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Reality TV twist: Younger music artistes move in as judges, mentors

Younger music artistes

New Delhi, Nov 20 (UITV/IANS)- For long, artistes like Anu Malik, Alka Yagnik, Shaan, Sonu Nigam and Himesh Reshammiya have either served as hosts or mentors or judges on music-based reality shows. Now, there is a shift noticeable. The job is being taken up by a younger lot of musical stars like Guru Randhawa, Jonita Gandhi and Armaan Malik. The veterans see this as a good change.

Shankar Mahadevan is currently seen as a mentor for children participating on the reality show "Taare Zameen Par", along with Tony Kakkar and Jonita Gandhi.

"We have to move forward with change. We learn a lot from them (young singers) because they are today's performers. They know the pulse of the nation. They also learn a lot from me. It's a two-way street. Gulzar sahab always says 'you have to hold the hands of the youngsters and move ahead with them'. What you can learn from youngsters is that you can update your own energy. It's about maintaining a certain energy," Shankar, who had earlier co-judged a reality show with younger artistes like Monali Thakur and Diljit Dosanjh, told IANS.

"Many artistes tend to live in the glory that they had achieved in the past. We should remember that we don't only learn from the elders, but also youngsters. For examples, Jonita Gandhi is a fabulous singer. It is so lovely to see that energy come next to you. Needless to say, they also learn from my experience, my classical knowledge and body of work. It's a great combination of somebody who is experienced and somebody who is a current sensation," he added.

Himesh had been on the judging panel of popular shows like "Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Lil Champs" and "Indian Idol".