By Odisha Story Bureau, Bhubaneswar:
Maitri Monali Pradhan from Bhubaneswar bagged the KIIT Nanhipari- Little Miss India title for 2016.
The 16th Nanhipari- Little Miss India talent beauty pageant, which concluded at KIIT International School here on December 30, 2016 witnessed a grand eventful evening of beauty, style, compassion, talent, intelligence and elegance. 32 young girls between 13-16 years were shortlisted for semifinal round from eight regional auditions held at Guwahati, Kolkata, Patna, Bhubaneswar, Mumbai, Delhi, Bengaluru and Hyderabad.
Here the participants had to face several competitions in the three day event. Later 10 among them were shortlisted for the final round.
In the Grand Finale on December 30, Maitri Monali was crowned the KIIT Nanhipari- Little Miss India 2016. Dipanwita from Kolkata and Swayamprava Dalabehera from Mumbai were crowned first runner-up and 2nd runner up respectively. The top three also received a cash award of Rs. 3 lakh, Rs. 1 lakh and Rs. 50,000 respectively.
Ollywood music director and singer Goodly Rath, Feature Editor at Navbharat Times Rekha Khan, Miss Asia Pacific International India 2016 Srishti Vyakaranam, Miss India UN Supreet Kaur and Korean Cosmetic Company Representative Hera Bean were the judges and guests for the event. Among others, Dr. Achyuta Samanta, Chief Patron of KIIT Nanhipari; Shri Malay Mohapatra, Patron were also present on the occasion.
“Nanhipari” is a talent show for teenage girls between the age group of 13-16 years. It had a modest start in 2001 in a remote and small tribal town of Keonjhar District of Odisha. In a short time-span of just 16 years, it has become a national event of repute, touted as the ‘Little Miss India’ competition, the only one of its kind.
Patronized by noted visionary, social activist, educationist, Prof. Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS, the purpose of KIIT Nanhipari Little Miss India is to build an institution and a tradition dedicated for spotting and nurturing the talented young.