Keeping up the tradition Vedic Heritage held this year's Annual Holi Talent Competition for young children on March 29th. Over a hundred and thirty one children performed in the Pandit Jasraj Auditorium to show case their talent in Indian Classical Music and Dance. When it started in 1990 only a handful children came to this talent competition but now the number of participants are growing to much over a hundred and next year the 25th anniversary should be a big landmark!. It is organised in Spring to encourage youngsters and celebrate the spirit of Holi. Participants are mostly juniors who are learning Indian Classical or Semi Classical vocal music, Indian string or percussion instrument or learn dance in Indian Classical, Semi Classical or folk style under guidance from dance Gurus from India who are now settled in America and are passing on their precious wealth of Indian Classical Art.
The chief guest for the event was Mr Chaman Gupta, a very successful businessman and someone who has been associated with this organisation since its inception well over thirty years and counting.
The youngest contestant who stole everyone's heart again this Saturday was a three and half year child Aiden Masarcelli, who danced as Krishna running after Gopis. He copied almost all the dance movements they were doing and was cheered by the audience. There were thirty one performances in all and the judges had a hard time making their decisions. Some great performances were show cased by young Bharatnatyam Semi Classical, Folk and Kathak dancers done by groups of mostly petite or junior age groups in classical style and energetic Holi spirited folk dances from India.
Among the remarkable winners was an upcoming Tabla Maestro Tejas Tope, who has trained under Pandit Samir Chaterjee and Ustad Zhakir Hussain and has several CDs/albums out. Bharatnatyam dance by little Lavanya Karthikeyan and Megan Gupta - She, vocal by nine year old Satvik Srinivas, Semi classical/Folk Fusion by Yana Gupta and folk dances by petite children were all a delight to watch.
Congratulations to all the winners, specially Shiva Jyoti Dance Academy, students of Smt Satya Pradeep, Natya Mudra School, Chandaayan, Vijayalakshmi Rajasekaran, Jhankar Kathak,Dance Group, Smt Usha Kumar, Smt Suchitra Srinivas and others who won. The effort made by all the teachers and Gurus of these children was commendable and the enthusiasm shown by the children and their hard work was admirable. It was an evening of sheer celebration in a jubilation of the Holi Festival where everyone was constantly declared a winner by all judges as they all did so well. Congratulations everyone! Needless to say that an event of this stature and magnitude is only possible with the support of VHI's Trustee Board, volunteers and membersOur many thanks to ITV, TV Asia, South Asian Times, South Asian Insider for all the media support.