Odisha girl Maitri Manali Pradhan has been crowned the KIIT Nanhipari 2016 (Little Miss India) title in a glittering ceremony held at KIIT International School in Bhubaneswar.
In the grand finale, Maitri was crowned the title, while Dipanwita Dey of Kolkata and Swayamprabha Dalabehera of Mumbai were crowned first runner-up and 2nd runner-up respectively.
The top 3 also received a cash award of Rs. 3 lakh, Rs. 1 lakh and Rs. 50,000 respectively, along with silver crown, trophy and certificates.
32 young girls between 13-16 years were shortlisted for semi-final round from regional auditions from Guwahati, Lucknow, Kolkata, Patna, Bhubaneswar, Mumbai, Delhi, Bengaluru and Hyderabad faced several competitions during the two-day 16th KIIT Nanhipari – Little Miss India event.
Beauty pageants are one of the most exciting events. It involves giving a platform and opportunity to young women to showcase not only their physical appearance, but also their intellect, presence, style, glamour and charisma. The dearth of organizations or regulatory bodies, which could nurture and advance young talents in our region, led a group of motivated entrepreneurs to evolve the idea of hosting a talent show every year for the young females and the result was “Nanhi Pari” – a talent show for teenage girls.
From a humble start in the year 2001 in a remote and small tribal town of Keonjhar District of Odisha, the event has progressively taken rapid strides and has now become a national event of repute. Patronized by the great visionary, social activist, educationist, Prof. Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS, the event become a national event since 2004. The entire management of the event was passed on to KIIT Group of Institutions and KIIT University with effect from 2015 edition of the event.