Showing posts with label TV News. Show all posts
Showing posts with label TV News. Show all posts

Airtel 4G Girl Sasha Chettri Joins Reliance Jio

8:14 AM
Sasha Chettri, the unexpected villain of Airtel 4G campaign has decided to leave Airtel, and join Reliance Jio’s 4G campaign from now on. She took this major decision after a user from remote Umiam Lake of Shillong is taking her to court as he was not able to watch India vs West Indies World T20 Semi final clash on his mobile phone using Airtel 4G.

As per reports emerging, Sasha decided to take this extreme step after she was fed up of the trolling she received due to her Airtel 4G campaign; and when it became serious due to this legal angle.

In an exclusive e-interview via Twitter, she said, “Paka daala yaar! (Bugged me off dude!) Don’t these trolls have any other task?!”

This controversy reached it’s crescendo during the World T20 semi final clash where West Indies defeated India. The user, who was so impressed/influenced with Sasha’s advertisement for Airtel 4G in Shillong, that he purchased an Airtel connection for watching the crucial India-West Indies T20 match on his mobile. But unfortunately, the mobile was not able to get the desired bandwidth, and live streaming couldn’t happen.

In his petition, the man who refused to be identified, said, “India has never lost whenever I watch the match. Due to this strange Airtel 4G girl’s advertisement, I took Airtel SIM, and then it was all blank. The match couldn’t be streamed, and I couldn’t watch the match and India lost. Sasha now must pay the price..”

In that particular advertisement shot at Umiam Lake in Shillong, Sasha’s friends actually say to her: “Famous on TV, non-stop, loud speaker..”; and in reply, Sasha admits, “Thoda over ho gaya…Glad we are here, 4G se bhi break, public se bhi break!”.

But suddenly, she is stunned to notice that a girl is playing songs on mobile using Airtel 4G. This ‘miracle’ is what must have inspired that unnamed user who later sued Sasha.

Sasha Ditching Airtel – The Real Reason

As per insider reports, Sasha is tired of watching trolls demolish her self-confidence and belief in the fact that she is a great actor. The biggest issue is that Airtel’s 4G isn’t working as smoothly as she had expected, and this is resulting in intolerance among users.

But why Reliance 4G of all the telecom companies?

She says, “See, first of all, Reliance Jio is really dicey – nobody knows when it will be launched. I am estimating that it will take another year or so before Reliance Jio 4G SIM cards are actually available. On the other hand, Airtel is everywhere, and it’s simply not working!”

It seems that either she received a bigger contract or her visibility has been massively planned (or both), even surpassing Airtel’s campaign.

Just for records, Sasha officially became the face of India’s most hated brand earlier this year; and several analysts had directly blamed Sasha for the same.

As per official data from Broadcast Audience Research Council India (BARC), between September 19 and November 20, 2015, 54,406 times, Sasha Chettri was aired 54,406 times, which resulted in her capturing the small screen for 1,708,586 seconds. In short, she was on TV screen for almost 475 hours, or some 20 days!

Ad-pundits have even started calling her ‘Lalitaji’ of 2015-16.

In a question related to her future plans, the trained copyrighter and passionate singer who accidentally landed up Airtel’s huge, massive ad-campaign, said, “First of all, let me handle these legal issue; and the emotional distress which I am going through. And then, I will plan a comeback by planning more torture for the Indian audience using Reliance 4G advertisements. Just wait and watch..”

Rumors are in that she has proposed a tagline: “4G Liyo To Jio!”, which is being examined by Reliance’s corporate communication experts.

*More updates awaited…


MTV Roadies accident in Darjeeling Pesok

7:56 PM

MTV Roadies Meet With an Accident
An accident took place near Pesok view point in Darjeeling. A mini bus carrying crew of roadies fell down the road. They were shooting in Mirik and Darjeeling hills  recently. According to the report there has been several incidents of accidents in the same spot in the past. The Roadies crew made a mistake by not taking the local driver said one of the locals.

Details of the injured persons:
Magen Basu Matary (36) Ashis Ansari(24) Akash Patel (25) Surendra Pràdhàn (35) Sidarth Soni(24) John Britto(33) Sandeep Bamkar(29) Bijoy kumar Panday(32) Rabi Rajan kumar(24) Santosh Jaiswal(35) Gawrab Pazoz(32) and the vehicle no is AS 01FC9100.
All assistance have been provided to the injured, who have been taken to Kalimpong and Siliguri hospital.

