MCLEOD GANJ, India, 14 October 2012
Twenty-three-year-old Rinchen Dolma from Sikkim was crowned the Miss Himalaya 2012 at the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts in McLeod Ganj on Saturday night. Dolma, a final-year college student from Chandigarh, was determined the winner among the five contestants by a panel of three judges.
After the crowning, Dolma said, “Goals are brain work and foot work; dreams are heart work.”
“I have always followed my dream. Today I am feeling proud and honoured to achieve the title Miss Himalaya 2012. I want to thank my family who were always there to support me to overcome every hurdle in life. I would also like to thank the Director Mr Lobsang Wangyal for giving us such a beautiful opportunity.
“Additionally, I would like to convey this message to all the youngsters that it is not only about winning or losing but it’s about gaining an unforgettable experience and meeting wonderful people.”
Dolma received one lakh Indian rupees (100,000.00) in cash as the prize money.
Rachna Dhiman from Kangra was declared the first runner-up. She received 50,000 rupees, and Thinley Yangchen from Spiti, the second runner-up, received 25,000 rupees.
The show began with a performance of Snow Lion and Yak dance before a backdrop of a snow mountain range. The Director of the pageant introduced the idea and the mission of the Miss Himalaya Pageant event. Then a rich tribute was paid to the Tibetans who died for freedom of Tibet. A minute’s silence was also observed to express public support and solidarity with the people of Tibet.
The contestants then took to the stage for their Introduction round. This was followed by the presentation of the Traditional costume round. In the final Interview round, the judges asked different questions to the contestants.
The pageant concluded with a modest coronation ceremony and presentation of awards.
See more photos of the Finale night here. Download print size images of Rinchen Dolma here.