Kairali's GandharvaSangeetham, touted as the first Malayalam musical reality show, was first aired this year on Kairali TV. Inaugurated by the well known Carnatic classical singer, Dr. K J Yesudas, this show is aired on Kairali TV between Monday and Thursday at 9.30 PM. All the episodes can be watched on video on demand manner on iStream.
A reality show in the genre of music, the show aims to identify fine singing talent that deserves recognition. Based on a multi-round screening format, the show also features nurturing and grooming that is done by renowned singers such as Jyotsna, Sudeep Kumar, Vidhu Prathap, and Gayathri. Further to the grooming, the selected contestants perform to a studio audience and a panel of eminent personalities in the field of music that includes the likes of music director Deepak Vasudev, music composer Ouseppachan, and playback singer S.P. Shailaja.
This popular show, now in its twelfth season, boasts of another highlight, that of an ‘invisible judge’. Essentially, even as the onstage judges are evaluating the contestants’ performances, a backstage judge too is judging the performances. Once the onstage panel announces the final scores, the backstage judge or as the show refers to as ‘the invisible judge’ is revealed and he/she announces a verdict. While this adds to the surprise element, it also makes succeeding on this show all the more challenging.
In the episode that was aired on September 25th, two contestants, Aslam and Krishnaprasad stole the show in the ‘Tribute to Raveendran’ round. While Aslam performed Ramakatha Ganalayam from the film Bharatham that was composed by M. Raveendran, a renowned South Indian music composer, in the ‘Tribute to Johnson’ round, Krishnaprasad vocalizes Mayamayooram, a song from the film Vadakkunokki Yantharam. Just after the exhilarating performance, the ‘invisible guest’ recollected shared his experiences about working with the famed masters with the audience and the contestants.
The semi finals of Gandharva Sangeetham was aired on October nineth on Kairali TV. The three semi finalists Aslam, Deepthi and Vijitha Vijayan gave their best shot in this episode. Aslam vocalizes Parthasarathim Bhavaye, a popular classical song from the movie Kudumbasametham. Deepthi also vocalizes to a classical song Mayanadana Viharini from the movie Kumarasambhavam. The movie is directed by P. Subramaniam and the song was originally sung by P. Leela and Radha Jayalakshmi. Vijitha Vijayan, the final performer of the show renders a classical song from the movie Pakalnilavu. At the end of the performances, the judges offer their valuable comments and suggestions to the contestants.
The Grand Finale of Kairali Gandharva Sangeetham premiered on 10th October 2012. And the Chief Guest was Dr. Yesudas. On the show, Dr. Yesudas spoke about the terrorism being a global problem. During the show, the audience was treated to a snapshot of the legendary singer, Dr. Yesudas’s journey in the world of music. This was followed by a recap of the contestants’ path to the finals. After a riveting performance by the finalists, Dr. Yesudas gave his inputs on the performances and Devika was declared the winner Gandharva Sangeetham, with Reshma being the second runner up, followed by Deepthi, Vijitha and Aslam.