The fifth gala round saw the legendary Padma Vibhushan Pandit Jasraj join the Top 6 contestants for an Indian classical fusion themed episode. All the judges and contestants touched his feet and took his blessings. He performed a song which had everyone mesmerized. Panditji was seen complementing Ashaji’s necklace. He also offered the judges supari that he always carries and eats.
Vipul Mehta sang Joog Raag and he sang the song “Dil se re”. He was heavily applauded and the audience roared ‘once more’ for his performance. Sunidhi said she was Mantra Mugdh by Vipul’s performance. Also it was Vipul’s Birthday so the Indian Idol crew surprised him by inviting his Grandfather and father to the studio and a cake cutting ceremony was conducted. Vipul thanked the crew for the birthday wishes and he exclaimed that it was the best birthday ever as he met his family and sang in front on Panditji. Vipul’s Grandfather sang a folk song for everyone and presented his grandson with a big birthday card.
Poorvi Koutish performed Raag Dhanashree and sang “Hai Raama Yeh Kya Hua”. Panditji appreciated her singing but suggested that she should practice more of Indian Classical music. AV- of Poorvi’s surprise when her mother visited her. Since Poorvi’s mother has been Proovi’s inspiration, she was asked to sing a song. She sang “Jaaye aap chale jaaye”.
Next on stage was Ritika Raj who performed Raag Ahir Bhairav and sang the song “Albela Sajan Aayo re”. Panditji was amazed at her performance and said that she sang with full feelings and expressions. Ritika was missing her brother since it was the Raksha Bandhan week and was discussing with Mini how she has sent across Rakhi for his brother. She was surprised, when her brother walked onto the stage. They did the entire rakhi ceremony and sang rakhi special song “Bhaiya Mere”. Ritikas brother got her a Ganesh idol as a gift for good omen.
Last but not the least, was Devendra Pal Singh. He performed Raag Yaaman and sang the song “Jaab Deep Jale Aana”. Panditji was ecstatic with Devendra’s performance and gave him a standing ovation along with the audience and all the judges. Hussain and Anu both lifted Devendra for his superb performance. Anu said that the reason Indian Idol is a hit is because it has talent like Devendra in it. He exclaimed that Devendra is an outstanding find of this year’s Indian Idol. Anu, Mini and Hussain along with Devendra did the bhangra.