Miss India USA 2014

On December 14, 2014 at the Royal Albert’s Palace, Fords, New Jersey, Pranathy Gangaraju of Georgia was crowned Miss India USA 2014. Miss India USA is the oldest running Indian pageant outside of India. The 33rd annual pageant was organized by the New York-based IFC, headed by Dharmatma Saran, Founder and the Chief Organizer of the Pageant. Riya Kaur from New Jersey was crowned Miss Teen India USA and Namita Dodwadkar of Massachusetts was also crowned the first Mrs. India USA in the same pageant. Gangaraju, 19, is a student majoring in acting and production. She will represent USA in the 24th annual Miss India Worldwide Pageant, also organized by IFC, to be held in Goa, India in June of 2016. Riya Kaur, 15, would like to become an actress or a doctor. She was crowned Miss Teen India USA among eighteen other contestants. The first ever Mrs. India USA is Namita Dodwadkar, 28, a senior scientist at Novartis and holds a Ph. D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences. The pageant started with a performance by all the contestants led by the outgoing queen Monica Gill and choreographed by Shilpa Jhurani. All contestants presented their best in the Indian and the Evening Gown segment after which the top ten were selected. The panel of judges included Dr. Ravi Jhagirdar – President of AAPI, Satya Shaw a cultural activist from Florida, Dr. Binod Sinha – a medical doctor from Edison, Susmita Patel – celebrity makeup artist and Ines Hernandez a fashion designer from Dominican Republic. The crowning was followed by dinner and dance.

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