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Sa Re Ga Ma Pa is an Indian musical reality TV show. It started airing on Zee TV in 1995 as Sa Re Ga Ma.[1] It is the oldest running singing reality show in India.

Sa Re Ga Ma Pa
Sa Re Ga Ma Pa.jpg
Image featuring logo and the host, Shaan.
Creative director(s)Zee TV, Neeraj Sharma
Presented bySonu Nigam (1995-2000)
Amaan Ali Khan and Ayaan Ali Khan (2000-01)
Shaan (2001-06)
Aditya Narayan (2007-09, 2014-present)
Purab Kohli (2010)
Manish Paul (2010)
Javed Ali (2012-2013)
Opening theme"Sa Re Ga Ma" by Sonu Nigam and Sadhana Sargam (1995-2000)
"Sa Re Ga Ma Pa" by Shaan and Sadhana Sargam (2000-06)
"Sa Re Ga Ma Pa" by Aditya Narayan and Shriram Iyer (2007-09)
"Sa Re Ga Ma Pa" by Javed Ali (2010-present)
Country of originIndia
No. of seasons28
Running timeapprox. 52 minutes
Original networkZee TV
Picture format480i (SDTV),
Original release1 May 1995 –
External links

Series history

The first episode aired on 1 May 1995 and was hosted by Sonu Nigam.[2] In the year 1999, the show was hosted by the Bangash brothers, Amaan Ali Bangash and Ayaan Ali Bangash,[3] sons of legendary sarod-player Amjad Ali Khan. From 2002, Shaan started hosting the show.[4] Till 2005, the show used to follow a format wherein experts in the field of music would judge the contestants and score them. The format changed with the advent of Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Challenge 2005 which introduced the judges as mentors of different teams and scoring was primarily dependent on public voting. After Shaan quit hosting the show, the show was hosted by many others like Purab Kohli, Manish Paul,[5] Karan Singh Rathore, Archana Jani,[6] Vipul Roy,[7] Jay Soni[8] and even kids Dhairya Sorecha & Afsha Musani.[9] The most prominent names to host the show in later seasons were Javed Ali[10] and the current host Aditya Narayan.[11]

The show has seen multiple variations over the years:

  • Sa Re Ga Ma: Contestants were scored only by the expert judges. There were 8 prelim rounds, each consisting of 2 male singers and 2 female singers. One male winner and one female winner from each show competed in the semifinal rounds; there were a total of 4 semifinals. In the finals, there was one male winner and another female winner.
  • Sa Re Ga Ma Pa: 2 male singers, 2 female singers. The male and female winner would return the following episode and compete against a new challenger. At the start of this "roll-over" series, they had initially announced that anyone with over 10 wins would get an album; however, that never materialized.
  • Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Challenge: Teams were formed, each Gharana (team) had a judge who mentored them. Elimination was decided by public voting.
  • Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Ek Main Aur Ek Tu: A duet singing competition which featured some new contestants as well as old contestants from earlier seasons. Weekly elimination decided by public voting.
  • Sa Re Ga Ma Pa L'il Champs: A singing competition for young children, which judges the prodigious kids on the basis of their voice quality, singing talent and versatility in performance.
  • Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Challenge USA: The first instalment of Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Challenge series in USA.
  • Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Mega Challenge: A special season in which eight teams representing eight different states and consisting of total 24 talented contestants from past seasons of Sa Re Ga Ma Pa participated. The show was made to celebrate the 1000th episode of Sa Re Ga Ma Pa. Notable Indian singers and musicians were roped in to judge each of the episodes.

There have also been multiple regional versions in languages like Gujarati, Marathi, Bengali, Kannada, Punjabi, Tamil, and Telugu.

