‘Rising Star’ comes to a glittering end in Darjeeling Chowrasta

30 Jul 2018

Rising Star, a contest for singing and dancing,  organized by the Darjeeling police finally has come to an end with the grand finale for the junior round and instrumental round being held on Saturday followed by the senior round being held on Sunday at Chowrasta.
The programme which started in April as part of the community police initiative had more than 5,000 participants with 10 each shortlisted in the different categories for the finals with the cash award totalling to about Rs 28 lakh.
Darjeeling Superintendent of Polie Akilesh Chatturvedi said: “We have got a good response considering the crowd that had gathered for the programme. We will try that through the community police initiative to remain in contact with the people and ensure peace remains here.”
The competition had prize money for all categories for the top 10 participants. For both the dancing and singing junior categories the
cash prizes were Rs 1 51,000 for those who stood first followed by Rs 100,000 and Rs 50,000 for the second and the third positions. Both the senior categories
had the cash prizes of Rs 251,000 for the first position followed by Rs. 200,000 and 150,000. Gift vouchers were also provided by the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration chairman Binay Tamang who was also present in the programme.  A celebrity judge in the form of Amit Paul, a reality star was also present for the finals.
Binay Tamang said: “This is a good initiative with the police providing a good platform for the talents here. I request the Bengal chief minister that this be made an annual event which I will personally also send a letter to her.”
Tamang also announced treatment for one of the contestants Diwakar Khawas of Bagdogra with one of the best eye specialists in the country.
State minister Gautam Deb who was also present in the programme said: “This is a huge programme that the police have organized here and it being a success is shown by the fact that the crowd has stayed for the entire seven hours and more of the programme in spite of
the rain.”
In the instrumental category the first prize went to Vipasna Yonzon who played the sitar winning Rs 51,000 followed by Nischal Rai who played the saxophone winning Rs 31,000. The third prize went to Prashant Sharma on the tabla winning Rs 21,000.
The Junior Dance category was won by the group Never Give Up from Jaigoan followed by Samir B.K. from Siliguri and Avastha Thapa from Garidhura. In the Junior Singing competition the first position went to Ashiya Rai followed by Bhavya Nirula and Shruti Biswakarma.
In the senior category dance the group Monster X Crew stood first followed by Stunt Mania Girls and Keshavi Chettri. Dipesh Rai stood first in the senior dance category followed by Ruben Subba and Shriya Chettri.
The celebrity judge Amit Paul said, “I am very happy that I was invited in the programme and if I had been involved much earlier it would have been better. The contestants are also good both in singing and dancing. I always have a soft corner for the north-east and Darjeeling. I want that the contestants should showcase their talents not only in the north-east but also in other places.”
The evening ended with the celebrity judge dishing out different Bollywood songs along with a Nepali number. (EOIC)