Sunday, March 23, 2008

Yaar Andha Star 2008

Thats why I came to Singapore. Mediacorps' production. This was a talent hunt for youngsters between 13-17 in Singapore. They called me in to host the final episode which is why we landed here. Tipu and Harini came in as special judges as well.
I was told that this was the first ever time that they called in someone from India to host a show on Singapore television. This contest has been going on for the past ten weeks and was hosted by Ilamaran, one of the leading singers in Singapore. I was his co-host. The point about this show was that it was Live. It was a live telecast from the Mediacorp studios.
Ilamaran and I had a sort of a rehearsal yesterday to go through the script (for the first time in my life, I was given a script to host a television show and it came in even before we left to Singapore). Under the guidance of Thaamarai, producer of Yaar Andha Star, she is one very exacting person and very meticulous, everything went according to plan today, when we actually started rolling. Ilamaran was extremely affable and we hit off pretty well. Once we kinda went through the script, I went to give an interview and only had enough time to catch some zzzzz.This morning we went to the studios by 10 AM and I started writing points on my cue cards. Which was also a first. I actually got the opportunity to take down the names of the contestants, because I would actually see them and hear them perform live for the first time.
The show was for 90 minutes. Around 3 pm Ilamaran and I went to the floors for a dry run. Right from the opening walk-in to all the performances and the final bye we went through every line of the script. It was good to have a script to know what was coming when, and especially the names and what they were going to sing. It was also good to know how long we would take and whether we were running late. The dry-run clocked 93 minutes. We overshot by almost 3 minutes.
We went on the floors again at 6:20 PM and we were on stand-by. An interview with P C Sreeram was going on just before ours.
The best thing about this event was I was not nervous at all, which was weird, because I expected to be. Maybe I was OK this time because there was preparation and I actually knew what was going to happen when.
90 minutes flew past and it was a breeze because Ilamaran was great support. And when we said "Bye Bye see you next time" we clocked precisely 90 minutes. Yaar Andha Star was won by a boy called Koushik who was very good today. I must also say all the 9 singers today were very good. We heard that the talent level would only be "mediocre"", but when we did hear he performances, (most of them were totally untrained) they were very good. Also they do not have the kind of exposure to the wide range of music that Indians living in India have. Koushik was trained and it showed.
We attended a reception and dinner thereafter and I got to speak to a lot of people and there were a lot of photo-ops as well.
Today would be the best day of the trip. And I am totally waiting to come back home. Time and again its getting reaffirmed that I will not be happy anywhere except India. Nowhere but India. Nowhere but Chennai.


jaazay said...

Hey Chinmayee akka,
nice to see that you, as a greatly talented singer, updated ur blog within minutes of completing your show in Yaar Antha Star

I am a fan of your singing esp in ARR's music. From Aaruyire to Sahana to Mayya Mayya. Your vocal ability is like wow..

I am a Singaporean teen and wish you all the best and thanks for coming here to support the young talents! :)


Hey akka , Had loads of fun with u thought it was only for a few hours ... Like i said , we're not running away anywhere so def we'll get a chance to meet again soon !! Hahah u were sooper amazing today though the few mistakes esp the 1000rps instead of $1000... Heheheheh !! But u and maran were super cute ...

Yen Vee said...

Talent is really growing World-wide. Glad that you spotted and enjoyed some wonderful talent in Singapore.

VijayGanesh. S said...

Try Singapore Flyer ride once :)

Anonymous said...

hi shahul(pixel)here,

how come u blogged so fast???.it was a great u enjoyed the 2 days with pixel:).any way's have a great time shopping tomolo with thamaray and have a safe journey back.

cheers to u and yr mother!

take care
shahul hameed

Maha said...

Hey Chinnu akka..good and clearly written script on the happenings there!:) good to know that you enjoyed well..And i feel really happy that they've called upon you specially,all the way from India to host a show and your being the first Indian to host a show in Singapore..Congrats on that :)
Finally not to leave out,kindly let us know some atleast a couple of days in advance if you happen to attend concerts anywhere in India or even out of it so that we can attempt to get the tickets by the latest if at all there's an opportunity :)


Srini said...

so nice to read the article of ur true experience
also pl pass on some photos of the event.

ced said...

Hey! Wow! updated your blog so fast! your debut on Vasantham Central was surprising! I was like.. is that Chinmayi! haha..

Have been reading your blog since you last came to Singapore in Dec 2007.

come to Singapore often ! hahah... =)

Anonymous said...

Hi Chinmayee akka,

It was a great feeling to have you for the Yaar Antha Star show...Thank You very Much...


Winner of Yaar Antha Star

Anonymous said...

Hey Chinmayi

Me too waiting for u coz I miss u at AKK. Good to hear that u did the program well. Always u Rock Chin!

Suchi said...

