Jetshen Donha Lama wins Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Lil’ Champs S9; becomes first Sikkimese to win a singing reality show
Jetshen Lama wins Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Lil’ Champs Season 9 and becomes the first Sikkimese singer to win a national level singing reality show.
When Jetshen Donha Lama first appeared on TV, she appeared as a soft-spoken, cute, and taciturn little girl. Then she sang, and the rest is history. With passionate singing like Jetshen’s, it didn’t take her long to garner praise and love from all around. Sikkimese pride Jetshen then successfully entered the Grand Finale of Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Lil’ Champs, one of the most renowned singing talent hunts in India and the world.
Born to Roshan and Unice Hamal Lama, Jetshen, the 9-year-old singing prodigy had already won in the junior category at the state-level ‘Sikkim Idol’ before auditioning for Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Lil’ Champs. She hails from Pakyong, where she studies at El Bethel Academy in the 4th standard.
She went for SaReGaMaPa Lil Champs 2022 auditions at Kolkata after clearing the prelims went on to Mumbai with her mother Unice Hamal Lama. Her mother revealed that she was worried about Jetshen as “she is very shy and introverted since her childhood” and that “she loves to stay alone” but she was positively happy as she said that “she is very passionate at singing.” Her mother wanted Jetshen to open up well by staying close with other musically talented kids on the show.
Jetshen appeared nervous before her audition, but the way she performed Udi Teri Aakhon Se by Sunidhi Chauhan, she left the judges in a state of shock. Her polar opposite personality that came out during her performance portrayed the talented little singer as a super-heroine with a shy alter-ego. Shankar Mahadven called her little Sunidhi Chauhan and recorded Jetshen’s video to send Chauhan.
In a very short span of time, Jetshen with her terrific performance and her personalities, both on and off performances, won the hearts of judges, jury, and the audience all across the globe. Massive campaigns were flagged off in her name, she garnered a tremendous fan-following and support. The campaigns were not only spread all over Sikkim but all over the world where many came together to form the ‘Jetshen Support Club’ that had the support of all Sikkimese people and a lot of fans that her singing won her.
Chief Minister of Sikkim, Prem Singh Tamang also supported the little talent throughout her campaign and posted just hours before her win saying, “As we move closer to the grand finale of the Sa Re Ga Ma Pa L’il Champs, I extend my best wishes to our prodigy, Miss Jetshen Dohna Lama.
Throughout the competition, we have witnessed her grow as a singer and performer and she is one step closer to achieving her goal. I wish her continued success in her pursuits and firmly believe she will attain success in her endeavours.”
The founder of the show Sikkim Idol and the president of Jetshen Support Club of Sikkim, Jacob Khaling, who is presently in Mumbai supporting the Sikkimese prodigy spoke with Sikkim Chronicle and said that she was a prodigy who made Sikkim proud. “She made us all proud “ he said in an interview.
Jetshen’s parents were really proud and utterly overwhelmed when Jetshen emerged as the champion. More than that they expressed their immense gratefulness towards the support that was shown for their daughter. “We would like to thank everyone who supported Jetshen in her journey” said the proud parents.
She performed in Jata hain tu kaha, Badtameez Dil and Roop Tera Mastaana in the grand finale before lifting the trophy and winning an amount of Rupees 10 Lakhs. Jetshen has become the first Sikkimese to ever win a national level singing reality show, and she won the acclaimed title of Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Lil’ Champ. The 9-year-old has not only created history but brought inspiration and instilled confidence in artistes of the small state, let alone filling Sikkimese people with a tremendous sense of pride.