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Meet Sandeep Kumar, the ‘King’ of Male pageantry in India.

Sandeep Kumar with the class of Rubaru Mister India 2016.

Male pageantry came into existence quite later than the female pageantry. However, in recent times male pageants have gained immense success and have been recognised as one of the most anticipated and widely watched recurring events in the world. In this article, we’ll be talking about someone who is addressed by several names, he is known as the person who changed the face of Indian pageantry, he is the one who has been named as the best national director of the year not just once but twice, we’d like to call him, the ‘King’ of male pageantry in India. He is none other than the founder and president of Rubaru Group, the parent organization of Rubaru Mister India pageant, Sandeep Kumar.

Sandeep Kumar with the class of Rubaru Mister India 2016.
Sandeep Kumar with the class of Rubaru Mister India 2016.

An entrepreneur, social activist and painter by profession, Sandeep hails from the Indian state of Haryana. His tryst with male pageantry began in mid-2000s when he established Rubaru Group. He started his journey by organizing a regional male pageant in Northern India that later went on to become India’s biggest and most renowned annual competition for men and is now known by the name, the Rubaru Mister India contest.

A masterpiece created by Kumar.
A masterpiece created by Kumar.

 

Sandeep Kumar being awarded with the title of "Best National Director" by Luis Trujillo, the president of Mister Model International Pageant in 2014 in Dominican Republic.
Sandeep Kumar being awarded with the title of “Best National Director” by Luis Trujillo, the president of Mister Model International Pageant in 2014 in Dominican Republic.

 

Sandeep Kumar being awarded as "Best National Director" by Pradit Pradinunt, the president of Mister Global and Supermodel International contests .
Sandeep Kumar being awarded as “Best National Director” by Pradit Pradinunt, the president of Mister Global and Supermodel International contests.

The year 2014 marked a turning point in Sandeep’s life as this was the year when Rubaru Group formed an association with an international organization. In 2014, the winner of Rubaru Mister India 2014 contest, Pratik Virk from Punjab represented India at one of the most prestigious annual international male pageants, the Mister Model International Pageant and was adjudged fourth runner up. This was also the year when Sandeep was awarded with the title of “Best National Director of Year” by the TIM Management Group, owned by Luis Trujillo, the founder of Mister Model International Pageant.

Sandeep Kumar with Pratik Virk, the winner of Rubaru Mister India 2014 and Mister Model International 2014 (4th runner up).
Sandeep Kumar with Pratik Virk, the winner of Rubaru Mister India 2014 and Mister Model International 2014 (4th runner up).

Sandeep is the first and only Indian till date to have been awarded with the title of “Best National Director” and that even twice. Since then, there was no looking back for him, from producing splendid editions of the Mister India contest to selecting the best representatives for international contests to making the entire nation proud, this man has left no stone unturned in bringing glory and laurels to India.

Sandeep Kumar with the winner of Rubaru Mister India 2016, Mudit Malhotra.
Sandeep Kumar with the winner of Rubaru Mister India 2016, Mudit Malhotra.

Within a short span of three (3) years (from 2014 – 2016), Rubaru Mister India contest has produced 1 international winner, 6 international runners-up and 3 international finalists. Apart from being the president of Rubaru Mister India, this gentleman also happens to be the mentor and groomer of the Rubaru Mister India titleholders as well.

In 2016, he created history by bringing Mister Model International 2016 pageant to India. It was the very first time that such a big modelling competition for men took place in India. It was also the very first time that this prestigious international male pageant moved out of its homeland, the Americas and took place in Asia. Other than this, the organization also hosted Supermodel International in 2016 and all set to host it again in 2017. Supermodel International is the world’s most renowned modelling contest for women, organized by Pradit Pradinunt, the owner of Mister Global. Sandeep Kumar also owns Rubaru Miss India Elite pageant, an annual pageant for women in India. Its winners have also placed at various international pageants and have brought pride to the nation.

Sandeep Kumar with the contestants of Mister Model International 2016 in New Delhi India.
Sandeep Kumar with the contestants of Mister Model International 2016 (Trinidad and Tobago, Mexico and Colombia)  in New Delhi India.

 

Sandeep Kumar with Mister Colombia, Mister Ecuador and Mister Ukraine in Seoul, South Korea
Sandeep Kumar with Mister Colombia, Mister Ecuador and Mister Ukraine in Seoul, South Korea

Today, Rubaru Mister India pageant is associated with the most prestigious and biggest international contests for men. The contest holds the licences of Mister International, Mister Global, Mister Model International, Mister Universal Ambassador, Mister United Continents, Mister Tourism World, Mister Grand International, Top International Model of the World and Mr Real Universe.

Sandeep Kumar with the owner of Mister International Organization, Alan Sim.
Sandeep Kumar with the owner of Mister International Organization, Alan Sim.
Sandeep Kumar with the owner of Mister International Organization and national directors of Sri Lanka, Korea, Hong Kong, Venezuela, the Netherlands and China.  (L-R) Brian from Sri Lanka, Jung-Hoon from Korea, Sandeep from India (ME), Frederick from Hong Kong, Alan Sim from Singapore (Owner of Mister International organisation), Raenrra from Venezuela, Lyron from the Netherlands; and Adam from China.
Sandeep Kumar with the owner of Mister International Organization and national directors of Sri Lanka, Korea, Hong Kong, Venezuela, the Netherlands and China.
(L-R) Brian from Sri Lanka, Jung-Hoon from Korea, Sandeep from India (ME), Frederick from Hong Kong, Alan Sim from Singapore (Owner of Mister International organisation), Raenrra from Venezuela, Lyron from the Netherlands; and Adam from China.

Other than organizing, fashion events and pageants, Rubaru Group also supports various causes in India. One of the main causes that the organization supports is “women empowerment” and also helps in improving the lives of the less fortunate. Such a great and noble purpose, it was an initiative started by Sandeep to serve his motherland.

Kumar while talking to Indian media about his campaign for "women empowerment".
Kumar while talking to Indian media about his campaign for “women empowerment”.

 

Sandeep Kumar with the newly elected Rubaru Mister International India 2017, Tabish Gulxar and Rubaru Mister Global India 2017, Srikant Dwivedi.
Sandeep Kumar with the newly elected Rubaru Mister International India 2017, Tabish Gulxar (left) and Rubaru Mister Global India 2017, Srikant Dwivedi (right).

No other Indian pageant organizer has achieved these kinds of milestones in his/her life apart from Sandeep Kumar. He is indeed the “King / Czar / Emperor” of male pageantry and one of the greatest personalities to join Indian pageantry. We, at Misterology would like to congratulate him for all his accomplishments and wish him all the very best for his future endeavours.  May he bring more pride and more glory to the world’s largest democracy, India!

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