She is a Kannadiga and doesn't know Hindi, but her powerful and melodious rendition of Hindi songs helped 10-year-old Anjana Padmanabhan win thehearts of audience across the country. This Bangalore girl managed to bag the first Indian Idol Junior title at the star-studded grand finale of the singing reality show in Mumbai on Sunday.
The grand finale of Indian Idol Junior witnessed four finalists like Anjana Padmanabhan, Nirvesh Sudhanshubhai Dave, Debanjana Karmakar and Anmol Jaswal fighting for the title. But finally, it was the Bangalore girl, who was adjudged the winner based on audience voting, making all Kannadigas feel proud.
Megastar Amitabh Bachchan presented the winner's trophy, a cash prize of Rs 25 lakh and a Nissan Micra car to Anjana Padmanabhan at the grand finale of Indian Idol Junior. Meanwhile, she also walked away with cheques of Rs 500,000 and Rs 200,000 from Kotak Mahindra and Horlicks.
In the first episode of the show, Anjana Padmanabhan had performed 'Bawre' from the movie Barfi with her celebrity singing partner Papon and impressed the judges and celebrity guest Vidya Balan, who had congratulated her with a standing ovation. This talented girl made a short acceptance speech in Hindi at the grand finale. She said, "Maine yeh expect nahin kiya tha. Main bahut khush hun (I didn't expect this. I am very happy)."
We bring you the photos of Anjana Padmanabhan singing at the grand finale of Indian Idol Junior. Continue to see them in the slideshow.
Shahid Lauds Anjana's Rendition
Anjana performed the title track from Anjaana Anjaani at the grand finale. Shahid Kapoor, who appeared on show to promote his upcoming film Phata Poster Nikla Hero, lauded her rendition at the grand finale.
Anjana's Voice Is Fabulous: Shahid
Shahid Kapoor said, "Her voice is fabulous. She danced so well. It was absolutely fantastic performance." He also raved the performance of the boy named Mukul, who appeared alongside Anjana.
Anjana Padmanabhan's father is a chartered accountant at a big firm, while her mother is a housewife. Her family is currently settled in Bangalore, the capital city of Karnataka.
Anjana's Likes And Hobbies
Anjana loves watching Movies on TV, eating junk food. She enjoys playing carom with her family. Apart from that she likes playing Basketball, Tennis, Table Tennis, Badminton, Swimming, Golf, Cricket. She also likes playing pranks on everybody.
Anjana's Personality Trait
Anjana does not like barbie dolls and eating healthy food. She is very carefree and happy go lucky girl, who likes doing things her own way. She is very bubbly.
Indian Idol Junior Judges And Hosts
Indian Idol Junior went on air June 1 and singer Shreya Ghoshal, and music composer duo Vishal Dadlani and Shekhar Ravjiani were the judges on the show. the Sony Entertainment Television show was hosted by Karan Wahi and Mandira Bedi.
Amitabh-Shahid's Performances At Grand Finale
The finale lived upto its buzz as Amitabh even sang "Mere sath aao mere doston" with Shekhar and the four finalists. Shahid Kapoor also took to the stage with Vishal to perform their hit track 'Dhan te nan' from Kaminey. He later danced to the beats of "Dhating naach" from his upcoming movie with "Indian Idol Junior" contenders.
Zanjeer Stars At Grand Finale
Zanjeer stars Priyanka Chopra and Ram Charan Teja also made a roaring presence on the show. They entered while grooving to the beats of "Akhi Mumbai humko salam thokti dekho" from their forthcoming film.
Priyanka's Bihu Dance At Grand Finale
Priyanka even performed a Bihu dance on "Daiya re daiya" on the behest of two participants of the show - Priyam Borpatra and Eman Chaudhary. The actress even requested the final four to sing for her - and they chose to croon her tracks "Gun gun guna re" and "Desi girl".
Top 11 Talent At Grand Finale
Apart from performances by the top four contestants and celebrity guests, the judges also put up an energetic show. All remaining contestants, who were in the top 11, also got a chance to showcase their talent once again.
Shreya-Vishal-Shekhar's Renditions At Grand Finale
Shreya lured the audience with her song 'Sun raha hai na tu' from Aashiqui 2 and 'Itni si hansi' from Barfi, Vishal-Shekhar accompanied her for 'Radha' and 'Ooh la la'. The music composer duo also belted out some of their hit numbers including 'Disco deewane' and 'One two three four'.
Top 4 Contestants' Tribute To Amitabh
The final performance was of the top four contestants who paid a tribute to Amitabh by singing some of his hit numbers, including 'Yeh mera dil', 'Ab toh hai tumse' and 'Dekha na haye re'. At the finale, an announcement of an Indian Idol Academy, which will impart musical training to children, was also made.