Dance pair wins Columbus Got Talent competition

A mix of Indian classical dance and hip hop helped two Columbus women from India win the $1,000 top prize in Sunday’s “Columbus Got Talent” competition at the Columbus East High School auditorium.

Shiveka Trivedi and Neha Divekar performed to a four-minute mix of Bollywood tunes from the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s, according to Trivedi.

She mentioned that both she and Divekar had training in their native country in various forms of classical Indian dance.

“Columbus Got Talent is a big opportunity to showcase talent and boost one’s self-confidence,” Triveda posted on Facebook.

The friendly competition is the multi-cultural arts gathering organized by the Columbus Area Multi-Ethnic Organization designed to highlight a diversity of culture while building bridges of understanding and education.

“CAMEO unites people and talent under one roof, thereby enriching the diversity here,” Trivedi said.

Each year, the winning act performs at Ethnic Expo, the city’s free, two-day international festival. It will unfold Oct. 13 and 14.

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Brian Blair is a reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at or 812-379-5672.