THE lively and exciting “Kids Diwali Unique Costume & Dance Competition” at The Mines shopping centre successfully heated up Deepavali celebration recently.
The competition was divided into two sections — unique Deepavali costume and Indian dance performance.
In the unique Deepavali costume section, the young contestants were required to dress in Deepavali-themed costumes and parade before the judges.
Contestants in this section were judged based on creativity and the aesthetics of the costume’s design (40%) and catwalk presentation (10%).
In the dance performance section, contestants were given three minutes to perform their best dance moves on the provided dance space.
Contestants were judged based on their dancing skills (30%) and overall presentation (20%).
On the day of the event, 12 young contestants of different races, aged seven to 11 years, showcased their colourful and intricately designed Deepavali-themed costumes, which combined various festive elements such as the peacock, henna art and saree.
This was followed by enthusiastically performed Indian dance performances.
Nine-year-old Shajinaah was crowned champion, taking home prizes worth more than RM700.
Ameesha, 8, was first runner-up winning prizes worth RM680 while second runner-up was Chow Hing Tong who won prizes worth RM630.
The third and fourth runners-up, Ng Nam Xin and Ong Chun Yuan, both nine years old, received prizes worth RM390 each.
A series of Indian traditional dances have been lined up by The Mines on Oct 22 and 23 to add to the Deepavali festivities.