Pankaj Udhas is a ghazal singer, hailing from Gujarat in India.
He started his career with a release of a ghazal album titled, Aahat in 1980 and subsequently recorded many hits like Mukarrar in 1981, Tarrannum in 1982, Mehfil in 1983, Pankaj Udhas Live at Royal Albert Hall in 1984, Nayaab in 1985 and Aafreen in 1986.
After his success as a ghazal singer, he was invited to appear and sing for a film by Mahesh Bhatt, Naam. Udhas rose to further fame for singing in the 1986 film Naam, in which his song "Chitthi Aayee Hai" became an instant hit.
He did playback singing for many Hindi films after that and albums and live concerts around the globe which brought him fame as a singer. In 2006, Pankaj Udhas was awarded the coveted Padma Shri, India's fourth highest civilian award.
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Founder Director, Cancer Patients Aid Association (CPAA), established in 1969.
CPAA is an NGO committed to the concept of "Total Management of Cancer" from awareness to rehabilitation, research and advocacy, with over 125 employees, branches in several towns in India, several hundred volunteers and a budget of approximately Rs. 80 million per year. The organization has been developed to maintain excellent governance through a management board which has directors heading various disciplines ranging from Patient Care, Early diagnosis, Rehabilitation, Cancer Insurance, Cancer Research, Advocacy and Fund raising.
He has been awarded with the Lifetime Achievement Award, at the International Workshop on Cancer Awareness, Prevention, Screening & Early Detection for SAARC Nations in March 2016 and the World Health Organization 2012 Certificate of Appreciation to Cancer Patients Aid Association India in recognition of outstanding contribution to tobacco control
It has had an amazing line up of acclaimed artists like Talat Aziz, Anup Jalota, Penaz Masani, Bhupinder Singh, Mitali Singh, Suresh Wadkar, Sonu Nigam, Rekha Bhardwaj, Papon, Javed Ali, Soha Mohapatra, Sudeep Banerjee among others. The two-day festival is a tribute to poetry and all the master poets, shayars and shayaranas of yesteryears and today.
In 2018, we introduced KHAZANA ARTIST ALOUD TALENT HUNT, a unique, pan-India talent hunt that seeks to amalgamate the magic of Ghazals with the technology and the reach of Hungama Artist Aloud to enable aspiring singers, irrespective of their age to be a part of the magnificent art of Ghazal singing. The Talent Hunt gives winners an exclusive chance to perform at the Khazana concert with the greatest Ghazal singers India has ever seen, including Pankaj Udhas, Anup Jalota, Talat Aziz, Rekha Bhardwaj, Bhupinder Singh, Mitali Singh among others.
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Participation in this Khazana Artist Aloud Talent Hunt ("Contest") is voluntary and by participating in this Contest, the contestants agree to be bound by these terms and conditions.
The Contest is open to any contestant across the globe who wishes to participate.
On submission of the video the user will be sent an OTP for him/her to be able to authenticate the mobile number so that the entry is genuine and the contestants are accessible if he/she needs to be reached out to. Once user enters the OTP on the dashboard and clicks on "OK" their entry will be submitted which will then be moderated by Hungama Artist Aloud who will have full rights to approve or disapprove the content of the video. Approved content will be reflected on the website under Entries tab.
On the Contest dashboard, participants can upload only one video per participant (physical file). The content should be a video only (Not just audio).
The song performed should be either an original or a traditional Ghazal only. No filmy Ghazals.
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All participants’ videos will be scrutinised as per the conditions below and will be deleted immediately without any prior notice to the participants and Hungama Artist Aloud will not be held liable for such action, in the event of the following:
• Participant's video is not a Ghazal video.
• Participant video does not have a performance with harmonium / guitar and tabla.
• Participant's video does not involve participant's performance in the video.
• Any explicit content including but not limited to defamatory content, violent content, adult content, offensive content, content hurting religious sentiments etc.
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The Jury will shortlist Top 20 contestants out of all the entries that come in online.
Following participants' videos have been shortlisted for the Jury Round. The said participants have been shortlisted solely on the basis of the entry requirements listed here on and on the basis of their performance. The Jury's decision of the aforesaid shortlisted participants is final and cannot be contested
The Top 20 selected contestants will have to come to Mumbai to each give a Live Performance in front of the Jury Members who will select two winners from them.
The performances need to be accompanied with a Tabla and a Harmonium / Guitar.
All travel expenses to and fro Mumbai along with stay, food & beverage, etc. will need to be borne by the contestants themselves. Khazana Team won’t be responsible for any Boarding & Lodging for the Top 20 Contestants.
The final 2 winners will get a chance to perform at the Khazana Ghazal Festival 2019, one on each day of the festival.
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