Fame Gurukul

Fame Gurukul was an Indian reality show on Sony Entertainment Television (India) which premiered on 27 June 2005.[1] The program was produced by the same production house of Indian Idol. The concept of the show was to select a pair of India's best singers/performers.

Fame Gurukul
Title card of "Fame Gurukul".
GenreReality television
Presented byManav Gohil,
Mandira Bedi
JudgesJaved Akhtar,
Shankar Mahadevan,
Krishnakumar Kunnath
Country of originIndia
Original language(s)Hindi
No. of seasons1
Camera setupMulti-camera
Production company(s)Miditech India Pvt Ltd
Original networkSony Entertainment Television
Picture format480i
Original release27 June 
20 October 2005

It is based on the Spanish Operación Triunfo and international Star Academy format of Endemol, better known in English under the UK title Fame Academy; in Indian terms, it was essentially a mixture of Indian Idol and Big Brother TV shows. Fame Gurukul started out with 16 contestants living in a musical performance academy (Gurukul). Every week (normally) one contestant was voted out of the show, and so on until two will remained in the end.


The finalists received a Rs.1 crore music contract from Sony in addition to a Maruti Alto car each.

Season one



Head Mistress


  • Padma Wadkar
  • Prasant A Samadhar



Deepika Mehta


Jury Members

Celebrity Judges

Occasionally a celebrity judge was called on the show to comment on the performances and to inspire the singers. The following was a list of special judges who appeared on Fame Gurukul:


TV Production

  • Manav Dhanda - Creative Director & Project Head
  • Anupama Mandloi - Executive Producer, Sony Entertainment Television India
  • Paul Coueslant - Consultant Executive Producer, Endemol International
  • Nikhil Alva - Series Producer, Miditech


On 20 October 2005, the final show of Fame Gurukul was broadcast in which the final three contestants - Qazi Touqeer, Rex D'Souza and Ruprekha Banerjee battled it for the top spots. After much waiting and various shows in between, the results were finally announced. Qazi Touqeer, the favourite was one of the winners, while Ruprekha Banerjee made up the pair with him. Arijit Singh of Aashiqui 2 fame was a contestant who lost in the Top 6 fight. However he is currently the most popular among the participants of the contest.

Celebrity Fame Gurukul

After the claimed success of Fame Gurukul, Sony Entertainment Television brought what they claimed to be "a bigger, better, more exciting and entertaining" version of Fame Gurukul named Celebrity Fame Gurukul where now was the turn of some popular personalities to compete by going "back to school". Celebrity Fame Gurukul is based on the successful reality show called 'Comic Relief Does Fame Academy' which was a spin-off on 'Fame Academy' produced by the format owner Gestmusic, part of the Endemol Group.

They were now given various tasks to learn becoming singers and performers, while competing for the grand prize.

The show promised unlimited drama and excitement while watching the never-before-seen footage of the behind-the-scenes action and drama of the highly diverse group of celebrities, their behaviour, quirks, egos, trials, tribulations, inter-personal relationship, competitive spirit and their struggle to survive at the Gurukul uncensored, unscripted and very candid. And, for the very first time ever, viewers got to watch the celebrities in their new 'avataar' - as singers.

The proceeds of the show would go to the Make a Wish Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to granting the most cherished wishes of children living with life-threatening illnesses.

Making of the Fame Singer

After receiving close to 50 million votes, Celebrity Fame Gurukul took the popularity of the show to new heights. The television celebrities who were all non-singers now trained together and competed at the Gurukul - where discipline and their raw talent would be professionally tested by the well-known team of Ila Arun, Prasant Samadar, Padma Wadkar and Bosco-Caesar.

The format once again allowed votes by the faculty, contestants as well as viewers who would ultimately decide the best singer and performer out of the nine television personalities, spiced up with entertaining musical performances, gripping drama and high emotions entertaining the viewers.


Amit Sareen finished winner, with Vinod Singh as 1st runner-up and Tanaaz Currim as 2nd runner-up.


See also

  • Fame Gurukul contestants


  1. "Sony's 'Fame Gurukul' ready to roll". Indiantelevision.com. 23 June 2005.
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