‘Amchigeli Cheli’ Prathiksha Kamath from Udupi is ‘South India Queen 2017’

‘Amchigeli Cheli’ Prathiksha Kamath from Udupi is ‘South India Queen 2017’

Mangaluru: I bet it’s the food power of Kori-Rotti and Chicken Sukka or Pork Bafat and Chicken Vindaloo or the ‘Bonda Neer’ or ‘Ideal’s Gadbad Ice Cream’ or other good Mangalorean cuisines, that some Kudla and Udupi lasses get their beautiful physique? Or is it the weather of Coastal City- Mangaluru and Temple City-Udupi produces pretty and sizzling lasses? Or is it just that these females in Mangaluru and Udupi are simply trying to make a mark in the glamour in fashion, modelling or movie industry by following in the footsteps of other role models? Whatever the reasons are, Mangaluru and Udupi has seen quite a few local young women emerging into the glamorous world of acting, fashion, music and entertainment. And in this case here, it’s surely the power of Pathrode, Daali Thove, Chaane Upkari etc that this damsel from the Goud Saraswat Brahmins, who are popularly referred to by the acronym GSB, who primarily speak Konkani as their mother tongue.

“To tell you the truth, naturally from bottom to top of our hearts we are South Canaraites first. We are Konkani speaking GSBs from Udupi.” as proudly said by Prakash Kamath, the proud father of Prathiksha Kamath, who had recently won the “South India Queen 2017 Pageant” organized by M/s Sankey Events held in Chowdiah Memorial Hall, Bengaluru.

Prathiksha Kamath seen with her Parents and Brother

Prakash Kamath who did his Engineering from MIT, Manipal runs his own Business in Bengaluru for the past 30 years, as Managing Director of M/s Idltek Informatics, a System Integration company and an Authorized Distributor of Panasonic Systems Network Division. Prathiksha’s mother, Shaila Kamath, a B.Sc graduate and Homemaker, originally hails from Mithabail Nayak family, Moodbidri. Prathiksha has brother- Master Pradyun Kamath, studying in 8th Standard in Bishop Cotton Boys School, Bengaluru.

For 19-years-old Prathiksha Kamath-winner of ‘South India Queen 2017’, there is a thin line separating dream from reality. She has always dreamt of donning the crown of a beauty queen. Only recently her dream came to pass as she beat 21 other contestants to clinch the crown at a glamorous ceremony held in Bengaluru. Other than winning the prestigious “South India Queen 2017” Crown, Prathiksha has also won the “Karnataka Queen”, “Major Sponsor Wrapme Winner” and the “Most Beautiful Smile” Titles. There were more than 200 contestants who had taken part among the 21 Finalists. This event was promoted by Pradeep Kumar, a veteran in the Fashion Circuit. This pageant had a four months grooming session for all the 21 Finalists, wherein they had complete orientation program with Orphanage, Blind school, Pets for their behavioral observation and development, followed by they were also judged on their Talent, Communication and Team work skills- and Prathiksha unleashed all her hidden talents, and emerged as the winner in the pageant among the 21 finalists.

Prathiksha Kamath, aged 19 years is doing her First year of Engineering (Information Science) in Atria College of Engineering, Bengaluru- and is very keen to pursue her career in Fashion and Modeling. She has been groomed under Fashion Guru Veena Bhat. Her other hobbies include Travelling, Dancing and Singing- and has the heart to bring value added to the society. Few days ago, the contestants of “South India Queen 2017” took a Oath that they shall be available for any Social Cause pertaining to Orphanage, Blind school, Pets and Lions projects for the next one year under the guidance and supervision of Lions Club District Governor Lion H K Giridhar, PDG Lion Sathyaprakash Upadhya P.M.C.C., Fashion Guru Dr. Pradeep Kumar, Director Sankey Events and Lion Geethashree. (see pics)

“The South India Queen” pageant a non-profit organization was formed as a result of the need to promote Fashion and to seek global advancement for the Indian Woman. With the success of previous editions of the show, the South India Queen Beauty Pageant has become one of South India’s top events. These beauty pageant challengers are Successful Indian lasses who endeavor to act naturally certain, agile, exquisite, magnetic and respectable in the representation of India at home and around the globe. Many females who participate in beauty pageants contribute more to society than many would have expected in the past. By their very nature, beauty pageants support the idea that, for women, any noteworthy success or accomplishment should ideally be presented in a pretty package – conventional feminine attractiveness being the package in question. And for that matter, Prathisha had taken a bold step in entering the contest- and she emerged out in flying colors in the final round to bag the coveted title.

This pageantry had given a chance for young women like Prathiksha to unleash their talents and expose their beauty. But what one realizes beyond that is their warm and straight forward attitude towards life – beautiful, inspiring and infectious. Prathiksha seems to be a strong young lady with engaging thoughts, and she seems incredibly sharp, intelligent, confident and poised. No doubt that she is more than just a beauty and socialite, she is a go-getter and an achiever- her recent success in the pageant is the proof. She has always understood fashion and style to be an expression of the unique and beautiful inner self of each individual person.

