Anokhi’s 12TH Anniversary Star-studded Awards Show

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Honouring Canada and the World’s Most Successful South Asians

By A Correspondent 

ANOKHI MEDIA welcomed over 900 guests, celebrities, notables and guests at the 12th Anniversary Awards Show on Saturday, March 28, 2015 at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel in Toronto. 

“I started ANOKHI MEDIA for one reason and one reason only,” says Raj Girn, President/CEO, ANOKHI MEDIA during her address to the audience. “To give voice to our richly diverse and dynamic community here in the west. To acknowledge that an identity exists and flourishes here, which equally pulls from and resonates with, our motherland as it does with our country of residence.  Tonight we celebrate identity, showcase success, and bring to your attention to those who push our community forward and change the world!” 

Some of the world’s most notable South Asians worldwide were honored at the ceremony on Saturday evening.  Celebrity guests and notables included: 

Archana Kochhar, Celebrity Fashion Designer

Rahul Khanna, International Actor, (FX’s The Americans)

Rishi Rich, Legendary Music Producer (Lady Gaga, Jay Sean)

Manj Musik, formally of the renowned group, RDB

Vinay Virmani, Actor, Breakaway and Dr. Cabbie

Karen David, Hollywood Actress, ABC’s The Galavant

Zaib Shaikh, Actor-Director, Little Mosque on the Prarie (past)

Alysha Brilla, Juno-nominated singer/songwriter

Zameer Rizvi, singer/songwriter

DJ Rekha, Cultural Icon & Founder of Basement Bhangra

DJ Tricky Moreira, Canada’s Premier House Deejay

DJ Biks, Official Tour Deejay for Jay Sean

DJ Jiten, Toronto’s Top South Asian Deejay

Amrit Dasu, Rishi Rich featured artist

Ali Hassan, Comedian,-Host, CBC

Danish Anwar, Stand-up Comedian

Sangita Patel, Entertainment Reporter, ET Canada

Farah Nasser, Anchor, CP24

Pooja Handa, Anchor, CP24’s Morning Show

Jake Dheer, Senior Operations Manager, Rogers TV

Veronica Chail, Host/Producer, Bollywood Boulevard

Raoul Juneja, Veejay/Producer, V-Mix

Dilshad Burman, Host, V-Mix

Amin Dhilon, Host, ATN

Uppala Chandrasekera, Vice Chair, Mental Health Commission of Canada

Jewel Kats, Children’s Book Author

Vivek Shraya, LGBTQ Activist

Raj Girn, President & CEO, ANOKHI MEDIA

Hina Ansari, Editor-in-Chief, ANOKHI Magazine

Monika Bhondy, Editor-in-Chief, ANOKHI Blog

Daniel Pillai, Director of Online TV, ANOKHI MEDIA

Hosted by a number of hosts including Sangita Patel, Farah Nasser, Jake Dheer, Raoul Juneja, Dilshad Burman and Amin Dhillon, the anniversary event was one of ANOKHI MEDIA’s most glamorous to date.  Guests entered the Convention Floor of the Fairmont Royal York to a Johnnie Walker Gold bar, serving cocktails and scotch to guests as they mingled and posed in the Destiny Fairytale photo booth (sponsored by the authors of “Destiny: A tale of Sonali and Amir”).  On the left, over 40 media outlets gathered for red carpet interviews with the talent who had flown in from all over the world. 

Following the cocktail, guests entered the Concert Hall of the Fairmont for a jewel themed event, dinner and show that showcased the talent being honored through out the evening.  Highlights included a “roast” from Rogers Jake Dheer as well as performances by Ali Hassan, Zameer Rizvi and the legendary Rishi Rish alongside his newest artist, Amrit Dasu and brought to you by Johnnie Walker.  Considered a music legend, Rish has produced alongside the world’s biggest names in music including Madonna, Lady Gaga and Jay Sean.  Bollywood celebrity designer Archanna Kochhar also showcased her newest line in a 30-minute fashion show brought to you by L'Oréal Paris.  

A key highlight of the evening included the launch of ANOKHI MEDIA’s first hard cover glossy coffee table book entitled THE ANOKHI LIST 2015.  This much anticipated book celebrates the regional, national and international success stories of some of today's most prolific South Asian personalities.  Dinner guests each walked away with a copy of the book presented in a beautiful jeweled bag.  

“What made this year even more exciting was that the bulk of the talent we featured in the book, attended the gala,” adds Girn.  “Watching honorees open the book to their page was an exciting moment.  It reminded me why a book celebrating South Asian success is so necessary.”    

Additional post-event details about the event, can be found on the ANOKHI MEDIA website at

JULY 2018

Vol. 12 - No. 12


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