Eastern Vocal Solo | Utsav 2017

College Life

by Aarushi Goel

 Utsav Day 1


The Indian non-classical light vocal solo singing competition was held on the eve of 4th April 2017, as a part of KMC’s annual intercollegiate fest Utsav. The event was judged by Mrs. Mahalaxmi Shenoy, a vocalist from Karkala, Mr. Rajgopal, an Akashwani artist, Mr. HR Shenoy, a singer of light classical music and Mrs. Vasanthiramesh Shenoy.

The rules of the competition were as follows- only one entry per institute with a maximum time limit of 4 minutes per performance. The songs could be from a film of any Indian language, sung with or without orchestra, as desired by the participant. Non-film songs, religious and classical bhajans and kirtans were not allowed. Self-guitars and support instruments were forbidden and orchestra was not provided.

The participants from Manipal University’s constituent colleges showcased their immense vocal talents with highly entertaining, soulful and foot tapping performances. The participant from KMC, Manipal was Sayli Nagaraj who rendered a beautiful version of ‘Mere Dholna’ from the movie Bhool Bhulaiya, which aptly showcased her impressive vocal skills.


Sayli, who has been learning Hindustani classical music for the past 13 years, has been a part of every fest including Utsav, since her first year in KMC. This event is very close to her heart, hence despite her fourth year being very hectic she chose to participate. Her push into professional vocal training was given by her parents who had seen her love for singing and recognized her potential. On being asked about her choice of song, she explained, “I feel that this song has a very good stage presence and not everyone would choose such a difficult song to sing. I think it complements the technicality in my voice in an exquisite way.” The song clearly suited Sayli’s voice whose performance was highly enjoyed by the whole audience and she received a loud applause and cheers from the audience.

The event was a massive success with the audience cheering and lauding all the participants in their beautiful performances.

1st Place: MIT, Manipal

2nd Place: KMC, Mangalore

3rd Place: MCON


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