In today’s society, there is continuous focus on fashion and beauty. Whether they watch Hollywood or Bollywood movies or music videos or fashion magazines young impressionable girls strive to emulate fashion models. In a struggle to be assimilated in society, young women often may not realize that fashion business dictates that models maintain figures that may promote unhealthy lifestyles.

Mission:

Our mission at Miss India Connecticut is to help young women develop a healthy life style by promoting healthy living. Rather than class room style of teaching, we believe that introducing these values through a enjoyable project would have a more positive impact on young people’s mind and lives. Since fashion models set standards for young girls who are keen to assimilate the prevailing culture, we would like to use the Beauty Pageant as a venue to define a new meaning of beauty.

The lifestyle of today with increased technology with sedentary life style & abundance of food our young women struggle to maintain optimal body mass and have issues with body image. Consequently, these results in two extreme problems, one obesity which has growing numbers of children with Type 2 Diabetes and high cholesterol levels to name a few complications and eating disorders which result in serious aliments like anorexia, bulimia, depression and poor self esteem.

Eating disorders are a big problem not only in the United States, but it is an epidemic affecting most of the world. Anorexia Nervosa is promoted by the media and the fashion industry through the majority of the models. The statistics from ANAD( National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and associated disorders) indicates that 24 million people in America have this eating disorder. 91% of women in college try to control their weight to have size 0 figure and 69% of girls in 5th through 12th grade are influenced by what they see in magazines and the media. However, only 5% of women actually possess these bodies. Anorexia is the 3rd most common chronic issue among adolescents. This eating disorder has the highest mortality rate of any mental illness. These numbers are disturbing and we need to unite our efforts to portray this message to the public and save this generation and the generations to come.                

Our message, a beautiful woman is one who is a specimen of good health, possesses inherent self-confidence, charm, talent, intelligence, and high self esteem. All this is promoted through our pageant by helping young women develop their confidence in their inner beauty.

Miss India Connecticut is not only a pageant but also a movement to bring a greater assimilation of Indians and local Americans in Connecticut. We believe that respecting others culture, religion and getting respected for one’s culture and religion is the way to live in peace and harmony. Keeping that as a motto, our this years’ theme of the pageant is “Unity in Diversity”.



About the Show:

Miss India U.S.A. was started twenty-five years ago by Neelam and Dharmatma Saran from India Festival Committee Inc. (IFC), to recognize and encourage Indian American girls in the fashion industry. Today, Miss India USA has become a very popular show and is known as the “Mother of all Indian shows in the USA”. Currently, 27 states are represented in the Miss India USA Beauty pageant.

Miss India Connecticut and Miss India Teen Connecticut will be held in the state of Connecticut. This show carries the theme of ‘Beauty from the Heart’, giving a new perspective to beauty pageants around the world. Our pageant is the first pageant to introduce BMI (Body Mass Index) as one of the selection criteria in the pageant. We believe that Fashion Industry influences our next generation in their attitude towards health and fitness. To target the Fashion Industry, we have introduced BMI and we hope that by bringing this awareness, we could help reduce obesity, anorexia, bulimia, low self-esteem and depression in the next generation. If we succeed in bringing about this change in other pageants, it will be historical!

We hope this show will help the Indian youth in the local community to emulate the above message, and promote harmony. This will also provide an added boost to local businesses. This is not just evening of entertainment but carries the message of health, fitness and unity in the local community to equal or excel or even surpass the above message. We also hope this will add to the richness of our existing art community.

There are 50,000 Indians in CT, with an estimated 5000 Indian students in the CT universities in the age group of 17 to 27 years. We plan to recruit and represent this group in the show.

Members of the local community will be requested to assist in the organizing and a few select members will be the judges in this show.

Our criterion of selection will be beauty, good health and talent. The judges will be representatives from various walks of life.



Eligibility:

Unmarried Connecticut residents of Indian origin either studying or working in CT, or those whose parents reside in Connecticut, and who believe in a healthy life style are eligible take part in the show.


Winner:

The Winner of this Pageant will be eligible to participate in the Miss India USA contest. She will be our ambassador of a healthy life style and will help promote local causes.


Request:

This is your chance to give something back to the community we live and prosper in. A percentage of the proceeds will be donated to local charities.

We need your support for our mission to bring about a positive change in the attitude towards beauty pageants and promote beauty complimented with good health and draw Indian Americans into the local community.

You can be a part of this movement by helping in many different capacities. You can become a sponsor, advertise in the event and most importantly, attend and enjoy our show, “Beauty from the Heart”.

 
     
     
  CONNECTICUT ASSOCIATION OF PHYSICIANS OF INDIAN ORIGIN
Vibha Shah, M.D.
President

Subbarao Bolllepalli, M.D
President-Elect

Treasurer
Rammurthy Chirunomula, M.D

Rajesh Parekh, M.D
Secretary

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  Dr.Madhu Mathur, MD, MPH
Chair, Obesity Task Force, Stamford Hospital
Director, KIDS'FANS Wellness Program
Medical Director, Medical Home Initiative Southwest, CT
Medical Advisor, Interagency grant CYSHCN, DPH, CT
1351, Washington Boulevard, 4th Floor
Stamford 06902
mmathur@stamhealth.org

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Board Members of  Diva America Inc.
 

