Genesis of Nanhi Pari

Beauty pageants are one of the most exciting events. It involves giving a platform and opportunity to young women to showcase not only their physical appearance, but also their intellect, presence, style, glamour and charisma. The dearth of organizations or regulatory bodies, which could nurture and advance young talents in our region, led a group of motivated entrepreneurs to evolve the idea of hosting a talent show every year for the young females and the result was “Nanhi Pari” – a talent show for teenage girls. From a humble start in the year 2001 in a remote and small tribal town of Keonjhar District of Odisha, the event has progressively taken rapid strides and has now become a national event of repute. Patronized by the great visionary, social activist, educationist, Prof. Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KIIT ( & KISS (, the event become a national event since 2004. The entire management of the event was passed on to KIIT Group of Institutions and KIIT University with effect from 2015 edition of the event.

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 females of Indian origin to become successful women subsequently in their adulthood.
  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 girl child.

Future Ahead

The growth of KIIT and KISS from a modest beginning with only US $100 in early 1990s to internationally acclaimed institutions is the story of indomitable spirit of its Founder, Dr. Achyuta Samanta. 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 entrepreneurship, 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

Our growth has been that of a trendsetter because if one were to plot the growth of the “Nanhi Pari” movement, it would become crystal clear that is going to be the event of the future. In the very short time-span of just 15 years, it has already carved out a niche for itself, touted as the ‘Little Miss India’ competition, branded as the only one of its kind.