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Star Pageant Winner Natasha M
Natasha Malhotra
Miss India Star 2012 - First Place Winner

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Saturday, September 29, 2012

UC Davis student Natasha Malhotra clinched Miss India Star Pageant 2012 title held at Hilton Newark/Fremont on Saturday, September 29, 2012. The first runner up was Shakshi Sharma (UC Sacramento)  & second runner up Shivani Phanse from University of Arizona. Special Recognition awards went to  Namrata Singh (University of Arizona) & Saylee Wasnik (UC East Bay).

The $10,000 in Scholarship prizes was shared among all winners. Title holder Natasha Malhotra was awarded $5000 in scholarship money & internship opportunity at India Waves TV Network.

Miss India Star Scholarship Pageant is an India Waves TV – Swagat Foundation partnership event. The Pageant was headed by Lakshmi Baweja for professional logistics for past couple of years. The Pageant was organized under her direction assisted  by India Waves Youth Wing talents.

The Emcees were Lakshmi Baweja, Hibah Mohammed, Angelina Banwait, Nashiya Moosa, Sarina Vij, Anushka Varhadkar and Akhshaya Baskar.

Star Pageant Promoters Lakshmi Baweja (Founder India Waves TV Network & Radio) and Jayaram Komati (Founder Swagat Foundation) underlined the mission of Scholarship Pageant.

“India Waves is known to provide Cultural & Media platform & Recognize Youth for over 17 years.  India Waves Youth Wing has developed leadership skills in IW Youth Wing that includes students from prestigious Universities including Stanford, USC, UCLA, UC Berkeley, UC Davis, Santa Clara University among others.” emphasized Lakshmi Baweja.

Lakshmi Baweja
Lakshmi Baweja, Founder
India Waves Network

She added, “The title holder at Scholarship Pageant & select Winners get internship opportunities at India Waves TV Network.” India Waves popular Youth Events include Annual India Waves Dance Muqabla & India Waves Star Search.

Jayaram Komati of Swagat Foundation noted “Scholarship money is to help talented students & assist student tuition fees”  He also mentioned Swagat Restaurants serving bay area for past 25 years.

Greg Magee, General Manager Hilton Newark/Fremont recognized the importance of diversity in community. He expressed interest in giving back to the community & thanked India Waves for choosing Hilton.

The elegant packed Event was attended by popular names from Indian, Pakistani, Fiji, Afghani & Bangladeshi communities in Silicon Valley.

Greg Magee
GM, Hilton Newark/Fremont

Miss India Star 2011 Sarina Vij crowned Natasha Malhotra Miss India Star 2012 title holder. Sarina motivated the contestants with her pep talk.

She elaborated on her internship at India Waves TV Network & gracefully took her farewell Model walk with crown on stage.

The distinguished panel of Judges included Attorney Mukesh Advani-Founder South Asian Bar Association, Former Miss India America Priya Vij, Hilton GM Greg Magee, Beauty Consultant Sujata Kamat, BATA Executive Board member Vijaya Aasuri, Dance School Director Ranjani Manda & Professional Executive Ezmina Mohammed.


The finalists at Star Scholarship Pageant ranged between the ages of 14 & 23. The finalist included Namrata Singh, Shiba Osmani, Natasha Malhotra, Saylee Wasnik, Wasnik, Simran Arora, Shivani Phanse, Reva Jain, Reyna Zaver, Hira Shafique, Shakshi Sharma & Simran Dhillon.

Scholarship Pageant competition consisted four rounds including modeling in Traditional & Western outfit, Talent segment & finally IQ round with Questions & Answers on topics related to students age group 14 to 24 years. The Scholarship Pageant was broadcast on India Waves TV Network.

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select photos by Sameer Yagnik

(l to r) Lalli Venkatakrishnan, Sarina Vij, Sanaa Mohammed
January 28, 2011

Sarina Vij, a 16 years old honor student, from Harker High School in Silicon Valley won the title Miss India Star 2011 organized by India Waves TV Network & Swagat Foundation at Airport Garden Hotel in San Jose on Friday, January 28, 2011.The First Runner-Up was Lalli Venkatakrishnan of UC Berkeley & Second Runner-Up Sanaa Mohammed a graduate of UC San Diego. Special Recognition was awarded to Jessie Takhar (Miss Personality) of Merced College & Rachel Bharwani (Miss Photogenic) of Mission San Jose High School.

