Odia Girl Barnali Hota from Odisha made it big as she along with her band Euphony was declared the first runner-up at the grand finale of the popular music reality show ‘Dil Hai Hindustani’, aired on Star Plus yesterday(1st April).
While Haitham Mohammad Rafi bagged the trophy as the winner, Barnali and Euphony band earned the runners up title.
Haitham was awarded Rs 25 lakh cheque and Barnali with the Euphony band received the winning prize of Rs 10 lakh cheque.
Likewise,Contestants Ankita and Saraswati secured the third spot, Simran Raj was placed in fourth and Ajay & Amritanshu with Nastya secured the fifth position in the show.
In the grand finale of the show, all the contestants performed with stalwarts like Daler Mehendi, Ajay-Atul. Sonakshi Sinha came down to promote Noor and sang and danced with Badshah. But highlight of the show was Karan actually singing Zehnaseeb from Hasee Toh Phasee. He made masses cry with his heartfelt tribute to the show.
Barnali and her band were placed among top 5 finalists, who enthralled the audience and judges — Karan Johar, Badshah, Shalmali Kholgade and Shekhar Ravjiani — with mind blowing performances in previous episodes.
Barnali has also participated as the first contestant from Odisha in “Sare Gama Little Champs’’ by Zee TV in 2011.