Pogo fetes kids talent with Amazing Kids Awards

MUMBAI: 2004 marked the first Pogo Amazing Kids Awards. The award is Pogo's initiative to celebrate the incredible tenacity and spirit that is prevalent in the children of India.


The guidelines for the award allowed children from all backgrounds to be nominated, besides nominating kids solely on academics, athletics community service and adversity. Pogo will telecast the show on 24 December at 7:30 pm.

The event held on 18 December took off with the Shiamak Davar Troupe. The evening brought in some incredible tapestry of personalities from the filmdom like Pooja Bhatt, Sophie Haque, Sarika, the commonly called Short Circuit, Arshad Warsi, Diya Mirza Saif Ail Khan, Sonu Nigam, Arbaz Khan and many others.


The event was hosted by the Prime Pogo anchors, Chinu and Hussain who started off by announcing the winner of the Pogo amazing Film award which was captured by Dhoom, the director Sanjay Gadhvi along with his daughter collected the award that was presented by Rajpal Yadav and Bharkha.

The performance of the Davar Jr troupe was the focal point of the entire evening. The performance of Urmila Matnodkar, along with the Davar troupe, rocked the stage and brought feisty and energy to the show. Also part of the proceedings was a Mumbai teenage band Kids Koas which later 'roped in' Saif Ali Khan, to pull few strings on his guitar.



Hilarious real life cartoon character, Sylvester The Jester gave a live entertaining and comedy magic on stage and the percussionist par excellence Sivamani and his kiddy band threw an excellent performance came as the highlight of the evening.

An unusual show that was showcased was a synchronised beat by the kids playing basketball with Sivamani creating ripples of excitement and drawing in more curiosity from the crowd. The unique aspect of the band was the youngest kiddie aged seven years who was lauded with open-heart full of appreciation

The winners:

Dream Bigger Pogo Award: Mayank Sahu

Play Smarter Pogo Sports Award: Tejesh Parsekar

Think Louder Pogo Award for Brains: Pawan S Bhardwaj

Horlicks Har Pal Chanchal Pogo Award for Fun: Vipul Mhatre

Shine Brighter Pogo Award for Leadership: Neelam Rani. The 10 year-old Neelam resident of Harisinghpura, Haryana hit the headlines for saving two minor girls from being forcibly married off to middle-aged men along with her friends Sunita Shushma and Swati.

The winners for the Pogo Voice Awards, Amazing Hero: Hrithik Roshan, Amazing Heroine: Preity Zinta, Amazing Dancer: Hrithik Roshan, Amazing Comedian: Johhny Lever, Amazing Toons Award: Tom & Jerry and Amazing Pogo show: May Way for Noddy.

The Davar Jr troupe danced on the famous numbers of Main Aisa Kuin Hoon from Lakshya and It's Magic from Koi Mil Gaya, joined by Hrithik Roshan to dance along with the troupe spilling radiance on the stage.

The absence of Sachin Tendulkar who was felicitated with the Amazing Sports Hero Award and Preity Zinta won The Amazing Heroine Award left some blues amongst the kiddie audience.

Turner Entertainment Networks Asia Inc senior vice-president and general manager Ian Diamond and vice-president advertising sales Monica Tata presented Pogo Development Fund cheque to Going to school programme. The programme basically aims at inspiring kids across the country to get to school through multi-media productions.

Rakesh Roshan was felicitated with a Pogo Special Award for Koi Mil Gaya, which was presented to him by Ian Diamond.

The award was also given to those kids who really achieved something and did a deed for the society in a small way. The Everyday Heros, Ramesh and Rajendra was felicitated by ITC head FMCG buiness western India Sandeep Sule who complimented them for, “The dreams and aspirations, and richly deserve the award for what it takes to fulfill dreams in the face of adversity.”

The event was co-presented by Horlicks and ITC Candy Man, associate sponsors were Gini and Jony and Maruti Suzuki and the event was powered by Indiatimes.com.

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