 
   


Anita Bhat
President & CEO
 

 
   


Meera Banta
Vice President
 

 
   


Thomas Abraham
Advisor
 

 
   


 

         
   


Executive Committee
 

 
   


Manisha Patel
Director of Program Coordination
 

 
   


Shobha Adige
Director of Communication
 

 
   


Jyoti Naik
Director of Event Planning
 

 
   


Deepa Pathak
Director of Public Relations
 

 
   


Tejesh Naik
Director of Information Technology
 

 
   


Hasu Patel
Director of Marketing
 

 
   


Nandita Kotian
Program Director
 

 
   


 

         
   

Program Coordinators

     


Advisory Committee

 

 
   


Shaku Patel
Chair Advisory Committee
 

     


Mukesh Desai
President of India Association of Greater Hartford CT
 

 
   


Dr. Raghu Bahjwa
Chair Physician of the Group
 

     


Harry Patel
President of Gujarati Association of CT
 

 
   


Sangita Bhargava
Chair Cocktail Reception
 

     


Dinesh Haryadi
President of Hoysala Kannada Koota CT
 

 
   


Mamta Patel
Dance Coordinator
 

     


Malavika Vidwans
President of Sneha CT
 

 
   

 

     


Uma Sekar
President of CT Tamil Sangam
 

 
   

 

     


Navnith Jayaram
President of Kerala Assoc. of CT
 

 
   

 

     


Charu Pandit
President of Maharashtra Mandal CT
 

 
   

 

     


Purvi Shah - Youth Advisor
Chief Editor, IAOGH
 

 
   

 

     


Aneesha Agarwal - Youth Advisor
MIT Sloan School of Management
 

 
               
 
               
    Miss India CT 2012 Committee  
       
   


Board Members of  Diva America Inc.
 

 
   


Anita Bhat
President & CEO
 

 
   


Meera Banta
Vice President
 

 
   


Thomas Abraham
Advisor
 

 
   


 

         
   


Executive Committee
 

 
   


Shobha Adige
Director of Communication
 

 
   


Jyoti Naik
Director of Event Planning
 

 
   


Deepa Pathak
Director of Public Relations
 

 
   


Tejesh Naik
Director of Information Technology
 

 
   


Prasad Chirnomula
Director of Hospitality
 

 
   


Nandita Kotian
Assistant Event Coordinator
 

 
   


 

         
   

Program Coordinators

     


Advisory Committee

 

 
   


Harry Patel
President of Gujarati Association of CT
 

     

Durgesh Dave

 
   


Hasu Patel
Chair Fund Raising
 

     

Harish Pandya

 
   


Shaku Patel
Chair Advisory Committee
 

     

Madhu Reddy

 
   


Malavika Vidwans
President of Sneha CT
 

     

Rao Yalamanchili

 
   


Dr. Raghu Bahjwa
Chair Physician of the Group
 

     

Shila Doshi

 
   


Dr. Suzy Abraham
Physician of the Group
 

     

Srimathy Raghavan

 
   


Sangita Bhargava
Chair VIP Liaison
 

     


Gayatri Mahesh

 

 
   


Rachna Khanna
Political Liaison
 

     

 

 
   


Sangita Bhargava
CAPI (CT Association of Physician of Indian Origin) Liaison
 

         
               
 
               
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Board Members of  Diva America Inc.
 

 
   


Anita Bhat
President & CEO
 

 
   


Meera Banta
Vice President
 

 
   


Thomas Abraham
Advisor
 

 
   


 

         
   

Advisory Committee

     


Executive Committee

 

 
   


First Lady of Stamford, Maureen Pavia,
Chair of Advisory Committee
 

     

Ila Paliwal
Chair, Miss India & Miss India Teen CT

 
   


Rita Miller
Board of Education
 

     

Jyoti Naik
Director of Event Planning

 
   


Joyce Mazur
Chamber of Commerce
 

     

Shobha Adige
Director of Communication

 
   


Madhu Mathur, M.D
Physician of the Group
 

     

Sushil Nehra
Director of Marketing

 
   


Babita Naik
Consultant
 

     

Tejesh Naik
Director of Information Technology

 
   


Louella D’Silva
Consultant
 

     

Totty Narang
Director of Hospitality

 
   


Leena Ramachandani
Consultant
 

         
   


Sara Tierno
Consultant
 

     

Official Hospitality Partner
Hampton Inn, Stamford

 
   


Shelly Nichani
Consultant
 

         
   


Prasad Tunga
Stamford Public Education Foundation
 

         
   


Sameer Valani

Marketing Manager
 

         
               
 
               
    Miss India CT 2009 Committee  
       
   


Board Members of  Diva America Inc.
 

 
   


Anita Bhat
President & CEO
 

 
   


Meera Banta
Vice President
 

 
   


Thomas Abraham
Advisor
 

 
   


 

         
   


Executive Committee
 

 
   


Louella D’Silva
Director of Communication
 

 
   


Sara Tierno
Director of Information Technology
 

 
 
 
         
                 
     

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