Tanpreet Parmar Crowned Miss India Canada 2016
By A Correspondent
The star-studded 26th annual Miss India Canada event was another night of entertainment, fashion and full of promises.
Tanpreet Parmar of Vancouver was crowned Miss India-Canada 2016 on November 12. Tanpreet is a Canadian actress, model, talk show host and mentor. Currently, Tanpreet is a business student at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, completing a degree in Human Resource Management.
Aashish Rajhans introduced the resident emcees for the evening – Karen Johnson from CHCH TV and Francis D’Souza, Senior Manager and anchor / reporter for City News,who welcomed Miss India Canada 2015, Manasvi Noel, back to the stage for her final walk as the reigning winner.
The 15 delegates began the evening with a high energy dance sequence and then they took the stage to introduce themselves while showcasing their latest fashion in evening wear.
Organizers Sanjay Agnihotri and Gautam Sharma then spoke about the journey of the Miss India-Canada event over a quarter century. Agnihotri said the credit for the show’s success goes to the founder, his late father, Kush Agnihotri, who planted the seeds of this event back in 1991.
The panel of judges introduced were: Robert F. Baboth, Vice President, Sales, Forester’s Financial, Canada; Ruchika Bindra, Marketing and Sales, CBC and Radio Canada; Bryan Gotter, Senior VP, Corporate Sales, Ethnic Channels Group; Partha Guha, Senior Manager, Marketing And Business Development, Unilever International; Pooja Kapoor, real estate broker; Girish Kardam, Manager, Specialty Sales, Air Canada; Farah Nasser, news anchor, Global News; and Sameer Sharma, Director, Crown Group of Hotels.
The first three segments included Indian Wear, Evening Gown, and Talent.
The show went on to showcase the talents of the final 15 delegates who took the stage by storm with their opening dance. The evening wear round followed which had the delegates posing in designer wear by prominent South Asian fashion boutiques in the country.
The talent portion of the night absolutely entertained, keeping the audience on their feet, cheering for their favourite as each delegate performed a range of talents from traditional Indian and Bollywood dance, singing, free speech, portrait paintings to even martial arts. This year's delegates spoke about some of their initiatives that included mental health awareness, promoting women in sports, and breaking barriers in education; each hoping to become a successful role model for young girls today.
This year's delegates shined bright, breaking the stigmas sometimes faced by South Asian women by demonstrating their ability to overcome challenges and face adversity to achieve the goals they have set for themselves.
The organizers then presented the Special Achievement Award to international singer and music producer Dr. Zeus for his contribution to the global music industry.
A whirlwind of a night quickly settled when the final five were announced - Mandy Kaur, Tulika Gupta, Shameela Shaheed, Tanpreet Parmar, and Sharen Sandhu. The question-and-answer period followed the announcement of the top five finalists, giving the delegates their final opportunity to win over the judges.
Next, the emcees announced that Sharen Sandhu of Calgary won the Best Performance Award and the Ms. Photogenic Award went to Mandy Kaur of Toronto. Ria Tharakan of Mississauga won the Air Canada People’s Choice Award.
But before the winner was announced, the audience was brought to their feet by a robust performance by the show’s guest of honour and musical sensation Dr. Zues and Punjabi singer, Zora Randhawa.
Emcees, Francis and Karen finally announced the results: the second runner-up was Tulika Gupta from Edmonton; the first runner-up was Mandy Kaur from Toronto – and this year’s Miss India-Canada was Tanpreet Parmar.
In the final Q&A segment when asked "What has being a part of the Miss India Canada event taught you about yourself?" Tanpreet had described her experience as a phenomenal one participating in the event for the second time this year. She said that the reason she came back for a second year was because she "gained confidence, self-love and acceptance within myself and regardless of winning or losing I believe in perseverance and chasing your dreams and I am here right now to chase my dream and that is to me Miss India Canada 2016."
Tanpreet then took centre stage accepting her sash and crown and gracefully made her way down the runway as the new reigning Miss India Canada 2016.
She was crowned Miss Charity British C olumbia 2014-2015 and awarded “People’s Choice” at the Miss BC Pageant. Tanpreet was recognized for raising the most money for the Canadian Cancer Society. She has been in the entertainment industry since the age of 17. She has been featured in films, commercials, music videos, television shows, newspapers and magazines.
Tanpreet wishes to pursue a career in television hosting in mainstream media. Tanpreet has grown to love the camera and wants to continue along the path of modeling and acting as well. With her passion for charity work, Tanpreet strongly believes in giving back to the community and continues to be active by hosting and supporting charitable events. She is also regularly invited to do motivational speaking for youth. Alongside, Tanpreet runs private modelling workshops for aspiring models. As Miss India-Canada 2016, Tanpreet wishes to inspire women to cultivate their own success and turn their dreams into reality.
Many members within the community including past winners, were in attendance. The show opened up with a warm welcome and several prestigious giveaways for the audience provided by the presenting sponsor, Taj Mahal and the associate sponsor, Air Canada.