Connect with us

City Lifestyle

Miss India 2017 Himachal auditions and top 3 contestants – In Pictures

Published

on

Finalists-Shikha-Sood-Santoshi-Ranaut-Ankita-Dogra-Left-to-Right-with-the--judge--Pooja--Negi--Rajta

SHIMLA– On March 12, aspiring models from hill state Himachal Pradesh gathered in Shimla town to appear in auditions for the Miss India 2017. The talent hunt for the 54th editions of the Miss India is underway in North Zone along with all 29 states. The auditions were conducted at the Radisson Hotel near Bharari where about 80 contestants appeared from various parts of the State to contest for top three positions. These three contestants will also represent Himachal in the Miss

India 2017 -India’s prestigious and glamorous beauty pageant. The auditions that were conducted by Dr. Pooja Negi, former Mrs.India 1st runner up, continued all day until top three contestants were selected. Shikha Sood, Santoshi Ranaut, and Ankita Dogra won the top three positions and Golden Tickets to the North Zonal crowning ceremony to be held in Delhi on April 16. 

fbb-Colors-Femina-Miss-India-auditions-at-Radisson-10

All top contestants from every Zone will go through rigorous training before contesting in the grand finale of the Miss India 2017 to be held in June.

Watch Video

Himachal Watcher talked to the top three contestants, who were very excited.  HW extended its wishes for their selection to the crowning ceremony with a hope to see this year’s Miss India from Himachal.

judge-Pooja-Negi-Rajta-at-the-fbb-Colors-Femina-Miss-India-auditions-at-Radisson-hotel-7The judge, Dr. Negi hails from Taklech village of Rampur Tehsil in district Shimla. Currently she is serving in the department of physiology at the Indira Gandhi Medical College and Hospital, Shimla.

As per the organizers, the format for auditions has been changed for this year’s event. The teams are touring all 29 states to hunt for the best. This time, contestants from each zone will be provided mentors to guide them to perform better. For North Zone, Neha Dhupia, former Miss India and Bollywood actress, will mentor the top contestants.

Miss-India-2017-Himachal-auditions-in-Shimla-14

The crowing ceremony of the North Zone contestants will be held at the Leela Ambience Convention Hotel on April 16. Most deserving candidate from each of the 8 states i.e. Miss India Delhi, Miss India Haryana, Miss India Himachal Pradesh, Miss India Jammu and Kashmir, Miss India Madhya Pradesh, Miss India Punjab, Miss India Uttar Pradesh and Miss India Uttarakhand will represent their state at the grand finale which is going to be held in Mumbai in June.

Miss-India-2017-Himachal-auditions-in-Shimla-3Shikka Sood belongs to Baddi region of district Solan. She did her schooling from D.P.S., Indore and went to Indra Prastha College for Women, Delhi University.

Miss-India-2017-Himachal-auditions-in-Shimla-2jpgSantoshi Ranaut belongs to Hamirpur, did her schooling from Kendirya Vidyalaya, Hamirpur, and completed her college and PG from Degree College Hamirpur.

Miss-India-2017-Himachal-auditions-in-Shimla-16Ankita Dogra hails from Narkanda region of capital Shimla. She did her schooling from Monal Public School, Shimla and completed her MJMC from Himachal Pradesh University.

The Color television channel  and ffb, one of India’s leading fashion brands, have partnered for this year’s event. Also, Jio, the digital content partner, will offer live streaming of fbb Colors Femina Miss India North 2017 on Jio TV.

Finalists-Shikha-Sood,-Santoshi-Ranaut-and-Ankita-Dogra

Miss-India-2017-Himachal-auditions-in-Shimla-1

Miss-India-2017-Himachal-auditions-in-Shimla-5

Miss-India-2017-Himachal-auditions-in-Shimla-17

Miss-India-2017-Himachal-auditions-in-Shimla-6

Miss-India-2017-Himachal-auditions-in-Shimla-19

Miss-India-2017-Himachal-auditions-in-Shimla-11

Shikha-Sood,-Santoshi-Ranaut-and-Ankita-Dogra-(Left-to-Right)-with-the-judge-Pooja-Negi-Rajta-at-the-fbb-Colors-Femina-Miss-India-auditions-at-Radisson-hotel--9

Miss-India-2017-Himachal-auditions-in-Shimla-18

View Gallery for More Photos

All Photos Copyright: Tarun Sharma/HW and Dheeman Gaud

Stay updated on the go with Himachal Watcher News App. Click here to download it for your android device.

Madan has studied English Literature and Journalism from HP University and lives in Shimla. He is an amateur photographer and has been writing on topics ranging from environmental, socio-economic, development programs, education, eco-tourism, eco-friendly lifestyle and to green technologies for over 7 years now. He has an inclination for all things green, wonderful and loves to live in solitude. When not writing, he can be seen wandering, trying to capture world around him in his DSLR lens.

City Lifestyle

Self-taught local artist to exhibit ’17 Paintings’ oil painting works at Gaiety, Shimla

Published

on

Shimla: For the art lovers and critics in Himachal Pradesh, a self-taught local artist will showcase his collection of oil paintings titled “17 Paintings” on a two-days exhibition at the historic Gaiety Theater, Shimla on December 9 and 10 from 11.00 AM to 6.00 PM.

Surya Ranjan Shandil (31), who hails from Solan district, works in Bengaluru as a computer programmer in the field of education technology. After his schooling from Shimla, he obtained a B.Tech Degree from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur.

Himachal's cutlural paintings

Courtesy: Surya Ranjan Shandil

However, he did not ignore his love for the painting and continued it at evenings after college, work, on weekends, and Sundays.

