The number of talent shows in India is increasing each year and there is a simultaneous increase in the number of overseas participants in such shows. However, there are not too many instances where an Indian participant has made it big in an international show. This is set to change thanks to one Indian, Sumit Sadawarti. The jazz singer from Maharashtra is the only Indian to reach the semi-finals of the coveted show, Asia’s Got Talent. With his brilliant rendition of Ella Fitzgerald’s ‘Cry Me A River’ at Asia’s Got Talent, he won not just the judges’ approval but also a big thumbs up from the audience. Also Read - World Music Day 2020: What, Where And How The Day Came to be Celebrated

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After his mesmerising performance at Asia’s Got Talent, judge David Foster came on stage and joined Sadawarti in playing the synthesizer. he said, “You should take me with you, wherever you go….I knew there was more [talent] there, I knew it.” The 22-year-old is now hoping to reach the grand finale and is expecting a lot of love and support from his fans. Sadawarti has also been a speaker at TEDx Gateway where he spoke about his journey from self-harm to self-discovery, through music. The TEDx website notes that Sadawarti’s struggle with bullying & depression and ultimately finding his voice is an inspiration for those going through similar problems. Also Read - 2018 Honda Jazz facelift images leaked; India launch likely H2, 2018

Watch Sumit’s performance at Asia’s Got Talent:

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Sumit Sadawarti is a self-taught jazz, blues and soul singer/songwriter and is heavily inspired by the vocal stylings of Amy Winehouse and Nina Simone. The TEDx portal notes that Sadawarti is an ‘advanced vocalist with an ability to inculcate complex melismas and riffs in his powerhouse voice which soars along to the light, rhythmic sound of the piano that he plays. His soulful voice is gifted with a perfect pitch.’ He is a sophomore at Ashoka University and heads the Broadway Society there. The young achiever is also credited with being one of the Delhi finalists at The Korean Pop Culture Festival 2016, has performed for Youtube Indie Music Outreach and has also performed with The Performers’ Consortium and Hammer Talents.

Watch Sumit’s talk at TEDx Gateway:

In case you wish to watch him live, then you need to be in Delhi, as he reportedly does jazz gigs across the city. For now, we have our fingers crossed and hope this young achiever gets the highest recognition at the international level.