Odisha singer Shasank Sekhar captivates audience in Rising Star India

Bhubaneswar: Another singer from Odisha, Shasank Sekhar, enthralled audience and judges with a power-packed performance in Rising Star India, aired on Colors TV last night.

Hailing from Bhubaneswar, this Ollywood playback singer sang Teri Meri Kahaani from the movie ‘Gabbar’ and struck a chord with the judges, Shankar Mahadevan, Monali Thakur and Diljit Dosanjh, who also voted for him. He garnered a whopping 94% votes and raised the wall to a deafening applause from the audience.


Rising Star India (Season 2), LIVE music reality and talent hunt show will see singers perform live with simultaneous online audience voting on VOOT app, besides the app and website of the television channel. A screen that streams live results of the voting literally rises when a participants crosses the cut-off of 80% votes, qualifying for the next round.

(L-R): Anchor Ravi Dubey, Shasank’s wife Rubina Satpathy, daughter and Shasank Picture courtesy: Facebook/ Somesh Satpathy

It was an emotional moment for Shasank as his wife and daughter daughter joined him on the stage prior to his performance. A short video showcased this 28-year-old singer’s struggles for the past 10 years and he expressed how difficult it has been for him to make a name for himself in the music industry. Music is not just a passion for him, but also a source of livelihood to support his family and he went on to say that he may have to quit singing and pursue some other career if he fails to reach the cut-off of 80% votes.

Picture courtesy: Facebook/ Jeet Jagjeet

However, he captivated the audience and succeeded in proceeding to the next round. While Diljit Dosanjh compared him to south superstar Prabhas of ‘Baahubali’ fame because of his hairstyle, Shankar Mahadevan said that he sang like popular playback singer Arijit Singh and advised him to work hard to be on par with other contestants. Monali Thakur asked him to keep faith and discouraged him from even thinking about quitting music. Diljit Dosanjh also offered his seat to Shasank’s wife and daughter to witness the performance from the judge’s chair.

Shasank is a known name in Odia music industry and has sung in movies, music videos and performed at stage shows across the state.

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