PCM Talent results

In May we launched our online talent competition to find South Asian creative talent in the city of Preston. We were delighted with the response, with lots of great entries that showed a range of creative talents. As ever in these things it was extremely difficult for the judges to choose the ones they felt stood out from the others. Ultimately they concluded the following result: 

Winner – Ria Prasad

Ria is 15 years old. She is a natural painter and a talented classical & Bollywood dancer. She says “My creative journey started from when I got my first set of colour pencils. My family says I’ve always been drawn towards colours and art- my grandparent’s house is full of my art along the years. From scribbles on the walls from when I was 3 to the recent painting of flowers I did last year on a bedroom wall, there are pieces of my growth as an artist scattered everywhere” For Preston City Mela Talent search, Ria chose to paint an image which can tie together both her hand in art and her passion for dance. She created an exquisite painting of Kathakali dancer. Kathakali is one of the major forms of classical dance in India and is a story play genre of art, but one distinguished by the elaborately colorful make-up, costumes and face masks. 

Runner up – Dr.A N Prasad

Dr.AN.Prasad is a neurosurgeon by profession and an artist by passion.He has been trying to bring out the beauty in every little thing that he came across since his teenage. He says “ Professionally it is extremely demanding mentally emotionally and physically… Creative art is my way of relaxing and unwinding”. For Preston City Mela Talent search, he created an exquisite woodcarving of a sparrow made out of birch log on which he worked intermittently for 5 weeks.The image of a sparrow brought fond memories of his childhood back in south India.

Runner up – Meghna Nair

Meghna Nair is a passionate dance enthusiast with more than 13 years of
experience in Kuchipudi classical dance and Bollywood. She has performed on many stages, in different cities in the UK. She is currently a first year medical student at the University of Leeds and  has continued her passion for dance through joining the university’s Bollywood dance society and being selected as Social secretary. For Preston Mela Talent Search, Meghna has created a dance video in which she performed a semi-classical dance with a touch of Kuchipudi classical dance to a beautiful Bollywood song. 

Here is a short film that gives an indication of the great work submitted by entrants.

Also we had a wonderful piece in from Preston Ladies Group, a tribute to the NHS, so we thought it would be good to highlight it here.

Congratulations to Ria who created a tremendous painting, she will receive the £250 winning prize and we will be highlighting her work through professional documentation and an online presence soon. Wonderful work from Anantharaju & Meghna too who will both receive gift cards and we will support them wherever we can. 

Mayor thanks go out to all of our entrants, we really appreciate what it takes to put your work out there and we’d encourage you to keep producing your fine work. Also keep your eyes open for further opportunities through Preston City Mela as its our aim to continue promoting & supporting South Asian creatives in the city. 

Big thanks also to our 2 judges for their diligent work. 

Nrithya Rammohan is the Founder & Artistic Director of NrithyaKala UK (NK UK). She has had the pleasure of teaching the Indian Classical dance form of Bharatanatyam & Bollywood dance to students all across Manchester.In 2018, Nrithya was awarded the Community Champion Award by Asianlite for her professional contribution to promote Classical Dance & culture in the UK 

Madhura Godbole is a professional Kathak, Bollywood and Indian Folk dance artist, teacher, choreographer and artistic director of Nupurnaad Kathak Dance Academy, Newcastle. She is known for her graceful dancing style with excellent sense of rhythm, a feeling for music and a creative ability to express themselves through movement.

Over the next 12 months we will be preparing for the 2021 Preston City Mela creative programme and nurturing home grown talent in the following ways:

  1. We aim to attract a range of talent including craft workers, bands, musicians, designers, MC’s, dancers, DJ’s, beat makers, singers, film makers, calligraphers, visual artists, poets, comedians, animators, writers etc. by deepening our connections with Preston based organisations, institutes & groups through the cities 12 year cultural strategy and seek new partnerships with projects that work with the talent pool we are exploring
  2. We will identify potential funding streams to enable us to help talent in other practical ways too. Whether people need help with creating quality promotional images or film; quality web space to showcase their talent; or a mentor to help them with their professional development. We hope also to identify individuals from the talent pool, to train them to pass on their creative skills to other adults & young people through a regular programme of workshops.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about our development of talent.

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