The best young singers, dancers and stand-up comedians from the Anglo-Indian community were on view at Gyan Manch on Wednesday as they vied for the crown of AI Superstar. The qualifying rounds of the event were held in Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Bengal in October and November. The five best in the junior (12-16 years) and senior (17-24 years) categories made it to the city finale.
The event, a part of the ongoing International Anglo-Indian Reunion organised in association with The Telegraph, was meant to provide a platform to young talents but what also shone through was the camaraderie between the superstars in the making.
Shelton Balletty set the ball rolling on Wednesday with his stand-up act. “Reindeer need counselling to believe that they can fly and doses of alcohol the day they need to fly!” was one of the Class VII student’s jokes that had the audience in splits. The songs and dances followed. Michael Ritchie, a student at St. Joseph’s College, Bangalore, impressed with his freestyle hip-hop dancing.
After the participants, their mentors, Kamran and Faizan Khurshid, entertained the audience with their songs.
The winners received Rs 50,000 each and the runners-up Rs 25,000 each. All four also got e-book readers.