STAR Jalsha strengthens prime time with Gaaner Oparey

A tribute to Kabiguru Rabindranath Tagore

STAR Jalsha, the No. 1 Bengali General Entertainment Channel in West Bengal pushes the boundaries of television viewing experience yet again with the launch of Gaaner Oparey - a unique show that marks the beginning of a-year-long celebration of 150th birth anniversary of Kabiguru Rabindranath Tagore.

Gaaner Oparey is a love story of Gora & Sohini who come from different musical backgrounds; one, whose roots are deeply imbibed with the classical Rabindra Sangeet heritage and preserving it in its pure form while the other a talented maverick who is passionate about music and believes in experimentation to keep in tune with the times. The story progresses with the journey of Tagore's relevance and genius through his music, both modern and classical and rediscovering the genius of Tagore.

Commenting on the launch, Mr. Ravish Kumar, EVP & GM, STAR Entertainment Media Pvt. Ltd said, "At Star Jalsha, we are committed to setting the entertainment agenda for the Bengali television industry and our every show sets the tone for this creative leadership. Gaaner Oparey is replacing Durga, one of our iconic shows and we are extremely confident that our audiences will find Gaaner Oparey a worthy successor.
Reiterating this noteworthy programming initiative on STAR Jalsha, Mr. Yubaraj Bhattacharya, Creative Director, STAR Jalsha said "for us Bengalis the biggest debate is whether to contemporaries RabindraSangeet or leave it in it's original form. We are happy that we have been able to conceptualise & execute an entertaining story around this debate. I am extremely happy that we have Prosenjit and Rituparno Ghosh, representing Ideas, as our partner in this unique presentation."
Prosenjit & Rituparno Ghosh combination is at work in Gaaner Oparey. Rituparno Ghosh makes a comeback to television after many years. He is the creative director and the scriptwriter for Gaaner Oparey. Prosenjit is spearheading this project as the Producer and he is orchestrating all aspects of the project to create this very unique, very Bengali show. Joydip Mukherjee, after Bandhan & Ekhaney Akash Neel, is directing Gaaner Oparey under the creative supervision of Rituparno Ghosh. Debjyoti Mishra & Neel Dutt is creating the music for this musical daily soap. While Neel has composed music for six songs Debjyoti is now responsible for composing the songs as well as the background score for this show.

This show marks the appearance of Mimi as Sohini and Rishi as Gora. The show also boasts of an ensemble cast comprising Dipankar De, Anuradha Roy, Bodhisattwa Majumder, Krishnakishore, Kaushik Sen, Anjana Basu, Aparajita Addya, Ananya Chatterjee, Anindita Basu, Saswata Chatterjee, Biswajit Chakrabarty, Mithu Chakrabarty among others.

So block your date on June 28, 2010 at 8.30 pm as Gaaner Oparey takes you on a musical debate. You won't be able to stop yourself from taking sides!

As per the latest TAM data (week 23), STAR Jalsha continues to reign at 417 GRPs compared to its nearest competition Zee Bangla and ETV Bangla that stand at 169 & 127 GRPs respectively. The top ranking shows of STAR Jalsha grow stronger each week and engage the viewers with their unparallel narratives and storylines. eg. Bou Kotha Kou and Maa that continue to be the chartbusters with 6.3 and 6.4 TVRs respectively. The new show averaged to 4.5 TVRs in week 23.

At the recently held Telly Samman Awards 2010, STAR Jalsha stood as the unchallenged leader bagging 14 out of 27 awards in key categories reinforcing its creative might.

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