Heard that Shyamala Ramakrishna is the Carnatic Music Idol 2011. But there seems to a 'conflict of interest' in the judging /selection. She has been undergoing advanced training from Shri NSG, who was one the judges. How can the judging be fair / unbiased?
The same issue was raised a year ago in the Channai Carnatic Idol contest when Sriranjani Santhanagopalan (for those whose neurons don't fire properly, she happens to be Neyveli Santhanagopalan's daughter) was a contestant. Sri Santhanagopalan recused himself from judging her and, in horse-racing parlance, she didn't win, place or show. So much for the deference the other judges showed to Sri Santhanagopalan whereas all of you felt that they would be influenced by the mere fact that she is the daughter of one of their colleagues.
Since quite a large number of senior musicians teach North American students, it gives True Mudthrowers a chance to vent their unsubstantiated opinions on a forum like this. The alternative would be to have NA kids learn from neighborhood mamas and mamis, be they from San Diego or Mylapore, and then we can of course complain about the quality of the students and the winner!
Aaaarrrrggghhhhhh! Enough already!