An award discovering, recognizing and celebrating, the amazingly talented kids across India
December 20, 2011:
India’s most talented kids shone in Mumbai on Saturday at the eighth annual POGO Amazing Kids Awards 2011, India’s first kids’ television awards ceremony.
Kids’ favourite superhero -Chhota Bheem made a surprise performance at the event and the winners were felicitated by Monica Tata, General Manager, Entertainment Networks, South Asia, Turner International India.
A POGO original production, POGO Amazing Kids Awards 2011 upheld the channel’s tradition of discovering, recognizing and celebrating, the amazingly talented kids across India.
This year’s winners have truly done India proud and continue to strive towards excellence.
|CATEGORY||NAME||AGE||REGION||CLAIM TO FAME|
|Artist||Siladitya Samir||14||Dhansiri, Assam||Artist of the Year, Assam Valley School; 1st prize, Sri Satya Sai Seva Samithi, Nagaon; Face of Assam Drawing Competition|
|Dancer||Jyotsna Ramesh||13||Bangalore, Karnataka||Natya Bala Brahmam, Kalakshetra, Chennai; Bal Shree 2010|
|Entertainer||Shantanu Rangnekar||14||Mumbai, Maharashtra||Best Child Actor, 58th National Film Awards for the film Champions; Lead role in Appu Aswalya Kazi Gudgulia a Marathi Drama for kids|
|Genius||Mohamed Ashik||7||Madhurai, Tamil Nadu||‘Youngest World Map Recognizer’ certificate from World Records Academy, USA; ‘Memory’ Certificate from Record Holders Republic – UK; ‘Memory Power’ certificate from Global World Records - India|
|Leader||Prakrati Chandra||12||Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh||Honoured by former President – Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, U.P. Governor – Mr. B.L. Josh; National record in 2006 by placing in the National Book of Honour; Youngest anchor on Education TV on Doordarshan Brand Ambassador for Drishti Suraksha Abhiyan; Worked with UNICEF on their Vitamin A campaign|
|Musician||S. Aswini||12||Chennai, Tamil Nadu||Recipient of 1st prize – Anna Community Radio of Educational Multimedia Research Centre; Child prodigy awards – Rotaract and Rotary Club of East Coast and Hindu College; International Woman’s Association award|
|Singer||Sameer Athreya||11||Bangalore, Karnataka||Child prodigy with first public concert at age 7; Sings devotional songs in 5 different languages (Sanskrit, Hindi, Kannada, Marathi, Gujarati); Featured on All India Radio|
|Sportsman||Arman Zaffer||13||Mumbai, Maharashtra||Record holder for the highest individual score in Indian school cricket; Record holder for the highest score in the Giles Shield, an Under-14 tournament; Record holder for the highest score in the Harris Shield, an Under-16 tournament; In 2011, he has made 2670 runs including 24 centuries for his school|
It was no easy feat to select one winner from hundreds of candidates across India. Taking up this immense responsibility was a panel of eminent experts within each field. Icon Ayaz Memon judged the sports category, Ashley Lobo judged the dance category, Sukhwinder Singh judged the singing and musician category, Tathagat Tulsi judged the genius category and Vaibhav Kumaresh judged the artist category. The leader category was judged by Monica Tata and the entertainer category was judged by Rick Fernandes, Executive Director, Original Production & Development, Turner Broadcasting Systems, Asia Pacific.
At the event, Monica Tata, General Manager, Entertainment Networks, South Asia, Turner International India Pvt. Ltd., said, “We are extremely excited and proud to announce the winners of the coveted POGO Amazing Kids Awards 2011. At POGO, we take great initiative in discovering and felicitating India’s most talented kids. These luminous kids are our future and we are delighted to offer them such a platform where kids across India can be inspired by them. I congratulate each one of them and their families for winning this award and hope to see them grow in stature and talent in all their future endeavours”.
Catch the success stories of these amazing kids across India from December 31, 2011 to January 31, 2012 only on POGO!