KERALA

Children get to meet their TV icon

YOUNG AT HEART: Rob, host of Pogo’s Music and Dance show, in Kochi on Saturday.   | Photo Credit: — Photo: Thulasi Kakkat

Staff Reporter

KOCHI: Few people have the knack of coercing hyperactive kids into silence. Out in Kochi on Saturday, Rob – the popular host of Pogo channel’s award-winning show Music, Art and Dance (MAD), threatened to sing when the decibel level of kids who had crowded around him became too much.

He reminded them of how bad he was at singing and lo, there seemed to be a semblance of order at the venue. All through the event, the corner of the room was abuzz with the chirpy sound of the kids. A sizeable crowd comprising kids and parents gathered at the interaction Rob had with kids at the Reliance Trends showroom in Oberon Mall here.

They crowded to catch a close glimpse of their TV icon. The kids brought along paintings, origami craft work (there was even a frog made of paper) and other curios that they had done at home. Rob took a look at them and appreciated their skill. He promised to sign autographs after the event drew to a close.

This was under the Design the MAD Way Contest, wherein the kids collected scraps and props that littered their home or school and used ingenious ways to create curios.

Earlier, the suspense whether Rob would in fact come grew intense as he failed to turn up even 15 minutes after the scheduled time. The kids then began shouting out ‘Rooobbb, we want Rob…’ and in a couple of minutes he appeared, wearing a pure-white cap and eye-catching attire. Having viewed his regular TV shows, the kids were quite at ease when asked how to paint, make crafts from paper, and also sculptures from plaster of paris. Their parents too were quite enthused on seeing their kids’ icon cheer the kids up.

The programme MAD has won many awards for being a popular show for kids.