Atlanta, GA, May 23: Meghna Ballabh Joshi of Charlotte,USA was crowned Mrs. India International 2016 in the well-contested pageant finals at the Holiday Inn Roswell on April 29. Maira Khan of Batavia,IL,USA was crowned Mrs. Pakistan International 2016. Both winners will participate in the Mrs. International Pageant 2016 in Jacksonville, Florida in July 2016.
In the Mrs India International segment, Priyanka Nehrotra, of Dubai, UAE was declared 1st runner up and Deepti Sharma of Cumming, Georgia finished as 2nd runner up.
The pageant was graced by the presence of Consul General Nagesh Singh and Bollywood actress Padmini Kolhapuri.
The finals were held after two days of scoring rounds of interview, fitness wear, ethnic wear and evening gown, judged by a competent panel of judges.
Padmini Kolhapuri, pageant director and 2008 title winner Adrita Khanna and Rajiv Joshi (Mrs. Meghna Joshi’s husband) crowned the new Mrs. India International 2016 at the end of an entertaining evening where the top 14 finalists competed for the coveted crown.
Kalpesh Patel along with Adrita Khanna, crowned the following city crown winners, selected during the pageant year 2016:
Meghna Joshi – Mrs.India Charlotte International 2016
Pooja Dagar – Mrs.India Smyrna International 2016
Sarita Patnaik – Mrs.India Bhubaneswar International 2016
Rati Lavania – Mrs.India Milton International 2016
Amarjeet Bedi – Mrs.India New Delhi International 2016
Veronica Vaishali Shah – Mrs. India Duluth International 2016
Hiresh Mehta along with Adrita Khanna, Director of the Mrs. India International
2016 crowned the following Mrs. India International 2016 segment winners.
Deepti Sharma – Mrs. India Ramp walk International 2016
Amarjeet Bedi – Mrs India Pretty Face International 2016
Sugam Chhabra – Mrs. India Personality Internatonal 2016
Prachee Khandade – Mrs. India Elegance International 2016
Rati Lavania – Mrs. India Inner Beauty Internatonal 2016
Deepti Chaudhary – Mrs. India Pretty Eyes International 2016
Priyanka Mehrotra – Mrs. India Congeniality International 2016
Pooja Dagar – Mrs. India Photogenic International 2016
Anima Das – Mrs. India International Pretty hair International 2016.
Chhavi Gupta – Mrs. India Pretty Smile International 2016
Sonia Heldestad – Mrs. India Pretty Figure International 2016
The guests enjoyed music by Romee Khan, Babar Akbar and Geeta Khanna, wonderful music and sound system by DJ Durgam, and dance performances by Jhankar Kalavishlar Dance Group, Savita Bajaj and Amrita Gupta.
Jyoti Mahajan and Stanley Doucette were the emcees for the evening.
The women of Mrs. India and Pakistan International are married women between the ages of 21 and 56, and originate from India and Pakistan, even though they can be residing anywhere in the world.
Adrita Khanna, was appointed Director Mrs. India International by Mary Richardson, who is the executive director of the Mrs. International Pageant which enters the 26th year of competition.
Mrs.India and Mrs. Pakistan International promotes the family values of respect, compassion, honesty and tolerance. Adrita Khanna wants to provide a global platform for showcasing the achievements of international married Indian women and has a dream of building a home in the USA for the less fortunate children, said a press release issued by the pageant.
Khanna also thanked those involved in putting together the pageant including Savita Bajaj, the Atlanta coordinator, Nida Pawar Shariff who handled public relations, and countless volunteers and friends.
She thanked the pageant’s main sponsors Kalpesh Patel of Raja Foods, Swad and Patel Brothers, Sharifuddin, President Global GSA Services Inc and Mirchi Restaurant Group Dubai, Shyam Garg- Pink Face American Beauty Soap, Pushpindar Oberoi of GOA Indian Fusion, Forever Gems.
Photography was by Atin’s Photography, videography by Kiran Mudigonda, makeup and hair was sponsored by Maha Karim. The fashion show was sponsored by Rashmi’s Boutique (wardrobe) and Surbhis’s Collection (jewelry).