Fashion takes another forward step with tradition

Miss Indianz
Now in its 14th Year
Saturday, September 17, 2016 at 730 pm
Aotea Centre, Auckland
Tickets from August 1, 2016

Venkat Raman –

The influence of the Hindi film industry on the global population has been so strong that many consider ‘Bollywood’ as the representation of Indian culture.

However, with the renaissance of Indian fine arts and with an increasing number of young men and women learning and performing classical dances, music and folk art, the world has begun to appreciate what are truly Indian values.

The Indian film industry has for long exerted a deep influence on popular Indian fashion. Any outfit adorned by an actor or actress in a hit movie immediately becomes a prime sartorial trend for tailors to reproduce them to please millions of fans.

The Indian Diaspora has kept pace with the film and fashion industry, evolving its own version of culture and tradition.

Parmesh Shahani, Director of Godrej India Culture Lab said that fashion provides a lens onto culture and the transforming fabric of the society, amidst India’s rapid globalisation and economic development.

“Fashion’s enormous aesthetic diversity is a reflection of the polyphonous nature of our society, which now, as always, is in the midst of an exciting churn. It also has roots, which is why we see tradition holding its ground,” he said.

Good combination

Combining the traditional and modern is Miss Indianz, a cultural extravaganza, which has been bringing together thousands of people of varied ethnicities to celebrate the diversity that is inherent in the Indian Sub-Continent.

Miss Indianz is one such and since its commencement in 2002, hundreds of young, aspiring women have made their name in show business.

Organised and presented by Rhythm House Limited and its Director Dharmesh Parikh, Miss Indianz perches at the crossroads of Indian fashion, beauty and flamboyance on the one side and tradition, culture and simplicity on the other.

The marriage between the two calls for celebration, which, according to Mr Parikh is what the annual event is all about.

“You can witness beauty, brains, smartness, elegance and humour at our annual event which will be held on Saturday, September 17, 2016 at 730 pm at Aotea Centre in Auckland’s Central Business District.

Tickets will be available from August 1, 2016 from

For further details, please visit or call Dharmesh Parikh on 021-2727454; Email:

Here are the profiles of the next set of three Miss Indianz contestants – part of a journey that we began in our April 15, 2016. This is therefore our Seventh Instalment.

Angela Trindade

Even in her formative years, Angela Trindade extracted a promise within herself – to become a dentist and Jaw specialist and be employed in the field of medicine.

Born in Dubai, Angela migrated to New Zealand 13 years ago with her family. She realised that she had the ability to stand up before a large audience and express herself. The proof of that statement has been manifest in a number of prizes that she won while at school.

As a Member of the ‘Servant Leaders Group’ and past Leader of the Indian Group at St Mary’s College, Angela is well connected to the community, a factor which she hopes would help in her life and career.

Karishma Patel

Virat Kohli drives the passion for life in Karishma Patel, a young woman pursuing her degree in Nursing in Auckland.

A serious Hockey and Netball player, she seeks the title of ‘Miss Indianz 2016’ because she believes in her inner self and confidence.

“Miss Indianz will boost my confidence and help me play a positive role in the community. I hope to influence other young women of Indian origin to stand up and without being afraid of who they are and what they wish to achieve,” Karishma said.

Shayne Ali

This young Hamiltonian is a registered Nurse, having qualified with a graduate degree. Shayne Ali is currently employed as a Sales Assistant at a jewellery store.

It was not an instant decision to join the Miss Indianz team, she said.

“It has taken me three years to finally have the courage to apply and gain the confidence I need. I would like to be a role model for Indian Muslim girls and boost my confidence as well as theirs, living in a westernised country. I also believe that it is important to preserve one’s cultural and social heritage. Miss Indianz allows me to promote our unique values,” Shayne said.

Joining St John’s as a cadet, she learnt first aid, emergency measures and volunteering.

“As well as celebrating our culture, I respect other faiths and practices,” she said.

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