Kids-smart-2Amidst excitement, anxiety and fun the first NMTV Kidsmart ended with a bang at Marine Center, Vashi. 9 years old Aishwarya Ghosh won the NMTV Kidsmart 2008 while Poonje Gupta was declared the 1st Runner Up and Shruti Narain the second runner up. We bring to you some glimpses from the grand finale. NMTV Kidsmart is your channel’s initiative to discover new talents, help children explore their creative abilities and make television a platform for them to exhibit their innovative and talent qualities. The event started of with the elimination round followed by the health check up and General Knowledge Test. 20 final contestants selected after these rounds went through four weeks of training, personality development and grueling sessions with experts. And then came the D -Day – the grand finale which had four rounds – the Talent Round, the Introduction Round, the Question Answer Round and finally Extempore. And the topic given to the five finalists for the extempore was “Grandparents – A Blessing”. With kids this smart, guess whose job was most difficult. No points for guessing – the judges. We, at NMTV took no chances and invited a host of eminent personalities to judges for the grand finale. This included M K Chettiar – winner of the President’s Award, C M Thakur – Principal, Podar School, Nerul, advertising professional Sandhya Trivedi who works with Akanksha – an NGO working for underprivileged children, Capt. Partho Das – Chairman of Marine Center and Lion N R Permeswaran – PRO, Lions Club International. Five parameters – Talent, Style, Health, Knowledge and Presence of Mind was what we were looking for and amazingly most, if not all contestants who were a part of the 1st NMTV Kidsmart 2008 had these qualities in them. A cluster of dignitaries that included – NMTV Editor-in-Chief Ravi Subbaiah, Maharashtra Times Journalist Manoj Jalnawallah, Winner of Chief Minister’s Award Anuradha Jalnawallah, NMTV Political Editor Vishwarath Nayar, NMTV Director Deepika Rani and Branch Manager of Indian Bank, Vashi Mahesh Bajaj honored the finalists and the winners.


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