The winners of the second edition of Colors Ka Sartaj, a talent hunt for the blue-collar workforce in the UAE were announced in a ceremony on Friday, July 12, in Dubai.
The grand finale held at the DULSCO Village Arena in Al Quoz, saw 15 participants compete for the title of “Colors Ka Sartaj”.
The talent hunt that caters specifically to the labour workforce in the UAE tests their talents in categories ranging from music, dance, singing, acting, stand-up comedy and mimicry among others.
The competition started with two rounds of auditions held in June 2019, post which the finalists were selected to compete in the grand finale that concluded Friday evening.
This year, Mohammed Shahid from Bihar, India, won the title and was rewarded with a cash prize of $2,722 (AED10,000).
He garnered much appreciation from the judges and audience for his singing performance featuring the Bollywood actor Salman Khan’s single Lagan Lagan Lag Gai Hai.
Rodel Francisco, an artist from the Philippines, took the first runner up prize of $1,361 (AED5,000) for his performance on the Bollywood song Tum Hi Ho towards the end.
Kamal Rai from Nepal grabbed the second runner up spot for his dance performance that depicted the struggle and hardships faced by labourers on the job every day. He was awarded a cash prize of $544 (AED2,000).
Launched by IndiaCast in 2018, Colors Ka Sartaj season two saw a participation of over 600 labour workers from over 60 labour camps across the country. Bollywood actor Javed Jaffrey judged the participants in the grand finale.