Rela Re Rela is a unique music talent show which highlights and familiarizes the people of the country with the astounding Telugu folk music of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. The show telecasts on MAA TV Music. MAA TV is a Telugu channel launched in 2002 with very good programming quality. It telecasts serials, sitcoms, talk shows, movie reviews, films, and telefilms.
MAA TV is known for its close emotional bond with its viewers through various talent shows and format based game shows. CineMAA Awards is the flagship event of MAA TV which celebrates the excellence of Telugu Cinema. Rela Re Rela 2 sponsored by Clinic Plus hosts a talent hunt for excellent Telugu Folk singers in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana on MAA TV Music every Sunday at 7.30 PM. Due to a major success of Rela Re Rela, the channel decided to have a second season for the show. Rela Re Rela season 2 witnessed the same judges as in season 1-
Suddala Ashok Teja and Udayabhanu who serves as the comparer for this season as well.
After 3 tough rounds of screening and selection, 16 best folk singers from the two states are selected to finally battle it out on national television. One of the best singers of the season is Kavya from Proddutur, Kadapa district, Andhra Pradesh. The show received a heap of praises from both, the viewers as well as the critics. It bagged the 33rd RAPA Award for showcasing the raw hidden folk music of Andhra Pradesh. It also received the first ever significant response in a non-film category. India has its own rich cultural heritage and what’s better than folk arts to represent this culture. Andhra Pradesh and Telangana have nearly 200 forms of folk music with simple tunes and beautiful oral expressions.
These folk songs can be broadly categorized into Sramika or Labour songs which are the tunes sung by laborers while doing their job, Women’s songs such as Rokati Paatalu, Tirugali Paatalu, Farmer’s songs which are generally about plowing, sowing seeds, praying for rains, harvesting, etc.
Other categories include songs for Children, Love songs, Marriage songs, Responsorial songs which are about the conversation between two people, set in a folklore way, and epic songs which are about Hindu epics Ramayana and Bhagavata etc. Shows like Rela Re Rela are therefore initiatives taken by some channels to safeguard our rich cultural heritage and to pass it on to the future generations.