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Mumbai based entrepreneurial venture Swarmaanas has been focusing on training amateur singers since the last 18 years. Started by young & dynamic Manasi Kelkar-Tambe, the organization has been trying to break the myth that singing is not only for professionals but for anybody & everybody with their motto “Anybody can sing”. Swarmaanas hosted the 2nd Annual Singathon 28 competition on Jan 12 2020 at Sane Guruji Vidyalaya (Dadar West). The top 15 performed on the 17th January at Veer Savarkar Auditorium, Shivaji Park. The grand finale was graced by veteran musician Ashok Patki, singer Uttara Kelkar and actor Amol Bawdekar from popular Marathi TV series "Swamini". The competition was judged by renowned music composer Ajit Parab and instrumentalist Anupam Ghatak.
Singathon 28 was divided into 3 age groups i.e. 4 to 9years, 10 to 15years and 16 to 80 years. Avani Kumar won the 4 to 9 years category, Ananya Kumar won the 10 to 15 years category and Shivani Gaitonde won the 16 to 80 years category.
ManasiTambe, a music teacher, a practicing psychological counselor and the founder of Swarmaanas shared “Singathon 28 saw a whole range of participants right from bathroom singers to non-singers or rather anyone who wants to sing, we have tried to give them a proper platform to showcase their talent.” Manasi Kelkar-Tambe is the daughter of renowned playback singer Uttara Kelkar.
Shivani Gaitonde, winner in senior category shared, “I had participated in Singathon 28 in its first year as well but I wasn’t selected. I practiced hard, and I am happy that I won this edition. It is an excellent platform where it is a level playing field for all.”