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NRI, Australia girl wins title 'Miss World Punjaban 2006'


Ludhiana, Jan. 19, 2007
Sant Parkash Singh

NRI Australia girl Japji Kaur Khaira, 19, 5' 6" , a student of Bachelor Applied Science has been crowned "Miss World Punjaban 2006" - the most beautiful Punjabi girl in the world. She is the most beautiful, talented, and a true Punjabi girl. She has already acted in a Punjabi TV serial with ETC channel.

  • Manjosh Bhullar Patiala 1st.runner up
  • Harpreet Hanjrah Ludhiana 2nd runner up
  • Rythem Arora of Jalandhar was given the title of Best Dance Performer
  • Best Smile Award was bagged by Harsimrat Kaur.

After winning the title, she said, "Living in the West, one must live in close quarters with one's own language and culture. When you walk, people don't identify you with clothes but with your personality. One should develop such an image while living abroad." She won out of 250 contestants, who participated in the ninth exclusive international beauty pageant.

In July 2006, Ms Japji Khaira was crowned "Miss Panjaban Australia 2006". She made the entire audience swing on the true of "Pasey Hat Ja Jalma Panjaban Jatti Aayi ". A dexterous dancer and lover of music, Ms Khaira believes that the real beauty of a person lies in her "seerat" and not "surat". She has vowed to promote Punjabi language and culture in Australia now.

Three Punjabi NRI businessmen from Canada- Darshan Singh, US- Ravi Grewal and Australia-Narinder Gill have announced foreign trips to Australia and the US for the winners- Japjee Khaira, first runners-up Manjosh Bhullar and second runners-up Harpreet Kaur

  • Grewal said, "We want to take these girls to USA, for we want our younger generations to learn what Punjabi culture is all about. They have no clue at all of what consists Panjabiat."
  • Darshan Singh says: "We do not get all this there. My sister is a very keen in gidhha and bhangra dancer and my offer to take these girls to the US is a gift to my sister."

Miss World Punjaban:

  • "Miss World Punjaban is a unique contest and not like the others where western style is being followed and girls are put on stage in short dresses. It's a competition where the beauty is judged on the complete personality and not solely on her physical charms. Living in any part of the world, the Punjabi girl, who is 17 to 25 years old, loves Punjabi culture, and 5' 4" tall or more can participate in the competition," said Dhatt.
  • The event was organized by Punjabi Sabhayacharak Sath, a brainchild of Jasmer Singh Dhatt
  • The contest Miss Punjaban Australia: was organized by Sabhyacharak Sath Punjab’s Australia chapter in July 2006. This is the organisation’s first attempt at preserving the Punjabi language, heritage and culture via a pageant, and bringing together the Punjabi community living in Australia. Similar pageants were held simultaneously in Canada, USA and the UK, also in districts in India

Founder Chairman-Director of Miss WORLD PANJABAN

Sardar Jasmer Singh Dhatt the Founder Chairman-Director of Miss WORLD PANJABAN® is the instrumental brain, who conceived the idea to serve and honor Punjabi beauty in a different way.

He wrote many stories, poems etc for prominent Dailies and Magazines. He is a multifaceted personality and administrator, stage-film director architect, designer, editor, Giddha-Bhangra-folk dance expert etc. He is an institution in himself. Sardar Dhatt also founded Sabhiacharak Sath Punjab in 1991, a world-renowned organisation to serve Punjabi culture and heritage. He is the Chairman of this organisation. He has organized and directed many beauty Pageants and cultural programs successfully. He is presently settled at Ludhiana and has been dreaming to popularize the Miss WORLD PANJABAN® contest on the lines of Miss Universe. It is unending desire of Sardar Dhatt to make this Pageant widely represented by Punjabi contestant from around the world regardless of their place of birth and religion.


NRI, Japji Khaira, an Australia girl wins title 'Miss World Punjaban - 2006'

  • In Dec. 2006, she was crowned "Miss World Panjaban 2006"
  • In July 2006, Ms Japji Khaira was crowned "Miss Panjaban Australia 2006".
  • She has vowed to promote Punjabi language and culture in Australia now.