About Us

Miss India DMV is a beauty contest for young women of Indian descent who are residents of the DC, Maryland & Virginia area. Miss India DMV is a pageant that molds every ladies’ individual persona. We nurture and better every woman's confidence and help them develop excellent communication skills, fine etiquette and manners, and thus in the process imbibe fashion, style, and grace. The Final winner is one who exhibits excelled beauty, high moral and ethical standards and one who can speak intelligently about various issues concerning humanity and society. In line with our plans to revolutionize and spice up the usually linear beauty pageantry. It ensures learning, development, building confidence and strengthening the bond between diverse cultures of Indians abroad.

NIRATHI RAO (DIRECTOR)

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As founder and director of Rhythmaya, Nirathi Rao is dedicated to providing exceptional quality in Indian dance instruction, original choreography, and performance services in the Washington, DC metro area. She teaches and manages multiple Bollywood classes/branches spanning numerous locations at Rhythmaya. Due to Nirathi’s initiative, drive and leadership, Rhythmaya has grown from a small basement dance class to an extensive dance academy and devoted community and teaching the students to give back and take part in many service projects.

Nirathi’s passion for the performing arts is a product of unshakeable southern roots that can be traced to South India’s Andhra Pradesh and Huntsville, Alabama. Due to the scarcity of dance instructors in her hometown of Huntsville, Nirathi began to master her craft by self-choreographing routines at the age of 10. In addition, she spent two summers in India under Smt. Sumathy Kaushal and learned the basics of the Kuchipudi Indian Classical Dance form.

Today, Nirathi lives with her husband, Jayant, and their three daughters in Northern Virginia. In her spare time, she enjoys singing, MCing and organizing large and small scale events, bringing her community together, and spending time with her VERY large family.

SHWETA MISRA (DIRECTOR)

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A talented and passionate woman, Shweta Misra is a renowned Kathak dancer and software engineer. She has been teaching Kathak in the northern Virginia area for more than 18 years. She is also a former Mrs India Virginia and 1st runner up of the Mrs Jewel of India USA competition. In 2018-2019, Shweta was honored with the Mrs.India DC crown. She, now, trains models in pageantry and has choreographed various fashion shows.

Her students are high-achieving champions of nationwide competitions like Boogie Woogie and Dance India Dance. She has choreographed performances at the National Cherry Blossom Festival, the Indian Embassy, the White House, Andrews Air Force Base, the Kennedy Center, the National Women Empowerment conference, and other very prestigious events. A philanthropic at heart, Shweta spends her free time supporting small businesses as an influencer and as the regional coordinator for World Vision. Her vision is invested in women empowerment and inspiration!

DEEPA SHAHANI SOOD & MANISH SOOD (ORGANIZERS)

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Deepa & Manish are the founders and CEO's of Intense Entertainment, IntenseDMV and Intense 102.9 FM Radio.
Intense Entertainment LLC. is a premiere entertainment company representing the best in South Asian Entertainment in Washington DC, Maryland & Virginia. The company took the South Asian live concert business to new heights. The established banner of Intense Entertainment has proven itself reliable time and time again to showcase the best of Bollywood in the Washington DC, Maryland & Virginia area. Intense Entertainment specializes in the planning and production of large-scale events as well as in the marketing and management of talent. They tailor both our marketing and management to perfectly compliment our clients. Intense Entertainment also strives in promoting local talent by providing them a platform to showcase their talent. Hence they started  Miss India DMV to give a platform to   young women of Indian descent who are residents of the DC, Maryland & Virginia area.They want to nurture and better every woman's confidence and help them develop excellent communication skills, fine etiquette and manners, and thus in the process imbibe fashion, style, and grace.