| 18 May 2024
VYRL Cover Star in association with Gaana celebrates success of 'Woh Baarishein'
MUMBAI: After an encouraging response to the first edition of the VYRL Cover Star with Sajna Ve singer-songwriters Vishal Mishra and Lisa Mishra, VYRL Originals has comeback with a second edition of VYRL Cover Star as an extension to the Woh Baarishein Campaign.
VYRL Originals Woh Baarishein that crossed over 22 million views in just two weeks had the youth humming to its tunes.  As an extensive marketing initiative, VYRL Originals associated with Gaana to reach out to the aspiring artists, which gives music enthusiasts an opportunity to perform Live in front of their much-celebrated artists. A nationwide initiative gave singers and music aficionado a chance to perform for the highly talented Arjun Kanungo and showcase their talent.
The Cover Star contest received more than 500 entries from across the nation. The talented top 5 finalists were handpicked by Arjun Kanungo and were invited from their respective cities to perform LIVE in front of him, the incredible lyricist Manoj Muntashir and Vinit Thakkar. The finalists performed Woh Baarishein and one of their favorite VYRL tracks, which was live streamed on VYRL Originals and Gaana’s social media handles.
Top five finalists – Shashwat Mishra, Samar Monsoon, Shruti Mishra, Razik Mujawar and band Rhaspsody Online wowed the audience with their exquisite renditions of the songs. The night ended on a high note with Arjun’s enthralling performance. Razik Mujawar stood out amongst all the participants to become the winner of the Woh Baarishein VYRL Cover Star contest.
Sharing his excitement, Arjun Kanungo says, “So happy to be a part of VYRL Originals’ VYRL Cover Star. I'm so happy that all the contestants, who came in today, gave it their heart and soul. We had to choose Razik as the winner because he really stood out. I think VYRL Cover Star is a great platform for young artists to come and demonstrate their talent in front of established biggies in the industry and I'm happy that so many people covered Woh Baarishein. We had over 500 entries and unfortunately we had to pick only five, if I could I would pick all 500.”
“Talent is waste without a proper opportunity. I'm glad VYRL is taking this statement seriously. They are working as a magnet to attract new and unexplored talent. Today, what I witnessed was an eye opener as to what kind of treasure we are sitting on. These five performers were original, daring, passionate and full of musical fire. I wish them all the very best for a very-very bright career ahead,” says Manoj Muntashir.
Speaking about the initiative, Universal Music Group India and South Asia senior vice president Vinit Thakkar shares, “Being overwhelmed with the response of the first edition of VYRL Cover Star we are stoked to bring back the second edition in association with Gaana. We are ecstatic with the kind of response we have been receiving for this initiative from the fans across the country. We are passionate about developing the culture and category for non-film music in India and the superlative talent in the country has motivated us to continue with the VYRL Cover Star endeavour.”