Rani & Raja Competition Rani & Raja Competition – CRC 2021 Winners Declaration

42 views is pleased to announce the successful completion of the CRC 2021 ( Rani & Raja Competition). is proud to crown the first ever Chutney Soca Rani (Queen), Navita Mahato.

Navita topped the CRC 2021 Rani Finals with her song, Choday Balaam which was greatly received by the judges and her final performance entry was fitting of a Queen where she was brought in by Tassa.
Assistant Judge, Sneha Khanwalkar remarked “You beat that snare!”
Princess Ashanie of the US came second. Sirf Kiran of the UK placed third, Tanty Sandra of Trinidad & Tobago placed fourth and Asha Rambaran Saywerth of South Africa placed 5th.
CRC 2021 Rani Final Results:
1st – Navita Mahato (TT)
2nd – Princess Ashanie (US)
3rd – Sirf Kiran (UK)
4th – Tanty Sandra (TT)
5th – Asha Rambaran Saywerth (TT)
Ricardo “Daddy Chinee” Melville became the First Ever Chutney Soca Raja (King) when he won the Raja Competition 2021.
It was far from smooth sailing for Ricardo “Daddy Chinee” Melville in the CRC 2021. He started off lukewarm in the CRC Prelims but poured his heart and soul into his performances going forward.
He urged everyone to live in unity and reflected on his own experience of being a mix of races – Indian, African & Chinese.
Joel Connector Davis narrowly missed the Top Spot and placed 2nd. The Judges liked how he used African drums in his performance, and he looked very fluid on stage.
Edward Ramdass opted for his tried-and-true wife to be his Rani and placed third.

Rickson McDonald, a multiple People’s Choice Winner placed fourth and Khayam Deo, whom had a Kaura (Caura) Lime on the CRC 2021 Stage rounded out the competition
CRC 2021 Raja Finalis Results:
• Ricardo Melville “Daddy Chinee” (TT)
• Joel “Connector” Davis (CA)
• Edward Ramdass (TT)
• Rickson McDonald (TT)
• Khayam Deo “Sugar Daddy” (TT)
The winners were determined solely by Judges.
The expert panel of judges were:
1. Dr Visham Bhimull of Caribbean Hindustani – Culture Advocate, Linguist Enthusiast, Lyricist and Senior Medical Doctor
2. Dr Sharda Patasar – PHD in Cultural Studies, Performer, Columnist
3. Sneha Khanwalkar – Accredited Bollywood Music Director and Chutney Music Advocate in India.

Head Judge, Dr Visham Bhimull chose to give his comments from Maracas Beach where he praised the entrant’s and further welcomed tourists to come to Trinidad & Tobago to learn our culture.

Sneha Khanwalkar opted to profess her love for Chutney Music & Trinidad & Tobago in her native language Hindi and the earnest sentiment struck a chord with viewers. She further remarked that if she had known about Chutney Music earlier in life that she would have become a singer.

The judges will host several workshops geared towards improving song composition, performance and Hindi usage.

What to expect in CRC 2022?

CRC 2022 is scheduled to begin in November 2021.

Bollyney (using a Bollywood melody and singing in chutney style) would not be accepted.

If Covid is over and sponsorship is available, the Finals could be done on a physical stage in Trinidad & Tobago.

At the end of the CRC 2021 Finals, viewers who watched till the end was treated to a hidden easter egg as announced that its year countdowns will be formally merged into the Awards. has already reached out to NCIC to hold the ceremony there but they are yet to confirm the availability of the venue.

The hostess for the final was the Desi Girl Ivana Gobin and the event Co-Ordinator is Jason “DJ Floops” Sookram.
Please accept this information and reflect in your esteemed periodical as soon as possible.
If you require further information, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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