New Delhi : POGO announced today the seven talented and victorious winners of India’s prestigious kids’ television awards – POGO Amazing Kids Awards. A POGO original production, the awards uphold POGO’s seven year-long tradition of discovering and recognising young talent across a multitude of categories that include Music, Singing, Sports, Academia, Entertainment, Art and Dancing.
Announcing the winners, Monica Tata, Vice President and Deputy Manager – Entertainment Networks, South Asia, Turner International India Private Limited (TIIPL) said, “A signature POGO initiative, the awards align with POGO’s vision to encourage kids to Dream Bigger, Think Louder, Play Smarter and Bounce Higher. We are delighted that the award continues to attract some of the most talented kids in India. Our ‘POGO Amazing Kids Awards’ winners are supremely gifted and POGO is very proud to honour them.”
POGO Amazing Kids Awards winners: Dishaddra Poddar (13 yrs) from Delhi has bagged the title of POGO Amazing Kids’ Awards 2010 in the Artist category. Dishaddra has won over 160 awards in the National and State level participations. He was also awarded the Hindustan Times Pace Awards and given the 1st prize by Rotary club 2010 amongst his other achievements.
Vishnu Ramprasad (14 yrs) from Chennai has bagged the coveted title of POGO Amazing Kids’ Awards 2010 in the Musician category. Vishnu plays Blues and Classical Flamenco and is currently a member of two rock bands in Chennai. He has performed in several live shows across Chennai and Bangalore and has plans to release his own music album.
S. Mahadevan (12 yrs) from Trivandrum has won the award of POGO Amazing Kids’ Awards 2010 in the Singer category. He has won many awards in the past for his performances and has also participated in IDEA JALSA national talent hunt team where he was selected for the semi final round held in Mumbai.
Tanay Chheda (14 yrs) from Mumbai has won the title of POGO Amazing Kids’ Awards 2010 in the Entertainer category. Tanay’s most recent performance was in My Name is Khan. He is best known for his performances in critically acclaimed films Taare Zameen Par and Slumdog Millionaire, with the latter earning him the Screen Actors Guild Award.
Priyanshi Somani (11 yrs) from Ajmer has won the title of POGO Amazing Kids’ Awards 2010 in the Genius category. Priyanshi was the national and international champion in the 2010 UCMAS mental arithmetic competition and also ranked first in the International Olympiad of Mathematics. In 2003 Priyanshi set a new world record for being the youngest person to pass the Microsoft Server Examination.
Swapnali Yadav (11 yrs) from Mumbai has grabbed the title of POGO Amazing Kids’ Awards 2010 in the Sports category. Swapnali has been listed in Limca Book of Records for being the 1st Indian to win The Sound Open Water Official Swimming Competition. Apart from this, she has won many state level and national level championships.
Shraddha Nagaraj (14 yrs) from Bangalore has bagged the coveted title of POGO Amazing Kids’ Awards 2010 in the Dancer category. Shraddha is a Bharatanatyam dancer and has given a series of performances in the U.S. and she has participated in all major art / cultural festivals.
Initiated by POGO in December 2004, POGO Amazing Kids Awards is India’s first-ever kids’ television award. The Awards recognise child prodigies and reward them for their outstanding achievements in multiple areas of excellence such as arts, leadership and sports.
Like every year, POGO invited nominations from parents and principals of meritorious kids as well as self-nominations from children who felt they deserve the award in a particular category. The seven categories of POGO Amazing Kids’ Awards 2010 received hundreds of nominations from all across India.