THE ANOKHI AWARDS 2017@The Liberty Grand-Tuesday, November 28, 2017
By Kimberly Samnang
HOTSTAR PRESENTS THE ANOKHI AWARDS 2017 HONOURED THE SOUTH ASIAN COMMUNITY FROM AROUND THE WORLD AT A STAR-STUDDED GALA IN TORONTO TO COMMEMORATE 14 YEARS OF THE BRAND
‘Hotstar Presents The ANOKHI Awards 2017’ rolled out the red carpet to welcome some of the world’s most renowned names in the areas of business, media, entertainment, crusader, and glamour, at Toronto’s historic Liberty Grand Entertainment Complex, on Tuesday November 28th.
The evening began with a sizzling red carpet reception with over 30 celebrities and personalities making the fateful walk down a 36 foot red carpet, which included ANOKHI Pulse Tv’s famous gold couch lounge against the backdrop of music by DJ Fizza. This was followed by a 2.5-hour auditorium style awards-fashion-entertainment show with 18 awards honours, 4 live musical performances, and a first of its kind fashion runway show, and hosted by 6 prominent personalities in media and entertainment.
The master of ceremonies, actor, comedian, and CBC radio host, Ali Hassan opened the show with a comedic monologue followed by ANOKHI MEDIA’s CEO and brand ambassador’s opening remarks that highlighted this year as the awards show’s 10th year that saw a record breaking nominations for Canadian South Asians. Raj spoke about the importance of the awards show, The ANOKHI List 2017 coffee table book, the vision behind the brand and the importance of recognizing and celebrating community achievements. She also thanked the event’s presenting sponsor Hotstar, followed by name mentions of the various sponsors and partners that helped make the event a great success.
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The night ended with an exclusive post show soiree with DJ Amita Handa entertaining the guests until midnight. For those who were unable to attend due to the event being sold out, snippets of it was streamed live on ANOKHI MEDIA’s Facebook page, which can be see here: https://www.facebook.com/ANOKHIMedia/.
The event unveiled the 3rd edition commemorative coffee table book, The ANOKHI List 2017, featuring an eclectic array of 30 personalities from around the world. Over 600 guests attended the glamorous event and were all gifted a complimentary copy of the book as they left for the night.
The 18 awards presented honoured the following who were inducted into the global ANOKHI honourees fraternity:
PRESENTED BY HOTSTAR, MEDIA AWARDS: HOSTED BY ANGIE SETH, News Anchor, Global TV
– Babbu The Painter: Most Promising Artist 2017
– Hatecopy: Media Influencer Of The Year 2017
– Jake Dheer: Excellence In Broadcast Media 2017
PRESENTED BY HOTSTAR, CRUSADER AWARDS: HOSTED BY HINA P. ANSARI, Editor-in-Chief, The ANOKHI List 2017
– Niam Kumar Jain: Most Promising Autism Crusader 2017
– Arshad Khan: LGBTQI Crusader Of The Year 2017
PRESENTED BY HOTSTAR, ENTERTAINMENT AWARDS: HOSTED BY MOHIT RAJHANS, Principle & Creative Director, Think Start Inc.
– YouTwoTV: Comedic Performers Of The Year 2017
– Asad Mecci: Performer Of The Year 2017
PRESENTED BY HOTSTAR, BUSINESS AWARDS: HOSTED BY JAKE DHEER, Senior Manager, Omni TV
– Reetu Gupta: Business Executive Of The Year 2017
– Naveen Prasad: Excellence in Film Entrepreneurship 2017
– Monika Deol: Excellence In Brand Entrepreneurship 2017
– Robin Sharma: Excellence In Wealth Entrepreneurship 2017
GLAMOUR AWARDS: HOSTED BY TRAVIS DHANRAJ, Anchor-Reporter, CP24 &Co-host, CP24 BREAKFAST WEEKEND
– Saman Munir: Beauty Influencer Of The Year 2017
– Nindy Kaur: Excellent In Style Innovation 2017
– Ali Xeeshan: Excellence In Fashion Design 2017
MUSIC AWARDS: HOSTED BY DEVO BROWN, Host & Personality, City TV- Mili Soch: Most Promising Musical Artist 2017
– Roveena: Female Musical Artist Of The Year 2017
– Deep Jandu: Male Musical Artist Of The Year 2017
– Raxstar: Excellence In Music Performance 2017
The 4 live musical performances were are eclectic as the genres of music showcased:
– Mili Soch, Desi Hip-Hop Artist
– Roveena, Award-Winning Singer-Songwriter
– Raxstar, Award-Winning Rap Artist
– Deep Jandu, Popular Bhangra Singer
First-time Canadian showcase of Pakistan’s number one bridal and celebrity fashion designer:
– Ali Xeeshan, Celebrity & Bridal Fashion Designer
ANOKHI MEDIA’s personalities also participated in the evening:
– Opening remarks by Raj Girn, Founder, President & CEO, ANOKHI MEDIA
– Ruchika Bindra, ANOKHI Pulse Tv Lounge Host
– Vasudha Sharma, ANOKHI Spotlight Tv Host
– Kartikey Bhargava, ANOKHI MEDIA Facebook Live Host
Pre & Post Show Soiree performances by:
– DJ Fizza, Celebrity Deejay
– DJ Amita, Celebrity Deejay
RAJ GIRN, FOUNDER PRESIDENT & CEO PHOTO CREDITS
– Hair By: Joico
– Makeup By: Pretty Woman Cosmetics
– Jewelry By: Seasonz Toronto
– Dress By: Private Designer
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About ANOKHI MEDIA
ANOKHI MEDIA was founded in 2002 by its award-winning President and CEO Raj Girn, who had the vision of creating a one-stop multimedia resource to communicate and engage intimately with the global South Asian community to which she belongs, as well as provide a platform for relevant and penetrative connectivity between the community and the commercial world at large. With this as the central focus and mission statement, Raj and her team have cultivated a 14-year history of a brand that has forged this vision into the mindshare of the community and market share of the client.
ANOKHI MEDIA’s portfolio includes a robust online community with an online magazine, blogosphere, three video channels, a print and digital coffee table book, an annual awards show, a boutique event series, a weekly newsletter, and a global social media network. It has also garnered an extensive, long-term, multi-national client base due to its innovative strategies and pioneering initiatives. The brand has become North America’s premier “go to” information resource for all aspects associated with South Asian pop culture, lifestyle and entertainment, for the consumer, the media and the commercial sector al large.
We would like to thank Raj Girn, President and CEO of Anokhi Media and Sumit Ahuja
at Media Workss for this invitation.