Miss India SA: Ambassador for the young

2010-07-20 00:00

KWAZULU-NATAL’s newest youth ambassador is more than just a pretty face — she’s a third-year law student with a flair for the dramatic arts.

Uraysha Ramracheya (20) was crowned Miss India South Africa KZN on Saturday night, a role she said she has been preparing for since she was four years old. “Everything I have done since I was a child has been gearing towards this. This is honestly where I want to be.”

Ramracheya said she had carefully considered her drama and law combination when applying to universities.

“I have wanted to act for as long as I can remember,” she said. “My mother supported me, but also encouraged me to have something to fall back on, which is why I chose law and drama.”

Ramracheya wowed the judges with a semi-autobiographical mono-drama.

“It involved drama, singing and dance — all in three minutes,” she said.

“I explored the issue of identity; between being Indian and being South African,” she explained.

“My monologue ended with the words ‘Indian by soul, South African by heart; I will be both’ and that is the solution to the dilemma we face as young Indians,” she said.

Ramracheya said that in the coming year she hopes to work with organisations promoting culture among the youth .

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