Vol. 4 Num 77 Tue. August 12, 2003  

Star search
Regional talent hunt comes to an end
One and only Star search award 2003

Solo musician Rezaul Karim was announced as the best performer of Rajshahi regional Benson and Hedges Star Search competition.

And with the announcement, made at a colourful ceremony at Nanking Community center in the city on Sunday night, the regional level auditions for the 'One and Only Star Search Award for 2003' were completed.

Earlier in the day, twenty performers--eight band teams and 12 solo musicians (chosen from the 16 districts of Rajshahi division earlier) took part in a day long audition at a rest house in Padma residential area in the city.

The panel of judges were a bit dizzy while sieving through the promising musicians as they said in the announcement ceremony, but found it easy to officially declare Rezaul Karim as the Best Regional Performer.

The final decision of the judges comprising the country's noted singers and musicians -- Kumar Biswajit, Nakib Khan and Faisal Siddique were not solely based on musical composition but the performers' knowledge on music was also given importance.

The night at the Nanking hall room was winded up with drums, heavy lighting and above all a number of songs presented by the judges Nakib Khan, Faisal Siddique and their band 'Renaissance' and Kumar Biswajit.

The young crowd of Rajshahi and many of the local elite enjoyed the dancing, clapping and even voicing with the popular tracks of Kumar Biswajit who is famous for his western blend with Bengali songs and also with the 'Renaissance' best selling tracks that were popular for their folk-typed rhythm.

The Rajshahi Award announcement session started an hour later than schedule. However, the entire hall was soon house full, but people were still coming in, although the entry was highly restricted.

Benson & Hedges introduced the initiative in 1999 to seek out talented musicians across the country and give them the chance to demonstrate their genius on a national scale.

But this year, the speciality of the 'One & Only Star Search' lies on its system to 'search' the music talents going from door to door i.e. the talents were chosen through holding auditions at the divisional headquarters.

It is certainly a great move and a very innovative gesture which has brought many previously unknown but talented musicians to the lime light.

The final round competition for the much coveted 'One and Only Star Search Award for 2003' will be held at Dhaka Sheraton Hotel sometime next month.

Waliul Hasan Sweet of The Heaven's Door band group performing song.