A video of Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Li’l Champs 2019 contestant Pickosa Moharkar singing Kishore Kumar’s ‘Chala Jaata Hu‘ is viral with false claims that she is the singer’s granddaughter- Muktika Ganguly.
Pickosa, who has shown prowess in skillful yodeling on the reality show, has been misidentified as Muktika Ganguly and credited for carrying forward the Kumar family’s musical legacy.
BOOM reached out to Zee’s PR team who rubbished the claims.
“This is Muktika Ganguly, grand daughter of the famous singer Kishore Kumar, daughter of Amit Kumar paying a tribute to her Grandfather. Talent flows in the family for generations,” text accompanying the viral post claims.
BOOM also received the video on its helpline (7700906111).
BOOM was able to ascertain that the contestant is Pickosa Moharkar, who hails from Nagpur and not Muktika Ganguly. We also reached out to the PR team of the show, who corroborated the same.
In fact, we were then directed to another clip featuring Ankita Bhattacharya of Zee Sa Re Ga Ma Pa in Bangla, where her performance of Chala Jaata Hun was viral with the same claim.
The same was viral on Facebook.
We also reached out to the show’s host Ravi Dubey.
“I am not aware of any such connection between Pickosa and Kishore Kumar,” he said.
Interestingly, Pickosa has earned rave reviews from the show’s judges for yodeling at such a young age. Yodeling is often associated with Kishore Kumar, who popularised the style of singing in India.
BOOM also found that Muktika Ganguly, Amit Kumar’s daughter is not part of Zee’s show. Muktika, who is a singer, launched her album Baba Mere in 2015. Below is a video of the album launch.
Below is the teaser of the album.
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Swasti Chatterjee is a fact-checker and the Deputy News Editor of Boom's Bangla team. She has worked in the mainstream media, in the capacity of a reporter and copy editor with The Times of India, The Indian Express and NDTV.com and is now working as a digital detective, debunking fake news.
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