Javed Ali and Himesh Reshammiya step in for Udit Narayan and Kumar Sanu

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The Government of Maharashtra has allowed channels and producers to begin shoots for TV shows albiet with social distancing measures and precautions in place. Zee TV’s Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Li’l Champs will also resume shoot. However, there is a major change in the judges’ panel. Udit Narayan and Kumar Sanu have exited the show. Only Alka Yagnik will stay on from the original trio. Himesh Reshammiya and Javed Ali will be joining them. A source told Indian Express, “As Maharashtra was battling with coronavirus, the show was abruptly brought to a halt in March. If not, the season would have seen its finale now. Since the schedule went for a toss, Udit and Kumar ji informed the makers that they will not be able to continue any further. Both Himesh and Javed have had a long association with Sa Re Ga Ma Pa, and they instantly said yes when approached.” Also Read – Sukhwinder Singh heartbroken after Wajid Khan’s demise, feels sad that ‘God is taking away such special talents’ [EXCLUSIVE]

This is the eighth season of Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Li’l Champs, which is hosted by Maniesh Paul. The season began from February 29. The shoots will resume from July 10. Maniesh Paul told IANS, “I am immensely excited to resume the shoot after 100 days of staying indoors and I’m looking forward to shoot a fun-filled episode after such a long time. Keeping in mind the current scenario we are going to maintain social distancing on the sets too and take all the required precautions as we resume shooting.” Also Read – Himesh Reshammiya composes song for wife Sonia on 2nd anniversary

In a statement, Himesh Reshammiya said, “I am looking forward to a fresh start with the current season and hope we receive a tremendous response. We have an array of exceptionally talented young singers from across the country who have proven themselves to be great performers with their incredible passion and skill for music, so am sure this season will see some fantastic acts.” The new episodes will start airing from July 18, 2020. Also Read – Shannon K, Kumar Sanu’s daughter, on choosing to be a singer in the US over Bollywood: I would have always been compared with my dad [Exclusive]

(With inputs from IANS)

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