Bhubaneswar: A large number of participants from various parts of Odisha, took part in the much awaited 18th edition of KIIT Nanhipari Little Miss India Competition held at KIIT premises on Sunday.
“Nanhipari” is a National-level talent hunt competition amongst young girls between the age group of 13-16 years. It had a modest start in 2001 in a remote and small tribal town of Keonjhar district of Odisha. In a span of just 18 years, it has reached a new height with national repute.
Like every year many attractive prizes have been introduced in the competition this year. The cash prize for the winner is Rs 21 lakh – Rs 3 lakh and 100 per cent academic fee waiver subject to a maximum of Rs 18 lakh for studying in any discipline in KIIT University.
The event’s 1st Runners Up would win Rs 10 lakh – Rs 1 lakh cash prize and 50 per cent academic fee waiver subject to maximum of Rs 9 lakh for studying in any discipline in KIIT University. Similarly, the 2nd Runners Up would get Rs 9.5 lakh – Rs 50,000 cash prize and 50 per cent academic fee waiver subject to maximum of Rs 9 lakh for studying any discipline in KIIT University.
There are various categories for the participants such as ‘Miss Rapunzel – girl with most beautiful hair’, ‘Miss Photogenic – girl with best pose in photoshoot round’, ‘Miss Selfie – Maximum likes on facebook page’, ‘Miss Fashion girl with best costume in both rounds’, ‘Miss Whizkid- girl with highest marks in quiz round’, ‘Miss Cindrella- girl having best personality’, ‘Miss Urvasi- girl with Best Talent’, ‘Miss Catwalk- girl with best ramp walk’, ‘Miss Monalisa- most beautiful girl with most beautiful smile’, and ‘Miss Active- most active girl in sports round’.
Among others social activist Soma Mohanty, Ollywood actress Poonam Mishra, dance choreographer Mandakini Jena, PK Rana and KIIT Nanhipari Core Team- Sucheta Priyabadini, Smita Mohanty and Malay Mohapatra were present on the occasion.