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Rich’s Has Talent: India Exec Shines in CEOs Got Talent Charitable Competition

Heads-up Howie Mandel, there’s been new talent discovered and it comes from the far reaches of Rich’s global enterprise! Rich’s own, Pankaj Chaturvedi, Exec Director & CEO of Rich’s Graviss India, was a winner in the televised CEO’s Got Talent competition, a charity event where 12 of India’s top CEOs step out of the boardroom and onto the stage to showcase their hidden talents.

Pankaj commanded the stage in-front of a live audience and three esteemed judges from India’s entertainment industry, and brought home the first runner-up prize for his soulful rendition of Kishore Kumar Song, Vaada Tera Vaada. The judges lauded his performance as an “explosion of talent,” and commended him for his energy, passion and great stage presence.

Pankaj’s extraordinary personality and passionate singing voice also helped him win the BBM (Blackberry Messenger) Users Most Popular CEO Award, an online public voting competition.

The Got Talent franchise, owned by FremantleMedia, is hugely successful all over the world. Fans of the US-based show know the widely entertaining and always unexpected American Judges, Mel B, Howard Stern, Heidi Klum and Howie Mandel for making Americans’ dreams come true on national television.

A spin-off of the popular Got Talent series, the CEOs Got Talent gala event witnessed CEO’s of India battle-it-out in front of the judges – filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt, actor Raveena Tandon and Colors CEO Raj Nayak. The show was presented by BBM in a first-of-its-kind initiative that was held to recognize the creativity among CEOs. Pankaj competed against 11 other CEOs in the CNBC televised event and the groups’ talents ranged from singing and dancing to stand-up comedy and cooking.

Proceeds from a post-event auction were donated to the Genesis Foundation, which provides financial support for life-saving and life-changing medical intervention for critically ill, under-privileged children in the areas of cancer, cardiac disorder, organ failure, thalassemia and extreme deformities.

Congratulations, Pankaj! Thank you for representing Rich’s so well in and out of the boardroom!

To witness Pankaj’s performance and all the unexpected, unpredictable moments from this exciting new series, visit the following links:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7S9AVOUmh7w – (Pankaj’s message to users after winning the BBM users’ popular CEO award)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HQdZuS4nDvg- (Pankaj’s performance)