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Mr & Ms Karnataka International

Miss Prakruti R from Mysore and Mr Sandeep Shetty from Mangalore was declared as winners of Second edition of ‘Mr & Miss Karnataka International 2017’ event. This was held in The Forum Fiza Mall, Mangalore on May 13th.


The final round had 13 participants selected from different corners of Karnataka after multiple auditions in different cities. They were groomed for four days at a private Resort In Mangalore by Sharada Bangera – Mrs. India Universe, Dr. Nithin , Model Sanidh Poojary, World Supermodel South Asia Miss Thejaswini Sharma, NV Paulose, Mix martial Arts trainer Prasad Gaitonde.

Mrs. Flora Mendes from Western Institute of Management inaugurated the programme. Divalicious Magazine Director Mr Naresh Madaan, Mustafa Premi from Heaven Rose Make Up studio, Charan Suvarna of Fashion ABCD were also present at the event.

The show was Choreographed by ShubaKiran Mani of Sizzling Guys and judged by Tirtha Kumar – Miss Karnataka International 2016, Sharada Bangera – Mrs India Universe, Prasad Gaitonde – Mix Martial Arts trainer, Naresh Madaan – Director of Divalicious / Elite India Pageants.

Deeksha Kotian from Thane and Shreyas from Mangalore were crowned the first runner-up, while Kriti Shetty from Mangalore and Prasant Poojary from Mumbai were second runners up.

Prakruthi Ramachandra is 18 years old and was born in Bangalore, brought up in Mysore. She is very passionate about dancing and started dancing at the age of 4. She is also a trained Bharatanatyam dancer. She also does free style, jazz and Bollywood. Prakruthi’s dad is a tour organiser and mother a homemaker. She is fun loving, cheerful and bold.

“It’s my dream to be an actor since childhood. I actively took part in all the cultural activities during school and college days. I like grabbing attention and being in the limelight . I do have leadership qualities and was school head girl. I interestingly took part in college plays and dance. My interests in modeling and acting  in not from today or yesterday , it’s from years which is coming true by this pageant. I’m very much dedicated about what I take up and that is one quality which has made me win this pageant. This pageant is my first ever show and I have managed to win this only with the support I’ve received from Fashion ABCD and Sizzling Guys Studio . They groomed me up to bring the best in me. I thank my mentor Tejaswini, Shubkiran Sir, Charan Suvarna sir and Naresh Sir.” is what Prakruthi had to tell after winning.

Sandeep has earned his name in the glamour industry as an actor and model. He has been a judge in several dance reality shows including Junior Masti hosted by Daijiworld TV and holds a record of judging 103 programmes so far. Sandeep hails from Katipalla and is a Bachelor of Hospitality Science and a diploma holder in film acting. However, besides education, he got pulled toward film world. He had immense desire to be an actor, besides modelling. Therefore, he joined Adarsh Film Institute, Bengaluru. He learnt acting, dance, fighting and all that is required to be an actor and got down into film world.

Sandeep spoke about his two passions, “I have been a part of Coastal wood since a young age. I acted as a child artiste in ‘Partha’ with Sudeep when I was 14. I promoted the Tulu movie ‘Baduku’ at 19. But Coastal wood did not have much response back then, which is why I gravitated towards modelling again. I choreographed Bunts Sangha Dubai 2011 and then went on to reality shows in 2014. Modelling was my dream. I started it when I was 16. I was selected for Mr Karnataka in 2014  but was not able to go because of some commitments back then,” he said.