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Darjeeling, Nov. 11: Preparations are almost complete to host more than 200 students who are expected to take part in a fashion show, touted to be one of the biggest cultural jamborees in Darjeeling in recent time.

The three-day Pragya Shri/Sushri Pahari Pratik contest from November 15 is modelled on the “tradition” theme.

“The main focus of the event will be the showcase of the rich tradition of the region and also the strengthening of the idea of India, which is a mosaic of varied culture and tradition,” said Nima Sherpa, the spokesperson for the organising committee.

The Gorkha Janmukti Vidyarthi Morcha, which will organise the show to mark its foundation day on November 15, has tied up with the Academy of Broadcasting and the St Michael’s Youth Centre.

“At times we need to move beyond political affiliations and motives. Our only aim is to bring about unity among students of the region, including Sikkim, and provide a platform for exchange of ideas and increase the bonhomie among the students,” said Sherpa, who is also the general secretary of the Vidyarthi Morcha. “We are expecting 200-300 students to participate in the event.”

The student wing of the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha has invited students from the Dooars and the Terai to take part in the show.

The event will promote the concept of “serious fun”.

“For three days, the participants will have to attend workshops and seminars where they will not only be taught the nitty-gritty of fashion but will also be provided with tips on how to develop a good personality,” said Sherpa.

The organisers have engaged experts from the region to guide the contestants on body language, etiquette and mannerism.

“Speakers will also provide tips to the participants on the art of public speaking and a well known hair stylists from Kathmandu, Neel David, has consented to attend the workshop,” said Sherpa.

The workshop will be held at the Darjeeling Gymkhana Club, while the finals will be held at Chowrastha.

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