Re: "Time and again its getting reaffirmed that I will not be happy anywhere except India."

I used to think that way and am now very much at home in Melbourne. I think it depends on who you are (your age, your aspirations) when you visit a new place. I've also found that there's a big difference in visiting with the intent of staying.

Guru said...

Hmm .. Reality shows that are telecast live = Wow..

This is so 'wow' that, I even wrote a post bout' this on my blog..

Btw I'm your fan..


Arun S said...

Svargame endralum athu namma orra pola varuma?

vijey said...

Ooops..Photos by any chance ??

Sathiya said...

Just came to know about your blog through It's nice to know that you are blogging that too so fast. I've been a fan of your singing and anchoring and now blogging;) It was a surprise to see you in 'Yaar Andha Star 2008'. After seeing your bloopers in Super Singer Juniors;), I was wondering how you would perform in a Live Program but you did an excellent job indeed. Mediacorp is doing a good job in encouraging the talents in Singapore. If the young talents here get proper training, attention and expsoure, they would perform much better than this. With Singapore being so small with less than 10% of Indian population, it's amazing to see this much of talent here.

பட்டுக்கோட்டை பிரேம்குமார் said...

ஹாய்....அக்கா! இல்ல எல்லோரும் இப்படித்தான் ஆரம்பித்திருக்கிறார்கள், அதுதான் நானும்!

அட...அட...என்ன ஒரு சூப்பர் நிகழ்ச்சி! சும்மா சொல்லகூடாது யார் அந்த ஸ்டார்னு என்னை கேட்டா நீங்கதான்னு கொஞ்சம் கூட தயங்காம சொல்வேன். உங்களைப் பாராட்டி ஒரு கவிதையே எழுதலாம், இருங்க திரு. வைரமுத்துகிட்ட கேட்டுகிட்டு வருகிறேன்.

சிங்காரச் சிங்கையில்
சிரித்த முகமுடன்
சிறப்பு நிகழ்ச்சிக்கு
சிலிர்க்க வைத்தது
சில்லென்ற குரலுக்கு
சிற்பத்தின் தோற்றம்
சிகரங்கள் போற்றும்
சிறப்பாக செய்துவிட்டாய்
சிங்கை மக்கள்போற்றும்
சின்மயிக்கு இந்த
சின்ன பையனின்
சிரம் தாழ்ந்த வாழ்த்துக்கள்!
சிறப்பான எதிர்காலம்
காத்து நிற்கிறது!
இசை உலகமும்
படைப்பாளர் உலகமும்
உங்கள் பக்கம் இனி
உலகம் உங்கள் கையில்!
எங்கள் சிங்கப்பூர்
உங்களால் பெருமையடைகிறது!
உங்கள் மண்ணில் பிறந்த
என்றும் பெருமைதான் உங்களால்!

Maha said...

Hello Mr.Pattukottai Premkumar.. semma kavidhai about our Chinnu akka.. kalakeetnga.. serious ah chance ae illa.. pul arikardhu..!! keep it up..!!
Chinnu akka.. you're becoming a super popular and 'makkal virumbum' personality..Way to go..!!Kamon..!(As you say) heheh..:)

whAt A LiFe said...

Hi there

I watched the programme too. It was super good. I could see you are not only a good singer but a good host too. I enjoyed ur arratai with Illamaran. So cute....

And blockbuster song you sang with Maran, 'Sahana' was beautiful.

Keep rocking!

SARAS said...

Pillai patthi Ketka ketka perumaiya irukku. amma kita solli thirusti sutthi poda sollu

Kavitha said...

Hi Chinmayi,
The Live TV show would have been a great experience, right?!
Do post the photos!

Maheswari said...

Hai Chinmayi,
Must b back in Chennai - right? I sent so many mails when u were in Sin - but no reply...were u very busy?OK pa.Next time varappo paarthuta pochu...correct thaane?

Vasanthan said...

i am glad that you had a wonderful time in Singapore.
Ilamaran is my favorite local singer. he is good in his comedy as well. i am sure it would have been a great performance by both of you.

Thanks for the compliments you gave about the younger singers in Singapore. i am sure it will go a long way and bring out their talent even further.

Siddiq said...

Chinmayi Akka!!!The singer who took not only those in the Mediacorp studio but also those (like me )watching from home by storm.You sang Mayya Mayya and Sahana(did not mention this in ur blog at all..)very well!!! I need not say this ,but have to... YOU ROCK AS USUAL!!Hats off.

Chinmayi said...

Ah well Kuberan, all days are not good days, and there is also the nervousness of hosting a live show. There are people who like and people who don't.. like they say there is one sure fire way to failure, which is to please everyone.. :)

Anonymous said...

hey akka, sivaranjini pillai here. really enjoyed you coming here and your 'maiya maiya' was am amazing. your really a singer who enjoys what she does. keep in touch and have a nice day. bye!