The reality show, Sa Re Ga Mał just concluded by the Zee TV, proved to be a great
success. This show was organised to search the "Voice of the World" or the best singer of Hindustani songs.
The show also had a philanthropic angle as Poonam a girl from a very ordinary
middle class family at Lucknow, who as repeatedly informed during the episodes, earned a mere Rs.600/- per month from
her job at a PCO at Lucknow, was one of the participants. She received lot of sympathy from the anchor, the gurus,
and most important of all, the viewers. Raja Hasan from Rajasthan also came from a very humble middle class family. Amanat
definitely remained a symbol of goodwill and friendship between India and Pakistan, and was religiosly supported by all those
who believe in goodwill and peace. The Royal Cub of Bengal, the voice of the world the winner Aneek Dhar, represented
the sweet melodious voice so typical of Bengal.
It was really very interesting that most of the major TV channels in India gave the show
full publicity and news coverage, putting aside all professional rivalry.
Like millions of other middle class people my wife remained glued to the TV during all
episodes of Sa Re Ga Ma. Whenever I had a chance of viewing the performance of those energy charged young boys and girls I
was charmed by their sweet voices. They all are superb no doubt. I wish them all great success in their career.
The "reality", however really showed when the enormous number of votes received
by these participants was revealed! The three mega finalists put together fetched 100,000,000 plus votes! More than 100 million votes Whoops!
Since I did not vote for any, I wondered how much it costs a voter to caste one such
vote on phone or SMS. Some said ten rupees per vote others said six rupees per vote some others said no it was just three
rupees a SMS. I could not verify the figures for myself and therefore put it at the lowest that is three rupees per vote.
Thus the money earned by the telecom corporates put together for the mega final episode was 300 million rupees plus, or around
$6 million plus.
Congratulations to all participating corporates and their brilliant managers!!!
And who paid the money? The poor middle class!
Was that ethical?