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Anjana Padmanabhan wins first 'Indian Idol Junior'

The junior nightingale 10-year-old girl Anjana Padmanabhan from Bengaluru was crowned the first Indian Idol Junior 2013.

My mother almost went mad when they announced my name ANJANA PADMANABHAN

She came, she sang and she conquered.A n j a n a Padmanabhan, the 10-yearold nightingale from Bengaluru, who was crowned the first Indian Idol Junior 2013 by Amitabh Bachchan on Sunday night, is a testament to the fact that music knows no language. Even Shah Rukh Khan complimented the bubbly girl saying, “One needs to have a heart to sing and not the language.” Judge Shreya Ghoshal called her kudrat ka karishma with countless other compliments from stars,friends and well-wishers coming her way.

She doesn't know Hindi, but her powerful and melodious rendition of Hindi songs helped her win the audience's hearts, and thus, the first Indian Idol Junior title.

The contest started with 86 kids from across India and Anjana competed against three other finalists before taking her place in the spotlight.

"I'm feeling very happy," said the winner, who sounded calm but happy, i didn't expect this." Anjana said that she gets her love from music and singing from her father, who is a chartered accountant.

A student at Delhi Public School in Bangalore, Anjana said her teachers and friends have been very supportive of her musical journey. The school had granted her three months leave from school. "I don't know how to thank them."

An only child, Anjana said she wants to continue singing and also likes to swim but she wants to grow up and become a pilot as well.

We ask Laddoo, as she is fondly called, about the edge she had over the other contestants and pat comes the reply, “My X-factor is my confidence. I was having fun all the way and not singing only for winning. The grand finale was on a massive scale with Priyanka Chopra, Shahid Kapoor and Ram Charan and the competition was tough. I wasn't sure I would win; I was just giving my best and enjoying every moment. When Amitabh Bachchan congratulated me, I almost pinched myself to see if it was happening for real. My mother almost went mad when they announced my name.“ Anjana received a cash prize of `25 lakh from Sony Entertainment Television, a Nissan Micra car, a fixed deposit of `5 lakh from Kotak and `2 lakh from Horlicks.

So, what is the Class V student of Delhi Public School, Bengaluru South, planning to do with all the money? The cute Tamilian says, “I’m just giving it all to my parents who will decide what they want to do with it.

I just want to relax for a few days and want my parents to take me to Wonderla amusement park in Bengaluru.”


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