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A Remarkable Success
20th Annual Miss India-Canada 2010

BY SHOBHA NAIR


Crowning of the Winner


Suniel Shetty and Winner flanked by Organisers

Miss India-Canada Pageant gets more exciting and glamorous every year. The 20th annual Miss India-Canada pageant had it all - entertainment, prestige and glamour all rolled into one.

 

With a red carpet entrance, lining up to attend the dazzling cocktail hour, one could see the glitter and jitter around.  Many anxious parents were grouped around friends and family hoping for the best for their daughters in the competition.  

 

The opening host, Aashish Rajhans, introduced the emcees for the evening—Karen Johnson from the Weather Network and Husein Madhavji.  Karen commenced the evening by introducing the distinguished Panel of Judges: Rahul Bhardwaj, President-OM Financial; Reetu Gupta, VP-Eastons Group of Companies; Susan Gordon, Vice President of National/Regional Marketing and Marketing Services for Rogers; Satish Sikha, Couture Fashion Designer; Neera Chopra, Chair-Friends of South Asia at the Royal Ontario Museum; Melvyn L. Solmon, Partner & Barrister-Solmon Rothbart Goodman LLP; and Dr. Milan Gupta, Cardiologist and Co-Director Canadian Cardiovascular Research Network.

With a stunning stage set provided by Dream Party Decor, patrons were “Wowed” right from the very beginning. The 16 contestants began the evening with a high-energy dance sequence that captivated the audience and kept them in their seats for the remainder of the evening.

 

The 16 contestants introduced themselves to the judges and audience with the MCs filling in the details about their achievements and ambition. 

 

There were 3 rounds where the contestants were judged for their Indian wear, Western outfit and Talent.  Its a matter of pride that the talent showcased by all the young ladies was astounding.  Music, dance and vocal talents were definitely captivating.  Something very different was when one of the contestant  showcased her talent of designing her own line of clothing especially for the desi women ! 

 

The judges were then put to the test as each contestant completed the first three segments: Indian Dress, Evening Gown, and Talent.

 

Next, the emcees announced that Anokhi Dalvi of Mississauga, ON won the ROGERS People’s Choice Award. Ms. Susan Gordon, Vice President of National/Regional Marketing and Marketing Services for Rogers presented Anokhi with a bouquet of flowers and a Sony Ericsson X10. Maaza Jaan of Markham, ON won the Miss Photogenic and Raman Bassi of Calgary, AB won Miss Photogenic.

 

After the first 3 rounds, the 16 contestants were shortlisted to 5.

 

The top 5 finalists were then announced in random order: Mehek Mehta of Montreal, QC; Anchal Sharma of Richmond Hill, ON; Sarah Paul of Pickering, ON; Anokhi Dalvi of Mississauga, ON; and Maaza Jaan of Markham, ON. The final segment of Question & Answer involved asking each contestant a different question by the panel of judges.

 

The final round was the Q & A from the judges to the finalists. After this, the audience were also treated to an interesting performance by illusionist Ray Chance. Patrons waited in complete silence as Karen and Husein announced the results from the accounting firm of Kunjar Sharma and Associates.  The Second Runner-up was Maaza Jaan, the First Runner-up was Anokhi Dalvi. Anchal Sharma of Richmond Hill, Ontario won the well deserved title of Miss India-Canada 2010.

 

The winner of the evening was unique as in performing kathak to a western beat which was far removed from the kathak  "taal".  Another contestant played a western classical on the keyboard and blended in beautifully a slow bollywood number.  Each year one gets to see incredible talents of these young people which I am sure encourages the others to adapt to the culture we live in and incorporate our heritage seamlessly.

 

Anchal Sharma is a 23 year old York University graduate entering the field of teaching. She completed her undergraduate degree with Honours in Kinesology & Health Science and went on to attain a Bachelor of Education.  Anchal would like to pursue her dream of being a role model and giving back to the youth of tomorrow. "My aim to is to give back to the community in some way shape or form. Seva (service) is a big part of my life. I am a firm believer that when you help others, your service is always reciprocated back to you down the line." Blessed by being crowned Miss India-Canada 2010, Anchal would like to explore various avenues to provide service and mentorship to the youth and those less fortunate via charitable organizations, and social awareness programs.

 

Organizers, Sanjay Agnihotri and Gautam Sharma were then called upon to say a few words and present Bollywood superstar, Suniel Shetty with the Special Achievement Award.

 

After the show, Mr. Sanjay Agnihotri remarked that this year’s winner will also assist in promoting the goals of various social organizations. When asked what he thought of this year’s event, Mr. Agnihotri replied, “The hard work and dedication that our team and volunteers put forth into this year’s 20 Year Anniversary event has truly been remarkable. We are overwhelmed with the support we received from the community this year. The contestants have made this milestone 2 Decade event one that we will all remember!”  

 

The sold out show was proudly supported by Rogers. Other sponsors included India Tourism, Cuisine of India Catering, Bigen Speedy Hair Colour, and Airliners, to name a few. Main sponsors of the evening was Rogers. Other sponsors included India Tourism, Cuisine of India Catering, Bigen Speedy Hair Colour, and Airliners, to name a few.

 

Notable attendees were Hon. Preeti Saran – Consul General of India; Dr. Ruby Dhalla, MP, Hon. Mr. Justice Michael H.Tulloch from the Superior Court of Justice, Ontario; and Hon. Mr. Justice Tim Lipson from the Ontario Court of Justice.

 

This 20th year of Miss India Canada event was truly an enjoyable one and each year it gets better and more exciting.  The event certainly draws an exceptional combination of intelligence and talent from across Canada and is a great platform to achieve more success.  The event was a memorable experience those present will remember for a long time.

 

Previous Reports

Suniel Shetty to be Honoured

'People's Choice Award' from Rogers

16 Dazzling Finalists to Take the Stage

Miss India-Canada 2010 to be Crowned on August 21

Previous Pageant Reports

Aanchal Dogra Crowned Miss India-Canada 2009
At the 19th Annual Miss India-Canada:
Karen David and Rogers Award
  
16 Dazzling Finalists: All Set to Take the Stage 

Miss India-Canada 2009 to be crowned August 22

RUPAL LAKHANI Crowned Miss India-Canada 2008
16 Dazzling Finalists for Miss India-Canada 2008

'People's Choice Award' from Rogers

Miss India-Canada 2008 to be crowned July 26


Meher Pavri crowned Miss India-Canada
2007
Aftab to be honoured at Miss India-Canada 2007
Miss India-Canada 2007 to be crowned June 30

Please click here for 2006 Pageant report

SUNSILK to present Miss Beautiful Hair

Rogers and Air India Sponsors

Unique in many ways

 

Please click here for 2005 Pageant report

Please click here for report leading to the Pageant
Please click here for 2004 Pageant report
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Please click here for 2003 Pageant report

 

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                   

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