POGO Amazing Kids Awards (PAKA) 2012 is back to felicitate India’s most talented kids for the ninth consecutive year. PAKA, India’s first kids’ television awards ceremony, upholds the channel’s tradition of discovering, recognizing and celebrating, the amazingly talented kids across India across various categories including dance, music, sports, social service, etc.
This year’s 8 winners, selected from over thousands of entries, are par excellent in their respective fields and were felicitated on November 16, 2012 by Monica Tata, General Manager, Entertainment Networks, South Asia, Turner International India Pvt. Ltd., Krishna Desai, Director, Content, South Asia, Turner International India and superhero Chhota Bheem in Mumbai.
PAKA 2012 winners have truly done India proud and continue to strive towards excellence:
CLAIM TO FAME
Shorya’s first solo exhibition was held at Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai when he was 4! Hindustan Times declared Shorya as India’s youngest child artist. Shorya’s video on YouTube titled ‘Child abstract artist’ gets prominent views.
Neha holds several titles:
Represented India International Dance festival held in Kuala Lumpur in 2012
Won the Centre for Cultural Resources & Trading scholarship 2011
Won the National Bal Shree Award 2010
Participated in Boogie Woogie 2008 and 2007
Today, over 35 tribal weaving and artisan families sell their products online through 'Illuminate Inc.', a community driven social enterprise by Saumik that provides a link between weavers and the world market through the use of internet.
Agam is an ardent tabla player and holds several titles:
Limca Book of Records 2012 - Youngest tabla player
National Children Award for Exceptional Achievement by the Union Government.
Stared in ‘Jhil Mil Tare’ show on Doordarshan for three years from 2007-09.
Performed in various stage shows in his school and was the runner up in Kids Dhoom Show which happened in Delhi.
Azaan Ali Khan
Azaan has featured in 640 commercials to date including ads for Jet Airways, Samsung, ICICI bank, etc. He has also starred in movies, short films and TV series.
Nikshep is an ace tennis players and has won more than 50 titles including State and National - Under 12, 14, 16 and 18 categories.
He has also earned:
National Children Award for Exceptional Achievement in 2011
Spot on the U-14 team for the World junior Tennis championships Asia Oceania Zone tournament played at Kuching, Malaysia.
3 times secured gold medal at Doha (Quatar) 2012
No.1 in India and No.2 in Asia according to AITA and ATF ranking
Satyam is the youngest child to crack the Indian Institute of Technology-Joint Entrance Examination at the age of 12
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, Tobby Fernandes judged the dance category, Salim Merchant judged the singer and musician category, Tathagat Tulsi judged the genius category and Vaibhav Kumaresh judged the artist category. The social service category was judged by Monica Tata and the entertainer category was judged by Krishna Desai.
Krishna Desai, Director, Content, 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 2012. At POGO, we take a great interest and effort in discovering India’s most talented kids across an eclectic array of fields and offering them a platform where kids across India can be inspired by them. We hope to see them grow in stature and talent in all their future endeavors”.
Catch the success stories of these amazing kids across India from January 1, 2013 onwards only on POGO!