PAGEANT DIRECTOR - Ruchika Dias
Ms. Dias is the Founder and CEO of Bollywood Shake and the Bollywood Pageants. She believes that a woman's true beauty is her inner beauty which always shines through. She created this platform for strong, independent and smart women to be role models in the community and make a difference. The Bollywood Pageants also provide a platform to represent the South Asian Desi Culture to the rest of the world!
Ruchika grew up in India and has been trained in Indian classical music and dance. Ruchika Dias also has an MS degree in Computer Engineering and an MBA degree both from the University of Texas at Austin.
Ruchika was featured on Houston's Fox 26 News, Houston's ABC 13, Austin's News 8 "Fit for Friday" show, KEYE/CBS's "We Are Austin" show, University of Texas's "Daily Texan" newspaper, Austin's Community Impact newspaper, "To Do Austin" magazine, News channel, TV-Asia Houston's Indo American newspaper, Houston's Voice of Asia newspaper and several other media publications.
PAGEANT COACH - Niharika Nag
Niharika is a former Miss India Top 10 Finalist, Model, Make-up artist and Radio Jockey. Niharika joined the Bollywood Pageant team because she has always believed in making a difference in the lives of people and her passion and professional experience makes her an asset to the team.
Niharika has participated in Lakme Fashion Week 2009 - 2010, Wills India Fashion Week 2009 - 2010, Colombo International Fashion Week, Bangalore Fashion Week, Chennai International Fashion week and Splash shows in Dubai UAE 2008 - 2010. She won a Contract with Vogue Eyewear for 1 Year. She has walked the runway for designers such as Falguni and Shane Peacock, J J Vallaya, Vikram Phadnis, Manish Malhotra, Manish Arora, Ritu Kumar, Rohit Bal, Satya Paul and Swapnil Shinde. She has also acted in a Kannada movie.
Niharika is also very actively involved in rescue and fostering of stray and abandoned dogs. She believes that it is a very emotionally challenging thing to do, but it makes her feel like she is making a difference in the lives of beings that can't speak for themselves.
judges coordinator - pavana gadde
Pavana is a Senior Strategy Manager and Chief of Staff at Hewlett Packard Enterprise. She was crowned as Mrs. Social media winner in Mrs. India USA 2015 Pageant Nationals, Mrs. Bollywood USA 2014 First runner up and Mrs. TANA Houston 2015 winner. She walked the ramp for many fashion shows like Mandira Bedi fashion show, Houston Bridal Show, North Houston Vintage Bridal Show, Fusion couture, Ramp with a cause to raise money for Clean India initiative. Pavana was also a Judge for Baby Miss America Nationals and State Pageants. Pavana was featured emceeing for V6 news and on Houston Live One and Fox News.
In her IT career, Pavana introduced world's first Android Desktop computer and was honored as 'Star Woman' of IT on International Women's day 2014. Pavana does her part to give back to the society. She supports 6 children in India and Africa, is a board member of Katy ISD GT advisory board and volunteers with Junior Achievement and Destination Imagination.
Pavana is a mother of two adorable children and wife of loving and supporting husband who also aims high and respects her passion & aspirations. Pavana enjoys and cherishes her time with the family the most! She is happy to be on the Bollywood Pageant team to ensure that the judging process is fair and unbiased and that the best candidate wins!
PAGEANT DANCE CHOREGRAPHER - Priti Islam
Priti is a culturally diverse Dancer and Choreographer from Houston. Her love for dance started at the age of 10 when she began to train in traditional, classical and bollywood dance. Priti is currently a choreographer and instructor for Bollywood Shake and has had the privilege to dance with many other professional teams, including Hybrid Rhythms, Ek Do Teen Dance, Nishani Bhangra, Texas Latin Dance, and most recently, OneUp Hip Hop Dance Troupe. In addition, she has performed for music videos, halftime shows, exhibition performances and opening acts for artists such as Sunidhi Chauhan, Atif Aslam, Sonu Nigam and others! Her dance style and inspiration comes from her Bollywood icon, Madhuri Dixit.
Recently, Priti was a finalist in the Miss Texas International 2016 pageant, reigning Miss Houston International 2015, and placed Top 5 in the Miss Bollywood Pageant 2014. Known for her energy, grace and dedication, Priti has continued to share her passion for dance with others and is thrilled at the opportunity to work with the Bollywood Pageant contestants!
CONTESTANT MANAGER - Bindhiya Suresh Babu
Bindhiya works at MD Anderson as a Sr. Coding Specialist. She is a mother of 2 wonderful children and wife to an extremely loving and supportive husband. Bindhiya is an extremely talented dancer, very creative and passionate about the projects she works on!
An avid and talented dancer, Bindhiya is trained in various forms of Indian classical dance and now performs Bollywood dancing. She started dancing at the age of 6 and has not stopped since! After performing on various stages, she officially started her own dance troupe Taal in 2016. Bindhiya is always looking at new avenues to explore her talents!
Bindhiya was a contestant in the Bollywood Pageant USA 2015, loves working with people and currently lends her talents as a core team member of the pageant team!
PAGEANT FITNESS COACH - Anu Krish
Anu is a Certified Personal Trainer and Performance Enhancement Specialist. She has her own company called Body zone .
Fitness has always been her passion and she feels fortunate to be able to share this with clients and friends. Her goal as a trainer is to motivate , inspire and educate others about the benefits of exercising and living a healthy lifestyle .
Anu is looking forward to working with the contestants on their fitness and dietary goals as their Fitness Coach!
EAST COAST DIRECTOR - Vishakha Shah
Vishakha Shah, your Mrs. Bollywood New Jersey 2016 is a true example of beauty with brains! Vishakha is a life long entrepreneur and recently joined Far West Capital as Vice President, Tristate Region. Before joining Far West Capital, Vishakha ran her own business and grew it to a revenue of $2M.
Vishakha married at a young age, but continued to learn and grow after marriage, unleashing her full potential. She has a very successful career, is a mother of a 5-year old and a role model for all women who want to achieve their dreams.
We are very pleased to have Vishakha on board to help us find women of substance on the East Coast who can represent “Beauty with a Purpose” at the Bollywood Pageant! For queries, contact -
Email- [email protected], Phone- 201.281.3168