Thank God, there have been no casualties and we are hopeful it remains that way.

Via TheDC

Bibechana Gurung one of the finalist of India's Best Dramebaaz Season Two

1:20 PM
Indian Gorkha, Miss Bibechana (Gungun), one of the finalists of India's Best Dramebaaz Season Two is the pride of gorkhas in India. 12 years old Bibechana Gurung hails from Kurseong and also studies in Dow Hill School in Kurseong.  Her mother is from Bharnabari Tea Garden, Hasimara in ‪‎Dooars.

What is India's Best Dramebaaz?
India's Best Dramebaaz is a Indian reality show. A talent show for children where they will be judged for their acting capabilities. They will also undergo through a series of tasks and challenges which will groom them as actors.

Channel : Zee TV
Days : Sat-Sun
Timings - 09.30pm Onwards

Bibechana Gurung one of the finalist of India's Best Dramebaaz Season Two
About Bibechna Gurung
She lives with her father who is in the police, her mother a homemaker and her elder sister. She started dancing when she was 3 years old and learnt learnt kathak from her mother. She learnt Bharatnatayam and Hip-Hop and considers Madhuri Dixit to be her inspiration. .

Sasha Chettri helps Airtel 4G ad grab eyeballs

9:33 AM
You might not have heard of Sasha Chettri, but you've most probably seen her and chances are that you'd even recognise her in a crowd: she's the Airtel 4G girl. The youngster has grabbed eyeballs of 1.2 billion Indians as the telecom major is relentlessly streaming its 4G campaign into Indian homes and cities, giving this next-door girl more air time than most celebrities.

According to Broadcast Audience Research Council India (BARC), between September 19 and November 20, 2015, the Airtel 4G ads featuring Chettri were aired 54,406 times, together accounting for 1,708,586 seconds. That is, in those two months she was on TV screen for almost 475 hours, or some 20 days.

"Chettri is the 'Lalitaji' of 2015," said Jagdish Acharya, founder-director of creative agency Cut The Crap. "Chettri is doing what Kavita Chaudhary did to Surf in mid-80s. Irrespective of the Airtel hardselling 4G, the stickiness of the campaign is because of her," he said, giving all credits for the campaign to its protagonist. "You cannot break down what worked for the campaign - her face, her haircut, her voice, or her communication - but she has caught the fancy of everyone."
Sasha Chettri helps Airtel 4G ad grab eyeballs
Sasha Chettri helps Airtel 4G ad grab eyeballs
An upcoming music artiste in Mumbai who once worked as a trainee copywriter with not much experience in acting and modelling, Chettri was clearly not an obvious choice for a big national campaign like that of Airtel 4G, though her current campaign is taking her places. The girl from Dehradun in Uttarakhand studied advertising from Xavier's Institute of Communications, Mumbai. She told ET: "I love music. It's who I am and I am working on my ep (a mini album) right now."

Agnello Dias, chairman and cofounder of Taproot that created the Airtel 4G campaign, insisted that casting Chettri was not unusual. It was done in "the normal way we cast, choose from a group, narrow it down and then make one choice".

Source - economictimes

Sairaj Khati Zee Bangla Sa Re Ga Ma Pa gets a Warm Welcome in Mirik

9:30 AM
Mirik lad Sairaj Khati on his two day visit to native place witnessed mammoth gathering Zee Bangla Sa Re Ga Ma Pa top 10 contestant,Sairaj khati has been on his two days visit to home Manju,Dara Gaon since yesterday. Sairaj's irresistible voice and amazing performance made him grab limelight among fan followers.

On his first day of the visit,Sairaj Bhai was invited and welcomed at Phuguri High School where he studied before leaving for Zee Bangla singing competition.All the teaching staffs,students and his well wishers were present there to honour him with khadas and warm hugs with zeal and enthusiasm.

Sairaj Khati Zee Bangla Sa Re Ga Ma Pa  gets a Warm Welcome in Mirik
Mirik Lad Sairaj Khati Gets a Warm Welcome in Town
Mirik Lad Sairaj Khati Gets a Warm Welcome in Town

Sairaj Khati Zee Bangla Sa Re Ga Ma Pa
Sairaj Khati Zee Bangla Sa Re Ga Ma Pa

Meanwhile Soureni constituency GTA Sabhasad Arun Sigchi and the Various Artists Association of Mirik were also present to give him a bid welcome.

