Meghalaya CM to attend reality show finale

Last Updated: Oct 01, 2010, 17:38 PM IST

Mumbai: Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul Sangma will attend the grand finale of the reality show `India`s Got Talent? Khoj 2` tomorrow to cheer for the Shillong Chamber Choir.

TV channel Colors invited the Chief Minister and he is also expected to deliver a short speech during the show tomorrow. Sangma left for Mumbai today, official sources said.

Flawless rendition of western chorals and Hindi classics by Shillong Chamber Choir has caught the imagination of not only the people of the region but of the entire country, taking them to the finals of the reality talent show.

Amidst various organizations rallying behind the choir, a government sponsored motorcade rally to muster mass support for the band was taken out in Shillong today.

"The choir has shown that in this part of our country, we have enormous talent and we just need opportunities or platforms to reveal such talent. It is the duty of the people to encourage and support the group," Sangma said in a public appeal published in newspapers.

He said government has taken steps to garner support to the choir. Opposition leader Conrad Sangma is also hosting a dinner for the choir in Mumbai this evening.

Loud speakers have been put up across the capital city, playing renditions of the choir and appealing for votes.

The choir group from Shillong, led by Neil Nongkynrih, has created waves in the region singing to the soul the popular number of yesteryear `Chura Liya Hai Tumne jo dil ko` in between classic oldies such as `Nina pretty ballerina`.

Rallies were organized in various parts of the state in support of the choir over the last few days.

This is the second time Shillong has sung its way to the finals of a reality TV show, the first being contestant Amit Paul in the Indian Idol contest 2008.

The nine finalists of the `India`s Got Talent Khoj 2` include six performances chosen by votes and three by the judges` choice.

PTI