Malayalee Pageant USA the first Malayalee Pageant covering men and women in USA adjudging on both beauty , talent and ability to present Kerala culture with a modern take took the stage last Saturday Oct 26th at St Jospeh Hall under the direction of Houston’s well known stage personality and event organizer Lakshmi Peter. The show began with Actress Manya Naidu entering into the audience by the famous south Indian Chendamelam, who spoke about how such events bring the community together and offer an amazing venue to celebrate culture and diversity.
The pageant show also included playback singer of television fame William Isac who also crooned tunes that had the audience singing with him. The celebrities also performed crowd winning duets with Lakshmi Peter. Several local groups performed at the event as well including Kushboo dance group, Noopura school of Arts and Shyja and team.
The event featured participants in three different categories, in the Miss Teen Malayalee USA category the first place was secured by Aleesha Salby who won the title followed by Aleena in first runner up place and Geethu Suresh as 2nd runner up , Mrs Malayalee USA category had Swathi Sankar winning the first prize followed by Swathi Anatharaman & Juvi John in 1st and 2nd runner up positions, Mister Malayalee USA category stole the audiences attention and had Subin Balakrishnan win the title, his presentation of the Kerala Ulsavam in the Kerala with a Twist round with his creativee attire captured the judges attention. The first runner up winner of Mister Malaylee USA 2019 was Roger Nellamattom who enthralled audiences with his talent as a singer, confidence and sheer good looks through the entire competition, the 2nd runner up title holder Remashankar Nair showcased a musical representation of martial arts and also a passionate showcase of the true heroes of Kerala floods which were the fishermen through his attire which touched the hearts of everyone present. The show was entertaining and colorful and gave the audience four hours of art and music performances that were truly unforgettable.
“It was truly wonderful to see how competitors shows sportsmanship and passion as they vied for the title, this is what I wanted to recreate!” Says Lakshmi Peter the director and conceptualist of the show. The Pageant Stylist was Silvy Varghese who made everyone on stage look graceful and elegant with her style statement and every participant delivered their introduction and showcased confidence coached by Personality coach Sheeba Jacob. The Pageant Ramp Coach was Dr Abdullah who ensured everyone brough their A Game to the pageant. The event MCs were Lexiah Jacob, Raina Rock, Heera Remashankar, Lakshmi Haridas, Reshmi Surendran and Juliet George.
Pageant judges were Manya Naidu, DJ Dholi Deep, Rosh Rajan, Dr Abdullah Kudrath, AC George, Hinna Akhtar, Abhiya Olivia, Reji Joseph & Dr Nisha Sundaragopal.