PRESS RELEASE: 1 Week Until Hotstar Presents The ANOKHI Awards 2017!


Tuesday 21st November, 2017


More Celebrity Attendance Announced


Toronto, ON (Tuesday November 21st, 2017) – One week today, Canada’s leading multi-platform South Asian entertainment, lifestyle and events company, ANOKHI MEDIA, will be hosting its much-anticipated, signature calendar event, The ANOKHI Awards 2017. The event is to take place at the historical Liberty Grand Entertainment Complex in Toronto, on Tuesday November 28th, 2017, in celebration of the company’s 14th anniversary. Full details as they are announced, can be seen on the official website at

For media accreditation, please CLICK HERE.

6.00pm-7.30pm: Celebrity Red Carpet Reception
8.00pm-10.30pm: Awards, Fashion, Entertainment Show
After Show Soiree

VVIP and VIP tickets SOLD OUT! General Admission tickets are available to the public HERE, and will be on sale until Monday, November 27th, 11:59 pm or until quantities last.

Founder, President, CEO, Raj Girn explains the theme of this year’s Awards Show as: “As Canada celebrates 150 years of independence this year, ANOKHI MEDIA is proud to announce that this same year, as we celebrate 10 years of hosting our annual awards show – which mandates honouring the ‘regional, national, and international success stories of some of today’s most prolific South Asians’ – our 3rd edition of the coffee table book, ‘Hotstar Presents The ANOKHI List 2017’, has, through a rigorous three-part nomination process, identified a record year for Canadian honourees. 

This is a true testament to the fact that Canada’s fastest growing cultural group has finally come of age, dominating across all industries and all trajectories, as an integral component of the Canadian and global landscape, AND without loosing its cultural identity.”

She ended by stating that, “Along with my team, our sponsors, and partners, I look forward to launching the coffee table book at ‘Hotstar Presents The ANOKHI Awards, 2017’, on Tuesday November 28th, 2017, at the Historic Liberty Grand in Toronto, thus celebrating another year of tremendous South Asian success.” 


Travis Dhanraj
Anchor, Reporter, CP24

A graduate of Ryerson’s Radio & Television Arts Program, Dhanraj began his career in broadcast journalism in 2005 as part of the core team that brought ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT to Canada. During his tenure with the program, Dhanraj covered international events and interviewed newsmakers, including travelling to Africa with legendary musician Tom Cochrane to produce a feature about the humanitarian efforts of Canadians overseas. He also hosted RED CARPET DIARY from 2010-2014.

Dhanraj joined Toronto’s Breaking News team in 2014 as an Anchor/Reporter on weekdays, and also helps get the weekend started for viewers across the Greater Toronto Area as co-host of CP24 BREAKFAST WEEKEND. In addition, Dhanraj regularly delivers reports for CTV NEWS TORONTO, and has reported on key local and national events including the November 2016 U.S. election, the Republican National Convention in July 2016, the Jian Ghomeshi trial, and Canada’s 2015 Federal Election.

Prior to joining CP24, Travis Dhanraj worked for CBC News as an anchor/reporter for both their radio and television properties. In 2009, Dhanraj was a field producer with CBS News, where he worked on THE EARLY SHOW (now CBS THIS MORNING) covering major news events such as the Tiger Woods sex scandal and the 2011 Tsunami in Japan. He has also worked for Global News as a general assignment reporter in Winnipeg.

“I can’t wait to be back on the ANOKHI stage this year to celebrate the best of South Asian talent. Through the years this event has become a powerful force that brings together industry leaders who share a common sense of community and building up future stars.” – Travis Dhanraj


Raj Girn– Founder, President, CEO, ANOKHI MEDIA.



Ali XeeshanPakistan’s #1 Celebrity & Bridal Fashion Designer


First-Time Canadian Runway Show



Ali Hassan– Awards Show Host, Actor, Comedian, CBC Host
First-Time Main Host For The Awards Show




Robin SharmaWorld-Renowned, Award-Winning Author & Speaker



Monika Deol Legendary Media Personality & President of STELLAR Beauty



RaxstarAward-Winning Rap Artist



Deep Jandu Popular Bhangra Singer





Roveena Award-Winning Singer-Songwriter





Mili Soch Desi Hip-Hop Artist





YouTwoTV Popular YouTube Stars





Saman Munir Beauty Blogger & Instagram Star





Hatecopy Artist, Author & Instagram Star





Babbu the Painter Artist & Instagram Star


Hina Ansari Editor-In-Chief, ANOKHI MEDIA



Vasudha Sharma Host, ANOKHI Spotlight TV





Shae Invidiata Founder, [free-them]



Jake Dheer Senior Manager at OMNI TV

Angie Seth News Anchor, Global TV


Host & Personality, CityTV


Naveen Prasad Executive Vice President, Elevation Pictures Corp.


Asad Mecci – Master Hypnotist



Arshad Khan Documentary Filmmaker

Reetu Gupta COO, Gupta Group & Real Estate Developer


Mohit Rajhans Principle & Creative Director, Think Start Inc.

Niam Kumar Jain Artist

 Ruchika Bindra Host #NoFilter, Rogers TV

Amita HandaLegendary Bollywood & Bhangra Deejay

Fizza Jasmine Celebrated Deejay



Stay Tuned For Our Final & Complete List Of Celebrity Announcements Coming Later This Week!



We would like to sincerely thank our entire sponsors and partners’ portfolio for their invaluable support this year. For full list, CLICK HERE.


Presenting Sponsor Hotstar

Chrome Sponsor Brar’s Desserts

Copper Sponsor Rogers, Cargojet, Home Of Dentistry

Tin Sponsors Vasanti Cosmetics

Venue Partner Liberty Grand Entertainment Complex

Hotel Partner Sheraton Centre Hotel Toronto 

Event Logistics Management Think Big Productions

Talent Management By Chic Events by Sonia 

Award Show Produced & Directed By Krista Slack 

Fashion Show Produced & Choreographed By Toronto Fashion Academy

Show Animations By Philip Studios 

Hair Sponsor Joico

Makeup Sponsor Pretty Woman Cosmetics

Talent & Volunteer Meals Sponsored By Eat Clean Meals

Featured Drink (Welcome Soiree) Sponsored By Jaan Liquor

Branding By AnEntity Inc.

Media Relations By Media Works

Facebook Live By ANOKHI MEDIA, Open Chest with Raj Girn

Coverage By ANOKHI Pulse TV, ANOKHI Spotlight TV, Open Chest with Raj Girn

Promotional Partners: Besharam, Empire Entertainment, Must Be Kismet,Sapna Toronto, Shanu & Karim, Society’s Choice, The Weekly Voice

More to come!

Celebrity nnouncements starting next week!

Primary hashtag: #hotstarANOKHI17
Secondary hashtags: #hotstarTheAnokhiAwards17 and #hotstarTheAnokhiList17
For more information about the awards show, coffee table book, and to interview Raj Girn, please contact:
Sumit Ahuja
[email protected]

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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.


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