From Antakshari to Meri Aawaz Suno to The Stage, singing reality shows in India have come a long way and have given us many great musicians. The trend of these reality shows seems to grow stronger with every year, primarily because these series offer a platform to budding singers, composers and musicians to showcase their talent and catapult them to instant stardom. Here is the list of the popular Indian singing reality shows of 2017.
Airs on: Sony entertainment television.
Indian Idol started on 28 October 2004 and marked itself as one of the finest Indian singing reality show. Judged by many veteran singers from Indian music industry, the show has produced many fine talents such as Abhijeet Sawant, Rahul Vaidya, Shree Ram among others. RV Revanth was declared the winner of the Indian Idol season 9 on 2 April 2017.
Sa Re Ga Ma Pa L’il Champs
Airs on: Zee Tv
Sa Re Ga Ma Pa is one of the oldest singing talent show in India. The show started way back in 1995 and has been hosted by many popular voices like Aditya Narayan, Sonu Nigam, Javed Ali and many more. Though the show for the young guns was started in 2006. Anjali Gaikwad appeared as the winner of the recent Sa Re Ga Ma Pa L’il Champs 2017. The uniqueness of the show is that the contestants are mentored by 30 jury members who are experts from the music industry.
Airs on: Colors Infinity
This series is India’s first ever English singing talent show comprising of such big names as Vishal Dadlani, Ehsaan Noorani, Devraj Sanyal and Monica Dogra donning the judges hat. Presented by Shibani Dandekar, The Stage season 3 winner was Siddhant Sharma from Kolkata.
Airs on: Colors
Judged by Shankar Mahadevan, Monali Thakur and Diljeet Dosanjh, it is India’s first live reality show. Rising Star India is the Indian extension of the popular International singing show called Rising Star which is based on Israeli singing contest called Hakokhav Haba. Bannet Dosanjh emerged as the winner of the show this year.
Dil Hai Hindustani
Airs on: Star Plus
What makes this show stand out from others is that the participants are handpicked not just from India but from across the globe. The judges of the show are Karan Johar, Badshah, Shekhar Ravijani and Shalmali Kholgade. Haitham Mohammed Rafi from Oman emerged as the winner of the show on 29 April 2017.
The Voice India
Airs on: &TV
An ultimate reality show, The Voice India is the Indian version of the globally popular show The Voice. The contestants are purely judged on their voice as the judges have their back towards the performer. Farhan Sabir was the winner of season 2 of The Voice India which was judged by Neeti Mohan, Benny Dayal and Shaan.
Voice of Punjab
Airs on: PTC Punjabi
Launched in 2010, Voice of Punjab is the reality singing show where contestant from Punjab and Haryana compete against each other. Judged by Jazzy B, Amarjit Singh of Ludhiana was declared the winner of the seventh season of Voice of Punjab
Sur Nava Dhyas Nava
Airs on: Colors Marathi
In this grand Marathi regional show, 15 best singers from Maharashtra compete with each other. The judges for this show are Shalmali Kholgade, National award-winning singer Mahesh Kale and Avadhoot Gupte.
Udaya Singer Junior
Airs on: Sun Tv
Udaya Singer Junior is a singing reality show which covers the regional music of Karnataka. Music director Guru Kiran and Ravichandran are the judge for the show. The show is strictly for the age group 6-13 years.
Airs on: ETV Telugu
Padutha Theeyaga is the first music-based reality show in South-India. The show seeks to discover the best singing talents across Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. The host of the show is the one of the most popular Indian playback singers, Padma Bhushan Dr SP Balasubrahmanyam. Launched in the year 1996 Padutha Theeyaga has so far completed more than 400 episodes.