The elite Kolkata Lake club played host to Shyam Sundar Co. Jeweler’s “Sharad Sundari 2013” on the rain drenched evening of October 25th, 2013 and gave Kolkata another beautiful face who would stand for everything that depicts Bangaliana and the true spirit of the city of joy.
Along with the gorgeous contestants, adding to the glam quotient of the event were Mrs. India International Richa Sharma, celebrated beautician Somi Gupta, fashion designer Abhishek Dutta, renowned photographer Vivek Das, reputed vocalist Sreeradha Bandopadhyay and classical vocal maestro Ustad Rashid Khan who also had to shoulder the responsibility of judging the girls and picking out the best from the lot. And when so many beautiful and talented people come together in an event the presenter also needs to be special and smart enough to maintain the flow of the show well and this responsibility was well executed by RJ Kaushik and the gorgeous Shaown.
The show started with the top eleven shortlisted finalists walking the ramp setting the stage on fire with their gorgeous charms. Madhura (Tollygunge), Apareeta (Agartala), Dimple (Kalyani), Ipshita (Dumdum), Sushmita (Ichapur), Sharmistha (Tripura), Debasmita Mukherjee (Bhawanipur), Rupa Basu (Chinsura), Moumita (Kolkata), Ishita (Canning) & Sejuti (Dumdum Park) were the pretty eleven to begin the show. All the eleven contestants looked absolutely stunning in their traditional dresses paired up with beautiful accessories as conceived & designed by ace designer Pranoy Vaidya. After the first round of ramp walk by the contestants, renowned Bangla TV actress Monami Ghosh also joined them as the show stopper for the second round. By the second round, the excitement and tension in the air had dramatically soared up and the contestants and audience alike seemed to be eagerly waiting for the final round and the crowning with bated breath.
After a wonderful performance by famous recitation artist Ms. Sutapa Bandopadhyay it was finally time for the final question answer round; something that is known to play a decisive role in most beauty pageants. The questions asked by the panel of judges were primarily meant to assess the personal philosophies, aspirations, intelligence and emotional quotient of the contestants. The session was extremely challenging for the contestants and equally interesting and enriching for the audiences.
The third round of ramp walk featured Bengal’s diva Tollywood actress Rituparna Sengupta as the show stopper. Rituparna Sengupta looked ravishing in her traditional red sari and gorgeous jewelry and walked proudly as an icon of everything that defines “Bangaliana”.
Then came the most awaited session, which was the time for the final verdict and the judges unanimously selected the top three “Sharad Sundori’s” for the year 2013-14. While Madhura Dasgupta was crowned “Sharad Sundor 2013” by Rituparna Sengupta, Sejuti Sengupta and Sushmita Gupta were respectively crowned the 1st and 2nd runners up. Well, if you have noticed, ‘Guptas’ ruled Sharad Sundari 2013 as the crown was given by a gorgeous Sengupta to another equally stunning Dasgupta.
Sharad Sundari 2013 was branded & sponsored by Shyam Sundar Co Jewelers Private Limited & was powered by Udayan Builders & Developers Private Limited. Resource India managed the event while Hatari Restaurant, Butterfly Kitchen Appliances were the co-sponsors.
Though the Rain God tried to play spoil sport and jeopardize the show which was initially to be held in open air, no hindrance was caused to the proceedings of the event owed to the promptness of the organizers and the sizzling Bong Beauties had a gala time proving their mettle in this prestigious beauty contest.
Report: Sanjib Banerji
Photographs: Pratik Banerjee