Padutha Theeyaga

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Padutha Theeyaga
ETV Paadutha Theeyaga Poster.jpg
Poster shows Paadutha Theeyaga title with the host Mr.S.P.Bala Subramanyam garu
Directed byN.B.Sasthri
Presented byS. P. Balasubrahmanyam
JudgesS. P. Balasubrahmanyam and several other judges
Country of originIndia
No. of episodes1,102
Executive producer(s)Surabhi Shekar
Production location(s)Andhra Pradesh
Running time1 hour
Original networkETV Telugu
Original releaseJanuary 12, 1996 –

Padutha Theeyaga is a reality-based Indian singing competition in Telugu that airs on ETV Telugu. The program seeks to discover the best singing talent in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana through a series of statewide auditions.

This is the first music based reality show in South India. The show is hosted by the one of the most popular Indian playback singers, Padma Bhushan Dr. S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, who hails from Andhra Pradesh, South India. He has sung songs in most of the Indian languages and is a recipient of National award. He was honored with Padmasri in 2001 and Padma Bhushan in 2011 by the Indian Government for his contributions to the Indian music industry.

Paadutha Teeyaga is a unique programme and first of its kind. The main objective of this programme is to bring out emerging singing talent into limelight.

Launched in the year 1996 "Padutha Theeyaga" has so far completed more than 1100 episodes. During its journey across various seasons, Padutha Theeyaga has introduced many new talents to Telugu Film Industry.

Most renowned and a towering personality in Indian Film Industry as an Ace-Singer, Music Director, versatile actor and producer Dr.S.P. Balasubrahmanyam is the Sutradahari of "Padutha Theeyaga". He is the mentor and host of the show.

The show usually airs on Monday night at 9:30 PM in India and is telecast worldwide through partner broadcasting networks.

It gave a platform for a lot of famous singers such as Mallikarjuna, Usha, Parthasaradhi, Sandip, Karunya, Hemachandra, Gopika Poornima, Kousalya, Venu, Geetha Madhuri etc

Several prominent personalities in the South Indian film industry have also appeared in this program. Some of them are Megastar Chiranjeevi, Venkatesh, Akknineni Nageswara Rao, M.M.Keeravani, M.M.Srileka, M.S.Viswanathan, T.M.Soundararajan, Veturi Sundararamurthy, Sirivennela Seetharama Sastry, Bhuvana Chandra, Chandrabose, R.P.Patnaik, Rajan - Nagendra, K.Viswanath, Bapu - Ramana, Singeetham Srinivasa Rao, J.D.Chakravarthy, Devisri Prasad, Usha, Mani Sarma, Shekar Kammula, Saluri Koteswara Rao, Saluri Vasu Rao, Saluri Rajeswara Rao, Vani Jayaram, Suseela, L.R. Eswari, C.Narayana Reddy, Gangai Amaran, Krishnudu, Kousalya, Kodandarami Reddy, K.M. Radhakrishnan, D.Ramanaidu, Vandemataram Srinivas, P.B.Srinivas, Krish, Ramoji Rao, Kodi Ramakrishna, S.V.Krishna Reddy etc

Series 1 was for adult contestants. Rajesh Kumar from Ananthapur and Lipsika from Khammam shared the first two places. Finals was judged by Sri.S.P.Balasubramanyam and guest judge was Devi Sri Prasad. Megastar Chiranjeevi made a special appearance in the finals and gave prizes to the contestants. The Grand Finale was conducted in Visakhapatnam. Winner Rajesh Kumar won Cash prize of Rs.10,00,000 and runner Lipsika won Rs.5,00,000. The prize money was sponsored by Suvarna Bhoomi. Grand finals was completed on October 18, 2010.

Series 2 was for the junior contestants with Lakshmi meghana , gnaesh revanth , anjani nikhila, Raghawendra as finalists.Lakshmi meghana is the winner..

Series 3 was also completed and this was sponsored by EXO-Dishwash. In this season, Sairamya got first prize., Damini got second prize, and Sarathchandra Kalahasti and Nuthana got equal marks and the two were equally given third place.

Series 4 was also for the adult contestants. Ivaturi Harini, Nandibhatla Tejaswini, Rohit and Sai Charan were the finalists and these contestants stood in the first, second and the third places respectively and the third place was shared by Rohit and Sai Charan together.