Photo - Yowan Gurung
Via - Voice of Mirik - VoM 

First All Indian Nepali Satellite TV Channel (ABN) launched

12:35 PM
ABN (All Bharatiya Nepali) is the first Nepali Satellite TV Channel in Indian  which was launched at Talkatora Stadium, New Delhi. Present on the occasion was Telecom & Communication Minister Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad, Shri BalKrishan Acharya, GTA Chief and GJM President Bimal Gurung and Entrepreneur Bijay Chamling from Sikkim.

This news & entertainment channel will be dedicated for Nepali audience across the country and it will start telecasting from 3rd week of October.

First All Indian Nepali Satellite TV Channel (ABN) launched

Airtel 4G advertisement features Gorkha from Bhopal, Sasha Chettri

1:02 PM
Airtel launched its new 4G advertisement on 6 August. It takes no time for this wonderful advertisement to become an instant hit. It is creating a sensation over the Internet with millions of views on Twitter.

The content of this advertisement, that is a sort of challenge, might be controversial. Many current users of Airtel are ridiculing the company for this sort of fake challenge. They are wondering why the company is unable to provide impeccable network over 2G and 3G networks.

Anyway, that is not the point here.

This advertisement is also in news for its models. The ad features two young and beautiful girls with different features, particularly their hairstyle is different. Both are cute and people want to know more about them. The girl with short hair, who wins the challenge, is currently hot favorite.
Gorkha from Bhopal, Sasha Chettri featured in Airtel 4G advertisement
Gorkha from Bhopal, Sasha Chettri featured in Airtel 4G advertisement 
The name of that girl is Sasha Chettri. She is only 19 years old. She is basically from Bhopal. As a matter of fact, she was a student of All Saints’ Academy, Bhopal.

Watch her in one of the Airtel 4G advertisements below.

Later, she took admission in a BBA course. She says that modelling has always been her dream. She was registered with many modelling agencies and fortunately got a call from Taproot Dentsu, the agency which has produced this advertisement. She went Mumbai for audition and was selected.

Sasha had never imagined such type of popularity throughout India for just an advertisement. She is now planning to get settled in Mumbai for more opportunity.

She has never been seen on television. Initially, many took her as Akshara Hassan. However, that isn't true. Taproot Dentsu was looking for a fresh face for this advertisement who has never been seen on television.

Following are some of her tweets

Via: indicivil

Why it should be "All India Gorkha Channel" ? and not "All India Nepali Channel"

7:54 PM
Sanjog Chamling for IG

According to the Statesman article titled "GTA announces ‘own’ TV channel" which was later published on Darjeeling Times (details -  Gorkhaland Territorial Administration have recently announced 24 hr Nepali channel, hosted by NTV, named "All India Nepali Channel" which will be fully functional from the month of September this year. It is to be noted that this has not yet been confirm by the GTA officially.

If the new is  true, this would be the great initiative on the part of GTA, however, there has been campaigns in social medias and to change the name of the channel from "All India Nepali Channel" to "All India Gorkha Channel". Online Petition addressed to GTA chief Mr Bimal Gurung, Chief Executive and other executives members of the GTA  has been submitted.
All India Nepali Channel" or "All India Gorkha Channel"?
All India Nepali Channel" or "All India Gorkha Channel"?
It was mentioned in the article that .. Addressing a gathering organized to mark the 201st birth anniversary of Bhanu Bhakta Acharya at Gorkha Ranga Mancha Bhawan here, Assistant general secretary of the Gorkha Jan Mukti Morcha (GJMM) and Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) executive member, Binoy Tamang said: “ Initially we had thought of keeping the channel’s name Kanchangunga TV or Gorkha TV, but we finalized on All India Nepali (AIN) because the channel will be for all the Nepali speaking population of India

Language, Nepali, has already been recognized, on 20th August 1992 the Constitution of India gave recognition to Nepali language in the eight schedule of the Indian constitution. It is the term "Indian Gorkha" that needs to get highlighted at the national arena.The term "Indian Gorkha" tries to make a distinction between citizen of Nepal and the Indian citizens of the Gurkha ethnic group.

By including the word "Gorkha" in the channel name, people think, it would help take the demand of Gorkhaland to the national level, outside the political realm ... one by asserting our presence, two by making people debate more about Gorkhas on national level.

Moreover, word “Nepali” is not only the language but also synonymous with the citizenship of Nepal. Hence, the name "All India Nepali Channel" would only add to the Identity issue  arising out of Indo Nepal Treaty of 1950 which has already blurred the citizenship of the Indian Gorkhas.

