Atlanta, GA: Akshaya Vijaykumar, who represented Georgia on behalf of iLink Professionals Miss Teen India Georgia won the first ever Miss Teen India USA 2012 -2013 pageant conducted by India Festival Committee (IFC). Akshaya, who mesmerized the audience with her singing prowess, also won the Best Talent Award. The pageant was held at Royal Alberts Palace in Fords, NJ on Feb 24.
Akshaya sang both the male and female parts of the hit song Mera Dholana in the talent round, drawing applause from all present. The contest was quite intense in both sections. Akshaya, apart from impressing the judges with her song, also did very well in her Q&A round. Akshaya was asked about the role of social media, which she answered without any hesitation. Pavit Aroraof Rhode island was first runner up and Tanvi shinde (Texas) was declared second runner up.
Akshaya, 16 who lives in Johns Creek is a junior at North View High school. She was 2nd runner up in the iLink Professionals Inc. Miss Teen India Georgia 2012 and 2nd runnerup in the IACA Miss Teen India Georgia 2010. Akshaya who sings in Tamil, Telugu, Hindi and English competed in the adults section and was named first runner up in the Telugu Association of Metro Atlanta(TAMA) 2010 Super Singer Competition and 2nd runner up the following year. She also holds the audience favorite award in the adults section of the Greater Atlanta Tamil Sangam (GATA) super singer event. She was runner-up in the same event which was held in 2011. Akshaya has participated in various charity programs in raising money for kids suffering from cancer.
Priyam Bhargava, 26 of Washington D.C was crowned IFC Miss India USA 2012 -2013. This was the 31st Miss India contest, Priyam will be representing USA at Miss India Worldwide 2013 held on April 27, 2013 in Kuala Lampur, Malaysia. Pooja kumar, 1995 title winner, played the lead role in Kamal Hassa’s recent film “Vishwaroopam”. Chandan Kaur, winner of 2011 title, is playing a lead role in a Punjabi movie.
Akshaya was crowned by Miss India Worldwide 2012, AlanaSeebarran. In the Miss India section, Priyam was crowned by Chandan Kaur. Krithika was the first runner up and Jasmine was the second runnerup in Miss Section