“Diana Namayanja” from Uganda & “Fahim Khan” from India crowned Smart Idols of 2016


Smart Idol – making dreams come true & changing lives 

Smart Idol 2016 held on 22nd of April at the Sheikh Rashid Auditorium witnessed a house full of guests attending to cheer the 14 Finalists. The stage was dynamic and the Finalists along with Smart Band took the stage by storm in both singing and dancing categories.

Diana Namayanja – Smart Idol – Singing Category

Winning first place as the Smart Idol of 2016 is Diana Namayanja From Uganda, who attracted hundreds of fans from her camp to the event, she performed covers of Celine Dion and Adele to a roaring crowd of enthusiastic fans and Fahim Khan from India won the first place in the dancing category of Smart Idol, he astounded the crowd with his multi talented dance styles, in mere 3 minutes he performed hip hop, break dance, Arabic fusion and Bhangra with incredible flexibility and agility leaving the audience gasping for more.

Fahim Khan – Smart Idol – Dancing Category

The second place in the singing category was awarded to Morries Mana from Pakistan who works at the Dubai Airport, is a musician and a gifted singer, whose inspired by Shafqat Amanat Ali, had belted out some of the toughest songs with great ease on stage and the second place in Dancing was held by Rajesh Gugula from India a self taught dancer and choreographer emulated his idol Prabhu Deva and mesmerized the audience.

Morries Mana – Second Place Singing Category

RJ Valda from Josh FM hosted the evening with pizazz and to add Bollywood glamour, there was a special appearance by Bollywood’s most loved playback singer “Vinod Rathod”, who is best known for the super hit songs from, Khal Nayak, Muna Bhai MMBS, Baazigar & Devdas.

Rajesh – 2nd place Dancing Category

Smart Idol 2016 Jugdes included, Bhakti Harish a Dubai based director, choreographer and performer and has won great acclaim and awards for her work in the Middle Eastern regions. She has been a researcher, educator and entrepreneur for over 15 years in the field of Indian Dance Theatre; Dr.Mohammed Shakeel, from Calicut, India. Doctor by profession is a specialist physician in Aster Clinic. Passionate about music he has composed music for 3 Malayalam movies and various music albums. Trained in Hindustani classical and Wester piano he Sings melodies and Ghazals and Soumya Datta, winner of Zee Saregama Middle East Pakistan and also the Voice of Dubai by Star plus. A gold medalist and a National Scholar in Kathak, she is presently the Director and founder of the music institute Sargam where she teaches both Hindustani vocal and Kathak.


Smart Idol is an initiative of SmartLIFE under the patronage of CDA (Community Development Authority) the competition provides blue-collar workers with an entertainment outlet and an opportunity to showcase their talents.


UAE Exchange comes on board as the title sponsor & JOSH FM as the official Radio station offering tremendous support.


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