Kolkata, 28th June 2009: Eram Karim won the 13th edition of Dabur Gulabari Sananda Tilottama 2009, the largest and the most popular beauty pageant of Eastern India, on Sunday in Kolkata. Shayshree Saikia (From Guwahati) and Sanghamitra Bhattacharya became 1st and 2nd Runner Up respectively. The ten finalists of Dabur Gulabari Sananda Tilottama 2009 walked the ramp before a judges’ panel that comprised of film director Anurag Basu, supermodel Indrani Dasgupta, Tollywood superstar Jeet, designer Komal Sood, singer Rupam Islam and entrepreneur and corporate honcho Jayanta Roy.
The ten finalists for this year’s pageant were shortlisted after receiving over 5000 entries from all over the country. Following the preliminary rounds held in Calcutta and Guwahati the ten finalists have undergone a month-long rigourous grooming schedule, held at Princeton Club, under supermodel Nayanika Chatterjee and team of experts. This team of experts included the best names in the business including VLCC who were responsible for the overall grooming and fitness of the contestants and Sikkim Manipal University- Ballygunj Phari who looked into the diction and etiquette. In the year 2009, Tilottama enters its 13th year and emerges as the most talked about and much awaited beauty pageant in Eastern India. The pageant has come a long way in the last 13 years to become one of the most sought after events to take place in this part of the country.
During this month long grooming each girl was given a complete makeover by VLCC team of experts who looked into individual needs of each girl from skin, hair and given the customised fitness regimes and personalised diet plans. The ten finalists also attended daily dance workshops by Sukalyan Bhattacharya. Press shoots, hoarding shoots, sub-contests, portfolio shoots, daily sessions at the VLCC gym, sponsor site visits and a host of other regimes comprised this month long grooming.
The grand finale began with a sequence choreographed by Sukalyan Bhattacharya. This round also had the girls in glittering jewellery from Adi Kriti. The ten finalists then went on to scorch the ramp in western wear by designer duo Dev R Nil. This was followed by the Indian wear round where each girls walked in breathtaking designs by internationally acclaimed designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee.
The final two rounds had the girls in stunning creations by Bombay-based designer Gaviin Miguel. The final rounds saw the 10 finalists being shortlisted to seven and then five. Seven contestants were asked questions individually by each of the judges. The final round saw five contestants being asked a common question by the judges.
The grand finale also saw the winners of the previously held subcontests at Vedic Village being declared. Sub categories such as Dabur Gulabari Gulabi Chehra, Dabur Gulabari Miss Beautiful Skin, Dabur Gulabari Miss Personality, Dabur Gulabari Miss Beautiful Eyes, Dabur Gulbari Innovation in Pink, Dabur Gulabari Miss Photogenic, Dabur Gulabari Miss Congeniality, VLCC Miss Perfect 10, VLCC Miss Confident, Titan Raga Miss Sensuality, Apollo Miss Goodhealth, among a host of others were awarded.
The grand finale also had a sizzling performance by singer Anushka Manchanda. The evening ended with last years winners crowning the winner, first runner up and second runner up of Dabur Gulabari Sananda Tilottama 2009.
Tilottama aims at ‘Searching for the Beauty Within’. Tilottama is indeed a way of life now for the aspiring models and actresses in this part of the country. For years it has embodied the best platform for budding super-models and actresses in Eastern India. Some of our most sought after supermodels and actresses have emerged from this platform. Past Tilottamas have included the likes of Bipasha Basu, Koena Mitra, Celina Jaitley, Nicolette Bird, Reshmi Ghosh and Jyoti Brahmin to name only a few. The passion, confidence and fervour that emanates from each of these iconic achievers forms the true spirit of Sananda Tilottama.
In its 13th Year the pageant turns over a new leaf and reinvents itself in a brand new avatar. It spreads its wings to encompass the whole of India and has indeed attracted a bevy of beauties aspiring to become Tilottama in 2009. The fact is established by the whopping number of 5000 plus applications that the pageant has attracted from all over the Eastern India.
About Sananda: Sananda, born in 1986, is from the house of ABP, the biggest media conglomerate in the East. Sananda is positioned as a utilitarian magazine for the woman who strives to strike a balance between the outside world and the world within her. The brand has repeatedly reinvented and adapted itself to the needs of the modern Indian woman and has moved forward in its mission to make the contemporary woman a leader