Series 5 had Sharath Santosh, Surya Karthik, Praveen kumar and Charumathi Pallavi as the finalists. Out of them Praveen was the first, followed by Pallavi, Sharath and Karthik in that order. The season 5 finale had the great drummer Sivamani as the chief guest. Even this season was for adults.

Series 6 had kids of age 6-15.The winner was Parameshwara Rao.

Series 7 was held at USA. The winner was Arjun Addepalli.

Series 8 was for children of age 9-14. The winner was K.S.Abhiram. The second position was occupied by Sarvepalli Sreya, the third Geethika and fourth Maanya Chandran. Abhiram was good at his tone, while Sarvepalli was the one who was versatile and expressive in her singing. Geethika had a good voice and Maanya, a good range. This was a very good batch with a tough competition among the participants.

Series 9 was also in USA, and was for ages 9–13. All participants were females. The final 8 were Meghana Pothukuchi (the winner), Neha Dharmapuram, Vishnupriya Kothamasu (finalist), Sumedha Vadlapudi (pre-finalist), Sneha Mokkala (finalist), Lasya Ravulapati, Nikhitha Pathapati (finalist), and Ananya Penugonda.

Series 11 was in the USA, and was for ages 13–16. Participants consisted of 15 females and 2 males. The final five were Akhila Mamandur (Winner, $10,000) from Houston, TX; Abhijith Vemulapati (Runner-up, $5,000) from Woodland, CA; Bhavna Ravichandran (Finalist, $2,500) from Greensboro, NC; Supraja Kadagandla (Finalist, $2,500) from Olympia, WA; and Priya Kanajam (Pre-Finalist, $1300) from Minneapolis, MN.

Padutha Theeyaga Finalists (and Pre-Finalists)

Seasons Winner Runner-Up Third Place Fourth Place Prefinalist
Season 1 Rajesh Kumar Lipsika Mallika Sabiha N/A
Season 2 Lakshmi Meghana Anjani Nikhila Ganesh Revanth Ragavendhra N/A
Season 3 Sai Ramya Damini Nuthana

Sharath Chandra

N/A Lahari
Season 4 Harini Tejaswini Sai Charan


Season 5 Praveen Kumar Pallavi Sharath Santosh Surya Karthik N/A
Season 6 Parameswara Rao Sri Lalitha Sudheep Shanmukha Priya Sahiti
Season 7


Arjun Addepalli Vamsi Priya Udaya Bindu Manisha N/A
Season 8 K.S. Abhiram Sarvepalli Shreya Bhavyasree Geethika Maanya Chandran Sriram Charan
Season 9


Meghana Pothukuchi Sneha Mokkala Sri Vishnu Priya Kothamasu Nikitha Pathapati Sumedha Vadlapudi
Season 10 Priya | Swathi | Sai Jagadhathri

Vamsidhar | Shivani

Season 11


Akhila Mamandur Abhijit Vemulapati Bhavna Ravichandran Supraja Kadagandla Priya Kanajam
Season 12 Sugandhini Nadapriya Ganesh Sai Harika N/A
Season 13 Chodavarapu Jahnavi Attaluri Pravasthi Kovvuri Vaishnavi Jonnalagadda Srikar N/A

2015 Paadutha Theeyaga Selections Process[edit]

  • February 15, 2015: Last Date for submitting Audition Songs(1 Classical style and 1 Fast Beat)
  • February 28, 2015: An email sent from PT team stating that the entries had been received and sent to Balu garu for finalizing the list of 21 contestants
  • April 13, 2015: Notifications to the final 21 contestants sent
  • April 15, 2015: Requested Copy of Birth Certificate from the finalists
  • April 25, 2015: Confirmation email sent
  • May 12, 2015: Sent a list of 13 songs which would cover 24 episodes to each participant. Next batch of 6-7 songs will be given in the second week of July.
  • May 16, 2015: Request sent to participants for full details (Full Name, City, State)
  • May 12–17, 2015: Lyrics requested for all the songs from participants. PT team corrected them and emailed back
  • May 29-June 6, 2015: Half-hour Skype training sessions offered by PT team for the first four songs in the list. Training involves only fine tuning and pitch setting.