The Crowning Of Miss South India 2017, Crowne Plaza, Bangalore

Last weekend, I was honoured to be invited to the crowning of the Femina Miss South India 2017, at Crowne Plaza, Bangalore. I thoroughly enjoyed my time at the star-studded event, and watched agog as one beautiful nymph after another walked the ramp, wearing one marvellous creation after another.

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The official sponsors for the event! Picture: My own

The event was judged by celebrities like Grammy award winner Ricky Kej, notable Kannada actor Suraj Gowda, World Billiards and Snooker Champion Pankaj Advani, Kannada actor Prajwal Devaraj, and Former Miss World Runner Up Parvathy Omanakuttan.

Ms Omanakuttan made a dramatic entrance on stage, resplendent in her white-and-black gown.

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Ms Omanakuttan makes a grand entry on stage. Picture: My own

She looked stunning, that is for sure!

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Ms Omanakuttan walking the ramp. Picture: My own

Prajwal Devaraj was absolutely charming, too – elegant and handsome in the sherwani he was wearing for the event.

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Two of the judges – Kannada actor Prajwal Devaraj (left) and billiards player Pankaj Advani (right). Picture: My own
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Ms Omanakuttan takes her seat, along with Kannada actors Suraj Gowda (left) and Prajwal Devaraj (right). Picture: My own

The pageant began, to a packed audience, with a presentation on the long journey that Miss Femina India has been on, ever since 1964. Every Miss India since then made a brief appearance on screen, talking about the moment the crown was placed on her head. Wow moments, indeed!

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Former Miss India Sangeeta Bijlani talks about her ‘Miss India moment’. Picture: My own

Then, we were introduced to the 15 contestants who were competing for the title of Miss South India 2017 – meticulously chosen from across the five Southern states of Karnataka, Tamilnadu, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. With each girl looking gorgeous and confident, we were left with nail-biting excitement to wonder over which of these would, finally, win the title.

In the first round of the pageant – the Modern India round – each of the 15 contestants donned beautiful, beautiful white dresses from acclaimed designer Shravan Kummar’s collection called Resplendent Whites.

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The 15 contestants on stage in Shravan Kummar outfits, for the Modern India round. Picture credit: Femina

In the next round of the pageant, the contestants donned glamorous, modern outfits from fbb. This was followed by a super enthusiastic performance by Indian playback singer Jubin Nautiyal.

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Jubin Nautiyal’s performance at the event. Picture Credit: Femina

The final round of the pageant saw the 15 contestants wearing lovely evening gowns by designer Bhawna Rao. Each one of the girls looked stunning, filling the ramp with colour as they walked around.

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The contestants dressed in Bhawna Rao evening gowns, for the last round of the pageant. Picture Credit: Femina

And, then, finally, the moment all of us had been waiting for arrived – the moment of the crowning. Before this pageant happened, each of the contestants had already been judged on various factors (ramp walk, talent, skin, congeniality, et al). The final winners were chosen on the basis of the points they had earned in total, this pageant as well as the earlier contests included.

Srishti Vyakaranam (Andhra Pradesh), Sherin Seth (Tamilnadu), Mannat Singh (Kerala), Ruhika Dass (Karnataka), and Simran Choudhary (Telangana) were the chosen winners.

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The winners of Miss South India 2017, who will be competing for the fbb Colors Femina Miss India 2017 grand finale. From left to right: Srishti Vyakaranam (Andhra Pradesh), Sherin Seth (Tamilnadu), Simran Choudhary (Telangana), Mannat Singh (Kerala), and Ruhika Dass (Karnataka). Picture Credit: Femina

These five lovely ladies will represent South India in the grand finale of fbb Colors Femina Miss India 2017, which is scheduled to be held in Mumbai. Phew! Choosing the winners must have been a very tough call, indeed!

Now, I’m eagerly looking forward to this year’s Miss India pageant. I’ll be watching out for more updates about the pageant from other states as well. How about you?

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