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Patiala lad strikes the right notes
Wins Zee TV’s Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Singing Superstar contest
Aman Sood
Tribune News Service

Patiala, December 26
Jaswant Singh, a resident of Reethkherhi village, worked for years to see his three children grow up and find jobs. On Saturday his youngest son, Kamal Khan, was declared winner of Zee TV's “Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Singing Superstar” contest.

In a dazzling finale at Mumbai’s Andheri Sports Complex, Khan outperformed Bishakh Jyoti from Kolkata and Abhilasha Chelum from Mumbai to win the title, which will cement his place in the music industry. The stalwarts of the Indian music industry and Bollywood like Ghulam Ali, Jagjit Singh, Alka Yagnik, Suresh Wadekar, Udit Narayan, Mithun Chakraborty and Penaz Masani attended the contest.

“Our son has done us proud today. Though he had to face several hardships due our financial condition, he worked hard to emerge a topper,” claimed Jaswant Singh, a Class IV employee working with the health department in Patiala.

“Initially, we had named him Kamal Dewana. He was renamed as Kamal Khan during the event, some 19 weeks back. The judges of the show bestowed the title of ‘Khan’ on him, claiming that Bollywood would soon have another ‘Khan’,” added Kamal’s father, who returned to Patiala after attending the finale in Mumbai on Saturday night.

Kamal has won a luxury car, a bike and is expected to sign a few movies as the judges of the show including, Punjabi pop icon Daler Mehndi, music composer duo, Vishal and Shekhar, are impressed with him. The duo have already given Kamal an opportunity to sing a background song “wallah re wallah” for Akshay Kumar in ‘Tees Maar Khan’.

Kamal’s mother, Sarabjit Kaur, who reached Patiala after attending the finale in Mumbai, told The Tribune that Kamal was fond of singing ever since he was 
in school.

“He had won another contest ‘Awaz Punjab Di’ in 2008 and has done the family proud. I wish he would have returned with us, but due to some commitments he had to stay back in Mumbai,” she said.

Kamal’s uncle and mentor, Shauqat Ali Dewana, said Kamal would come to him to practise singing when he was five years old.

“His knack for classical and his voice are his strong points and will take him to heights,” said Shauqat, who is himself a trained qawwali singer Meanwhile, family members and friends of Kamal paid obeisance at various shrines in Patiala before reaching home at Reetkherhi village, where anxious well-wishers awaited the family members and gave them a warm welcome.

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