GENTING HIGHLANDS: Anuratha Murugesu was all smiles after she was named the winner of the Astro Vanaavil Talent Quest at the Arena of Stars here on Saturday night.
The 25-year-old student from Universiti Sains Malaysia won RM5,000, a trophy and a KIA Spectra.
The annual showcase for budding talents, which entered its third year, has attracted a huge following. And the crowded arena for this years event attested to this.
We are expected to be good singers and performers at this competition, said the young lass who beat nine other contenders to emerge champion.
It was the first timeshe had taken part in the talent quest, she said.
I decided to join the contest after much encouragement from my family and friends, said the winner, who took the jurys votes with her rendition of the popular song Etho Minnal.
I feel comfortable with the song as it suits my voice best, she added.
Second spot was clinched by S. Kavita, who sang Aathan Varuvahe while the third placing was won by R. Shamini with her choice, Ivaal Ore.
More than 600 aspirants were screened before 52 were shortlisted for the four qualifying rounds en route to the grand finals.
The jury comprised local celebrities Susila Menon, Samuel Dass, Jack Nadarajah and Ray Shanmugam and renowned singers and composers Deva and Anuratha Sriram (from India) and Mohammad Rafi (from Singapore).
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