Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Dec 30:
Eshaani Mitra from Bangalore was crowned the KIIT Nanhipari- Little Miss India 2015 at the 15thNanhipari- Little Miss India talent beauty pageant that concluded at the KiiT International School in Bhubaneswar on Tuesday.
Swapna Priyadarshini of Hyderabad and Bhoomika Dash of Odisha were crowned first runners-up and 2nd runner up respectively.
The top three were given cash awards of three lakh, one lakh and fifty thousand rupees respectively along with silver crown, trophy and certificates.
Style, compassion, talent, intelligence, elegance was at its best as teenaged models took the ramp in the 15thNanhipari- Little miss India talent beauty pageant as 30 young girls between 13-16 years shortlisted for semifinal round from eight regional auditions from Guwahati, Kolkata, Patna, Bhubaneswar, Mumbai, Delhi, Bengaluru and Hyderabad faced several competitions in the three day event.
Other talented girls who participated were awarded 10 different titles along with cash awards of rupees ten thousand each for their excellence in different segments.
While Swapna Priyadarshini was awarded for Little Miss Active, Kasturi Rarhi for Little Miss Monalisha, Anmol Jain for Little Miss Catwalk, Maitri Monali Pradhan for Little Miss Cinderella, P. Mahathi Saaveri for Little Miss Whizkid, Swayamprabha Dalbehera for Little Miss Fashion, Amrit Kaur for Little Miss Selfie, Ananya acharya for Little Miss Photogenic, Niya Shameer for Little Miss Rapunzel and Ishani Mitra for Little Miss Urvasi.
Renowned Odishi dancer Guru Sanchita bhatacharya, television actor and anchor Karan Oberoi; Indian model Natasha Assadi, Aarushi Sharma, Sushree Shreya Mishra; Kannad cine artist Udayan Aparajit, Indian Idol junior 2015 Ananya Sritam Nanda, Samaresh Routray and Dr Iti Samanta, editor, Kadambini were the judges and guests for the event.
Among others Dr Achyuta Samanta, chief patron of KIIT Nanhipari; 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 15 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 girls to become successful women subsequently in their adulthood