The King of Bhangra, Daler Mehndi, has been invited as the Grand Judge at the Grand Finale of Radio City Super Singer. The veteran artist has graced various reality shows as a Celebrity Judge in the past too. In Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Singing Superstar on Zee TV, he not only mentored the participants but also trained them to be complete performers. The show also exposed just how much he understands, loves, and breathes music. Out of all the judges that season, Mr. Mehndi was the only one to notice even the most minute errors. In addition to judging on Zee TV, he also appeared as a Judge on Sony TV’s Comedy Circus Ke Tansen.
Mehndi who pioneered Indian Pop is trained in various Gharanas of Indian Classical Music like Gwalior Gharana which he learnt from his parents and then Patiala Gharana under the tutelage of Late Ustad Rahaat Ali Khan Saheb of Gorakhpur. Apart from the knowledge of these Gharanas, Mehndi proclaims,
“I have been blessed with the knowledge of ancient Indian Classical Ragas which date back to more than 500 years ago. This I got by being a disciple of Shri Guru Nanak Dev Ji & Shri Guru Granth Sahib Ji. Music is in my family for the last eight generations. My ancestors were singers in the court of the Guru Ghar. That’s the reason that my knowledge is wholesome!”
Equipped with the colossal knowledge of classical music and backed by his experience as a performer par excellence who easily dons various genres like Pop, Rock, Sufi, Ghazal, Folk to classical, Mehndi is an asset to both the participants as well as the show.
“It is not so much about finding the winner alone, but the fact how much in tune (Sur) or in rhythm is the singing, how much soul, knowledge of music is contributed by the singer to the song, to the expertise of the performer to perform the song with musicians, how much importance does this performer gives to the words he/she is singing, apart from noticing their tonal quality, stage presence etc.” quoted Mehndi.
His own record label DRecords has also opened doors to Recording artists through a musical talent hunt show known as Voice Hunt which presents a unique opportunity and a platform for unexplored talent to showcase their skills and get a chance to record an album especially for those who are trained in classical or semi classical music.
The grand finale of Radio City Super Singer will be held on September 15 at the Ambience Mall, Gurgaon. Keep it locked to Urban Asian for more on Mehndi Mania!