After much uncertainty, organisers have finally declared that the Miss India Guyana Pageant will be hosted at the Princess Hotel on November 19, and it is to be judged by Miss Femina India 2004 and Bollywood actress Tanushree Dutta, filmmaker Poonam Jhawer and President of the All India Congress Committee based in India Saleh Gul Khan.
Nine contestants are scheduled to take to the stage and prove why they should be selected to represent Guyana at the international pageant in Suriname on February 25. They are: Hashana Komal, Tahirih Boodhoo, Katherina Roshana, Diana Hussain, Varsha Arjune, Umadevi Buxt, Arti Deodat, Alana Seebarran and Sandiya Samaroo. They are between the ages of 18 and 24 and all come from various backgrounds and are said to be very talented and intelligent. Their professions vary and while some have qualifications from local institutions, others have US and Venezuela college graduate qualifications, while some aspire to pursue university education and qualifications.
They will compete in four segments; evening wear, Indian wear, talent, and the final questioning. The successful contestant will win a grand trip to Mumbai, India, an appearance on a Bollywood television show, a four-year scholarship to the University of Guyana, an outfit from Lynette Mangar’s Exclusive Fashion and Glamour Boutique, and a cash prize, among others.
Event CEO Chandini Ramnarain said, “While this is our second pageant we have fielded three queens to date to the international pageant”. Those are Padmini Rambalak, Lucria Rambalak and Roshini Boodhoo, two of whom won special prizes, including Miss Congeniality.”
The show promises to be one of exclusivity as patrons will have the opportunity to mingle in a never before seen setting in the company of Bollywood stars. Tickets cost $15,000 inclusive of Indian buffet and a packed entertainment featuring the Apsara dancers and a live band.