Later, Ranjan realized he has a collection of his own. His first solo exhibition was held in November 2016 at the Gaiety Theater.

The appreciation he received at the first exhibition encouraged him to present his second collection of oil paintings that he painted during 2017.

He received his education upto Class 12 from Shimla’s St. Edwards and Dayanand Public School.

He is best known for his captivating genre paintings.

I started drawing at the age of 3-4 years. At that time, I used to sign the drawings with incorrect spellings of my name,

Ranjan told Himachal Watcher

His father, Dr R G Shandil, who is now retired, was a professor of mathematics at the H.P. University, Shimla. His mother Dr. Sandhya Shandil was a teacher at the St. Edward’s School, Shimla.

After graduating in 2010, I started with oil painting during the evenings and weekends. Gradually I built up a collection and in November 2016, I held my first solo exhibition of 29 oil paintings at gaiety,

he said.

local himachali painting artist

Ranjan’s paintings reflect people. The upcoming exhibition opens with simple themes like the joy of shopping, local festivities, celebration, dance and music. Most works painted on these themes are in the context of Himachal.

Surya Ranjan Shandil

Following these are mellow paintings ‘Seaside Nap’ and ‘Personal Sunrise’ – more subtle takes on human thought. The artist also takes a step towards satire in comically interesting works ‘Monkeys’ and ‘Chimpanzees’.

Slowly moving towards expressionism ‘Kayal’ takes the viewer to the realm of subjectless painting while in ‘Frenzy’ the artist dispenses with form.

Ending on a light hearted note, the paintings ‘Bonfire’ and ‘A Silent Conversation’ recreate the magic of Gabbar Singh and Rajesh Khanna on canvas.

About his love for painting, he said,

I believe art is a journey of constant improvisation.  

It would be his second solo exhibition. Earlier, he has participated and won prizes in several painting competitions throughout his schooling and B.Tech.

 

Stay updated on the go with Himachal Watcher News App. Click here to download it for your android device.

Continue Reading

City Lifestyle

Bollywood film-maker Onir conducting auditions in Shimla for his next film

Published

on

Teenage Shimla girl actors

Shimla: Shimla-based production house ‘Secret Corridor Pictures’, run by award-winning filmmaker Siddharth Chauhan, is looking for new faces for Onir’s upcoming film “Kuch Bheege Alfaaz”. The film will be shot in Shimla.

Onir is a National award-winning director and producer. He needs a young girl in the age group of 14-18 from Shimla to cast in his film.

Onir has directed films like: My Brother Nikhil, Bas Ek Pal, Sorry Bhai, I AM, and Shab. His ‘Chauranga’ had won him multiple awards last year.

The Secret Corridor is looking after the casting & production process for this film. The production house is currently scrutinizing applications and organizing auditions.

In the first round of the auditions was conducted online and five finalists were selected out of over 50 applicants. These five candidates were invited for an interview with Onir on October 8, 2017.

The production house is also looking for actors in all age groups for other projects.

Onir’s films are known for the unique content that works as a trailblazer for the Indian film industry.

He is the man behind ‘My Brother Nikhil’ – the first Bollywood film that addressed the sensitive topic of homosexuality and AIDS.

His other film ‘I AM’ had won him the prestigious National Award & many other awards at various international film festivals.

The interested candidates can apply for auditions alongwith their pictures and other details. The candidates can either apply through e-mail at [email protected]” or through Facebook.

Stay updated on the go with Himachal Watcher News App. Click here to download it for your android device.

Continue Reading

City Lifestyle

Himachal gets a ‘War Museum’ at Dharamsala as reminder of martyrs

Published

on

dharamsala war museum

Dharamsala – The ‘War Museum’ at Dharamsala was inaugurated by the Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh on Wednesday, August 9, 2017. He also laid the foundation stone of the Freedom Fighters Memorial at Dari.

The War Museum, he said was a reminder of the sacrifices of the valiant soldiers of Himachal Pradesh, right from recipients of Victoria Cross to Parmveer Chakra. The Museum would offer a flashback to learn more about the Nations first Param Vir Chakra recipient, the highest gallantry awardee, Major Somnath Sharma to late Captain Bikram Batra, Saurabh Kalia, and others who laid their lives for the sake of the Nation.

Recalling the Kargil war, he said that 54 brave soldiers from the soil of Himachal had laid their lives. These sacrifices will find mention in this War Museum.

The Museum is spread over a total area of 2190 square meters and built at a cost of Rs. 9.85 crores. Outside the Museum, the statue of General Zorawar Singh and murals of heroic deeds are on display.

The inner Hall houses busts of Vir Chakra awardees, Jamedar Bhandan Ram and Jamedar Lala small description of their legend on the wall against a golden background.

The busts of Param Vir and Vir Chakras include those of Major Somnath Sharma, Major Dhan Singh Thapa, Captain Vikram Batra, Major Sudhir Walia, Hony. Captain Sanjay Kumar.

The Museum also houses photo gallery of all PVC recipients of the country besides the medals of various gallantry award recipients including Victoria Cross, Ashok Chakra, Vir Chakra etc.

war museum himachal

Photo: Divya Himachal

There is also a 5×2 foot Ashoka Pillar beside a Pakistan captured flag, regimental flags, Medium Machine Guns etc.

The State government has requested the Government of India for MIG-21 and display of other warfare machinery, said representatives of ‘State Martyrs Memorial Service and Development Society’.

The inauguration of the Museum was timed with the celebration of the 75th Anniversary of the quit India movement also known as ‘August Kranti’.

Stay updated on the go with Himachal Watcher News App. Click here to download it for your android device.

Continue Reading

Trending