Since, every Nepali speaking Indian or Indian Gorkhas aspire for their homeland, Gorkhaland, inclusion of the Word Gorkha in the name of the proposed channel would be supported by the mass. Nevertheless, its up to the concerned authorities to decide whether to go with the mass and use the opportunity to take the demand on national level or stick with their own decision.

Sairaj Khati top ten in Zee Bangla’s ‘Saregama’

2:50 PM
Despite stressing he didn't make his television appearance for publicity, Mirik lad Sairaj Khati's debut on Zee Bangla’s reality singing show ‘Saregama’ has put him straight in the limelight. The 17-year-old, who is currently in his hometown on a 10-day break from the reality show, was invited yesterday by various artistes of Mirik at a local café for a short rendezvous to motivate him on his journey to the finale.
 Sairaj Khati top ten in Zee Bangla’s ‘Saregama’
 Sairaj Khati -  Zee Bangla’s ‘Saregama’ 
Several well-wishers dropped by to wish Sairaj good luck and take photos leaving the teenager dazed. Born to Santaraj and Sunita Khati of Manju Dara Goan, Sairaj is one of the 10 finalists on Zee Bangla’s Saregama.

He cut a place for himself through an audition on April 2 held in Siliguri. Speaking to the media, Sairaj said, "I would like to extend my heartfelt gratitude towards the people of the entire Darjeeling district who have been wholeheartedly supporting me. I would not have made it this far without their support. The competition is in its final course, so I would ask all to keep voting and help me win.” (HS)

Pankaj Thapa in Dance India Dance Season 5

11:20 AM
Pankaj Thapa dance for Punit Ke Panthers team in in Dance India Dance Season 5. He hails from Silchar in Assam. Pankaj Thapa works in a Hotel in Darjeeling and is an absolute Mama's boy. As a child he wanted to be a doctor. Now, dance is only thing that he wants to excel at. His dream is to be a celebrity someday and idolizes Dharmesh.

Thapa's dramatic dance performance had impressed Salman Khan at the Grand Premiere of Dance India Dance Season 5.

Ismu and Nipen - Gorkhas in Zee TV Dance India Dance (DID) Season 5

11:37 AM
Indian Gorkgas Nipen Chettri from Sonada, Darjeeling and 18 years old Ismu Rai from Namchi Sikkim have been selected for battle rounds of Zee TV Dance India Dance (DID) Season 5 which is considered to be India's number one Dance show.
Two Gorkhalies Nipen Chettri and Ismu Rai in  Zee TV Dance India Dance (DID) Season 5.
Two Gorkhalies Nipen Chettri and Ismu Rai in  Zee TV Dance India Dance (DID) Season 5.

 Nipen Chettri
 Nipen Chettri DID SEASON 5
 Ismu Rai  In DID Season 5
 Ismu Rai  In DID Season 5
Nipen Chettri comes from a lower middle class family and he basically does western dance like Vibe, Locking, Poping, lyrical Hip-hop etc. Ismu Rai is actually from Namchi and is residing in Darjeeling. They will fly to Mumbai to battle against other talented dancers selected from whole India in Dance India Dance.

We wish them luck in future rounds of the India's number one Dance show.

Source: Bizz Pradhan & SM

Bimal Gurung, Sa Re Ga Ma Pa top 20 finalists passed away

9:46 AM
Sikkim boy Bimal Gurung, of Rongli, in east Sikkim who was one of the top 20 finalists of Sa Re Ga Ma Pa, musical reality TV show broadcasted by Zee TV passed away today morning.
Bimal Gurung, Sa Re Ga Ma Pa top 20 finalists passed away
Bimal Gurung, Sa Re Ga Ma Pa top 20 finalists
He died in STNM Hospital, Kolkata around 1 am in the morning today. Gurung had just completed his Mumbai audition on November, and was preparing for the TV show.

Sources reveal that he was to participate in “Sikkim Winter Carnival 2014" slated to begin from December 22 to December 24, and had also proposed a meeting with Chief Minister prior to the event.

Source: EOI

Gorkhaland Film and Television Organisation expressed heartfelt condolence for Krishna Shrestha

8:54 AM
The Gorkhaland Film and Television Organisation has expressed their heartfelt condolence on the demise of noted Nepali actor Krishna Shrestha. The GFTVO convener Vikram Parajuli through a press release said the untimely death of Shrestha has created a huge dent in Nepali cini world. “He has been a great contributor to Nepali film industry since the 1980s and has acted in a number of films. He will always be remembered and we send our condolences to the grieving family in this time of sorrow,” Parajuli stated.

