Village lass wins Miss Himalaya Pageant 2014 crown

Jyoti Dogra of Bhagsu Nag, the winner of the Miss Himalaya Pageant 2014, poses for a photo after winning the Miss Himalaya Pageant crown, along with (left) Shikha Sharma from Dharamshala, the First Runner-up, and (right) Dawa Dema from Thimpu, Second Runner-up.

Jyoti Dogra of Bhagsu Nag, winner of the Miss Himalaya Pageant 2014, poses for a photo after winning the crown in a glittering event in McLeod Ganj, India, on 5 October 2014, along with (left) Shikha Sharma from Dharamshala, the First Runner-up, and (right) Dawa Dema from Thimpu, Second Runner-up. MissHimalaya.com

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MCLEOD GANJ, India, 6 October 2014

In the finale of the Miss Himalaya Pageant 2014, Jyoti Dogra, a young woman from nearby Bhagsu Nag village, was crowned the winner on late Sunday night. The 22-year-old student of MSc in Environmental Sciences at the Central University in Shapur won the title and a prize of one lakh (100,000) rupees.

Shikha Sharma, a 20-year-old student doing her BA, won the position of First Runner-up, while Dawa Dema, 22, pursuing management studies in Chandigarh, won the Second Runner-up position at the end of the modest two-hour show.

The five rounds of the competition were judged over two days by Dr Charu Sharma, an Associate Professor at the Department of English, Government College Dharamshala, and Ms Rashmi Nag, a painter, creative artist, and social activist.

Pema Khandu, Tourism and Water resource minister of Arunachal Pradesh, sponsored the first prize. The second prize was sponsored by a Japanese organisation Rainbow Children, and the third prize came from the United Nations for a Free Tibet (UNFFT).

Jyoti stood ahead of the rest of the contestants with her eloquent speech and interview. In the Interview Round, to the judge’s question of what is success in life, Jyoti said: It’s not the amount of money that measures success, but the knowledge, the sense of sharing, and satisfaction one has from what they have done.

The show was emceed by Rinzen Chodon, and local artistes Chondhen, Tsona Tennor, Thinley, the Himalayan Band, and three child artistes entertained the audience in between the rounds.

The Miss Himalaya Pageant is organised to empower the young women from the Himalayan region, and to celebrate the peace-loving people, their unique culture, and the mighty and majestic Himalayas.

Considering the small number of contestants in the Pageant, the organisers said that they will start working on the next year’s Pageant earlier so that there could be more contestants, as well as coming from all the wide range of Himalayan regions.


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