LOS ANGELES, CA - A star studded beauty and entertainment gala here saw the crowning of Priya Patel from Alabama & Saavan Patel of California as Mr. & Miss India America 2015.Held at the Renaissance hotel on Aug 8,this year marked the 23rd anniversary of the Miss India America beauty pageant. presented...
The evening began with personalities from all over the world walking down the red carpet, including: actress Annett Mahendru (The Americans), actor Tyler Olson (The Prince, Vice, Jarhead), Supermodel Katie Cleary (cover girl for South Asia Magazine), Hollywood producer Sunil Perkash (Salt, The Enchanted), actor Ken Davitian (Borat), Bravo TV’s Asifa Mirza (Shahs of Sunset), actor Ravi Patel (Grandfathered), model & TV host Jessa Hinton, model/actor Sam Asghari, Screenwriter Bill Kelly (Premonition), actor Asif Ali (Mr. Robinson) Australian singer Katja, actress Nishi Munshi (CW’s The Originals), actress Wedil David (Valentine’s Day), and many others.
The event was also graced with all the former winners. Miss India America 2014,Punjabi singer and college student from Arizona, Maya Sarihan expressed her happiness about passing down her crown “Miss India America introduced me to the world of glamour, and as my reign comes to an end, it’s bittersweet. A wonderful year is over, yet I’m so excited to be able to share this gift with another young lady tonight, this is just the begining.”
That lucky young lady was Alabama native Priya Patel. Priya, a medical student at St George’s Medical School in the Carribean,danced her way into the hearts of all the judges and audience members. Confident, striking, and elegant, when Priya was asked how she felt as the new Miss India America 2015 she exclaimed “I’m in shock and so excited!!”
With many of the pageant’s past winners making it in Hollywood, its no surprise that Priya was thrilled.– Melanie Kannokada, former Miss India America, can be seen on HBO’s ‘The Brink’ with Jack Black and Tim Robbins, and soon on CBS new TV Series ‘Code Black’ in September. Nishi Munshi, former Miss India California, can be seen on CW’s ‘The Originals’, and Hasan Minaj, former Mr. India California, is seen as a regular on ‘The Daily Show’ with Jon Stewart.
Winning the Miss South Asia 2015 title was Anisha Kurukulasuriya. This beauty is an accomplished dancer in the Bollywood dance circuit,and is a neuroscience major at USC.
Accomplished Bharat Natyam dancer Saavan Patel took was named Mr. India America 2015 and the very handsome Joseph Berg grab bed the Mr. South Asia 2015 title. The other Miss India title winners were: Heart Hayes (Miss India Globe 2015), Mayuri Bhandari of Nevada (Miss India Global 2015), Gurleen Kaur (Miss India Galaxy 2015), Jasmine Mann (Miss India North America 2015), and Neeru Sehgal (Miss India California 2015), Tamana Khan (Miss South Asia USA 2015), and Parul Berry (Beauty of India 2015). For the Mr. India winners: Rohit Agarwal of Minnesota (Mr. India Globe 2015), Prem Rahman of Georgia (Mr. India Global 2015), Saksham Ghai (Mr. India Galaxy 2015), Dilip Reddy of Pennsylvania (Mr. India North America 2015), and Paul Perumal (Mr. India California 2015). Along with the pageant, The Elite Awards were held that honored those that have excelled in the entertainment industry and have inspired others. This year Hollywood producers: Randall Emmett (Lone Survivor, 2 Guns, Escape Plan, Rambo) and Adi Shankar (Broken City, Killing Them Softly, The Grey)were recognized.
Judges for the pageant were: actress Annett Mahendru (The Americans on FX & The Following on Fox), Supermodel Katie Cleary (cover girl for South Asia Magazine issue revealed that night), actor Ken Davitian (Borat), Bravo TV’s Asifa Mirza (Shahs of Sunset), actor Ravi Patel (Grandfathered), model & TV host Jessa Hinton, model/actor Sam Asghari, actor Asif Ali (Mr. Robinson) actress Wedil David (Valentine’s Day), Sony Pictures VP David Ducar. SOUTH ASIA INC. is a prestigious production company in Bollywood and Hollywood with over 23 years in the entertainment industry. The organization has simple goals: to provide young South Asians an opportunity to display and enhance their talent, to heighten their self-esteem, and to enhance the image of the South Asian community all over the world. More info: www.SouthAsiaInc.com