Darjeeling: Radio Salesian Station Director Fr C.M. Paul declared the winners of Jingle Bells Season – 3 on 2nd January 2019. The competition consisted of presenting original Christmas carol songs in English or Nepali language.
The Carol Broadcasts and voting started on Radio Salesian Facebook page from 3 pm on Saturday 22 December and ended on Friday 28 December 2018 at 3.00 pm.
The top three carols which got the highest number of ‘LIKES’ are – Diocesan Brothers of Salesian College Sonada – first prize, Church of Christ Pacheng – second prize, and St Theresa’s Parish Sonada won third prize.
Seven groups were in the competition which this year consisted of two parts, radio and television segments.
Besides Salesian College Sonada group, three groups of Salesian College Brothers took part in the competition – Diocesan Brothers, as well as Brothers from Kolkata and Northeast India Salesian provinces respectively.
Among the church groups participating in the competition were EIC Church Mirik, Church of Jesus Christ Pacheng, and St Theresa’s parish Sonada.
“This year, besides certificates and cash prizes, were given through the generous sponsorship of Glenary Restaurant Darjeeling and Church Art Kolkata, we are also offering trophies to the winners,” says Radio Salesian Director.
Program Coordinator at Radio Salesian RJ Samir Chhetri explained, “The Carol competition consisted of creating one original Nepali or English language Christmas Carol by a team of ten or fewer members including musicians.”
This year, the carol groups besides recording songs for Radio Salesian also performed for Salesian Television which has been anchored by RJ Bryan and RJ Samir and distributed to Darjeeling TV, as well as Kurseong Television.
Writes: RJ Samir Chettri