Bhubaneswar: Odisha recently saw another singer from the State competing in a national-level reality show, making many sit up and take notice.

Shasank Sekhar from Bhubaneswar recently participated in singing reality show 'Rising Star' aired in Colors and finished in the 'Top 8.' Shasank, a popular singer of Ollywood enthralled the judges and the audience with his soulful singing during the reality show.

Speaking to, Shasank said, "I gained a lot of experience from ‘Rising Star.’ It is India’s only singing reality show where contestants perform live and voting by audiences is also done real time. Competition was really tough and there were a lot of talented singers. I felt proud to represent Odisha in the show."

Shasank's personal favorite among his performances in the live show was "Teri Meri Kahani' from Hindi movie ‘Gabbar.’  He feels that the performance was instrumental in increasing his popularity in the show. Even he got a big surprise with his family going to meet him during the live show.

"The song ‘Teri Meri Kahani’ from Gabbar was my first performance and the song is my personal favorite. After that the judges realized my potential. Without prior information my family reached there to meet me and that was a very lucky moment for me. My family has been a constant support for me," said Shasank.

Shasank Sekhar has some melodious numbers in Ollywood to his name. He credits the people of Odisha for their continuous love and support and also expects to do well in the Hindi film industry.

"As I have worked in many Odia movies before, many people knew me but there were many who never saw me but had heard my voice before. Participating in a national reality show increased my popularity," said Shasank.

When asked about his dream to sing in Hindi movies, he replied, "I received good response from the judges and other music directors. I always had a dream of going to Mumbai and ‘Rising Star’ has provided me that opportunity. I have a very good offer from Bollywood as well. This is going to be a very big surprise for all of you."