It is the second innings for Guwahati girl Indrani Medhi, who was among the 30 finalists chosen from all over the state of Karnataka for Mrs India Karnataka Pageant 2017 organized by Pratis Events in association with Mrs India Pageants and Productions Pvt. Ltd of late. Indrani won the title of Mrs India Karnataka 2017 Best Entertainer Award for her excellence in music and singing. Indrani Medhi earlier won the coveted crown of Mrs India Remarkable 2016 in the Mrs India Asia International Pageant 2016 organized by Mrs India Pageants and Productions Pvt. Ltd. in Chennai. Mrs India Karnataka Pageant 2017 was held at Hotel RG Royal, Bengaluru. Apart from Mrs Deepali Phadnis, Director of Mrs India Pageants and Productions Pvt. Ltd., Kannada film star Ragini Dwivedi was the chief guest of the evening apart from other Kannada celluloid celebrities.
The two-day event included workshops and different sub-contests like personal interview, talent round, photogenic round, fitness round, traditional round, etc. Indrani Medhi had put her best foot forward all throughout the contest. For her excellence in music and singing, she got the award for Best Entertainer. She sang the famous Indian song of 1988 ‘Mile Sur Mera Tumhara’ developed by Lok Seva Sanchar Parishad (and promoted by Doordarshan and India’s Ministry of Information) fostering national integration and unity in diversity. She sang this unique song of 14 Indian languages to instill a sense of pride and promote unity amongst all contestants, highlighting India’s different linguistic communities and societies – India’s unity in diversity. Indrani’s performance didn’t take too long to captivate the judges, fellow contestants and rest of the audience.
During the personal interview and question-answer session, Indrani focused on women-empowerment issues and that India today is ranked as the fourth most dangerous country in the world for the female child. She says that, “It doesn’t really matter whether it is Bengaluru or any other metro city of India. This is not because girls with short skirt or jeans provoke their male counterparts but because a woman in our male-dominated society is regarded as inferior and a mere object of pleasure. Due to this stereotypical thinking, she is not always respected and considered a liability and a commodity and hence molested or abused or even raped whenever desired, whether it is a five years old girl or a woman clad in short skirt or jeans or salwar-kameez or even saree. The whole of India, today is unsafe for females. It is high time for women to stop playing the victim any longer and instead mirror out one’s authentic self with courage, confidence and compassion.”
Indrani Medhi, a past pupil of St. Mary’s English Higher Secondary School, Guwahati, did her graduation from B.Borooah College, Guwahati. She is also a post graduate in English Language and Literature and Mass Communication from Gauhati University. She has a keen interest in singing and music and is a Sangeet Nipun in Hindustani classical music. Music apart, Indrani had earlier participated in Dabur Gulabari Miss Fresh Face of Northeast 2010 and had won the sub-title of Miss Disciplined. She was also adjudged as the 2nd Runner-up in Miss Gauhati University 2012. Indrani is also a writer, journalist and a full-time lecturer in English in Dayanand Sagar College, Bengaluru. She has been with All India Radio, Guwahati too, as a Radio Presenter (Western Music) for three years. She is currently an active member of Assam Association Bangalore (AAB) and the Associate Editor of URULI Magazine, the official magazine of AAB. She is the daughter of Kabita Medhi and Late Bimal Medhi of Uzanbazar, Guwahati.