Prabhu Deva Crowns Winners of Josh App’s Nach Baby Dance Contest

Short video app Josh concluded its hunt for the next Indian dance icons at its annual event, Nach Baby Dance, at a grand finale in Mumbai earlier this week.

Sponsored by A23, CoinDCX, Crax and Playerzpo, celebrity judges Malaika Arora and Prabhu Deva awarded the winners, Raja and Niki Naidu, cash prizes of Rs 50,000 each. Karan Bhatiya and Aishwarya Pandey were named best male and female solo dancer respectively and also won cash prizes.

Organizers of the nationwide campaign, which kicked off on March 21, received more than a lakh registrations; over 200 entries were shortlisted as finalists. Dancers from all over the world competed to impress celebrity judges and the audience to make it to India’s best dance party. Josh’s creator, Ablu Rajesh Kumar, a specially disabled dancer, made a special appearance at the event and wowed the audience with his performance.

“The response we’ve received for Nach Baby Dance has been absolutely amazing,” said Seher Bedi, head of Josh Studios. “This is a platform that recognizes and nurtures Bharat’s diverse talent in dance. It’s also a testament to the potential of our country’s creators and the passion they bring to it. I want to congratulate all the participants for dancing with Josh in this finale. It is when we witness performances like the ones we witnessed tonight that we are reminded of the mission we are trying to accomplish and the community of talented creators we aim to showcase through Bharat.

Actress and dancer Arora added, “The performances we witnessed tonight were indicative of the talent waiting to be discovered in India. A big congratulations to all the participants present this evening. Everyone here danced with their heart on their sleeve. It was an absolute honor and pleasure to witness the rise of the next icons of Indian dance.

National award-winning choreographer Prabhu Deva thanked Josh’s team for including him in the event. “Dancing is something that is extremely close to my heart and seeing everyone perform with so much passion and energy tonight has brought me the greatest joy,” he said. “I would also like to extend my congratulations to all the participants – each one of you is extremely talented. I hope your talent is something you never give up when you have platforms like Josh helping you achieve your dreams.

Sudarshan, head of acquisitions at A23, said. “Constantly showcasing exceptional talent is always a challenge, and we commend those who are willing to work hard. Whether playing or dancing, an individual’s skill plays a vital role in the distance traveled. A23 is proud to partner with Josh as he strives to give India’s talented and emerging creative community an opportunity to fulfill their potential and pursue their dreams.