Shree Krishna Shrestha
Shree Krishna Shrestha

Source: EOI

Kalimpong cable TV network barred from airing foreign channels

8:53 AM
The local cable television network of Kalimpong has barred the airing of channels from Nepal and Bhutan and they include Nepal TV, Kantipur, Bhutan Broadcasting Service and Peace TV (Dubai).

Kalimpong cable TV network barred from
 airing foreign channels
This comes after the Union information and broadcasting ministry declared the channels to be functioning illegally in India as they have not obtained the necessary licenses. According to the ministry, Section 5 of the Cable Television Act, 1995 clearly states it is a violation of law to air channels not registered with it.

Further, various intelligence wings of the country have advised the ministry to clamp down on the broadcasting of foreign channels citing national security risks. The issue was also debated upon in the Lok Sabha on December 4, 2012. Manish Tiwari, the information and broadcasting minister at the time, had issued a notification listing 24 foreign channels as functioning illegally in the country.

The notification also contained the names of the channels that have been barred of late. Even so, several areas in the Darjeeling hills continued to air the channels. Now, the administration has proscribed them in Kalimpong sub-division, but reports have come in claiming areas of the hills are still airing the channels.

Source: EOI

Anushka Chhetri first runner up, Teriya wins DID Little Masters season 3

11:22 PM
Gorkhas Daughter Anushka Chhetri from Darjeeling  was the the first runner up of Zee tv DID Little Masters season 3 title. 8 Yrs Old from a Hill station in West Bengal Anushka was declared the  first runner up of the DID Little Masters season 3 and received Rs 3 lakhs. The grand Finale was held in Pune and among the top four finalist  Hardik came fourth , third Sadwin, the first runner up  Anushka Chhetri and the winner Teriya Magar from Nepal.

Anushka Chhetri wins DID Little Masters season 3 title
Anushka Chhetri

Anushka chhetri's vote appeal in Nepali video

1:03 PM
Little Anushka chhetri from Darjeeling is one of the super four contestants in Zee TV DID L'il Masters Season 3. Here is the video where Anuska appeals in Nepali to her community to vote her and make the winner of the season.

Nano Drive With MTV in Darjeeling video

12:17 AM
After Siliguri Nano Drive with MTV have reached Darjeeling . Team will head to Kalimpong after Darjeeling  round.

Drive With MTV is India's first social show featuring the journey of 4 teams in their Tata Nanos going across the country, telling the story of their adventures and sharing their experience with us every day!

The Nano drive with MTV - TV show East Team have finished their round in Darjeeling and are in Kalimpong today.

Watch the video:

Glimpse of  Nano Drive With MTV  Darjeeling

Bimal Gurung appeals gorkha community to vote for Anushka Chhetri

9:58 PM
Darjeeling: GTA chief executive and GJM chief Bimal Gurung today met Dance India Dance (DID) Little Masters Season 3 contestant, Anushka Chhetri, from Darjeeling. He met Anushka in in Lal Kothi GTA chief's office and later on Facebook appealed to the entire Gorkha Community in India to vote for her.

Anushka met Gta chief Bimal Gurung at Lalkothi Darjeeling
Anushka met Gta chief Bimal Gurung at Lalkothi Darjeeling

Gurung on his FB wall wrote:

"Today I had a young visitor in Lal Kothi, it was our own little dancing star, Miss Anushka Chhetri.

She is currently studying in Class III in Loreto Convent. She is among the top five contestants in a TV reality show, Dance India Dance -Little Master Season 3, which is for children aged between four and 12. The programme is aired on Zee TV from 9pm to 10.30pm on Saturdays and Sundays.

I would like to appeal to the entire Gorkha Community in India and the people of Darjeeling, Terai and Dooars especially to the students of these area to vote for her in this program. Please vote for her by registering a missed call on 1800-833-600-3. 

I thank the Anushka Chettri Fan Club and the Kanchenjunga Nritya Academy for taking the initiative of supporting our little dancing star. 

The GJM party in Darjeeling has setup free phone booths where people can vote for Anushka for free. I would appeal to all the party people in different places to setup such phone booths. 

