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Priyadarshini Roy crowned Miss India Southern California 2012

Los Angeles, Nov 20, 2012
Dilip Butani

Priyadarshini Roy was crowned Miss India Southern California 2012, by Sunil Tolani, at the 1st Annual Miss India Southern California 2012, on Sunday November 18th, 2012. The event hosted by Finesse events & films, Hollywood & SAHARA TV, was held at the William and Jane Bristol Civic Auditorium, Bellflower, CA. The pageant consisted of five segments; Indian Sari, Western gown, Modern Indian, Talent and a Question & Answer session.

The organizing committee that put up this wonderful show for the first time in Southern California include Shekhar Rahate, Dilip Butani, Vijay Patil, Ramesh Ramnani, Mike Rajaa nd Sunil Narkar.

The list of winners is as follows:
1. Miss India Southern California 2012 - Priyadarshini Roy.
2. Miss India Southern California  2012 - 1st runners up - Jill Shah 
3. Miss India Southern California  2012 - 2nd runners up - Zoya Khan
4. Best Talent - Priyadarshini Roy 
5. Miss Photogenic - Alisha Khatwani
6. Miss Congeniality - Priyanka Chopra
7. Best Catwalk - Zoya Khan
8. Best Smile - Paayal Bhakta
9. Best Hair - Parizad Panthaki

The evening’s gala was covered by SAHARA TV and featured professional dance performances by Noopur Dance Academy and a Desi Divas dance performed on Chann Ke Mohalla song from Action Replay, by Karishma Ramnani, Kareena Sakhrani, Prerna Chugani, Gehna Chugani, and Rika Mirpuri - all children from Sindhi Association of Southern California. It also featured fashion shows by, Couture by Maneka, Divine Ray & designer Shekhar Rahate. Indian outfits for the pageant was provided by Rohini Bedi . Pageant was directed & choreographed by Shekhar Rahate.

The Judges for the pageant were, Mayor Pro-Tem Harry Sidhu, former Miss India  Ayushka Singh, former Miss California Jennipha-lauren Nielsen, film maker Vandana Tilak and real estate developer A J Dudhekar. The event was hosted by Miss India Northern California 2007, 2nd runner up Snigdha Mallik , Model-Actress Jessica Berry & Classical Dancer and Meha Raja. 

The contestants order for the evening was as follows:
1. Priyanka Chopra
2. Alisha Chatwani
3. Priyadarshini Roy
4. Zoya Khan
5. Naina Chadha
6. Parizad Panthaki  
7. Paayal Bhakta
8. Shivani Chokshi  
9. Jill Shah  

One of the attractions of the program was a fashion show by Divine Ray LLC. The   company launched its 2013 collection that was showcased by eight models. The collection was inspired by the colors that are created where the earth meets the sky and was aptly called "Grounded Earth". Fashion show was choreographed by Viral Gandhi, one of the co-founders of the company. Divine Ray is a boutique apparel label dedicated to educating and promoting "Khadi" and it's values. Divine Ray, defines "Khadi" as pure breathable cotton that is hand spun and hand woven by the best artisans in the industry. Divine Ray aspires to revive this rich historical fabric into timeless designs appealing to the men and women of today. Divine Ray strives to reduce Carbon footprint by adopting minimal energy consumption and by using bio-degradable material for packaging. As part of its social responsibility, the company is committed to donating 10% of its profits to charities. Alkesh Kubadia and Vijay Patil are the other two co-founders of Divine Ray.

The Miss India Southern California Pageant is affiliated with the prestigious Miss India Worldwide Pageant. The winner of the Miss India Southern California 2012 Pageant will represent Southern California in the forthcoming Miss India USA 2012 pageant. Contestants from over 25 cities from all over the USA will participate in the annual event Miss India USA 2012 to be held in February 2013 in New Jersey. The winner of Miss India USA 2012 beauty pageant will compete in the internationally established Miss India Worldwide Pageant to be held on April 27th,  2013 at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

The Miss India Southern California was created to provide entertainment and enlightenment about Indian arts and culture to the audience; benefits and opportunities for the contestants; and an annual event for the participation of the Indian Community in Southern California.  The goal is to promote the glorious Indian culture and performing arts development and enhance awareness of Indian arts, customs, performing arts, culture, philosophies and history through the Miss India Northern California Pageant. Contestants for  the Miss India Southern California Pageant must be of Indian origin, between the ages of 16 and 27, never married, and are U.S. citizens or residents, or born in USA or at least have 1 parent of Indian decent.

The event was sponsored by: SAHARA ONE TV, Sunil Tolani, AJ Dudheker, Vinod Dudheker, Globimax Travel, Sameera Salon, Gauri Collection, Marinello school of Bbeauty, Aveda Salon & Spa and Divine Ray.

It was really a memorable evening to be remembered for a long time.