CROMWELL, CT— Archita Mundrathi was crowned Miss India Connecticut and Mamatha Puttaswamy won the title of Mrs. India Connecticut as 24 contestants participated in the Miss India Connecticut 2019 pageant. The competition was organized and hosted by state director Sumathi Narayanan on Nov. 2.
The pageant, directed by Sumathi Narayanan, featured the following categories: Jr. Pre-Teen, Pre-Teen, Teen, and Mrs. A total of 24 contestants participated in the pageant and confidently portrayed Indian culture, unique talents, and American pride with grace and elegance. The pageant was not just about outer beauty, but also valued inner beauty, intelligence, and ambition of the young women of Connecticut. Here is the list winners in various categories:
Miss Junior Pre-Teen India Connecticut – Jahnvi Modi
Miss Pre-Teen India Connecticut – Aavni Parekh
Miss Teen India Connecticut – Archita Mundrathi
Mrs. India Connecticut – Mamatha Puttaswamy
1st Runner Up:
Miss Junior Pre-Teen India Connecticut – Ankitha Basker
Miss Pre-Teen India Connecticut – Nayana Pradeep
Miss Teen India Connecticut 1st Runner Up – Athulya Narayanan
Mrs. India Connecticut 1st Runner Up – Sweta Patel
2nd Runner Ups:
Miss Junior Pre-Teen India Connecticut – Kaashvi Singhal
Miss Pre-Teen India Connecticut – Kamya Keerthivasan
Miss Teen India Connecticut – Muskan Ghetiya
Mrs. India Connecticut – Rajalekshmy Chembakomony
Junior Pre-Teen: Aarna Pavan Mannurkar – Beautiful Hair & Viewer’s Choice; Ankita Basker – Beautiful Walk; Jahnvi Modi – Beautiful Eyes & Beautiful Smile; Kaashvi Singhal – Photogenic. Pre-Teen: Aavni Parekh – Beautiful Walk & Viewer’s Choice; Hasnie Giritharan – Beautiful Hair; Kamya Keerthivasan – Beautiful Smile; Nayana Pradeep – Photogenic; Pooravi Srivastava – Beautiful Eyes.
Teen: Athulya Narayanan – Talented; Neesha – Business Leader, Photogenic & Viewer’s Choice.
Mrs: Jaya Daptardar – Director’s Choice; Lipika Das – Beautiful Eyes; Madhumita Nagashetty – Photogenic; Mamatha Puttaswamy – Viewer’s Choice; Rajvinder Randhawa – Beautiful Hair; Rumana Kumar – Congeniality; Saranya Vaithilingam – Catwalk; Seema Singh – Business Leader; Sonya Upadhyay – Beautiful Smile; Sweta Patel – Talented.
The winners of Teen, Miss and Mrs. Category will also be going forward to compete at the national level pageant hosted by Mr. Dharmatma Saran, Chairman of IFC in Houston – TX on Dec 7th 2019, for the title of Miss/Teen/Mrs. India USA!
“We are so proud of the beautiful, talented, and successful women of Connecticut, and we’re excited to see how they further achieve their causes and missions in this upcoming year by using the platform given to them,” said state director Narayanan. “We also encourage all women to continue to pursue their dreams and seize these opportunities! The Miss India Connecticut team thanks to all its sponsors and supporting organizations for making this event a grand success.”
Miss India Connecticut is associated and part of IFC, a pioneer in organizing Indian pageants and fashion shows in USA, and aptly called the ‘Mother of all Indian Pageants in USA.’
The event started with an opening dance choreographed by P&P Dance Crew of CT, in which all the contestants performed energetic and graceful introductory dances alongside the reigning Miss India CT 2018 – Alka, Mrs. India CT 2018 – Rekha, Miss Teen India CT 2018 – Nikitha, Mrs India USA 2018/Mrs India Worldwide RU 2019 – Vidhi . The opening dance was then followed by the ethnic wear round, where each contestant proudly displayed their Indian culture. Next was the talent round, in which contestants displayed their talent through dance and musical performances, acting, martial arts, crafts, and even magic shows! The contestants then gave their introduction in the evening gown round. Lastly, the finalists amazed everyone with their wits in the question and answer round.
Miss India Connecticut also launched Awards to Youth and Outstanding Women from Connecticut to honor their achievement and selfless service to community. In Youth category awards were given to Athulya Narayanan – Excellence in Visual Arts, Sarah Girach – Excellence in Sports. In Outstanding Women category awards were given to Purnima Shah – Excellence in Leadership, Shilpa Gohil – Excellence in Community Service, Urvi Pathak – Excellence in Dance and Vidhi Dave – Excellence in Philanthropy.
The judges of the pageant were accomplished patrons of the arts from the MA, NJ and CT. The judges’ panel included: Hemant Pandey, Miss India Florida State Director and a film maker/organizer of New Jersey Indian International Film Festival; Tirthankar Das, a filmmaker and music composer from New Jersey; Sankar Gangaikondan, a singer and musician form Massachusetts; Shaila Verma, Artistic Director of Shaila School of Dance in Massachusetts; Twinkle Morbia, Renowned Clothing/Jewelry designer from Massachusetts and Jacqueline Clarke, Fresh Face Model Agent of John Casablanca from Connecticut.