Guwahati: November 28, 2011
For the first time ever, a beauty pageant was held keeping ‘Northeast’ as the theme and with people from various parts of the region coming together on one platform. With contestants, designers, performers and judges from different states of the Northeast, truly “eclectic” was the essence of the grand finale of Pond’s White Beauty Naturals Eclectic Model Hunt 2011 which was organised at the Pragjyoti ITA Centre for Performing arts, Machkhowa, Guwahati on Nov 26, 2011 and aired on television.
The evening geared up with the lighting of the ceremonial lamp by the Chief Guest U.K. Sangma, IAS, Secretary, North Eastern Council and the Guest of Honour Ashutosh Agnihotri, Deputy Commissioner, Kamrup Metro. This was followed by a welcome speech by Tanushree Hazarika, Managing Editor, Eclectic Publication. With prominent names in the panel of judges like India’s fashion guru, Prasad Bidapa, former Indian national football team captain, Bhaichung Bhutia, developmental entrepreneur, Hasina Kharbhih, musician/ex-minister Robert G Lyngdoh and ophthalmologist, Dr Kasturi Bhattacharjee, there were four rounds of fashion shows in all where the beautiful girls walked gracefully with poise and elegance.
The first round displayed contemporary Mekhela Chadors under the label, C Pink by Guwahati based designer Alakananda Das, second was the fusion round by designer Boney Darang from Arunachal Pradesh, casual dresses for the third round by designer Juhi Jain from Guwahati, which was followed by the final round that displayed gowns by designer Ketouneino Kuotsu from Nagaland.
To add a distinct flavour to the event, there were stunning performances like the Prayer Dance (Shiva Stuti) choreographed by noted Bharatnatyam and Sattriya dancer Indira P.P. Bora, to begin the show with; repertoire of Naga Folk songs by Tetseo Sisters, a four girls band from Nagaland, salsa and contemporary dances by Arif Mukhim and his partner, Mebajurica Khonjee and last but not the least, our very own Joi Barua, the new sensational voice from Assam.
The gala evening of Pond’s White Beauty Naturals Eclectic Model Hunt 2011 ended with the announcement of the winners for this year – Triveni Barman from Guwahati, Moakala Lusang and Ayeih Konyak from Nagaland, who were the winner, the first and the second runners’ up respectively. Apart from the cash awards and other prizes that were in store for the winners, five girls from this contest would also get a direct entry to the Femina Miss India East.
The Pond’s White Beauty Naturals Eclectic Model Hunt 2011 also awarded a few other subtitles to the following five contestants – Topoti Baruah as Miss Talented, Triveni Barman as Miss Catwalk, Ayeih Konyak as Miss Congeniality, Rizuana Ahmed as Miss Communicator and Yashodhara Aditi Dutta as Miss Personality.
The Eclectic Model Hunt is a signature annual beauty pageant, organized by Eclectic Publications, to encourage the beautiful young women of the Northeast to showcase their hidden talents. The pageant is a platform that grooms and moulds these women into confident young divas.