Morningside resident is Joburg’s only finalist in 2017 Mrs India South Africa pageant

Driven businesswoman and mother of three Nirvana Hariparsad is venturing into new territory by preparing for the 2017 Mrs India South Africa pageant.


Driven and determined Morningside resident Nirvana Hariparsad is among 10 finalists for the prestigious 2017 Mrs India South Africa pageant.

The national competition steers away from the beauty-orientated norms of pageantry by bringing out a title to empower women through empowered women.

Mrs India South Africa CEO Anusha Bisaal said, “We believe beauty lies within every woman, irrespective of colour and tone, financial status or their body contour.”

Hariparsad is an auditor at PwC who is married with three young children. Pageantry is not something she has ventured into before, but she was keen for a challenge and decided to enter.

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“I love to do what I do but it’s exciting to venture into the unknown and try something new. I hope to use the network I have to do more for the community and see this bring joy to others. Many people in this country need help and I want to do more,” said Hariparsad.

Bisaal described Hariparsad as an independent, career-driven individual who takes pride in herself and balances work and family life well. “She has the potential to inspire young individuals about what they can achieve through determination and perseverance.”

She is the only finalist representing Johannesburg and hopes to support the Bethany Home, which functions as a safe house for abused women and children in Bertrams, Johannesburg, during the upcoming months.

Nirvana Hariparsad is a finalist in the 2017 Mrs India South Africa pageant.

Since this kind of competition is completely new for her, she has been receiving advice from her friend Uraysha Ramrachia, who won Miss India Mauritius seven years ago. “She has been a judge at a similar competition and is helping me prepare for the talent segment since she is an established dancer,” said Hariparsad.

The final round, which takes place on 8 October at the Izulu Theatre in Durban, consists of three segments: an evening segment, a talent segment and an eastern segment. Finalists will need to wear clothing matching each segment and answer two questions in two of the segments. During the week of the pageant, finalists will also undergo one on one interviews. Scores for the pageant and the interviews will be added up to crown Mrs India South Africa 2017.

Hariparsad will be doing a modern Bollywood dance and singing in Hindi for the talent segment – both activities she is unfamiliar with.

Hariparsad is preparing to win and is looking for sponsors to put their names on her finalist’s brochure and sash. The community is encouraged to like her Facebook page “Nirvana Hariparsad – Mrs India South Africa 2017 finalist” to learn more about her work and see how they can assist in her charity ventures.

Details: Contact Nirvana if you are able to assist with sponsorship on 072 630 6743.


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