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Highlights From Hotstar Presents The ANOKHI Awards 2017: An Evening Of Inspiration

Dec 08, 2017

Highlights From Hotstar Presents The ANOKHI Awards 2017
Highlights From Hotstar Presents The ANOKHI Awards 2017: It certainly was a glamourous night! Photo Credit: ANOKHI MEDIA/Georgia Esporlas

 

Hotstar Presents The ANOKHI Awards 2017 brought together a global collection of South Asian notables, respected community leaders as well as the extended ANOKHI community to ring in the most glamorous event of the year!  Check out our highlights from Hotstar Presents The ANOKHI Awards 2017 right here! 

Pre-Show Festivities

The evening which took place on November 28, 2017 was a culmination of eight months of preparations had over 600 guests who congregated at Toronto’s prestigious Liberty Grand Entertainment Complex to mix and mingle and take in the evening’s festivities which included the presentation of a record-breaking 18 awards, 4 incredible musical performances as well as a fashion show by noted Pakistani fashion designer Ali Xeeshan. All guests were also treated to ANOKHI Media’s 3rd annual coffee table book, Hotstar Presents The ANOKHI List 2017 as a take-home treat.

For those who weren’t able to attend the event, ANOKHI MEDIA had it covered as snippets of it was streamed live on ANOKHI MEDIA’s Facebook page, which can be see here: https://www.facebook.com/ANOKHIMedia/.

 

Highlights From Hotstar Presents The ANOKHI Awards 2017
Highlights From Hotstar Presents The ANOKHI Awards 2017: Pre-show cocktails complete with red carpet. Photo Credit: ANOKHI MEDIA/Georgia Esporlas

 

Highlights From Hotstar Presents The ANOKHI Awards 2017:
Highlights From Hotstar Presents The ANOKHI Awards 2017: The stage is set for the award show! Photo Credit: ANOKHI MEDIA/Georgia Esporlas

 

The impeccable decor of the Liberty Grand Entertainment Complex lent itself to the elegant festivities which started off with a pre-event cocktail reception with a incredible array of delicious appetizers presented by Chrome Sponsor, Brar’s Desserts. The room was filled with amazing music spun by DJ Fizza.

 

Highlights From Hotstar Presents The ANOKHI Awards 2017
Highlights From Hotstar Presents The ANOKHI Awards 2017: DJ Fizza on the red carpet. Photo Credit: ANOKHI MEDIA/Georgia Esporlas

 

Highlights From Hotstar Presents The ANOKHI Awards 2017
Highlights From Hotstar Presents The ANOKHI Awards 2017: DJ Amita Handa on the red carpet. Photo Credit: ANOKHI MEDIA/Georgia Esporlas

 

ANOKHI Pulse TV‘s trademark gold sofa was where celebrities sat for an exclusive interview before they started their jaunt down the 36-foot red carpet which was flanked by media from all over the world.

 

Highlights From Hotstar Presents The ANOKHI Awards 2017
Highlights From Hotstar Presents The ANOKHI Awards 2017: ANOKHI Pulse TV’s gold sofa was flanked with stars. Photo Credit: ANOKHI MEDIA/Georgia Esporlas

 

The Award Show

With the master of ceremonies, actor, comedian and CBC Radio host,  Ali Hassan (from CBC Radio) at the helm, the award segment started off promptly with opening remarks by ANOKHI MEDIA Founder & CEO and brand ambassador, Raj Girn who elegantly remarked about this being the 10th year of the award show and 14th year of the brand’s anniversary and noting how this year boasted a record number of Canadian nominations.

She also expanded on the importance of celebrating the various achievements of the global South Asian community, The ANOKHI List 2017 coffee table book and the vision behind the brand and the importance of recognizing community achievements. She also thanked the event’s presenting sponsor Hotstar, as well the numerous sponsors and partners that helped make the event a great success.

Immediately following the opening remarks, Charity Partner [free-them]’s founder and CEO Shae Invidiata gave a heart felt speech about the organization’s dedication to raising awareness and funds in Canada and abroad by partnering with people, organizations, & businesses to fight human trafficking.

 

Highlights From Hotstar Presents The ANOKHI Awards 2017
Highlights From Hotstar Presents The ANOKHI Awards 2017: The ANOKHI Awards. Photo Credit: ANOKHI MEDIA/Georgia Esporlas

 

Check out our wonderful roster of presenters! 

