Genesis of Nanhi Pari
Beauty pageants are one of the most awaited events in a calendar year. Events like Miss Universe and Miss India have committed viewerships, thereby giving the participants an opportunity to showcase their talent before the world. However, teenager and school going girls have no such platform to charm the world. NanhiPari fills this void. It made a humble beginning in 2001 atKeonjhar, Odisha. Since then, the event has progressively taken rapid strides and has now become a national event of repute. Patronized by the great visionary, social activist and educationist, Prof. Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KIIT (www.kiit.ac.in) & KISS (www.kiss.ac.in), the event transformed into a national event since 2004. The entire management of the event was passed on to KIIT Group of Institutions and KIIT University in 2015.
The goal, as set by the organizers, is to maintain the distinctness of this competition in the forthcoming years. We also aim at promoting this competition to such heights that the reigning “Nanhi Pari” can find herself on a pedestal to approach global fame and recognition, preparing her for the next frontier of Miss India, Miss World or similar recognitions, pinning India as a prominent face on the world map.
The goal as set by the organizers is to maintain the distinctness of this competition in the forthcoming years. We also aim at promoting this competition to such heights that the reigning “Nanhi Pari” can find herself on a pedestal to approach global fame and recognition, preparing her for the next frontier of Miss India, Miss World or similar recognitions, pinning India as a prominent face on the world map.
- 1. To build an institution and a tradition dedicated for spotting and nurturing the talented young girls of Indian origin and to help them become successful women of tomorrow.
2. To set up a platform for the young women to showcase their skills, confidence and persona so as to guide them into being a valid candidate for beauty pageants held for adult age groups.
3. To attain the numero uno beauty pageant status amongst its chosen category in India.
4. To prepare young talents for national and international beauty pageants.
5. To provide platform for empowering the girls.
The growth of KIIT and KISS,which made a humble beginning in 1990s to becoming an institute of repute in India and abroad, is the story of indomitable spirit of its Founder, Dr.AchyutaSamanta. He converted his childhood struggle and hardship into his strength and went on to script an incredible success story. Emerging from obscurity, Dr.Samanta is now empowering thousands of underprivileged tribal children to dream and take control of their lives through his iconic institution, KISS. Besides his social and educational entrepreneurshipinititives, he has been serving or served as the member of 15 apex bodies of Govt. of India, including Commission Member (2008-2014) of University Grants Commission (UGC) and Member, Executive Committee of All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE). He has recently been elected General President of the prestigious Indian Science Congress Association (Term : 2017-18). He is also member of important international bodies like International Association of University Presidents (IAUP), U.S.A.; Asia Economic Forum (AEF); and University Mobility of Asia and the Pacific (UMAP), Bangkok.
The multifaceted Dr.Samata has not remained contented with KIIT & KISS and has never forgotten his roots and philosophy of his life to respect mother, motherland and mother tongue. He has been constantly promoting, supporting and safe guarding the literature, art and culture. His passion and love for language, literature, art and culture has given birth to Kalinga Media Pvt. Ltd (Kalinga TV-24X7 News Channel), ‘Kadambini’, a popular literary family magazine in Odia, ‘Kunikatha’ – a magazine for children and KIIT Temple Trust, having 25 spiritual centers. He is also the Chief Patron of ‘NANHI PARI’, the little Miss India contest, the only competition of its kind in the world.
Dr. Samanta’s great humanitarian work has been recognized in form of numerous national and international awards, including Gusi Peace Prize International in 2014 and ‘Isa Award for Service to Humanity’, top civilian award of the Kingdom of Bahrain, on June 3, 2015.
The Last Words
We have been a trendsetter because if one were to trace the growth of the “Nanhi Pari” movement, its becomes apparent that Nanhi Pari would be the most promising event. In just 15 years, it has carved out a niche for itself, touted as the ‘Little Miss India’ competition, branded the only one of its kind.
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