicians can get other reality shows to appear again and show their moves or musical skills. But IGT is the only stage where the variety artists get to show their talent. Anyway, I leave you with some more screenshots of some awesome and some not-so- awesome acts on IGT.
As Kirron Kher says, “Humka Lagat Hai Ki Michael Jackson Raanchi Mein Hi Paida Hua Hai”.
Parvez Dance Group from Mumbai.
Rohan Dance Group from Mumbai
Sneha and Richard set the stage on fire with their Salsa performance.
Locking and Popping on Daft Punk’s Technologic – Vishnu on IGT
And then…the not so quite efficient mimic of Mithunda meets Mr.Bachhan’s Yarana avatar.
Even his bulbs got fused out of shame.
The Incredible India Variety Acts:
Naman International Theatre Group portraying Surya, the Sun God.
Little Vaishali Patil dancing to Shankar’s Breathless left the audience breathless. And have a look at the evolutionary reaction of judge, Shekhar Kapoor.
The Ladies performed Vande Mataram on the Saxophone. Spellbound.
Ventriloquist Satyajit Padhye on IGT.
Biggest name in the contest – Lokmanya Tilak Sanskritik Nyas Ujjain
Brass Band – Shaadi Wala Band – no Emossanal Atyachar, only Celebration!!! Have a look at Kirron Jee’s reaction.
Kirron Kher getting emossanal..ahem emotional.
Kirron Kher gets emotional and Dances…overwhelming emotions.
Two more acts are on this category, which are my Favorites to win this season.
Numbah 1: The Krishna Act from Orissa.
Is that a painting? Is that a movie? Is that a dance? Its all of it. Its an experience
Numbah 2: Aslam Khan and Group
Padhaaro Nee, Mhaare Dess…Bow to thee…we are belittled by your Beauty..by your Talent!!
The REST OF IT:
The following acts do not fit into the above two categories. And so, here we go.
IGT Fusion Group Blendz creating music.
Two words..Chal Jhooti
Frankly, she looks quite stoned, her hair is all over her face, her voice is not quite awesome, and well ..that’s it. But she got selected for the semis. Don’t you think she is a bit spaced out?
Moushumi Di on IGT reminds me of Runa Laila. Seriously. I feel like she’d start singing ” Shaader Laau” any moment. And she should. That”’ certainly get her more votes.
Priya Raina from Jammu on IGT mimics Sridevi, Juhi Chawla, Karisma Kapoor, Kajol, Priyanka Chopra. She’s brilliant.
Super Mario stage representation by Illuminati. Even though they were not selected for the Top 40, they get my vote
And well, how can we wind up without mentioning Sonali’s beautiful closeup shots. So here we go.
Very long post it was!!! Phew! Go on, shout out loud in the comments. The next post on IGT will have a review of the entire show as a whole, and will be posted only after the semi-finals. C ya !