Talent show hunts up ‘winners’ even before it ends,parents cry foul

The dream to see one’s kid on television landed around 300 parents in trouble in the capital on Wednesday as a talent hunt declared the winners of the contest even before the show came to an end.

Written by Hamari Jamatia | New Delhi | Published:February 19, 2009 12:19 am

The dream to see one’s kid on television landed around 300 parents in trouble in the capital on Wednesday as a talent hunt declared the winners of the contest even before the show came to an end.

Parents,who came from states like Bihar,Jharkhand,Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan and including Delhi,became furious after the organisers cancelled their children’s performance.

Alleging “fraud”,a fight erupted between them and the organisers at the Air Force Auditorium at Subroto Park where the function was being held. Two were hurt in the incident.

Sanya Suhag,a parent from Gwalior,said that an organisation called Diya Deep had visited schools in India last year to look for talented dancers.

They promised that 18 of the best would appear in a video by singer Shibani Kashyap. A look at the official website of the organisation says that that it is registered under Society Reg. Act 1860 under the Government of Haryana. However,no information about the members of the NGO is given.

When contacted,Kashyap said that she had been approached by the NGO earlier but after that that there was no communication from their side. “I have been trying to get in touch with them for a long time but none of the numbers they had given me work. They were using my name for a long time,” she added.

Parents allege that the winners were already decided beforehand and the talent show was just a farce.

“The organisers had taken Rs.12,500 as contract money from all the children promising to organise seven events where they would be given chance to perform. Out of the promised seven,only two performances have been conducted so far,” said Manoj Shadija,a parent. An additional Rs.1000 and Rs.2750 were taken as charges for portfolio and make-up respectively,he added.

The parents have registered a complaint of fraud at the Dhaula Kuan Police Station against the NGO that organised the talent show which had Bollywood actor Jimmy Shergill as a guest.

Around 300 children,150 from Delhi alone appeared for the finals on Wednesday. “We were in for a shock when the winners were declared even before the show was over. What was worse was that the winners had not even participated in the event which means that they were decided earlier,” said Dhananjoy Thakur,a resident of Delhi whose daughter was one of the performers.

Riya Sharma,one of the organisers detained at the police station said that she is not responsible for anything. “The NGO is run by a Board of members. I am just the event manager. That’s all I can say,” she said in her defence.

Till late evening,angry parents kept demanding return of the contract money which they had paid. “I had suspected long back that the NGO was a farce but my 12-year-old son kept requesting repeatedly and I had to give in to his demand,” Shadija added.

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