Bhubaneswar: First ever MISS INDIA Contest for Blind Girls held at Bhubaneswar by Vocational Rehabilitation Centre for Handicapped (VRCH), Bhubaneswar under Government of India, Ministry of Labour & Employment, DGE and National Association for the Blind (NAB), Odisha State Branch jointly in the campus of VRCH at Bhubaneswar on 29th August. The 2nd & Final round of state level MISS INDIA contest for blind witnessed participation of 10 girls out of the 14 participants who were selected during the 1st Audition from Odisha in the age group of 18-30 years. Two totally blind Miss Jhumuri Biswal & Miss Snehaprabha Lenka and 2 low vision (partially blind) girls Miss Rasmita Jena & Miss Sandhyarani Patra have been selected in the 2nd & Final round by the expert independent jury. The shortlisted 4 girls will be sent for first round of contest to be held in Mumbai along with nominated 30 participants from other states slated in the month of September 2016, wherein distinguished Judges will shortlist 12 girls. The top 12 finalists will again be invited to Mumbai during October-November 2016 and will be imparted 15 days of training by a Choreographer and also a Personality Development Trainer . Final event will be held, where 12 girls will be put through round of Question – Answers, Talent show, Ramp Walk and will be asked to present their ambition in life in the presence of Celebrities and eminent Citizen Judges in January 2017.
During the event on Monday, Mrs. Pravati Mishra (Retd. Assistant Director, AYJNIHH), Mrs. Namrata Chaddha (Social Activist & Ex-President-All India Women’s Blind Association) Mrs. Sandhya Patnaik (Director, NIFD), Mr, Saswat Joshi (Odishi Dancer) were the Jury members. Ms. Tapu Mishra (Singer) was the Chief Guest for the event. The said event was supported by NIFD, MAADHYAM, We for Women’s Rights and Mr. Keshab Chandra Pradhan, Life Member, NAB-India. Among others Prafulla Kumar Rout, Vice-President, NAB India, Mumbai, Dr. Prafulla Chandra Mohapatra, President, Shri Ajay Samal, General Secretary for National Association for the Blind, Odisha State Branch, also witnessed the unique event.