The Bossini Lamcy Superstar contest held in the shopping mall's atrium on Friday evening, coinciding with the closing of the Dubai Summer Surprises 2004. could have been easily termed a show of the children, by the children, for the children even if a large number of adults ...

By Ilyas Qureshi

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Published: Sun 29 Aug 2004, 2:50 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 12:33 AM

would turned up to watch the budding stars fight it out for the superstar title.

Everyone present were awe-stuck with the profundity of hidden talent that children in Dubai possess. The song and dance events brimmed with high energy as youngsters from five to 15 brought aped their favourite stars through their song and dance performances. No wonder the judges had a tough time selecting the superstar in different age groups. Hannah Shibu, Kirsten Mendonca and Teksha Chauhan walked away with the title in the five to seven, eight to 10 and 11 to 15 years category while the runners up were Valabha Kishore, Vishakha Shah and Ekta Dawda. Hannah Shibu and Teksha Chauhan were earlier declared the winners in the singing and dancing competitions as well.

Just before the results were declared, Teksha's mother, who was giving the finishing touches to her daughter's make-up in the green room informed that the student of the Melody Makers music school and was set to perform on Yuva's item number Fana, to which she has improvised her own steps.

Another father and mother duo, Sundaram and Sudha, whose daughter Nikhita, had a tie with the runner-up in the five to seven singing category informed that their multi-talented daughter who went to the Creative World Music institute was also well adept at playing the keyboard. They were expecting Nikhita to take home the title but had to settle down with the runner-up award.

"At least a beginning has been made," said Sundaram. Meanwhile, another parent, Mushtaq, who wanted her daughter Hina to sing at the event was disappointed when informed that the auditions were long over.

A performance act by the children of Manzil, a school for children with special needs, was much appreciated by the audience who went out of their way to applaud these young enthusiasts.

Commenting on the occasion, Tim Jones, general manager, Lamcy Plaza said: “Though we are at the close of the ‘Bossini Lamcy Superstar’ search contest, this is just the beginning. We launched the Lamcy Plaza Junior Talent Club with the aim to help children realise and enhance their aptitude and flair according to their interest and ability in different fields. This past fortnight of auditions at Lamcy Plaza has given us an insight of the high quality talent that is around. Such events will give the kids an opportunity to showcase their talents and we will continue to host exciting activities in the form of games, workshops and entertainment centred on talent and personality development.”

The semi finals for talent search and choreography conducted between August 20 and 26, short-listed 62 children. According to Theresa Rodrigues, marketing manager, Lamcy Plaza, “Every year we organise a unique event for children to keep pace with Dubai Summer Surprises. This year, the success of the talent search has encouraged us to do better in the future.”

The event, hosted by 14-year old Rohit Arora, was managed by Nitin Mirani. The participants, at the auditions and the semi-finals were auditioned by Preethi Kamat for singing and Anas Mohammed for the dancing category; grooming and make up was co-ordinated by Malini Ohri.

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