Tenzin Norzom is Kingfisher Miss Tibet 2010

Tenzin Norzom is Kingfisher Miss Tibet 2010

Tenzin Norzom, a 23-year-old Shastri degree holder (equivalent to Bachelor of Arts in Buddhist Philosopy) from Varanasi, was crowned as the new Kingfisher Miss Tibet 2010.

Thousands of people gathered at the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts to witness the show and the crowning. However, considering the earthquake in April in Tibet, the show did not burst crackers as has been the tradition in past Pageants. Instead the gathering recited a short prayer.

Two judges — Prem Sagar, an educationist and activist from Mcleod Ganj, and KS Pama, an industrialist from Chandigarh, chose the winner. Priya Arora, the director of the Group Can & Able presented the cheque for Rs. 100,000 in prize money. The judges chose 19-year-old Yangchen Metok as the first runner-up. Metok received 50,000 rupees.

At third place was Rinchen Choden, who received 25,000 rupees.

The finale saw the four contestants compete in Introduction, Gown, Traditional costume and Interview rounds.

In addition, the annual Free Spirit Award for 2010 was presented to Mahesh Yadav for his blood portraits of world leaders to bring awareness about world peace and freedom in Tibet. He has been drawing blood portraits for the last 14 years. Free Spirit Award was started in 2003. It is presented for those who have contributed for the Tibetan cause in particular and world peace in general.

The four contestants presented a group dance at the end of the event, which was choreographed by Tsering Palmo of the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts.

Kelsang Tsomo of Lakar Designs provided the gowns to three of the four contestants. She travelled all the way from Bangalore to Mcleod Ganj to give the right looks to the contestants.

Shubhank from I Can records and Shakuntalam Creative Centre entertained the public between the rounds.

The pageant, directed by Lobsang Wangyal and produced by Group Can & Able, donated 10,000 rupees to the victims of the earthquake which took place in Kyigudo in April.

A post-event party was also held at a hotel in Mcleod Ganj.

Lobsang Wangyal

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