Highlights From Hotstar Presents The ANOKHI Awards 2017
Highlights From Hotstar Presents The ANOKHI Awards 2017: The evening’s master of ceremonies CBC’s Ali Hassan. Photo Credit: ANOKHI MEDIA/Georgia Esporlas

 

Highlights From Hotstar Presents The ANOKHI Awards 2017
Highlights From Hotstar Presents The ANOKHI Awards 2017: ANOKHI MEDIA Founder, CEO & Brand Ambassador, Raj Girn. Photo Credit: ANOKHI MEDIA/Georgia Esporlas

 

Highlights From Hotstar Presents The ANOKHI Awards 2017
Highlights From Hotstar Presents The ANOKHI Awards 2017: [free-them] Founder Shae Invidiata. Photo Credit: ANOKHI MEDIA/Georgia Esporlas

 

Highlights From Hotstar Presents The ANOKHI Awards 2017
Highlights From Hotstar Presents The ANOKHI Awards 2017: Global TV News Anchor Angie Seth hands out The Media Awards Presented by Hotstar. Photo Credit: ANOKHI MEDIA/Georgia Esporlas

 

 

Highlights From Hotstar Presents The ANOKHI Awards 2017
Highlights From Hotstar Presents The ANOKHI Awards 2017: Senior Manager of Omni TV Jake Dheer hands out The Business Awards Presented By Hotstar. Photo Credit: ANOKHI MEDIA/Georgia Esporlas

 

Highlights From Hotstar Presents The ANOKHI Awards 2017
Highlights From Hotstar Presents The ANOKHI Awards 2017: ANOKHI Media and The ANOKHI List Editor-In-Chief, Hina P. Ansari handed out The Crusader Awards Presented By Hotstar. Photo Credit: ANOKHI MEDIA/Georgia Esporlas

 

Highlights From Hotstar Presents The ANOKHI Awards 2017
Highlights From Hotstar Presents The ANOKHI Awards 2017: Mohit Rajhans, Principle & Creative Director, Think Start Inc. hands out The Entertainment Awards Presented By Hotstar. Photo Credit: ANOKHI MEDIA/Georgia Esporlas

 

Highlights From Hotstar Presents The ANOKHI Awards 2017
Highlights From Hotstar Presents The ANOKHI Awards 2017: Travis Dhanraj, Anchor-Reporter, CP24 &Co-host, CP24 Breakfast Weekend hands out The Glamour Awards Presented by Hotstar. Photo Credit: ANOKHI MEDIA/Georgia Esporlas

 

Highlights From Hotstar Presents The ANOKHI Awards 2017
Highlights From Hotstar Presents The ANOKHI Awards 2017: Devo Brown, host & Personality, City TV handed out The Music Awards Presented By Hotstar. Photo Credit: ANOKHI MEDIA/Georgia Esporlas

 

Check out our gallery of the winners below! 

Highlights From Hotstar Presents The ANOKHI Awards 2017
Highlights From Hotstar Presents The ANOKHI Awards 2017: Jake Dheer Senior Manager of Omni TV wins Excellence In Broadcast Media 2017. Photo Credit: ANOKHI MEDIA/Georgia Esporlas

 

Highlights From Hotstar Presents The ANOKHI Awards 2017:
Highlights From Hotstar Presents The ANOKHI Awards 2017: Artist Niam Kumar Jain winner of Most Promising Autism Crusader 2017 with his mother Nina Jain. Photo Credit: ANOKHI MEDIA/Georgia Esporlas

 

Highlights From Hotstar Presents The ANOKHI Awards 2017
Highlights From Hotstar Presents The ANOKHI Awards 2017: Documentary filmmaker Arshad Khan wins LGBTQI Crusader Of The Year 2017. Photo Credit: ANOKHI MEDIA/Georgia Esporlas

 

Highlights From Hotstar Presents The ANOKHI Awards 2017
Highlights From Hotstar Presents The ANOKHI Awards 2017: YouTube Comedians YouTwoTv wins Comedic Performers Of The Year 2017. Photo Credit: ANOKHI MEDIA/Georgia Esporlas

 

Highlights From Hotstar Presents The ANOKHI Awards 2017
Highlights From Hotstar Presents The ANOKHI Awards 2017: Master Hypnotist Asad Mecci wins Performer Of The Year 2017. Photo Credit: ANOKHI MEDIA/Georgia Esporlas

 