You can also vote online"

Anushka Chhetri DID - Little Masters season 3

8:42 AM
Anushka Chhetri cute and pretty girl is from Darjeeling. She is currently seen as on one of the participants in Zee TV's popular dance reality show "Dance India Dance (DID) - Little Masters season 3". She loves to ask a lot of questions, but hated being harassed by cameras. Extremely adorable Anushka Chhetri is a trained dancer who has impressed DID Little masters judges during the audition.

Anushka Chhetri DID - Little Masters season 3
Anushka Chettri

Anushaka Chhetri has been one of the strongest contestants in DID L'il Masters Season 3 on Zee TV. She has given her audition for the show from Kolkata and was selected for the top 36. Anushaka was then called in Mumbai for top sixteen contest and she made her way through the top sixteen. She is in Sanam Ki Super Heroes group and her Skipper Sanam Johar feels proud for having Anushaka in his team.

Anushka Chhetri 
Personal Profile
Full name : Anushka Chhetri 
Residence : Darjeeling
Date of Birth : Not known
Birth Year : 2006
Age : 8 years approx.
Contestant: Dance India Dance (DID) - Little Masters
Skipper : Sanam Johar 

DID Contestant
Dance India Dance Li'l Masters is an Indian dance competition show on Zee TV. In mega audition Anushka danced on chikni chameli song from the movie agneepath and made her way through top 16. 

Latest News
Anushka Chhetri and Anudita Paul has rocked their performance for Kangana Ranaut's Queen song. The two little dancing stars from skipper Sanam Johar's team was seen in funky pink and yellow enthralling the audience in the London thunkda song. The chota bomb Anushka is seen complaining about a khataara vehicle and was happy to have a yellow car as her prop in this entertaining act. Ms. Chhetri looks adorable in her new Punjabi look and the chemistry between the two is crackling. This motor mouth kept everybody in splits not just with her expressions, moves but also her banter.


Anushka to visit Darjeeling, Fan Club all set for her grand welcome

8:43 AM
Anushka will be in Darjeeling shortly for a television shoot ahead of the final round.The Anushka Fan Club has decided to give a grand welcome to the little girl from the hills who has entered the fifth round of a TV reality dance show.

Anushka Chhetri to visit Darjeeling, Fan Club all set for her grand welcome
Anushka Chhetri
A student of Loreto Convent, Anushka Chhetri (8), along with another contestant from the hills, is among the favourites to lift the title in the Dance India Dance Little Master show, a TRP gorging reality dance show.

Members of the Anushka Fan Club, which was formed here this April, today said they will organise a number of programmes to encourage Anushka further as well as to garner more votes for her. Anushka resides in the MP Road of town and will be dropping home on June 5, Thursday for a shoot accompanied by the organisers of the reality show.

Speaking to the media, fan club member Sheetal Subba said, “Anushka will be Darjeeling for two days, on June 5 and 6. She will be accompanied by crew members of the reality show for a profile shoot of hers. It will take place in Anushka’s residence, her school, her dance academy and with her friends. We want to welcome Anushka home in a grand way as she has made us all proud by reaching the fifth round of the dance show.”

Triveni Sangitalaya Nritya Academy, Anushka’s dance academy, will be helping her fan club, while the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration will provide logistics support.

“We met GTA chief executive Bimal Gurung and he has assured to extend all support, while the GTA information and cultural affairs department will provide us with logistics support. We are thankful for the support and appeal to the residents of the hills to help Anushka emerge triumphant,” said Subba.

The Darjeeling hills witnessed a massive change in its political structure in 2007 after the people rallied for local boy Prashant Tamang, who ultimately went on to become the first person from the Nepali/Gorkha community to win the Indian Idol, a national-level reality singing competition. The wave that had been created by a reality show eventually went on to displace the political dispensation then to usher in a new entity.

The fan club will hold a variety programme on June 5 at Chowrastha and organise a cultural rally from the railway station premises the following day. Preparations have already been finalised for a grand reception to Anushka when she lands at Bagdogra airport. When she makes her way up the hills, the dancing sensation will be followed by a huge procession of vehicles filled with her admirers, while ‘Welcome Gates’ are also expected to be erected at vantage points up to Darjeeling town.

GTA executive member and GJM assistant secretary Binay Tamang confirmed all logistics support would be extended to the fan club during the two days it will fete Anushka.

“She is the pride of the hills. Our chief executive has promised personal support to the fan club. It must be remembered that the hill people have always united whenever required to send out a clear message and we hope everyone will come forward to help the club this time too,” said Tamang.

Source: EOI

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