Maharashtra's Tanay Malhara wins ‘Dance+2’

Maharashtra boy Tanay Malhara emerged as the winner of the dance talent show ‘Dance+ season’ on Sunday. The 14-year-old teenager took home the prize money of Rs 25 lakh and a car.

Announcing the winner’s name, choreographer-director Remo D’Souza, the super judge of the Star Plus show, along with captains Shakti Mohan, Dharmesh Yelande and Punit J Pathak called Tanay as the ‘next dance icon of the nation’.

Tanay, who had also participated in ‘Dance India Dance L’il Masters 2’, was pitted with three other finalists - Sushant Khatri, Piyush Bhagat and Wild Rippers in the grand finale. Wild Rippers became the first runner-up, followed by Piyush and Sushant. All the finalists were presented the special trophy.  

Tanay dedicated his victory to his mentor Dharmesh and also thanked Shakti and Punit. “Winning this show was a very big surprise. I didn’t know so many people out there have been supporting me. Most importantly, Dharmesh sir has supported me throughout and I dedicate my win to him. The shining moment was when they all said, ‘being a 14-year old boy, you deserve to be the next dance icon of the nation’,” he said in a statement.

The grand finale was graced by Bollywood actor Ranbir Kapoor who came to promote his upcoming film ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’. Rio Olympics bronze medal-winning wrestler Sakshi Malik was also invited to be a part of the show to motivate the contestants.