Indian girl wins Sharjah Arabic reality contest

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The girl, who hails from Angamali in Kerala, was the only non-Arab among the eight finalists who clashed for the title, Munshid Sharjah (Singer of Sharjah).

Meenakshi Jayakumar, an Indian girl who stole the hearts of thousands by singing hit songs such as Maher Zain’s Insha Allah, was on Thursday crowned the winner of Sharjah TV’s Arabic reality show.

At a ceremony hosted by the Sharjah Media Corporation, His Highness Dr Shaikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, honoured Meenakshi, a Grade 7 student of GEMS Millennium School – Sharjah, and runners-up Shahad Saeed Abdullah of Altalaa School and Nahyan Ali Mohammed of Abdul Rahman Al Nasser Model School in Kalba.

The girl, who hails from Angamali in Kerala, was the only non-Arab among the eight finalists who clashed for the title, Munshid Sharjah (Singer of Sharjah).

Talking to Khaleej Times, Meenakshi said she is happy and thrilled to come out with flying colours at the end of the four-month-long mission.

“It was such a proud moment when I received the award from His Highness Dr Shaikh Sultan,” said Meenakshi, who thanked her parents, principal and teachers who inspired and helped her at every step of the journey.

Being a non-Arab who can only read and write the language, Meenakshi never expected to be a winner. But her teachers went out of their way to perfect her diction. She was ultimately crowned with the help of 114,251 votes polled from 91 countries across the globe.

Recollecting the best moments of the contest, Meenakshi said the contestants were only allowed to sing non-cinematic songs and her rendering of Insha Allah had received a huge applause from the audience and judges.

While Majed Al Zuwidi’s Ya Owni is one of her all-time Arabic favourites, she also likes Maher Zain and Harris J.

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