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UPDATE: This event was showcased in the following JAINA Newsletter as well as in Akila-India newspaper.

A “Jain’s Got Talent” was held on Saturday, December 3rd, 2016, at the specially decorated auditorium of Shri Mangal Mandir located at 17110 New Hampshire Ave Silver Spring, MD 20905 under the auspices of Jain Society of Metropolitan Washington (JSMW). This show was the first ever event in the history of the Society since its establishment in the year 1980.

With over 250 attendees, this event had 89 participants who presented 45 items that were broken down between four categories: Minors (9 years and under), Juniors (10 to 20 years), Adult Solo (21 years and over), and Adult Group (21 years and over). Participants ranged in age from 3 years to 65+ years old. The three Masters of Ceremony, Savita Jain, Jatin Shah, and Pulkit Gangwal did a wonderful job of conducting the ceremony in a typically humorous manner throughout the event for which they deserved special thanks of the organizers of the event.

The performance of each participant was evaluated by a panel of three judges who are well respected professionals from outside the JSMW: Ustad Hamid Hossain, Sonal Patel, and Phanindar Srimath. Based solely on their evaluations, the winning performances within each of the four categories, were called upon the stage, and the first and second prize winners received trophies from the judges.

In his concluding remarks, Janak Rajani, President of the JSMW, thanked the three judges for doing their job of evaluating each performance in an impartial manner and handed over a “Special Momento” to each of the three judges, in recognition and appreciation of their time and sharing their talents. This event was not possible without the selfless dedication, contribution, hard work and tireless efforts put in by many individuals, namely: Bela & Hemen Gandhi, Dimple Doshi, Raju Desai, Monica Shah, Pragnesh Shah, Sahil Shah, Jhalak & Sandeep Mehta, Savita Jain, Mily & Vishal Mehta, Shilpa (Manoj) Shah, Chetan Ajmera, Rachna Jain, Bhavesh Shah, Rajesh Rao, and Manan Shah.

Dr. Sushil Jain, Chairman-Board of Trustees, also spoke briefly at the function, which was half way through. He recognized Dr. Atul Shah, Trustee, for achieving a big milestone of completing 1024 days of fasting/upvas over a span of 8 years – something that only monks (30 to be specific) has done so far. He also recognized several other upvasis who achieved different milestones in their own capacities.

The auditorium was packed to capacity by the attendees whose general reaction was that the program of the talent show was a “grand success” and that all arrangements were well-thought out with meticulous planning as expressed by the attendees. The success achieved at the event was attributable, in no small measure to the collective efforts of all volunteers who were involved in precise planning and successful implementation of the entire Jain’s Got Talent show.

The program which began at 11 a.m. concluded at sharp 5 p.m.

Listed below is a summary of the entire event:

  • The event was attended by over 250 people.
  • There were 89 participants who presented 45 items that were broken down between four categories: Minors (9 years and under), Juniors (10 to 20 years), Adult Solo (21 years and over), and Adult Group (21 years and over). Participants ranged in age from 3 years to 65+ years old.
  • There were a variety of items, acts and themes, singing, dancing, stand-up comedy, Bollywood fusion to playing instruments.
  • The event was emceed by wonderful and professional artists: Savita Jain, Jatin Shah, and Pulkit Gangwal.
  • The performance of each participant was evaluated by a panel of three judges who are well respected professionals from outside the JSMW: Ustad Hamid Hossain, Sonal Patel, and Phanindar Srimath.
  • The attendees were able to purchase delicious food from Mumbia Masti (a local Jain vendor) throughout the event. Menu included Pav Bhaji, Methi na Gota, Pasta, Khichu and Tea.
    Soda and water bottles were sold by Shreyal Gandhi, and the proceeds were donated back to JSMW. After standing at the booth for several hours, Shreyal still participated in the Juniors’ category as NoVA Fusion.
  • Delicious sweet treats: Rabdi Boondi and Cupcakes were made fresh by Minal & Pinkesh Shah, and their lovely daughters, Yashvi and Harshvi Shah. All four of them were up since 1’o clock in the early morning preparing the fresh sweets. Even though the girls had little to no sleep, they both participated in the event as V-dancers, and ultimately won second prize in their category. All proceeds that the family raised were donated to JSMW.
  • Each participant received a medal to recognize their participation. There were trophies for first and second prizes within each of the four categories. Based solely on the judges’ evaluations, the winning performances within each of the four categories, were called upon the stage, and the first and second prize winners received trophies from the judges. All three judges were given a “Special Momento” in recognition and appreciation of their time and sharing their talents.
  • In the Minors (9 years and under) category, the first prize trophy was won by Vihaan Mehta and the second prize trophy was won by Dhriti Sheth.
    In the Juniors (10 to 20 years) category, the first prize trophy was won by Deesha Ajmera and the second prize trophy was won by V-Dancers: Yashvi Shah, Harsvhi Shah, Kashvi Mehta, Jaahnvi Shah, Kavya Zaveri, and Isha Rajani.
  • In the Adult Solo (21 years and over) category, the first prize trophy was won by Manisha (Kunal) Jain and the second prize trophy was won by Swati Jain.
  • In the Adult Group (21 years and over) category, the first prize trophy was won by Meeta & Kanti Gangar, Jhaver & Harilal Gangar and the second prize was also won by Meeta & Kanti Gangar.
  • We have received all pictures for the backstage, they can be viewed at: click here. All video files can be viewed at: click here. Manan Shah is currently working on processing all the front-facing pictures for professional quality. We will send you a link for all those pictures once we receive it.