Highlights From Hotstar Presents The ANOKHI Awards 2017
Highlights From Hotstar Presents The ANOKHI Awards 2017: COO of Easton Group of Hotels and The Gupta Group Reetu Gupta wins Business Executive Of The Year 2017. Photo Credit: ANOKHI MEDIA/Georgia Esporlas

 

Highlights From Hotstar Presents The ANOKHI Awards 2017:
Highlights From Hotstar Presents The ANOKHI Awards 2017: Executive Vice President of Elevation Pictures Naveen Prasad. Photo Credit: ANOKHI MEDIA/Georgia Esporlas

 

Highlights From Hotstar Presents The ANOKHI Awards 2017
Highlights From Hotstar Presents The ANOKHI Awards 2017: Iconic television personality and founder & president of STELLAR cosmetics Monika Deol wins Excellence In Brand Entrepreneurship 2017. Photo Credit: ANOKHI MEDIA/Georgia Esporlas

 

Highlights From Hotstar Presents The ANOKHI Awards 2017
Highlights From Hotstar Presents The ANOKHI Awards 2017: Renowned author and speaker Robin Sharma wins Excellence In Wealth Entrepreneurship 2017. Photo Credit: ANOKHI MEDIA/Georgia Esporlas

 

Highlights From Hotstar Presents The ANOKHI Awards 2017
Highlights From Hotstar Presents The ANOKHI Awards 2017: Beauty blogger and influencer Saman Munir wins Beauty Influencer Of The Year 2017. Photo Credit: ANOKHI MEDIA/Georgia Esporlas

 

Highlights From Hotstar Presents The ANOKHI Awards 2017
Highlights From Hotstar Presents The ANOKHI Awards 2017: Singer and songwriter Nindy Kaur wins Excellent In Style Innovation 2017. Photo Credit: ANOKHI MEDIA/Georgia Esporlas

 

Highlights From Hotstar Presents The ANOKHI Awards 2017
Highlights From Hotstar Presents The ANOKHI Awards 2017: Celebrity and bridal fashion designer wins Ali Xeeshan Excellence In Fashion Design 2017. Photo Credit: ANOKHI MEDIA/Georgia Esporlas

 

Highlights From Hotstar Presents The ANOKHI Awards 2017
Highlights From Hotstar Presents The ANOKHI Awards 2017: Desi Hip-Hop artist Mili Soch wins Most Promising Musical Artist 2017. Photo Credit: ANOKHI MEDIA/Georgia Esporlas

 

Highlights From Hotstar Presents The ANOKHI Awards 2017
Highlights From Hotstar Presents The ANOKHI Awards 2017: Singer and songwriter Roveena wins Female Musical Artist Of The Year 2017. Photo Credit: ANOKHI MEDIA/Georgia Esporlas

 

Highlights From Hotstar Presents The ANOKHI Awards 2017
Highlights From Hotstar Presents The ANOKHI Awards 2017: Bhangra singer Deep Jandu wins Male Musical Artist Of The Year 2017. Photo Credit: ANOKHI MEDIA/Georgia Esporlas

 

Highlights From Hotstar Presents The ANOKHI Awards 2017
Highlights From Hotstar Presents The ANOKHI Awards 2017: Singer and songwriter Raxstar wins Excellence In Music Performance 2017. Photo Credit: ANOKHI MEDIA/Georgia Esporlas

 

The evening also boasted some stellar entertainment with four live musical performances showcasing different genres of music including:

Mili Soch, Desi Hip-Hop Artist

Roveena, Award-Winning Singer-Songwriter

Raxstar, Award-Winning Rap Artist

Deep Jandu, Popular Bhangra Singer

Highlights From Hotstar Presents The ANOKHI Awards 2017
Highlights From Hotstar Presents The ANOKHI Awards 2017: Desi Hip-Hop artist Mili Soch. Photo Credit: ANOKHI MEDIA/Georgia Esporlas

 

Highlights From Hotstar Presents The ANOKHI Awards 2017
Highlights From Hotstar Presents The ANOKHI Awards 2017: Award-winning singer and songwriter, Roveena. Photo Credit: ANOKHI MEDIA/Georgia Esporlas

 

Highlights From Hotstar Presents The ANOKHI Awards 2017
Highlights From Hotstar Presents The ANOKHI Awards 2017: Award-winning U.K Rap artist Raxstar. Photo Credit: ANOKHI MEDIA/Georgia Esporlas

 

Highlights From Hotstar Presents The ANOKHI Awards 2017: Bhangra singer Deep Jandu. Photo Credit: ANOKHI MEDIA/Georgia Esporlas

 

The Fashion Show 

The evening was capped off with a stunning presentation of bridal and traditional designs by Pakistani celebrity and bridal fashion designer Ali Xeeshan making his Canadian runway debut. Brought to ANOKHI Stage in partnership with Toronto Fashion Academy, makeup by Pretty Woman Cosmetics and hair by Joico.

