Bhubaneswar: Style, compassion, talent, intelligence and elegance were at its best as teenage models took the ramp in the 17th Nanhipari-Little Miss India talent beauty pageant, which concluded at KiiT International School in Bhubaneswar on 30th December, 2017. Thirty young girls between 13-16 years shortlisted for semi final round from regional auditions from Guwahati, Luknow, Kolkata, Patna, Bhubaneswar, Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Srinagar and Hyderabad faced several competitions during the two-day event.
In the Grand Finale, Bhiolina Boro from Guwahati crowned KIIT Nanhipari- Little Miss India 2017. Jita Mohapatra of Chennai and Anoushka Singh of Patna were crowned first and 2nd runners up respectively. The top three also received a cash award of Rs. 3 lakh, Rs. 1 lakh and Rs. 50,000 respectively, along with silver crown, trophy and certificates.
Many other titles were decided in the final round such as, Miss Rapunzel – girl with most beautiful hair award was given to Khyati Singh of Mumbai. Similarly Miss Photogenic – girl with best pose in photoshoot round to Bhiolina Boro, Miss Selfie – Maximum likes on facebook page to Anuja Chauhan of Delhi, Miss Fashion girl with best costume in both rounds to Ahana Naqeeb of Srinagar, Miss Whizkid girl with highest marks in quiz round to Anoushka Singh, Miss Cinderella girl having best personality to K. R. Santoshini of Bhunaneswar, Miss Urvasi girl with Best Talent to Gautami Madan Deshmukh of Hydearabad, Miss Catwalk girl with best ramp walk to Chayanika Deka of Guwahati, Miss Monalisa most beautiful girl with most beautiful smile to Jita Mohapatra and Miss Active – most active girl to Akshita Sahu of Jamshedpur got a cash prize of 10 thousand each.
Mx. Laxmi Narayan Tripathy, Sonika Roy, Rekha Khan, Suchitra Iyre, Versha Priyadarshini, Dr. Itirani Samanta were the jury members while, Priyadarshi Mishra, MLA; Dr. Achyuta Samanta, Chief Patron of KIIT Nanhipar; Malay Mohapatra, Patron Ashutosh Mishra, Pankaj Kumar Mohanty, Director, MGM Group and Meera Parida, Poonam, Sohini Mishra, Udaya, Bhoomika, Supriya were also present on the occasion.
Many attractive prizes were introduced in the 16th edition of the competition this year. The Prize Money for the winner is Rs. 21 lakh – Rs. 3 lakh cash prize and 100% academic fee waiver subject to a maximum of Rs. 18 lakh for studying in any discipline in KIIT University. The 1st Runners Up would win Rs.10 lakh – Rs. 1 lakh cash prize and 50% academic fee waiver subject to maximum of Rs. 9 lakh for studying any discipline in KIIT University. Similarly, the 2nd Runners Up would get Rs. 9.5 lakh – Rs. 50,000/- Cash Prize and 50% academic fee waiver subject to maximum of Rs. 9 lakh for studying any discipline in KIIT University.
“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 Kendujhar District of Odisha. In a short time-span of just 17 years, it has become a national event of repute, touted as the ‘Little Miss India’ competition, the only one of its kind.