Thakadhimi is a dance based reality show which came on the channel Asianet. The series is a Malayalam language one which came on every weekday between Monday and Friday in the slot of 8:30 PM. It was the first ever dance based reality show to feature on the Malayalam television circuit. It soon gained immense popularity and got viewed by a large part of the audience. The show premiered on Indian television on 13th October 2007. It got opened up for all participants who belonged to the age group of fifteen and thirty years old. Over ten thousand people showed interest and applied for the audition. These applicants belonged to not just India but cities across the globe. Amongst them, seventy candidates got shortlisted to perform in the next round.
Every aspirant got the opportunity to dance three times and based on this they were either selected or given a spot on the wait list. All of this got decided on the spot by the judges. Once the second round got over, the seventy contestants got reduced to thirty-six candidates. The jury for these selections consisted of many eminent personalities such as Vineeth, who is a talented actor as well as a dancer, Gopika Varma, who is a dancer and an expert in Mohiniyattam, and Lakshmi Gopalaswamy, who is a dancer and an actress. The entire series got hosted by the duo of AnoopShanker, who is a playback singer, and AishwaryaAjit. The judges inaugurated the show and set it underway. The participants got tested across a number of parameters including choreography, their expressions, as well as the artistic and technical aspects.
Different genres of dance get tested and performed. Classical, Semi-classical, rap, cinematic, Dance with a Star got introduced in order to test them to their limits. The finale of this show got aired on 22nd June 2008 after many grueling rounds which judged all the participants on every possible level to find the best of the best. The final showdown got presided over by Brinda master along with the three regular judges. The well-known actress Jayapura got invited as the chief guest for this show. She announced the final result and presented the prize to the winner. After a lot of effort and some superb performances by all the contestants, Gayathri Govind, who hails from Trivandrum, got the title of champion along with the cash prize of Rs. 45 Lakh. AkhilaSasidharan got adjudged as the second best while Jobin George got the third position and Sarath Nair came in fourth overall. Gayathri and Akhila gave each other a very stiff competition and both were crowd favorites as well.