Wednesday, April 20

Arunita in the performance that made her a global singing star

Arunita Kanjilal started training at the age of four in Indian classical singing. Here she's 17 or 18 years old.  Indian Idol couldn't resist gilding the lily -- in later performances in the competition piling makeup, Bollywood hair, jewelry on her. They knew they had a superstar on their hands after just that one performance, even though she couldn't have won. (Long story.) But they gave her next best and so much else it didn't matter she didn't carry off the top prize.

Just this one You Tube channel is up to about 80 million views since it was first posted, but there are scores of video presentations of the performance. Song begins at the 2 minute mark.

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