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Fusion dance a show of diversity

Dawn Gibson
Friday, April 26, 2013

THE young, talented Sheryl Kumar represented the country last night at the Miss India World pageant's talent night in Kuala Lumpur.

The 20-year-old did a Pacific island and Indian fusion dance at the global competition; a dance which was choreographed by the Oceania Dance theatre and Shobna Chanel.

"Her talent represents the Indo-Fijian woman who embraces both her Fijian culture and her Indian roots," explained 2009 former Miss India winner, Naziah Ali.

Ms Ali, who has been part of the team which helped prepare Ms Kumar for the international stage, said she hoped this dance highlighted the diversity of Fiji as a country.

Ms Kumar left the country over the weekend for Malaysia to represent the country on the international stage, alongside Miss India Fiji director, Aliyah Jan.

Ms Jan, speaking in a statement earlier this week, said she had high hopes for the ZAR Logistics Miss India Fiji.

"Sheryl has prepared well and is determined to make Fiji proud on an international platform showcasing our Pacific and Indian art and culture through her dance," she said.

Miss India Fiji is affiliated with the Miss India World Pageant, which globally is known as "the most glamorous Indian function in the world".

The pageant opened on Saturday April 20 and will conclude tomorrow evening with the crowning ceremony.