# Season Year Winner Host Judges
1 Sa Re Ga Ma 1995 Sanjeevani Bhelande Sonu Nigam Anu Malik, Udit Narayan, Kumar Sanu
2 Sa Re Ga Ma 1996 Nobina Mirjankar Sonu Nigam
3 Sa Re Ga Ma 1997 Ravi Shanker Singh Sonu Nigam O. P. Nayyar
4 Sa Re Ga Ma 1997 Mohammed Vakil Sonu Nigam
5 Sa Re Ga Ma 1998 Bela Shende Sonu Nigam
6 Sa Re Ga Ma 1999 Archana Udupa Sonu Nigam
7 Sa Re Ga Ma 2000 Shreya Ghoshal Sonu Nigam
8 Sa Re Ga Ma 2001 Anita Pundit Amaan Ali Khan & Ayaan Ali Khan
9 Sa Re Ga Ma Pa: Golden Voice Hunt 2003 Arpita Mukherjee (singer) &
Rahul Saxena
10 Sa Re Ga Ma Pa World Series 2004 Hrishikesh Ranade &
Ronkini Gupta
11 Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Campus Special 2005 Twinkle Bajpai,
Manish Bhatt
12 Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Challenge 2005 2005 Debojit Saha Shaan Himesh Reshammiya, Jatin-Lalit, Aadesh Shrivastava, Ismail Darbar
13 Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Ek Main Aur Ek Tu 2006 Aishwarya Nigam &
Ujjaini Mukherjee
Shaan, Ishita Arun Hariharan, Lesle Lewis
14 Sa Re Ga Ma Pa L'il Champs 2006 Sanchita Bhattacharya Shaan Abhijeet Bhattacharya, Alka Yagnik, Bappi Lahiri
15 Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Challenge 2007 2007 Aneek Dhar Aditya Narayan Himesh Reshammiya, Ismail Darbar, Bappi Lahiri, Vishal-Shekhar
16 Sa Re Ga Ma Pa L'il Champs International 2007 Anamika Choudhari Aditya Narayan Suresh Wadkar, Sonu Nigam
17 Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Challenge USA 2008 2008 Darshana Menon Aishwarya Nigam Suresh Wadkar, Aadesh Shrivastava
18 Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Challenge 2009 2009 Vaishali Mhade Aditya Narayan Himesh Reshammiya, Aadesh Shrivastava, Shankar Mahadevan, Pritam
19 Sa Re Ga Ma Pa L'il Champs 2009 2009 Hemant Brijwasi Dhairya Sorecha, Afsha Musani Abhijeet Bhattacharya, Alka Yagnik
20 Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Mega Challenge 2009 Team Maharashtra - Vaishali Mhade, Kaushik Deshpande and Rohit Raut Karan Singh Rathore and Archana Jani (first episode)

Vipul Roy and Manish Paul

Sonu Nigam, Pyarelal and Suresh Wadkar (finale)
21 Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Singing Superstar 2010 Kamal Khan Purab Kohli, Manish Paul Daler Mehndi, Vishal-Shekhar, Sajid-Wajid
22 Sa Re Ga Ma Pa L'il Champs 2011 2011 Azmat Hussain Jay Soni Adnan Sami, Kailash Kher, Javed Ali
23 Sa Re Ga Ma Pa 2012 2012 Jasraj Jayant Joshi Javed Ali Shankar Mahadevan, Rahul Ram, Sajid-Wajid
24 Sa Re Ga Ma Pa L'il Champs 2014 2014 Gagan Gopalkrishna Gaonkar Aditya Narayan Alka Yagnik (Mahaguru), Shaan, Monali Thakur
25 Sa Re Ga Ma Pa 2016 Kushal Paul Aditya Narayan Pritam, Sajid-Wajid, Mika
26 Sa Re Ga Ma Pa L'il Champs 2017 2017 Shreyan Bhattacharya and Anjali Gaikwad Aditya Narayan Himesh Reshammiya, Javed Ali, Neha Kakkar
27 Sa Re Ga Ma Pa 2018[12] 2018-2019 Ishita Vishvakarma Aditya Narayan Wajid Khan, Shekhar Ravjiani, Sona Mohapatra (Replaced), Richa Sharma (Replacement of Sona Mohapatra)
28 Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Li'l Champs 2019 2019 Ravi Dubey Shaan, Richa Sharma, Amaal Malik


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