Nineteen is awfully young to have seen your life become worth and successful, but for Prathiksha that’s just what’s happened. This little girl has become a beautiful woman who will surely reach greater heights in her future years. Success for many young women isn’t a set formula, but rather an artistic creation that evolves from passion. Prathiksha’s passion for beauty transformed not only her own life but will also change the lives of others around her. An ambitious modelling and fashion career minded engineering student, Prathiksha is working hard towards her dream of becoming a successful top model and entrepreneur in the next few years. Team Mangalorean wishes her all success in her fashion and modelling endeavours- and may she be the next “Miss India” or “Miss World”- and we bet, she could!

Following are the Excerpts from the interview:

Q: How does it feel being ‘South India Queen 2017? What was your reaction after winning the Title?

To be honest, winning the title came as a shock to me as it was completely unexpected, something that I dreamt of had come true. I had tears in my eyes as it was a very emotional moment for me.

Q: How did you prepare for this pageant? Have you competed in pageants before this one?

This being my first pageant, everything seemed new. There was nothing like a proper preparation as such; I just believed in myself and had a never give up attitude.

Q: How did modeling happen? So when was this first opportunity that came across?

Being in front of the camera is something that I love to do, I am very comfortable in that zone. The pageant was my first opportunity besides my first portfolio shoot.

Q: Can you recollect for us, the beauty contests that you have entered…?

“South India Queen 2017” was my first ever beauty contest.

Q: Which phase of the competition was your favorite? How do you measure success?

Well, the visits to the orphanage, spending time with the blind, walking for the blackathon was the best phase of the competition where I learnt the value of this beautiful comfortable life that I am privileged to have. I feel success is yet to come, I have only gone one step closer to achieve my goal.

Q: How were you different from the other contestants? What made you unique?

I feel every contestant is unique in her own way, most of them were from this industry but what made me different was the fact that this being my very first pageant; my excitement, the will to give my best for every event that took place, my confidence and dedication.

Q: Winning in this pageant, do you have any ideas for a change in your career for the future?

Yes I do feel that I would have a bright future in the field of modelling. Winning the SIQ title has given me the confidence to dream bigger.

Q: What do think would be the three qualities that every woman should have?

I feel every woman must have: Self Confidence, Perceive, and the Will to achieve what you dream.

Q: What is your style inspiration? What is your favorite item in your closet?

The fact that “only if you are comfortable in what you are wearing, can you carry it off well” is something that I follow. At present, my favourite item in my closet is my Winning Gown.

Q: Who is your latest celebrity guy crush and girl crush?

Shah Rukh Khan has always been my favourite celebrity male crush. When it comes to female, I adore Priyanka Chopra and Deepika Padukone.

Q: What is your favorite social media platform to use and why?

I am not much of a social media person, but Facebook is one such site which helps you to reach to many and convey what you want in a much easier way through posts.

Q: What your parents have to say about your success in this beauty contest?

My parents were flabbergasted and amazed with the outcome of this pageant because none of them had expected that I’d be the winner. They say they are yet to come to terms with this and they are overjoyed and simply grateful to God, and obviously proud of me.

Q: I am sure that your family is such a huge support to you and your journey to becoming “South India Queen 2017” – Was there any particular thing a family member has said that has inspired you to go this far?

My father has always told me to put in my hard work and give my best, come what may never shy away from hardship, face it and leave the rest to God.

Q: How would you define your personal style? What do you see when you look in the mirror?.

I honestly feel anything that I am comfortable in would make me look stylish. When I look in the mirror, I check whether what I am wearing is suitable for the occasion or not.

Q: From where you stand right now how does life look?

“Sunshine mixed with a little hurricane” this caption would define my life best at the moment.

Q: What would be your greatest achievement that will make you feel your life was a huge success?

When I would walk the ramp for Manish Malhotra as a Show Stopper, would make me feel very successful in life.

Q: Okay, later in the years in case if you were to choose from films and modeling, what would you choose?

As modelling is my passion, modelling would be my priority.

Q: If you could high-five anyone in the world who would it be and why?

I would love to give high-five to our Prime Minister Narendra Modi ji for his commendable attempt to bring about a change in the society. The very fact that he does small changes which make a huge difference is something that hats off.

Q: What do you admire the most in a man? When the right time comes to choose your life partner, what kind of man would you prefer?

How natural and generous he is, is what I admire in a man. Someone who respects my parents, my profession and my dreams is what I’d want to see in the man.

Q: Being a beautiful young lady yourself, who would you consider as the most beautiful woman, and why?

Like any other girl, the most beautiful ladies for me are- my Grandmother and off course my Mother.

Q: What do you plan on doing after graduation? What can we expect next from Prathiksha Kamath?

I’d like to pursue my masters in Engineering and also be a famous Supermodel.

Q: What is that you would like to share with Mangalorean.com readers? Also some words of advice to younger girls who may want to follow in your footsteps:

All I want to say is, no girl is a burden for her parents. If she has the will, the dedication and necessary support by her parents, the sky would be her limit. My piece of advice to the young girls out there would be, “no dream is too big to dream”.Never give up on yourself, stay strong, have the right confidence and “nothing is impossible, the word itself says im-possible”.

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1 Comment

  1. Dear Alfie Sir,

    Thank you so much for an elaborate coverage about our daughter
    Prathiksha Kamath, we have received so much of response from Mangalore, Udupi, Bangalore,
    Bombay, Dubai & USA.

    Wish all success for your portal & may it become a most admired online
    news Channel soon.

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