 

Highlights From Hotstar Presents The ANOKHI Awards 2017
Highlights From Hotstar Presents The ANOKHI Awards 2017: Fashion show presentation by Ali Xeeshan. Photo Credit: ANOKHI MEDIA/Georgia Esporlas

 

Highlights From Hotstar Presents The ANOKHI Awards 2017:
Highlights From Hotstar Presents The ANOKHI Awards 2017: Fashion show presentation by Ali Xeeshan. Photo Credit: ANOKHI MEDIA/Georgia Esporlas

 

Highlights From Hotstar Presents The ANOKHI Awards 2017
Highlights From Hotstar Presents The ANOKHI Awards 2017: Fashion show presentation by Ali Xeeshan. Photo Credit: ANOKHI MEDIA/Georgia Esporlas

 

Highlights From Hotstar Presents The ANOKHI Awards 2017:
Highlights From Hotstar Presents The ANOKHI Awards 2017: Fashion show presentation by Ali Xeeshan. Photo Credit: ANOKHI MEDIA/Georgia Esporlas

 

Highlights From Hotstar Presents The ANOKHI Awards 2017
Highlights From Hotstar Presents The ANOKHI Awards 2017: Fashion show presentation by Ali Xeeshan. Photo Credit: ANOKHI MEDIA/Georgia Esporlas

 

Highlights From Hotstar Presents The ANOKHI Awards 2017
Highlights From Hotstar Presents The ANOKHI Awards 2017: Fashion show presentation by Ali Xeeshan. Photo Credit: ANOKHI MEDIA/Georgia Esporlas

 

Highlights From Hotstar Presents The ANOKHI Awards 2017: Fashion show presentation by Ali Xeeshan. Photo Credit: ANOKHI MEDIA/Georgia Esporlas
Highlights From Hotstar Presents The ANOKHI Awards 2017: Fashion show presentation by Ali Xeeshan. Photo Credit: ANOKHI MEDIA/Georgia Esporlas

 

The party continued as guests continued the celebrations at the official after party where guests grooved to the music of Bollywood and Bhangra DJ Amita Handa while munching on delicious goodies (burgers and fries!) while taking snaps!

Thank you to our sponsors! Of course this entire evening would not have been possible without the generous support of our sponsors and partners!

Hosted By: ANOKHI MEDIA
Presenting Sponsor: Hotstar
Chrome Sponsor: Brar’s Desserts
Charity Partner: [free-them]
Copper Sponsors: CargojetHome of DentistryRogers
Tin Sponsor: Vasanti Cosmetics
Event Logistics Management: Think Big Productions
Talent Management By Chic Events by Sonia 
Official Hair Sponsor: Joico
Offical Makeup Sponsor: Pretty Woman Cosmetics 
Award Show Produced & Directed By Krista Slack 
Fashion Show Produced & Choreographed By Toronto Fashion Academy
Show Animations By Philip Studios 
Promotional Partners: Besharam,  SAPNA Toronto, Shanu & Karim, Society’s Choice
Talent & Volunteer Meal Sponsor: Eat Clean Meals
Featured Cocktail Sponsor: Jaan Liqueur 
Branding By AnEntity Inc.
Media Relations By Mediaworks!!
Facebook Live By ANOKHI MEDIAOpen Chest TV

 

As the evening wound down, preparations for the 15th Annual ANOKHI Awards have already gone underway for 2018. Keep an eye out here for upcoming details!

 

Main Image Photo Credit:ANOKHI MEDIA/Georgia Esporlas

 

 

 

 

 

Hina P. Ansari

Hina P. Ansari

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Hina P. Ansari is a graduate from The University of Western Ontario (London, Ontario). Since then she has carved a successful career in Canada's national fashion-publishing world as the Entertainment/Photo Editor at FLARE Magazine, Canada's national fashion magazine. She was the first South Asian in...

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