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Only after 150 rejections, I got this chance to 'playback': singer-anchor Rohit Raut

Thursday, December 07, 2017
By Raju Vemekar

Talented Rohit Raut, a playback singer who was a finalist in ‘Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Marathi L’il Champs’ (2009), is a seasoned musician-vocalist now and at present has turned anchor, hosting Zee Marathi’s singing talent hunt show ‘Sa Re Ga Ma Pa – Ghe Panga Kar Danga’. He spoke exclusively to the ADC. Excerpts:

What is the USP of this TV show?
After many successful seasons in the past, the channel seeks to reach across the length and breadth of Maharashtra to find singing gems and present a musical extravaganza to viewers through this show. The show focuses on displaying a range of talent across the state instead of focusing  on just a select few. The aim is that the Marathi music industry get the best singers.

Do you find this TV show challenging?
Of course. I am a vital link between participants, judges and the audience. The singing is the soul of this program and I am an anchor who has gone through this entire process, so I see to it that the participants shed their stage-fright and are constantly encouraged.

Do you think the participants are up to the mark?
The participants get three minutes to present their performance. They have been skillfully selected by an unbiased selection team.

What is the new format?
The competition-test has been made a bit harder. Earlier, due to the voting system, the audience used to play a decisive role, regardless of the performance of the participants. Now we don’t follow that system. Participants get the opportunity only once and they have to prove their mettle. If they can’t they are out of the contest.

So what is the theme this year?
This is a new season based on the theme 'Ghe Panga, Kar Danga'. The TV show is based on different themes that were presented earlier. There was one season which was devoted to youngsters and yet another season devoted to singers who were 40-plus, etc.

How has your musical journey been?
I have provided playback for quite a few Marathi films including 'Duniyadari', 'Vazandar', 'Ti Saddhya Kay Karte', 'Rakhandar', 'Gaav Thor Pudhari Chor', 'Pyaar Vali Love Story', 'Candle March', 'Moruchi Maushi' and 'Shutter'. I have also lent my voice for TV serials like 'Be Dune Daha' and 'Ka Re Durava'.

Do you recall any eventful incident in your career?
The way I got a chance to sing for 'Duniyadari' (2013) itself is a memorable event. I faced nearly 150 rejections before I got a chance to sing 'Yaara Yaara', the foot-tapping number in 'Duniyadari'. In fact most of those engaged in producing jingles had told me that my voice is unsuitable.

What is your background?
During school days, I received training for almost 7 years in Latur and participated in various school level contests. Around the age of 14, when my voice was changing, I took a break. Subsequently, I received training for two years from noted singer Suresh Wadkar at his academy. Initially, I participated in 'Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Lil Champs season 2', followed by this latest 'Sa Re Ga Ma Pa', where I emerged as one of the finalists.

Which musical instruments do you play?
I play the guitar, key boards and drums, among other instruments.

Who is your idol?
Professionally, my judges are my idols. But in personal life there cannot be anyone but my father as my idol.

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