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Voice of Punjab being launched since March 2 : Fayyaz Chohan

Lahore : Punjab Minister for Information and Culture Fayyaz-ul-Hassan Chohan has said that Voice of Punjab (VoP) is being launched since March 2 to bring out best talent in singing across the province. “All the process of hunting best voice from preliminary auditions to Grand Finale would be ensured in a transparent manner.

The singing aspirants till 35 years of age, irrespective of male, female and transgender, should upload their best audition at Whatsapps to participate in VoP.

This forum would explore melodious voices in singing across the province. PTV has been made media partner which would telecast this program. The government of Punjab has allocated fund of Rs. 13 million for this program, under which auditions of aspiring singers would commence from March 2, 3 and 4 simultaneously from Lahore, Faisalabad, Multan and Rawalpindi and 20 best singers would be selected from each Division.

Moreover, 80 singers would be selected for four quarter finals. Five singers would be selected from each division in quarter final which would  be held in Alhamra Arts Council Lahore on March 8, 12, 16 and 20. Around 20 singers would participate in semi-final on March 23 and 26.

The singers would be given one week training under the auspices of renowned singers and they would be given best facilities of boarding and lodging so that they may exhibit their talent in this art in a befitting manner. Ten best singers would be selected for final from two semi-finals which would be held on March 30 at same venue.

The singers achieving first, second and third positions in this grand contest would be given cash awards of Rs. 500,000, Rs. 200,000 and Rs. 100,000 respectively”.

These views were expressed by Punjab Minister for Information and Culture while addressing a crowded press conference held at Alhamra Arts Council, Lahore today which was attended by some renowned figures of arts including Ghulam Mohyuddin, Nisho Begum, Waris Baig, Shahida Mini, Pervaiz Kaleem, Humaira Arshad, besides Executive Director Alhamra Arts Council Athar Ali Khan and MD PTV Arshid Khan.

Fayyaz-ul-Hassan Chohan said that new talent hunt program “Voice of Punjab” which was to begin from February 16 was postponed till March on account of occurrence of Sahiwal tragic incident.

The Minister observed that this program would bring forward talented and melodious singers which could not be unearthed due to non-provision of such opportunities, that is why, their talent was drained out.

The Minister hoped that this forum would explore best singers like Mehdi Hassan, Noor Jahan and Alam Lohar etc.

The Voice of Punjab would be aired by PTV and its revenue to be generated would be equally shared between Information and Culture Department and PTV, the Minister added.

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