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Don Bosco Mega Talent Show 2014 Fascinates Chennai


By Louis KUmpiluvelil SDB
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Chennai, Oct. 27.
In an awesome display of youthful talents, some 500 boys and girls from twenty different Don Bosco institutions in Chennai province vied with each other at the Don Bosco Mega Talent Show, edition 2, held at the Don Bosco Auditorium, Egmore, on 25 October 2014. This annual show was launched last year in view of the bicentenary of Don Bosco's birth to offer a platform to talented youngsters, especially those from rural areas, to showcase their talents and possibly capture the attention of mainstream media.
Inaugurating the event, Vice Provincial Fr. Deva Joe said, while our youngsters had great talents and immense potential, they lacked exposure and encouragement. The Don Bosco talent contest, he said, was just one little step to stimulate, support and inspire our young people to develop their God-given talents.

Competitors who cleared the preliminary rounds in individual and group items had to prove their mettle at the grand 4-hour-long finale which proved to be a veritable feast of talents. The singers, dancers and speakers held the audience spellbound by their exquisite performance, executing everything with such poise and finesse! In the '60-seconds-to-fame' event, the youthful competitors both amused and amazed the audience with their unmatchable deftness and dexterity. You had to see it to believe what one could achieve in just a minute of sixty seconds! So much so, one of the judges remarked at the end of the show, ''It was so gripping from the start to the finish.''

Several celebrities from the world of cinema and performing arts graced the occasion and interacted with the participants. Cine actor and director Ramesh Khanna, a Don Bosco alumnus, spoke to the young participants on the importance of focusing on one's unique potential, while film director Ravi Maria lauded the holistic formation the youngsters receive in Don Bosco institutions.  

In the group events, the overall championship trophy went to St. Bede's Academy, Santhome, in the junior category, while St. Mary's, George Town, won the senior category and SIGA Polytechnic College snatched the super-senior category trophy.
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