Kids and stars shine at the Pogo Amazing Kids Awards 2005

MUMBAI: The second edition of the Pogo Amazing Kids Awards (PAKA) saw some great performances from Bollywood stars and kids with amazing skills.

The awards were held in Mumbai on 13 November and will be telecast on Pogo on 11 December at 11 am.

Pogo Kids Awards category recognises the extraordinary achievements of Indian kids across eight categories including art, dance, entertainment, music, leadership, sports, genius and acting.

In addition, the Pogo Voice Awards were presented to the kids’ contemporary icons and heroes, who were elected based on more than 60,000 votes received from children across the country.

The event saw performances by Zayed Khan with Shaimak Dawar’s Junior Dance Troupe and a hilarious round of poetry-comedy act by child artist Jay Chiniara.

Rahul Vaidya, the popular second runner up of Indian Idol mesmerised the audience while actor Priyanka Chopra danced to the beats of Mujhse Shaadi Karoge, Tinka...tinka and Jine Ke Hai Char din.

Other celebrities who were present were Anu Malik, Jackie Shroff, Gulshan Grover, Ken Ghosh along with his kids, singer Atif (Woh Lamhe), Rajpal Yadav, Roshan Abbas, Vikram Sathe, Mukesh Khanna, Ganesh Hegde, and Child Actors- Shreya, Ayesha Kapoor (Black), Shweta Prasad (Iqbal, Makdee) and Smith Seth (Swades).

Turner Entertainment Networks Asia senior vice president and general manager Ian Diamond said, "Pogo Amazing Kids Awards is back again, and is bigger and better than ever! Yet again, PAKA received an overwhelming response and I am amazed by the quality of entries we have received for the Pogo Kids Awards."

"Pogo Amazing Kids Awards is all about empowering kids – both by recognising their extraordinary accomplishments and by allowing them to exercise their choice by voting for their favourite heroes. I do hope kids across India will thoroughly enjoy the event when it is televised," he added.

Pogo Kids Awards salutes amazing child prodigies in various categories and the network received more than 5000 nominations across the eight categories. An eminent executive jury comprising Javed Akhtar, Ehsaan and Loy, Michael Ferreira, Shabana Azmi, Kiran Bedi, Milind Deora, Tanushree Shankar, Manu Parekh, Sajid Khan and Raveena Tandon selected the winners after several rounds of deliberations and assessments.

Preetam Das, 11 years, Kolkata won the Pogo Amazing Kid - Artist award for his proficiency in pastels, watercolours and pencil sketching. Shashank M. Kashi from Bangalore won the Pogo Amazing Kid - Dancer award. This 9 year old from Presidency School is a performer of folk dance form 'Yakshagana' and has given many performances and has won numerous accolades.

On the other hand, 12 year old Jai Chiniara of Rajkot, winner of the Horlicks Har Pal Chanchal Award for the Pogo Amazing Kid - Entertainer may be restricted to a wheel chair but he'll have you in splits with his wit and humour. Jai made it to the semi finals for the Great Laughter Challenge on Star One.

Divya Khare, 14 year-old student from Delhi Public School, R K Puram, New Delhi, proved her wonder at numbers by securing the second rank both at the National Math Olympiad and the Abacus International Mathematical Olympiad 2004-2005. Having won the Pogo Amazing Kid - Genius category at Pogo Kids Awards, this young achiever’s ambition is to be the UN Secretary General.

On the other hand, 13 year old Palak Muchhal of Indore sings to collect funds for children suffering from cardiac disorders, for which she has bagged the National Child Award for exceptional achievement. The jury selected her as the Candyman Kuch Bhi Karega Award for the Pogo Amazing Kid Leader.

Siddharth Nagarajan from Chennai, winner of the Pogo Amazing Kid - Musician made it to the Limca Book of Records as the Youngest Drummer for three consecutive years from 2003 – 2005. Siddharth was invited to perform for President APJ Abdul Kalam. He gave his first live performance in 2000 when he was less than three years of age.

Madhavi Giri of Chennai, 13 years old broke Nisha Millet's 200m-backstroke record and has won the Pogo Amazing Kid – Sports Star award. She is also the youngest member of the Indian swimming team to compete at the Asian group swimming championships, Bangkok.

Ayesha Kapoor and Shweta Prasad shared the Pogo Amazing Kid - Movie Star category, for their respective roles in the Black and Iqbal. This Award was decided on the basis of feedback collected from eminent Bollywood personalities on the current crop of child artists.

The winners of Pogo Voice Awards this year were Abhishek Bachchan (Most Amazing Actor, Bunty Aur Babli), Rani Mukerji (Most Amazing Actress, Bunty Aur Babli), Bunty Aur Babli (Most Amazing Film), Gayatri Joshi (Most Amazing New Comer, Swades), 'Woh Lamhe' (Most Amazing Song, Zeher), Kunal Ganjawala (Most Amazing Singer, Kaal), Rajpal Yadav (Most Amazing Comedian, Waqt), Sania Mirza (Most Amazing Sports Hero, Tennis), Tom & Jerry (Most Amazing Toon) and M.A.D (Most Amazing Pogo Character/Show).

Horlicks and Candyman were the co-presenting sponsors while Parle-G, Kellog’s, Gini & Jony, Euro Kids, Mc Fills and Munch were the associate sponsors.

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