Preity Zinta Wows All at 25th Miss India-Canada Show!

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Manasvi Noel Crowned and drives away with a Chevrolet Spark

By A Correspondent

It was a night of entertainment, prestige and glamour all rolled up into one; the 25th annual MISS INDIA-CANADA Event, which was presented by Chevrolet had it all on August 15! The sold out show was truly a memorable experience that those present will remember for years to come. Air Canada was the associate sponsor this year; and Asian Television Network the Grand Sponsor.

At the end of the evening, Manasvi Noel of Mississauga, Ontario won the esteemed title of Miss India-Canada 2015. Other sponsors included Om Financial, Lakeshore Convention Centre, Dr. Neil Gajjar Dentistry, Quality Street, NHS Family Trust and Bigen Speedy Hair Colour, to name a few. This year’s show will be telecastin September on ATN, the exclusive broadcast partner.

With a red carpet entrance, dazzling cocktail hour, and stunning stage set provided by Hidden Treasures For All Occasions, patrons were captivated right from the very beginning. The 16 delegates began the evening with a high-energy dance sequence that echoed Bollywood hit songs from the last two decades.

Notable attendees were MPP Dipika Damerla who brought greetings on behalf of the Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport, Honourable Michael Couteau; Mr. Patrick Brown, Leader of the PC Party of Ontario; Rear Admiral Rajinder Singh from the Indian Navy and various dignitaries from Ontario’s judicial system. Congratulatory letters were also sent by: Honourable Justin Trudeau, leader of the Liberal Party of Canada; and the Mayor of Toronto, Mr. John Tory.

Organizers, Sanjay Agnihotri and Gautam Sharma were called upon to say a few words about the journey of the Miss India-Canada Event for the last quarter century. Agnihotri remarked that the credit for the show’s success goes to the founder, his late father, Mr. Kush Agnihotri, who planted the seeds of this prestigious event back in 1991.

Soon after, the opening host, Aashish Rajhans, introduced the emcees for the evening— on air television personalities, Karen Johnson from Chch Tv, and Francis D’Souza, Senior Manager and Editorial & Anchor/Reporter for City News.  They commenced the evening by introducing the distinguished Panel of Judges: Vijay Bathija, Vice President Commercial, Air Canada Leisure Group; Rahul Bhardwaj, President – Om Financial, Shivani Gupta, Director – Crown Group of Hotels; Shiv Patel, Advanced Active Safety Engineer – Chevrolet Canada; Anuj Kapoor, Model & Financial Advisor; Jordan Korenzvit, Owner – Bang & Olufsen, Yorkville; Sudevi Mukherjee-Gothi, Partner – Torkin Manes LLP, Meher Pavri, Miss India-Canada 2007.

The judges were then put to the test as each delegate completed the first three segments: Evening Gown, and Talent. Next, the emcees announced that Kajill Aujila of Calgary, AB won the Chevrolet Spark Award for Best Performance, Tanpreet Parmar of Delta, BC won Miss Photogenic, Priya Sharma of Winnipeg,MB won Miss Congeniality, and Megha Patel of Mississauga, ON won the Air Canada People’s Choice Award.

Organizers, Sanjay Agnihotri and Gautam Sharma then presented the Special Achievement Award to Bollywood sensation, Preity Zinta for her contribution to Indian and International cinema.

The top 5 finalists were then announced in random order: Sharon Philipose of Ottawa/Gatineau, QC, Manasvi Noel of Toronto, ON; Kajill Aujila, Tanpreet Parmar, and Priya Sharma. The final segment of Question & Answer involved asking each contestant a different question by the panel of judges.

As the anticipation of the winner grew, the audience was treated to a sensational fusion performance of bhangra-and-ballet dancers.

Patrons waited in complete silence as Francis and Karen announced the results from the accounting firm of Kunjar Sharma and Associates. The Second Runner-up was Kajill Aujila, the First Runner-up was Sharon Philipose,, and this year’s MISS INDIA-CANADA 2015 was Manasvi Noel.

Dubai born, Manasvi Noel has graduated from Etobicoke School of the Arts in Drama and in Acting from CIMT College, Toronto. Currently she is studying, “Media Communications” at Humber College. She was inspired to pursue belly dance, when in Dubai she first experienced an emotional belly dance performance on Arabic music. She temporarily moved to Mumbai to cultivate her passion for Belly Dance. She met Veronica Simas DeSouza of ‘Veve Dance’ (Bollywood Choreographer of ‘Sheila ki Jawani’, Tees Maar Khan fame), Mumbai, who pushed her to excel and eventually begin her own dance classes there. She plans to have her own start up academy for freestyle dancing through which students can learn different Indian, traditional dance forms merging them together as fusion. After creating her base and promoting field of Arts, she has a dream to work with the Canadian Police Services. Manasvi believes life is too short to be doing just one thing, we are given many skills and talents that have be explored and nurtured. Miss India Canada has accelerated the process of achieving her goals.

After the show, Mr. Sanjay Agnihotri expressed "This year’s show marked our quarter century of success; and we did everything to ensure a memorable evening for all who attended. The delegates, Ms. Preity Zinta, the sponsors, and the audience truly made this our best show to date. We were honoured to have Chevrolet back on board for a third consecutive year, Air Canada as our first time sponsor, and one of our oldest partners back with us, Atn. The show continues to evolve, and attempts to outdo itself year after year. Thank you to the community for making the Miss India-Canada event a landmark show in the South Asian community for 25 glorious years!”


JULY 2017

Vol. 11 - No. 12










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