Riya of Erode crowned Miss Koovagam at annual Koothandavar festival in Villupuram

The festival, celebrating transgender persons, attracted hundreds of people from across the country; awareness campaigns were also held as part of the festivities

Updated - April 23, 2024 07:56 pm IST

Published - April 23, 2024 01:32 pm IST - VILLUPURAM

Riya of Erode, along with other winners of the Miss Koovagam beauty pageant held in Villupuram at the annual Koothandavar festival

Riya of Erode, along with other winners of the Miss Koovagam beauty pageant held in Villupuram at the annual Koothandavar festival | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement

Riya, a transwoman from Erode, was crowned Miss Koovagam at a beauty pageant held in Villupuram on Monday night, on the occasion of the annual Koothandavar festival.

Organised by the South India Transgenders Federation, along with the Tamil Nadu Directorate of Social Welfare, the beauty contest saw quite a number of entries.

The contest tested the general knowledge and social awareness of the participants. The contestants’ contribution to the future of the community was also one of the requirements of the event.

Riya was declared the title winner and Neha, from Thoothukudi, the first runner-up. Evangeline John of Chennai, was the second runner-up. The transpersons were crowned by P. Mohanambal, president of the South India Transgenders Federation.

The annual festival at the Koothandavar temple, attracts hundreds of transpersons, from various parts of the country every year, on an occasion that celebrates transgenders.

Several other events, like awareness campaigns and mobile HIV testing, were also held as part of the festivities.

The festivities will conclude with a car procession on Wednesday, April 24.

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