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Winners of International Indian Icon honored

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Sanskriti Akhoury

The grand finale of the season 1 of the International Indian Icon (3iii) was held at The Meadows Club in Rolling Meadows, Illinois, on December 2 in front of well-known personalities and viewers from across the world.

The winners in each category of the world’s 1st online/In-person Indian reality show were honored and crowned by eminent personalities in the field of arts.

Indian American Sanskriti Akhoury emerged the winner in the singing category. Swarali Karulkar and Ananya Goparaju won dance and instruments competition. The winners were honored by Grand Master and renowned musician Bappi Lahiri, and dancer Meenakshi Seshadri.

Simran Sethi Ankola and Mahima Cielappa were declared the first and second runners-up in singing category. Udhayaprakash Ravindran and Revolution Institute of Performing Arts were declared first and second runner-ups in the dance category. While Tabla player Ashish Tare won the first runner-up position, flute/piccolo performer Aneesha Mantripragada was chosen as the second runner-up in instruments category.

Swarali Karulkar

Grand Master (singing and instruments) Bappi Lahiri, Grand Master (dance) Meenakshi Seshadri, along with Gioconda Vessichelli (singing and instruments) and Anuradha Palakurthi (singing) and Prachi Jaitly (dance) were the judges for the contest.

Deepak Kant Vyas of Redberri and Anil Loomba of Home Mortgage Solutions were the guests of honor at the show.

Ananya Goparaju

The winners were selected through online voting by people across the world and the judging panel.

Envisioned as a grand online/in-person reality show narrative over five seasons, the 3iii is considered as a global destination for Indian performance reality competitions worldwide.

The first season was conceptualized under the production of Gee Vision Inc.

The first phase was open to all residents of The United States of America and Canada in either of the three performance categories. According to Gee Vision’s website, subsequent seasons of the show will be held in UK, Australia, and South Africa. In the fifth season, the show will come home to India where the best of the best in the previous four seasons will go head to head against the best of India for the ultimate crown.

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