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Alankar Mahtolia and sreekanth hariharan win 92.7 Big fm’s benadryl big golden voice season 3
Mumbai: 92.7 BIG FM, India’s No. 1 Radio Network concluded Season 3 of its most successful singing talent hunt show Benadryl BIG Golden Voice in Mumbai, recently. After weeks of research and painstakingly selecting the deserving talent, popular singer and music director Shankar Mahadevan, the mentor and judge of the show, announced two contestants, Alankar Mahtolia (Delhi) and Sreekanth Hariharan (Chennai) as winners of this prestigious contest.
The herculean task of finalising a winner from over one lakh entries was painstakingly executed and days of pondering over who wins a point higher than the others, was all worth it with the announcement of the winner. For the first time in Benadryl BIG Golden Voice, two winners – a boy from Delhi, Alankar Mahtolia and another one from Chennai, Sreekanth Hariharan won the coveted title and will get an opportunity to be a part of Shankar Mahadevan’s next Bollywood project.
Ecstatic after his first win this 20-year-old, Alankar Mahtolia said, “I would like to thank 92.7 BIG FM and Shankar Sir for believing in me. It is indeed a great honour to win Benadryl BIG Golden Voice Season 3. I am speechless.” This modest winner who originally hails from Nainital is not new to competitions. Adding this new attained win to his list of achievements, he further shares, “This is my first win at a national level. Though it never felt like a competition as every kid came in with their specialty in specific genre. Some were good in folk while some excelled in Sufi. I was confident about my practice and knew that I do stand a strong chance to win.”
21-year-old Sreekanth Hariharan for whom this was a huge opportunity, could not control his excitement. Born in a family of music experts, this was indeed a chance for Sreekanth to shine. “I thank Shankar Sir for mentoring us the way he did and 92.7 BIG FM for this platform. Benadryl BIG Golden Voice is indeed a huge national platform where I got to perform. Also this was my first competition on a national level.”
Winner of Benadryl BIG Golden Voice Season 2, Sayani Palit was also present at the event to lend her support to participants who eagerly waited for results to be announced. Runner up of Season 2, Digvijay Singh Pariyar also attended the event. Both these talented singers recently got an opportunity to sing for the movie ‘Katti Batti’ along with other projects. All this was only possible due to a sincere and a strict mentoring of the ace singer and musician, Shankar Mahadevan.
On the eve of concluding a great finale, Shankar Mahadevan said, “92.7 BIG FM gave me an amazing opportunity to judge and mentor the talented singers who come on the show. I am glad that though this show we can provide them with a platform to showcase their talents. Benadryl BIG Golden Voice has indeed come as a blessing to these talented singers.”
“Speaking about the association, Ganesh Bangalore, General Manager – Marketing, Consumer Business, at Johnson & Johnson India said, “Benadryl® has always endeavored to provide innovative solutions to address our consumer’s needs. Benadryl has been associated with BIG FM for the past 3 years to give upcoming talent a platform where they can showcase their talent regardless of the barriers of language and style of music. Benadryl BIG Golden Voice is a celebration of our association with Voice. We are proud to partner with 92.7 BIG FM for Benadryl® BIG Golden Voice Season – 3, as it provides an opportunity to singers in India and internationally to be recognized by the greatest in the industry.”
BIG Golden Voice Season 3 was bigger this year, with entries to find golden voice from every Socio-Cultural Region (SCR). For the first time this season saw entries coming from other countries including US, Canada, Bangladesh and Pakistan. Singers from each of the countries and 37 SCR competed to seek votes from their region that in turn helped dictate their entry into the national level competition. Of the 37 entries, 12 shortlisted voices went on to represent talent at the national platform, finally coming to an end in a grand way in Mumbai.