Nov 07, 2007
The finals of the Smt Karnataka contest organised by Zee Kannada was held on November 2, 2007, in Bangalore. It was a grand evening, and it seemed like the cloud too opened up to salute women of substance. This was Zee Kannada's way of paying tribute to all the women - the Shrimathis – who handle the almost thankless job of taking care of their spouse, children and extended families. Twenty contestants were chosen from over 600 applicants from 27 districts to participate in this exciting and innovative contest. Contestants were evaluated based on several criteria - endurance, fiscal prudence, humour, culinary skills, co-ordination, resource management, time management, costumes, beauty make over, persuasive skills and aesthetic quotient amongst others. The eight finalists comprised two each from Mysore, Hubli, Bangalore and Mangalore. They then went through the archetypal Q&A round and followed by a ramp walk. The Top 5 then had a compatibility test with their husband. Besides the Smt Karnataka title, awards were given in other categories like Smt Talented, Smt Congeniality, Smt Energetic and Smt Charming, based on viewers' choice. The entertainment quotient for the evening was completed by a plethora of dance performances. Popular singers Manjula Gururaj, Sunil Raoh and Mysore Gangotri Ramaswamy entertained the audiences with their melodious renditions. Mail your feedback on this article to firstname.lastname@example.org.