$10,000 in Scholarship prizes was shared between all winners. Title holder Sarina Vij was awarded $5000 in scholarship money.

Rachel Bharwani, Miss Photogenic
(Special Recognition)

Jessie Takhar
Jessie Takhar, Miss Personality
(Special Recognition)

Star Pageant Organizers Lakshmi Baweja (Founder India Waves TV Network & Radio) and Jayaram Komati (Founder Swagat Foundation & President of Telugu Association of North America) underlined the mission of Scholarship Pageant.

Ms. Baweja offered internship opportunity for title holder Sarina Vij on India Waves TV Network besides two other contestants.“Our vision is to award annual scholarship cash money to students that will cover their one year tuition fees & expenses in future,” commented Komati in his speech.

“India Waves Youth Wing goals include balancing Indian & American cultures, Family values & Youth leadership development,” according to Lakshmi Baweja, who also produces first India Waves Youth TV originating in bay area & broadcast in all 50 States across USA.

Jayaram Komati
Jayaram Komati
Founder, Swagat Foundation

The Event was directed by Lakshmi Baweja & the emcees were Stanford University Graduate & India Waves Youth Wing Co-chair Vanessa Patel and Financial Consultant & Former Miss India California Ruhee Walia. India Waves Youth Wing Co-chair Kausar & Co-President Hibah Mohammed opened the show complimenting “scholarship” theme over “beauty” pageant.

Entries were open to students with Indian Heritage from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Fiji, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan including Indo- Americans born in USA & abroad. The ten finalists for the Pageant were Akhshaya Baskar, Simi Sharma, Shetal Waters, Sandeep Gill, Rohini Singh, Lalli Venkatakrishnan, Jessie Takhar, Sanaa Mohammed, Sarina Vij and Rachel Bharwani.

Lakshmi Baweja
Founder, India Waves TV Network

Guest of Honor Deepak Mehta drawing raffle
with Emcees Vanessa Patel (l) & Ruhee Walia (r)

Guest of Honor was Deepak Mehta of Mehta entertainment. South Asian Cross section of community leaders graced the occasion included Raj Banot, Dr. Romesh Japra, JayaPrasad Vejendla, Dr. Hundal, Dr. Bhandari, Atty. Ashwini Bakhri, Dr. Dhillon, Yogi Chugh, FIA President Rajesh Varma, Dalbir Saini & others. The Event backdrop complimenting the blue & white/ivory theme was provided by Pamila of Eve Decor. Lakshmi Baweja added, “We thank one & all for supporting Scholarship Star Pageant & we look forward to take it to next level in 2012.”

Scholarship Pageant competition consist four rounds including modeling in Eastern & Western outfit, Talent segment & finally IQ round with Questions & Answers on topics related to students age group 14 to 24 years.

The Panel of Judges were Silicon Valley Women Engineering Executive Radhika Reddy, India Community Center Banquet Director Virender Chibber, Vice President FIA Vijaya Aasuri, IW Youth Wing Co-President & Youth TV host Hibah Mohammed, Engineer & Choreographer Rupinderjit Panjeta. India Waves Network next Youth project is Dance Muqabla (an open dance competition) expected to attract 300 contestants from Silicon Valley School & Colleges.The annual competition for Kids 5 to 8 years, Juniors 9-13 years old, Seniors 14 to 18 years old & Open 19 years & up.

Miss India Star Scholarship Pageant will broadcast on India Waves TV Network in all 50 States originating in bay area starting Feb 5th.

iwyouth team
IW Youth Wing assisting management team (l to r) Shivani Prabhala, Greeshma Sanchula, Vanessa Patel, with Anthony & Lakshmi along with Kausar Mohd, Hibah Mohd, Pallavi Setty, Nashiya Moosa, Dipali Parmar

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