By Our Reporter
SHILLONG: Damini Thapa won the “Miss Mawprem” contest at the “Mawpremfest 2012” held on Sunday last at Rilbong Ground before a huge crowd bringing double delight for Jhalupara which emerged as the champion locality in the two-day community Festival .
Bishnupur’s Michael Franco Kharshiing won the “Mawprem Prince” title while Kalpana Sharma of the same locality won the “Mrs Mawprem” contest helping their locality to become overall 1st runners-up team.
In the ten-team inter-locality meet Rilbong was adjudged the 2nd-Runners-up.
The beauty pageant which drew a swell crowd saw Suman Lyngdoh of Oxford and Sonam Khar of Mawbah secure 2nd and 3rd position in the ‘Miss Mawprem’ category, while Aaron Jasper Khongwir of Bishnupur and Siddharth Lyngdoh of Oxford occupied 2nd and 3rd place respectively in “Mawprem Prince” category.
In ‘Mrs Mawprem’ contest, Juliet M.Nongbet of Bishnupur and Bina Lama of Mawbah secured 2nd and 3rd spots respectively.
In the seven-km marathon race, Pranab Gurung (Jhalupara) became the champion, while Shankar Bishel and Kanhaiya Shah ( both from Lower Paltan Bazar) were first and second runner-up respectively.
Among the women runners, Poonam Regmi of Rilbong, Moni Dey of Combined Cantonment and Monisha Chettri of Jhalupara were winner, second and third place holders respectively.
Organised by Ardhendu Chaudhuri Charitable Trust, the Festival saw a healthy but frenzied contest on dances on modern songs, arm wrestling, tug-of-war, baby show, games of skill, Antakshari, go-as-you-like and traditional wedding dress contest among children.
At the concluding function popular singer Amit Paul made a special appearance and delighted the audience with some songs.
Prizes were later given away by Mawprem MLA Manas Chauadhuri.