Himalayan News Service

Kathmandu:

Little Lady Talent Show 2004 organised by Kathmandu Jaycees and sponsored by Hulas brought together 24 young contestants vying for the title on May 16 at the Royal Nepal Academy Hall. Amid loud applause and cheers, the 24 powerhouses of talent drove home the message that the world is theirs for the taking. The sight of the little contestants walking the ramp with poise to the choreography of Prashant Tamrakar could have surely given the professionals a run for their money. The contestants rose to the occasion in the self-introduction round, when the contestants effortlessly presented themselves before the audience. Similarly, they did not disappoint in the Individual Talent Show round, where each contestant was given two minutes to showcase their talent. Dancing was the preferred option of many but a few delivered stand up comedy, poem recitation and elocution with incredible ease. The need for peace during difficult times was pronounced with many little ladies reciting poems on peace.

Cultural Dress Show, where all the contestants walked the ramp in their best costumes, was a spectacle in beautiful colours and innovative designs. JCI Kamal Raj Rupakheti was chief judge and the panel of judges included Ayurvedic Physician Dr Madhu Raj Bajracharya, child specialist Sushma Shrestha, Pravina Thapa — Miss Teen Nepal 2003, Suresh Shrestha from Golchha organisation and Dilbhushan Pathak from Kantipur Television. Besides the coveted Little Lady title, the girls were also contending for six major titles like Miss Talent, Miss Punctuality, Miss Friendship, Miss Photogenic, Miss Discipline and Miss Best Dress. Kathmandu Jaycees has been organising the Little Lady Talent Show since 1998 to provide a platform for the girls to fortify their confidence and mould them into competitive women. It was evident that their small statures belied the huge ambitions and talents they had. The second runner-up of the evening was Subhangi Pradhan and the first runner-up was Juliya Moktan. The winner of the evening was Asmita Shrestha!