See saw: Teen Masterminds

Beyond animation,children’s programming be it the long-running Derek O’Brien quiz contest to the more recent Junior Masterchef has found immense popularity.

Written by Express News Service | Published: June 21, 2012 12:18:51 am

Beyond animation,children’s programming — be it the long-running Derek O’Brien quiz contest to the more recent Junior Masterchef — has found immense popularity. To tap this young,growing audience,National Geographic Channel has rolled out Teenovators with actor-VJ-anchor Cyrus Sahukar as the host. The new show is about teen prodigies who will get to showcase their genius and take on innovative challenges. “It is the search for the most innovative child in the country,” says Sahukar. A collaboration of Manipal University and National Geographic Channel,Teenovators will pit 16 teenagers against each other in a “battle of creativity and imagination”. The tasks will include challenges like how to make a table without using wood and solving marketing and financial issues of India’s biggest firms. The final winner will get a chance to go on a National Geographic Channel expedition. Judging the innovators are business leaders from India Inc. The finale will see Union Minister of State for Communications and IT,Sachin Pilot,and CEO of Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor

Development Corporation,Amitabh Kant,take on the role of judges. The show airs every Saturday at 7 pm on National Geographic Channel.

Fair Notes

French music director Maurice Flueret always wanted to bring the people of France out on the streets for a festival of dance and music. So he started the annual “Fete de la Musique” on June 21,1982. Interestingly,the date also marks the summer solstice in France,the beginning of the summer season. The Fete,which features different genres of music,and professional and amateur musicians and singers,is now a major French cultural event. This year,Alliance Francaise Chandigarh is hosting its own Fete on June 21. It will see 20 performances,where musicians,singers and comedians will share their talent and love for music with the audience. Apart from Punjabi,French and international music,there will be a theatre act followed by some “record scratching” by a DJ. The Fete will be held at the institute in Sector 36,6 pm onwards.

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