The Hottest South Asian Awards Night – The Hotstar ANOKHI Awards 2017!


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

ANOKHI AWARDS 2017
ANOKHI AWARDS 2017

‘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.

ANOKHI Awards Show
ANOKHI Awards Show

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 honors, 4 live musical performances, and a first of its kind fashion runway show, and hosted by 6 prominent personalities in media and entertainment.

Fashion Showcase By Ali Xeeshan
Fashion Showcase By Ali Xeeshan

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 nomination 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.

ANOKHI MEDIA's CEO Raj Girn
ANOKHI MEDIA’s CEO Raj Girn

[free-them]’s founder and CEO Shae Invidiata spoke on the initiative’s dedication to raising awareness and funds to abolish human trafficking in Canada and abroad by partnering with people, organizations, & businesses to fight human trafficking.

[free-them] Founder Shae Invidiata
[free-them] Founder Shae Invidiata
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 were streamed live on ANOKHI MEDIA’s Facebook page, which can be seen here: https://www.facebook.com/ANOKHIMedia/.

Raxstar Performance
Raxstar Performance

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.

Perforance by Roveena
Performance by Roveena

The 18 awards presented honored 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

Babbu The Painter Wins Most Promising Artist 2017 Award
Babbu The Painter Wins Most Promising Artist 2017 Award

–           Hatecopy: Media Influencer Of The Year 2017

Hatecopy Wins Media Influencer Of The Year 2017 Award
Hatecopy Wins Media Influencer Of The Year 2017 Award

–           Jake Dheer: Excellence In Broadcast Media 2017

Jake Dheer Wins Excellence In Broadcast Media 2017 Award
Jake Dheer Wins Excellence In Broadcast Media 2017 Award

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

Winner Niam Kumar Jain of Most Promising Autism Crusader 2017 With His Mother Nina Jain
Winner Niam Kumar Jain of Most Promising Autism Crusader 2017 With His Mother Nina Jain

–           Arshad Khan: LGBTQI Crusader Of The Year 2017 

Arshad Khan Wins LGBTQI Crusader Of The Year 2017
Arshad Khan Wins 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

YouTwoTV Win Comedic Performers Of The Year 2017
YouTwoTV Win Comedic Performers Of The Year 2017

–           Asad Mecci: Performer Of The Year 2017

Asad Mecci Wins Performer Of The Year 2017 Award
Asad Mecci Wins Performer Of The Year 2017 Award

PRESENTED BY HOTSTAR, BUSINESS AWARDS: HOSTED BY JAKE DHEER, Senior Manager, Omni TV

–           Reetu Gupta: Business Executive Of The Year 2017 

Reetu Gupta Wins Business Executive Of The Year 2017 Award
Reetu Gupta Wins Business Executive Of The Year 2017 Award

–           Naveen Prasad: Excellence in Film Entrepreneurship 2017

–            Monika Deol: Excellence In Brand Entrepreneurship 2017

Monika Deol Wins Excellence In Brand Entrepreneurship 2017 Award
Monika Deol Wins Excellence In Brand Entrepreneurship 2017 Award

–            Robin Sharma: Excellence In Wealth Entrepreneurship 2017

Robin Sharma Wins Excellence In Wealth Entrepreneurship 2017 Award
Robin Sharma Wins Excellence In Wealth Entrepreneurship 2017 Award

GLAMOUR AWARDS: HOSTED BY TRAVIS DHANRAJ, Anchor-Reporter, CP24 &Co-host, CP24 BREAKFAST WEEKEND

–           Saman Munir: Beauty Influencer Of The Year 2017

Saman Munir Wins Beauty Influencer Of The Year 2017 Award
Saman Munir Wins Beauty Influencer Of The Year 2017 Award

–            Nindy Kaur: Excellent In Style Innovation 2017

Nindy Kaur Wins Excellent In Style Innovation 2017 Award
Nindy Kaur Wins Excellent In Style Innovation 2017 Award

–           Ali Xeeshan: Excellence In Fashion Design 2017

Ali Xeeshan Wins Excellence In Fashion Design 2017 Award
Ali Xeeshan Wins Excellence In Fashion Design 2017 Award

MUSIC AWARDS: HOSTED BY DEVO BROWN, Host & Personality, City TV

–           Mili Soch: Most Promising Musical Artist 2017

Mili Soch Wins Most Promising Musical Artist 2017 Award
Mili Soch Wins Most Promising Musical Artist 2017 Award

–           Roveena: Female Musical Artist Of The Year 2017

Roveena Wins Female Musical Artist Of The Year 2017 Award
Roveena Wins Female Musical Artist Of The Year 2017 Award

–            Deep Jandu: Male Musical Artist Of The Year 2017

Deep Jandu Wins Male Musical Artist Of The Year 2017 Award
Deep Jandu Wins Male Musical Artist Of The Year 2017 Award

–            Raxstar: Excellence In Music Performance 2017

Raxstar Wins Excellence In Music Performance 2017 Award
Raxstar Wins Excellence In Music Performance 2017 Award

The 4 live musical performances were are eclectic as the genres of music showcased:

PERFORMANCES BY:

–           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

Fashion Showcase By Ali Xeeshan
Fashion Showcase By Ali Xeeshan

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 Spinning During Media Reception
DJ Fizza Spinning During Media Reception

–           DJ Fizza, Celebrity Deejay

–           DJ Amita, Celebrity Deejay

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 at large.

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