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June 5, 2012 > Local talent gets spotlight at annual competition

Local talent gets spotlight at annual competition

By Mekala Neelakantan
Photos By Courtesy of Ajay Bhutoria

The Global Organization of People of Indian Origin, Silicon Valley Chapter (GOPIO Silicon Valley) will bring various local talents to light when they host the Annual Kids and Youth Talent Competition and Adults Food Competition on June 9. Founded six years ago by Ajay Jain Bhutoria and his wife, Vinita, this anticipated event has garnered much attention in the Bay Area, bringing families together to celebrate talent, confidence, and culture.

This event was initially created as an activity for their then six-year-old son; as it grew, they realized that the event could serve as a "platform to give kids an opportunity to showcase their talents, build their confidence skills, and also remain attached to their culture and roots..." said Bhutoria. Since its creation, the competition has grown from an art contest and a public speaking contest with 30 participating children to a multitude of contests and categories that boast over 4,000 participating members across the Bay Area, with an expectation this year of around 200 youth participants.

The Annual Kids and Youth Talent Competition and Adults Food Competition is organized by Bhutoria's parent organization, Association for Kids and Youth Programs, and partners with Radio Zindagi 1550 AM, WomenNow TV, Indian Express, India West, India Currents, Tri-City Voice, and NBC. GOPIO Silicon Valley, the host organization, is a non-profit organization dedicated to the "promotion of well-being of people of Indian origin," as well as the "enhancement of cooperation and communications between Indians in the Silicon Valley as well as in other countries around the world." Every year, this event attracts many dignitaries: celebrity food competition judges, city officials including State Senate Majority Leader Ellen Corbett and Assembly Member Bob Wieckowski, as well as other leading politicians.

This year, attendees will enjoy a Talent Contest for children ages 3-12 (including singing, dancing, musical instruments, and public speaking), an art contest, science/math contests and a spelling bee. Selected winners from kids and youth competitions will receive a tour of NBC News; awards and trophies will be presented by mayors, assembly members, and city officials present on June 9.

In the Adults Food Competition, participants must cook ethnic Indian food in their home kitchens and bring it to the event for judging. There will be a meet-and-greet with celebrity food competition judges and an invitation to the Radio Zindagi Show for the contest winner.

All events will be recorded and broadcast on INDTV; selected winners will be featured on the TV show WomenNow on the StarPlus channel.

Registration and additional information is available at:

Kids and Youth Summer Talent Competition and Adults Food Competition
Saturday, June 9
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
372 Turquoise St., Milpitas

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