A gala dance festival

STANDING TALL The proud winners

STANDING TALL The proud winners  

Aashirvaad Abhinaya, organised by ITC Ltd., culminated in a grand finale

The Aashirvaad Abhinaya 2006 organised by ITC Ltd. Foods Division in Coimbatore culminated in a grand finale on November 11 at the SNR Auditorium on Avanashi Road. Kick-started on October 4, the Bharatanatyam competition saw a staggering 358 children from 100 schools and 512 dance institutions registering for the event. The first week of November saw grilling elimination rounds and 10 finalists were chosen by the judges. The final winners were awarded prizes worth Rs. 1 lakh comprising computers and a Rs. 10,000 cash prize. The first prize winners were Shreya M. Kallingal and Janani Suresh and the second prize went to Anandhi and Madhuvanthi. The evening also saw a cultural programme presented by Maruthu of Madurai (better known for his performance in Kalakkapovathu Yaaru - Part 2 on Vijay TV). Television personalities Vrindha Das (of Anandam fame) and Radhika Surjit ( Thakathimitha) were the judges. The compere was Lavanya of Kaalai Malar on Jaya TV.

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