Pakistani singer Abida Parveen, famous for popularising sufi music around the world, recently joined the jury panel of the singing reality show Sur-kshetra which will air on Colors and Sahara One.
The singer couldn’t be happier as, through the show, she got a chance to meet fellow jury-member Asha Bhosle, for the first time. “Ashaji is a legendary personality. It was an adventure for me to meet her in person,” She adds, “We would shoot from 8 am to 8 pm and chit-chat during breaks or during lunch time. We’d talk about our interests, love for music, our songs and the contestants of the show.”
The soft-spoken singer, however, says that judging the contest was a big challenge. “The scoring system is difficult as the format of the show requires us to give contestants either a 10, if the they perform well or a zero if they don’t live up to the expectations. There were times when all of us (judges Runa Laila and Asha Bhosle included) wanted to give a 6 or 8 but our hands were tied.”
She feels that the singing reality show also sends out a positive message to Indians and Pakistanis alike. “Through the show, we have become the peace ambassadors of our respective countries. We are here to spread the message of love and music,” she says.