It started with a thought, a love for kids and a passion to create a mark in the Australian market with an unconventional business idea, a desire to prove that Indians can excel. Today, with footprints in two major cities in Australia and a recently opened party shop in Harris Park, there is no looking back for Kidz Mantra, which aims to be the best kids entertainment company in Australia.
“The moment we stepped into the industry, Kids Mantra was an instant hit. Initially, it was Shikhaa and me, but in no time we had a team of entertainers, ready to put their heart and soul into achieving a common goal of excelling in this field,” says Sam Sharma, founder of Kidz Mantra.
Shikhaa and Sam came to Australia in 2008 on student visas, and after finishing their courses and working a few odd jobs, set about charting their careers in early childhood education (Shikhaa) and accounting (Sam). Being an auditor with PricewaterhouseCoopers and educator with Holroyd Council, it was a big risk to quit their respective jobs and set up an entertainment company. But Shikhaa says it is a gamble which has paid off.
“We do around 100 parties every month and it is wonderful to see the smiles on children’s faces,” says Shikhaa.
Kidz Mantra children’s party entertainment and event planning services is one of the leading companies in both Sydney and Melbourne. They offer services from 1st birthday/christening to 16th birthdays, shopping centre promotions to childcare/vacation centre programs, and fairs to annual day events for corporates. Services include children’s party entertainers, face painters, balloonists, character appearances, pamper parties, high tea parties, mobile laser tag, magic shows, jumping castle, ride on pony hire, and more.
Sam, with his management skills, managed to rope in corporate clients like Coca Cola, Bunnings, IGA, Jamaica Blue and most of the OOSH and YMCA centre, which was instrumental in taking the company to the next level. With nine entertainers in Sydney and four in Melbourne, Kids Mantra is taking the market by storm.
Kidz Mantra was a finalist for the Local Business awards in 2017 & 2018, finalist for Champion Business Awards 2018, while Sam was the finalist for Business Person of the Year at Local Business Awards 2017. With loads of accolades, recognition, community work, charity and sponsoring local/community events, Kidz Mantra has become the first choice when it comes to kids events. Keeping up with their growth, Kidz Mantra opened their first one stop party shop in Harris Park.
Being an excellent MC and one and only female DJ in Sydney who specialise in English, Bollywood and Kids Parties, Shikhaa is much sought after for events. Shikhaa has created a niche in the market by organising the Ladies Tambola Night with 50 ladies, which is now among the most popular ladies events in Sydney with the proven record of being sold out in two weeks every time. It has established her position as one of the leading women’s events organisers.
‘I never create an event to earn money but to showcase my skills and my networking capabilities. I like to do events that reflect my creativity as an event manager,” says Shikhaa.
Being a celebrity judge with Diya Mirza for the Kids Got Talent in Melbourne, Shikhaa in association with The Indian Sun has created the Women recognition Awards to be presented at her upcoming ladies night Disco Deewane. With the categories Woman Entrepreneur of the year 2018, Style Icon of the Year 2018 and Woman Influencer of the year 2018, Sydney ladies nominated and voted in vast number for their favorite person, who they thought deserved the titles.
Sam and Shikhaa are now also running another event management company—Bollywood Mantra4u, which provides resources and expertise for all sorts of public and private events. Bollywood Mantra4u provides DJs, performers, photographers, decorators, and more.