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This beauty can write poems, sing, and dance

Anurithi Chikkerur

Anurithi Chikkerur  

WITH SO many pretty faces in the City, it's a mystery why Bangalore girls do not make it to the Miss India finals more often. Now, however, the City's very own Anurithi Chikkerur (23) is in the final 30 of the Sunsilk Femina Miss India 2003.

Hopping from one pageant to another, Anurithi is taking the beauty scene by storm. She won the Miss Karnataka title in 1999, while 2001 saw her crowned Miss Chennai. This year, she represented India at the Miss Worldwide Pageant in San Jose, U.S., and was first runner-up at the Miss India South Pacific pageant held in Auckland, New Zealand.

This brown-eyed damsel, who is five feet seven inches tall, has more attributes than a beautiful face and figure. Anurithi's poetic skills got her voted "Most Talented Young Woman of the Year 200"' at the Indian Institute of Talent Search. Her entry was among the "50 World's Best Poems of the Year'' short-listed for the prestigious Poetry of the Year 2002 Award.

She is a Gemini and an extrovert, and has a penchant for parasailing, rock climbing, rappelling, and hiking. She has learnt Karate, and is a Bharathnatyam dancer and Carnatic classical singer. Her talents prove that beauty and brains are not mutually exclusive.

Of course, we all know that there is a gruelling grind behind the crowning of a Miss India or Miss World. She has to go through hours of an exercise regime and also groom her personality. She also has to practise meditation as she has to keep smiling on stage for hours, besides facing uncomfortable questions from the jury.

Anurithi says that if she wins the title, it will enable her to make a contribution to bringing about a social change. "It would change my life for the better, and I would emerge as a more evolved person. I would really like to voice my opinions on education in rural India, and conservation of wildlife and natural resources,'' she explains.

Over the past decade, the 37-year-old pageant has shown itself capable of setting international standards, with the pageant winners declaring their intention to strive for world peace and an end to poverty.

By Preeti Mishra

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