Bhiolina Boro from Guwahati was crowned KIIT Nanhipari Little Miss India 2017 at a glittering ceremony held on December 30. Jita Mohapatra from Chennai was adjudged the 1st Runner up and 2nd Runner up was accorded to Anoushka Singh from Patna.
The winner walked away with Rs 21 lakhs that includes Rs 3, 00,000 cash prize and 100% academic fee waiver subject to a maximum of Rs 18 lakhs for studying in any discipline in KIIT University. The first runners received Rs. 10 lakhs including Rs 1,00,000 cash prize and 50% academic fee waiver subject to maximum of Rs 9 lakhs for studying any discipline in KIIT University. The second runners up walked away with Rs 9.5 lakhs including Rs 50,000 cash prize. Besides, she will also get 50% academic fee waiver subject to maximum of Rs 9 lakhs for studying any discipline in KIIT University.
A total of 30 teenage girls from different states participated in the competition. The final was preceded by a ramp show event which was witnessed by patron of the programme and founder of KIIT & KISS Dr. Achyuta Samanta, renowned Bollywood film director Sri Nila Madhab Panda and other dignitaries. They also showcased their talents in dancing, singing and acting last evening.
Earlier, auditions for the beauty pageant were held in 19 cities of the country including Mumbai, News Delhi, Kolkata, Bhubaneswar and Lucknow.
From a humble start in the year 2001 in a remote and small tribal town of Keonjhar district, the event has progressively taken rapid strides and has now become a national event of repute.
Besides, prize money of Rs 10,000 each was also give for Miss Rapunzel (Girl with most beautiful hair), Miss Photogenic (Girl with best pose in photo-shoot round), Miss Selfie (Maximum likes on Facebook page), Miss Fashion (Girl with best costume in both rounds), Miss Whizkid (Girl with highest marks in quiz round), Miss Cindrella (Girl having best personality), Miss Urvasi (Girl with best talent), Miss Catwalk (Girl with best ramp walk), Miss Monalisa (Most beautiful girl with most beautiful smile), Miss Active (Most active girl in sports round).