14.12.2015 in Expolanka, Latest by copaceticweb 0

‘Expo Got Talent’: Recognizing Expolanka’s Multi-talented Employees

‘Expo Got Talent’, the first ever talent show organized by Expolanka Holdings for its employees concluded amidst much fanfare on 7th November 2015 with the crowning of Niran Kanishka as the champion closely followed by Kaushalya Vaas and Diana Rajan as the first runner up and the second runner up respectively. Much hard work, music, dancing, drama, Yoga acts, martial arts and passion went into making the talent show a spectacular success. The electric atmosphere of the finale received an unexpected boost when Group CEO Hanif Yusoof announced his decision to double the cash prizes of the winners and award Rs 50,000 each to the rest of the finalists.

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 The preliminary round judged by the celebrities Santhush Weeraman, Nemali Amarasinghe, Vimukthi Jayasundara and Rozzan Dias featured 50 odd artist displaying their many talents. The judges selected ten finalist whose performances promised an exciting contest and a glamorous show for the finale which was held at the British School Auditorium. The promise of glitz, glamour and talent became a reality when the ten finalists outdid each other and posed a real challenge for the judges of the day.

Expo Got Talent semi finals from Mediajogger – Sri Lanka on Vimeo.

With Asanka Sahabandu as the host, the event’s line-up was arranged to entertain the audience from the start to the end. The entertaining line-up of the event included individual performances by the Top 10 finalists, a group performance by the finalists, and performances by Naadro, and Podi Malli and Chooti Malli who were guest performers at the show. ‘Expo Got Talent’ had the audience engrossed in the different acts in the programme as the British School Auditorium was filled with cheer, laughter and pure enjoyment.

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In their own words the much loved judges Nemali Amarasinghe, Sachini Ayendra, Vimukthi Jayasundara, Stephanie Siriwardhana, and Dushyanth Weeraman chose the winners with much difficulty following a criteria based on technical aspect of performance, stage appearance and presence, originality or authenticity, the level of entertainment of the act, and the overall performance.

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Niran Kanishka, the winner of the ‘Expo got Talent’ talent competition enthralled the audience and judges with his unique performance where he his Football skills and with his passion for dancing, to deliver a one-of-a-kind experience to everyone who watched. Counting the additional amount announced by the Group CEO at the finale, Niran received LKR 200,000 to recognize his win. Kaushalya Vaas who was named the First runner up of ‘Expo got Talent’ for his amazing singing talent received LKR 150,000, while the second runner up Diana Rajan who mesmerized the audience with her dancing received LKR 100,000 for placing third at the event.

“I was scared the day I auditioned for ‘Expo got Talent’, because not only was it the first time I was performing on a stage, but I was also doing a performance that was unique to me. My performance was a combination of two of my passions, which was a dance integrating certain moves that are found in Football. Being a member of the Expolanka Holding’s football team and Colombo FC, I was aware of the techniques relating to Football, but until the audition my dancing skill were latent as I’ve only followed dancing as a pastime. I am grateful for the opportunity that Expolanka Holdings provided me to realize my true potential as a unique individual, apart from my work life.” – Niran Kanishka

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Suhitha Karunanayake, Assistant Manager HR commented on the success of the event by stating that “We were overwhelmed by the positive feedback we received from our employees, colleagues, and management! Many people are requesting this to be an annual event, saying that they are already preparing for Season 2 of Expo got Talent!”

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As a part of Expolanka Holdings’ core value of ‘Caring for Stakeholders’ Interests’, the Group has always aligned their business activities to address the interests of their stakeholders such as customers, suppliers, employees etc. And this core value has driven the Group to achieve excellence in Customer Service. However, Expolanka knows that this achievement is not possible without a set of motivated and satisfied employees, and this is why they have continually worked towards creating a motivating working environment for job satisfaction. ‘ExpoClicks’ photography exhibition was created with the intent of encouraging employees to present their photography skills. Furthermore, Expolanka’s success in its efforts to promote work-life balance is evident as the Football Team of Expolanka Holdings became the Champions at the Mercantile ‘A’ Division Football League 2013.

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