First Ever Mrs. India Worldwide and the First Ever Mrs. India USA and Husband to Present Unique Salsa-Bollywood Fusion at NECA 2017

Namita Dodwadkar
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WALTHAM, MA– The first ever Mrs. India Worldwide and the first ever Mrs. India USA Namita Dodwadkar and her husband Nandish Desai will present an unique Salsa-Bollywood fusion dance at New England Choice Awards on Friday, Oct. 27, at Westin Hotel in Waltham, MA.

“We have performed Salsa at Latin dance congresses, Bollywood at various events and now we would be performing a mix of both the dance forms at the biggest red-carpet event of the year–New England Choice Awards,” said Dodwadkar. “We plan to perform Salsa-Bollywood fusion on the latest Bollywood hits. It will include spins, shines, partner-work with a lot of Bollywood tadka.”

Namita Dodwadkar and Nandish Desai

About 400 entrepreneurs, corporate executives, philanthropists, educators and community leaders are expected to attend the New England Choice Awards gala, which is presented annually by the INE MultiMedia in collaboration with INDIA New England News, the region’s oldest and largest online, print and video magazine serving the South Asian community.

Dodwadkar is the frst ever Mrs. India Worldwide and the first ever Mrs. India USA. She is an actor who currently has national and regional commercials running on TV. She has worked with brands like CVS, Dunkin Donuts, Ebay, Santander Bank, Baskin Robbins, etc. She has worked in several short films.

Currently Dodwadkar is working on a web series and feature film ‘Love From India’ where she will be seen as the lead actress. She is a Bollywood and Latin (Salsa & Bachata) dance instructor. She has been as a Special Guest Dance Performer at several events (Boston, NY and Guadeloupe). She has been on the judging panel at National/State beauty pageants and dance competitions (Boston, NY, NJ and MI).  She has been modeling for over 15 years and has walked as a Show-Stopper for several designers (MA, NY and NJ).

Dodwadkar holds a Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences. She is a Senior Scientist with 10+ years of experience in cancer research. She believes in setting an example and inspiring married women to pursue their passions along with career even after marriage.

Her dance and life partner Desai is a senior mechanical engineer by the day and a portrait photographer by evenings and weekends. He specializes in contemporary portraits and weddings. When he photographs his client, his sole aim is to take the BEST portrait of them that they’ve ever seen.

“I photograph my clients through the eyes of their loved ones, and showing my clients how their loved ones see them is the most amazing feeling,” said Desai.  He has a full service photography studio and provides archival quality print products of portraits he takes of clients. To check out more on Nandish’s portrait work, head on to

When Dodwadkar was crowned Mrs. India Worldwide, she spoke on Dreamcatchers with Dr. Manju Sheth. To watch the interview, please click here or on the image below:



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