Village women’s to give challenge to professional models by catwalk in Manali
MANALI: Adorned with traditional attire and jewelry, women
of mahila mandals from Kullu villages
would present their skills of catwalk on the ramp of first national level Winter Carnival, which
is going to be held in Manali in
second week of February.
Manali Winter Carnival (file photo)
 To make the
carnival more interesting, chosen women from villages would get a chance to
participate in fashion shows and winter queen contests where dozens of
beauties from many states would give them stiff competition. According to
sources at carnival organizing committee, hundreds of women from about 80 mahila mandals would be taking part in Manali Winter Carnival. “Beautiful
women with old ornaments and unique local dressings would be chosen for the
contest and the country would get to see them doing catwalk. The winning woman
would be awarded with title of lady of festival,” sources said.
Manali Winter Carnival (winter queen contest) (file photo)
After learning
about the contest, women in villages have filled with enthusiasm to give tough
challenge to professional models from cities and to become lady of festival. Janki
Devi, member of Astha Mahila Mandal, said, “Though we don’t know the basics of
catwalk and our women and girls are lacking in confidence, but we are second to
none in beauty, IQ and general knowledge. We have good opportunity to prove our
mettle in fashion world.”
As the
amphitheater would be busy with fashion shows, talent hunt shows, entertainment
and folk programs for five days, Mall
Road of Manali
would witness variety of programs including mehandi, folk
music and folk dance competitions.
Tug of war between women would be another attraction this year.

Manali Winter Carnival

The main aim of
organizing Winter Carnival is to attract more and more tourists to Manali in February, the
month of dull tourism season. Participants from Jammu, Gujarat, Punjab,
Haryana, Assam, Odisha, Uttarakhand, Delhi and Himachal are contacting
organizing committee to take part in the carnival.
Saying that the Voice of Himachal, Himachal’s only
singing talent hunt show, is not a part of Manali carnival, Kullu deputy commissioner Sharab Negi,
who is the chairman of Winter Carnival committee, has decided to extract it
from carnival. “Singing auditions
were being organized without having discussion with Carnival committee. We
would be organizing more tasteful events to entertain both locals and
tourists,” he said.

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