Participants at the Boogie Woogie audition at a hotel in Ranchi on Tuesday. Picture by Hardeep Singh
Class IV student Samriddhi Agarwal of Ramgarh clutched her father’s arm nervously.
No, she didn’t have a toothache. Nor was she waiting for her school results.
The girl and her father had come to Ranchi’s BNR Chanakya hotel on Tuesday to audition for Boogie Woogie Kids Championship, one of Indian TV’s oldest dance reality shows.
Samriddhi was one of over 1,000 children in the 6-14 years age group who had flocked to the capital to audition for Boogie Woogie. The two-day Ranchi leg of the audition ended on Tuesday.
Calcutta is the only other centre in the eastern hub for the show’s audition, which will take place after Puja on October 16-17. The other audition hubs are Bhopal (October 7 and 8), Mumbai (October 11 and 12), Ahmedabad (October 18 and 19) and Delhi (October 11 and 12).
The Ranchi audition saw a large number of hopefuls not just from the city but also from neighbouring districts.
“I brought my daughter all the way from Ramgarh as she was really interested about participating in the event,” said Samridddhi’s father R.K. Agarwal.
Asked whether she was trained in dance, he replied she did attend a dance class.
“I also practise at home,” little Samriddhi chipped in.
Recently, Ranchi girl Alisha Singh shot to fame on national television with her performance in Dil Dosti Dance (D3). Alisha is clearly a role model for many starry-eyed children — and their parents.
“Ranchi children have a lot talent. We’re hopeful they will do well,” said a volunteer at the venue.
Although judging was kept hush-hush, selectors from each city are marking the participants on a wide range of skills — dance, expressions, synchronisation to music, costumes, concept and so on.
Results from each centre will be forwarded to Mumbai, where a centralised final selection process will take place.