Manju, Masarat emerge winner in senior female category

*J&K a talented State, says Anu Malik

Excelsior Correspondent
SRINAGAR, June 16: Manju Bhalla and Masarat emerged winners in the senior female category during the finale of a musical talent hunt programme “Choona Hai Aasman Season-III” organised by J&K Police, which concluded at SKICC.
On the occasion, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah was the chief guest, while Union Minister for New and Renewable Energy Dr Farooq Abdullah was the guest of honour. The known Bollywood Music composer Anu Malik, noted Singer Sadhana Sargam and Producer Ashok Thakrey were special invitees.
Member Legislative Assembly (MLA) Nasir Aslam Wani, Director General of Police (DGP) Ashok Prasad, Chief Vigilance Commissioner (CVC) Kuldeep Khuda, DGP Prisons K Rajendra Kumar, ADGPs, Divisional Commissioner Kashmir Shailender Kumar and civil and Civil, Police and Paramilitary Forces officer were also present.
In senior male category, Rouvjeet Singh bagged the title trophy and Rs 10,000 cash, while Rakesh Kumar secured 2nd position and received cash award of Rs 5,000.
In senior female category, Manju Bhalla won the first prize and Rs 10,000 cash, while Masarat was adjudged runner and Rs 5,000 cash and runner’s-up trophy was awarded to her.
In the junior male category Jagan Jout Singh received first position and winner’s trophy besides Rs 10,000 cash. The runner’s up trophy was received by Hafiz Bilal Mir who also received Rs 5,000 cash.
In female junior category, Arooj and Shriya were adjudged joint winners. Rakesh and Roujoot Singh also won Anu Malik Trophy.
The performances of the participants were adjudged by Anu Malik, noted Singer Sadhana Sargam, Producer Ashok Thakrey and local Singer and Composer Waheed Jeelani.
Union Minister for New and Renewable Energy Dr Farooq Abdullah sang his favorite song ‘Lag Ja Gale Ki Phir Ye Hasin Raat Ho Na Ho, Shayad Phir Is Janam Mein Mulaaqaat Ho Na Ho’.
Annu Malik and Sadhna Sargam also sung their famous Bollywood songs, which were applauded by the audience with thundering applauses.
“I was really impressed by the fantastic performance by the talented singers; I want to say that Jammu and Kashmir is a talented State. There is so much creativity here. I want to congratulate J&K Police because they have done a fantastic work”, Anu Malik said.
Enthralled by the beauty of Kashmir, Malik added, “When I reached Dal Lake, I called a friend to know which song was shooted in the lake, and the song which came to my mind was “Dewaana hua badal” from the Movie “Kashmir Ki Kali”.
Earlier, in his welcome address, Inspector General of Police (IGP), Kashmir Zone, Abdul Ghani Mir threw light on the aim of organizing the programme.
He said that the programme was an attempt to provide platform to the youth of the State to showcase their talent.
Director and Chief Coordinator of the Programme was Israr Khan, SSP Samba.
The programme was anchored by DySP (Probationer) Sugandha.

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