Star wars, part II

Kathmandu: The lines have been drawn and the race begun. At 7.30 pm on Saturday, 10 fortunate and, not to mention, talented young singers will move into the next round of the hottest TV show of the season: Nepali Tara, In Search Of A Star. Ten young musicians have already made it to the shortlist of 40. Composer, music director Alok Shree shared his joy and excitement at the wonderful progress of the show. “It is a hard job. More than 10,000 responded to the screening tests and only 40 are going to make it to the next levels. My heart aches for those who defeated poverty, hardship and personal tragedy to come here to sing because that’s what they love doing and this is their cherished dream. Yet they had to go home because much as we would have loved to have them in the show, we have set very high standards for it and not all can meet up to it. Judging is a tough job.” Alok Shree, alongwith Deepak Jangam and Vimala Rai, are the esteemed judges for the event. Alok has composed 10 Nepali songs for the event. They are mostly contemporary and folk and some have a classical base. The event, however, accepts all genres of music. “We encourage versatility. This is going to be the greatest show of the year,” said Alok.