| 30 May 2024
Winner of Indian Idol Junior 2 inks two-year deal with Universal Music

MUMBAI: Universal Music India is set to give the winner of Indian Idol Junior 2 – 14 year old Ananya Nanda a fantastic launch pad to kick-start what could be a long and successful career in music. The label has always aimed at supporting and developing new talent in the industry and will now boost singing gems from ‘Indian Idol Junior 2’.

After having proved their singing prowess on the reality show, Ananya Nanda along with Top 4 crooners namely Vaishnav Girish, Nahid Afrin, Nithyashree Venkataramanan and Moti Khan will now be taken onboard by Universal Music India as their next indi-pop act. Taking their winning streak to another level, these nationwide singing favorites will get a head-start from the world’s leading label.

A self-confessed fan of Shreya Ghoshal and Arijit Singh, Ananya will get a 2 year record deal with the banner with single being unveiled every consecutive year. The 14 year old has won the praise and admiration of the judges who commented on her incredible versatility. The young singer consistently wowed audiences through all her performance even impressing Bollywood actress Sonakshi Sinha.

The other four finalists will have the opportunity to release one single each. The label will also sign on these superstars for a holistic 360 degree contract for two years wherein all aspects including `live’ show, endorsements, music albums etc. will be solely managed by the label.

Speaking on the occasion, South Asia Universal Music and EMI vice president R H Chhatrapati said, “Our association with `Idol’ both globally and here has been very successful as we saw the recorded music and the live act make it into a sustainable business. The ‘Indian Idol 6’ kids performed around 400 shows in over ten countries. Now our endeavor with the ‘Indian Idol Junior’ kids will be exactly the same, only with the added advantage of having a wider audience to reach out to. Our partnership with future thinking companies like Fremantle will allow us to do just that. The talent has been outstanding and it’s my firm belief that these ‘Indian Idol Juniors’ today are tomorrow's stars."