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From Chill Hip-Hop to Electro-Pop and Rock, Here are the JioSaavn Spotted Punjabi Finalists

Artists like Hasil, Apurva Sethi and Akash Gautam are currently drawing the highest streams for the talent search platform

Rolling Stone India Jul 28, 2022

Talent hunt JioSaavn Spotted‘s third segment showcases Punjabi artists, which is arguably among the most popular music style (and language of choice) in India right now.

Following Hindi and East zone finalists (where JioSaavn picked Odia, Bengali and Assamese artists) in May and June respectively, there are eight finalists in the running in the Punjabi round of JioSaavn Spotted. The artist with the highest number of streams in the Punjabi Finalists playlist on JioSaavn will be picked as the winner. The search ends on July 31st.

It’s a diverse list of Punjabi composers and singer-songwriters who are part of the talent hunt, which launched in April and goes on until December. There’s Amritsar-bred artist Hasil aka Sahil Singh Aleria with his lo-fi, emo hip-hop song “Kinha Ruvaya” and a more gritty rap turn offered by Patiala’s Peacelover Music on “Mittran da Asool.” Elsewhere, EDM-pop comes courtesy of Kanpur artist Raja Hashmi on “Habiba” and singer-composer Akash Gautam takes on affable modern electronic-fusion with “Ki Kene.” Classically trained singer Samarjeet Randhava’s “Nai Langda” adapts a Baba Bulleh Shah poem into a powerful Punjabi rock-leaning anthem.

A downbeat, melancholic pop offering comes with Mumbai-based artist Guroo aka Gursharan Singh Syan’s song plaintive song “Thoda Sochaan,” while singer-songwriter Sabrina Sapal takes the dramatic fusion route on “Sooli,” a love song that mashes tabla and harmonium with rock riffs. Amritsar gets another rep with singer-composer Apurva Sethi’s electronic-pop song “Tu Chahida,” which addresses first love from a woman’s perspective.

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Up next, JioSaavn Spotted will seek entries – unreleased demos from independent artists – in Marathi, Gujarati, Rajasthani and “other Western languages” starting August 1st. This will be followed by the South category starting in September and English entries in October, amongst others.

Stream the Punjabi finalists of JioSaavn Spotted here.