Venkat Raman –
Call it a fad, penchant, passion or even frivolous discharge of charm, Miss Indianz contest is here to stay and New Zealand’s popular cultural extravaganza gathers momentum, strength and er…. beauty, year after year.
Organised, produced, directed, marketed and even criticised by its creator Dharmesh Parikh (Director, Reshab D Productions Limited), it is the only contest of its type in New Zealand. For thirteen years, he has held the crown for taking the initiative and putting together a bevy of beauties, although it is some of us who show semblance of fatigue.
Some disinterested people and those with vested interests would have wanted him to give it up; perhaps he has entertained such a thought; but every year it gets better, strengthening his resolve to enhance its diversity, in tune with the changing demography of the country. Which is why, he is renowned for perseverance and patience.
Thirteen years is a long time for organisers in the ‘here-today-gone-tomorrow’ world but Dharmesh is determined to carry the annual event to higher levels of fame and popularity. He is aware that success must be followed by success, lest the fleeting world of men and women say that he has lost his sheen, and worse the nerve.
Don’t you believe it.
Bigger and better
We are promised that the Miss Indianz 2015, due to be held on September 12 at Aotea Centre (commencing at 730 pm) would be bigger and better and that quality has been an over-riding factor in the selection and staging of the budding beauties of the society.
Getting beyond the confines of Auckland, Miss Indianz 2015 would feature contestants from North to the far South, with the future events carrying the potential of attracting young aspirants from other places as well.
Mr Parikh has said that 25 contestants would go through a number of pre-final contests and training before appearing on stage at Auckland’s most prestigious address.
“It would be a spectacle of Indian beauty, fashion, dance and music. New Zealand’s multi-cultural environment has provided excellent opportunities for talented beautiful Indian women to showcase their rich culture, fashion, music, dance and beauty,” he said.
Indian Newslink began featuring the contestants in its July 1, 2015 issue. As everyone await the lifting of the curtain, here is the final batch.
Four years ago, when she landed at the Auckland International Airport, Akanksha Singh did not know that would be her workplace following her graduation in Science at the University of Auckland. That matches her interest in globetrotting.
This young woman hails from Kurukshetra where thousands of years ago ‘Dharma’ fought a bloody battle and won.
Nisha Saini is a theatre enthusiast, keen to take advantage of the learning and development opportunities available through the Miss Indianz event.
The little girl that she was upon migration from the beautiful city of Bangalore, Ridhima Raman is proud to belong to multicultural Auckland. An Electronic Engineering student at the Auckland University of Technology, she await September 12 with bated breath.
The youngest contestant (16) in this year’s Miss Indianz event is a student at Mount Albert Grammar School in Auckland. She loves to dance and is keen to discover the world of glamour, the prime reason for joining the event.
“Family and Religion are important,” says Unitec student of Construction Management Shweta Kumar. She is proud of her Indo-Fijian roots and aspires a shining career in modelling. She believes in enhancing the purpose of life and making it more meaningful.
1. Akanksha Singh 13. Neera Dang
2. Aruna Narandran 14. Nisha Saini
3. Ashika Raj 15. Pooja Bhagath
4. Brenda Holloway 16. Priyena Prasad
5. Deepti Mahapatra 17. Rabiya Sharma
6. Emelda Shah 18. Raveena Badwal
7. Karuna Thawani 19. Riddhi Patel
8. Komal Chand 20. Ridhima Raman
9. Manpreet Kaur 21. Rinky Parakra
10. Monika Sharma 22. Samaira Jadhav
11. Naga Gajjri 23. Shirin Singh
12. Navitha Paneer 24. Shweta Kumar
25. Simmi Choudhary
| What: Miss Indianz 2015
Who: Reshab D Productions Limited
When: Saturday, September 12 at 730 pm
Where: Aotea Centre, Auckland City
Contact: Dharmesh Parikh on 021-2727454