Odisha girl Ananya is Indian Idol Jr.

Ananya Sritam Nanda
Ananya Sritam Nanda

MUMBAI: Odisha girl Ananya Nanda lifted the trophy of the second season of singing reality show “Indian Idol Junior” on September 6.

Ananya, 14, who defeated Nahid Afrin and Nithyashree Venkataramanan received the price money of total Rs 10 lakhs.

A self-confessed fan of Shreya Ghoshal and Arijit Singh, the little singing star considers veteran music composer Anandji of the Kalyanji-Anandji duo as her lucky charm.

The grand finale of the Sony show saw the judges boosting the morale of the top three contenders.
Sonakshi Sinha enthralled the audience with a dance routine on her popular numbers ‘Saree Ke Fall Sa,’ ‘Rani Tu Main Raja,’ ‘Pon Pon,’ “Tamanche Pe disco” and “Party All Night”.

A highlight of the finale night was a special visit by Sonakshi’s father actor-politician Shatrughan Sinha, who also interacted with the children.

Stand-up comedian Kapil Sharma, who is gearing up for the release of his debut film “Kis Kisko Pyar Karu” promoted the film on Indian Idol Junior set. He joined the juniors on stage and sang some hit numbers.

Kapil stuck to his comic best and tickled everyone’s funny bone by cracking few jokes.
The finale also marked the homecoming of the top 10 contestants who cheered on for the final three.

Student of classical music
“I had never thought that I would enter the top three in the show. It’s really a dream come true,” said Ananya in the show.

Consistent performance throughout the singing reality show with perfect presentation of notes and a hypnotic voice helped Ananya to victory in the series.

“Ananya bagged this award due to God’s grace, prayers and blessings of well wishers. We are grateful to all those who voted for Ananya,” her father Prasanna Kumar Nanda said.

Ananya, a class IX student of DAV Public School, Pokhariput, started learning music at the age of four and won several awards. She has been learning classical music from Guru Chitta Ranjan Pani for the last eight years and semi-classical and light music from Santosh Kar.

“She is a gifted child with an amazing voice. At the same time her sincerity and interest in music is also remarkable. This is one step of her success and with proper training in classical music she has long way to go and many accolades to achieve in future,” said Pani. She practices for at least one hour every day, he added.

After so many screenings and knock out rounds and nurturing from mentors Ananya got into the final rounds and also won ‘best singer of the day’ several times during the show. The girl has her fan club in the school and her Facebook page has over 27,000 likes.

“The whole school feels proud for Ananya. We did a havan in the school wishing her success. We distributed push cards and requested parents and students of all DAV schools across India to support her. She is a motivation for children to excel in other things except studies,” said principal of the school, Sujata.

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