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International Pageant

July 29th and 31st
2021

KINGSPORT, TENNESSEE

Showcasing
The Accomplishments
Of Today's
Teens ®

Miss Teen India International®

Shreya Durbha

What Superhero would you like to be and why?
Ive been a musical geek for all of my lifein elementary school, I picked up flute, guitar, and piano, and have never put them down since! My love for singing began after I watched High School Musical in second grade. Every single night, I would practice Breaking Free in my room. My practice must have paid off because now, nine years later, Ive sung for multiple choirs, 2000-person crowds, and at Carnegie Hall!

What according to you is a true friend?
During my frequent trips to India as a young girl, on the first day of our visits, my family and I would all sit on the floor and eat lunch off of a huge banana leaf. My aunts would make a variety of curries and end the meal with fresh Gulab Jamun (dessert) from the local store. Afterwards, I would lay on my great grandmothers lap while my cousins, uncles, and aunts told horror stories.

How do you handle criticism?
From as early as I can remember, Ive always had my nose stuffed in a book. In fact, there were many times in school when my teachers would yell at me for reading too much! My passion for reading introduced me to writing, and by seventh grade, I finished my own novel and became a full-time volunteer at the library. My love for reading is a huge reason behind my advocacy of child education.

When was the last time you tried something new?
Bollywood dancing was, and still is, one of my favorite hobbies. I started Indian dancing when I was about five years old, and moved from Kathaak to Bharatnatyam and finally, to Bollywood Fusion, which puts hip hop dance moves to Bollywood film songs. Now, I take every opportunity I can to show off my skills and perform!

Do you think crying is a sign of weakness or strength?
I knew that I wanted to go into business after I switched my Pop Tiger magazines with my dads Time magazines and made $100 from a snow-shoveling business in middle school, but it was only after attending the UN Human Rights conference that I realized I also have, and have always had, a passion for social entrepreneurship. This summer, after attending Cornells Social Entrepreneurship program, I will enact my social change project in India.