This year’s ‘Sa Re Ga Ma Pa – Challenge’ came to an end with Aneek Dhar from Bengal being crowned the winner.

Aneek walked away with nearly 4 crore of the votes, beating Raja Hassan and Amanat Ali to second and third respectively. Raja lost by a margin of 13 lakh.

The finale held at Mumbai’s Andheri sports complex had a very enthusiastic audience and a line-up of celebrities.

Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar who was present at the finale declared Aneek as the winner. His prize includes a contract worth Rs 50 lakh with Universal and a new Chevrolet Spark car.

The much anticipated finale came to an end today after a five-month run on ZEE TV. The programme has surpassed the TV ratings of all general entertainment Hindi shows recently. It has also managed to topple STAR Plus’ ‘Kyunki Saans Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi’ from the number one position in India after reigning the slot for the past few years.

According to an article on Business Standard India the current run of ‘Challenge 2007′ has earned the channel close to Rs 120 crore from advertisements and sponsors for its 26 episodes beating STAR Plus’ ‘Kaun Banega Crorepati’ with Shah Rukh Khan’s advertising revenue from earlier this year. In the UK, the finale of ‘Challenge 2007’ boasted of ten sponsors – the highest for a UK Asian TV show to date.