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…and drives away with a Chevrolet Spark

It was a night of entertainment, prestige and glamour all rolled up into one; the 24th annual MISS INDIA-CANADA Event, which was presented by Chevrolet had it all this past Saturday! The sold out show was truly a memorable experience that those present will remember for years to come. Zee TV Canada was the associate sponsor this year; and Sears the Grand Sponsor. At the end of the evening, Annu Gaidhu of Mississauga, Ontario won the esteemed title of Miss India-Canada 2014. Other sponsors included Om Financial, Lakeshore Convention Centre, Aurora Collectibles, Quality Street and Bigen Speedy Hair Colour, to name a few. This year’s show will be telecasted next month on Zee TV Canada, 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 “Wowed” right from the very beginning. The 16 delegates began the evening with a high-energy dance sequence accompanied by a solo trumpet player, that captivated the audience and kept them in their seats for the remainder of the evening. Notable attendees were Senator Dr. Asha Seth; Mr. Patrick Brown, MP; well-known VJ from India and past Miss India-Canada title holder, Ruby Bhatia and various dignitaries from Ontario’s judicial system. Soon after, the opening host, Aashish Rajhans, introduced the emcees for the evening—Karen Johnson, on air television personality, and Francis D’Souza, Senior Manager and Editorial & Ancohor/Reporter for City News.  They commenced the evening by introducing the distinguished Panel of Judges: Monisha Aurora – HBA/octm.Ed Candidate (UWO); Suby Bhardwaj, Barrister & Solicitor Dr. Alkarim Damji, Physician; Parveen Dhanoa, Associate Styling Manager – Sears Canada Inc.; Hossein Hassani, Director of Marketing – General Motors of Canada; Rajesh Jain, Managing Partner, CWD; Huse Madhavji, Actor/Writer – Saving Hope; Sharon Mejia, Special Projects Manager – Ethnic Channels Group; Shusmita Sharma, Candidate for Council, Ward 7–Markham. The judges were then put to the test as each delegate completed the first three segments: Evening Gown, Talent, and Indian Dress. Next, the emcees announced that Suruchi Srivastava of Toronto, ON won the Chevrolet Spark Award for Best Performance, Angel Bhathal of Winnipeg, MB won Miss Photogenic, Natasha Balakrishnan from Brampton, ON won Miss Congeniality Award, Annu Gaidhu won Sears Miss Pure NRG, and Shravya Gunda of North York, ON won the People’s Choice Award. Organizers, Sanjay Agnihotri and Gautam Sharma were then called upon to say a few words and present Hollywood rising star, Isabelle Kaifwith the Special Achievement Award for her contribution to independent cinema. The top 5 finalists were then announced in random order: Jasreen Cheema of Brampton, ON; Natasha Balakrishnan; Rohini Singh of Calgary, AB; Annu Gaidhu; Suruchi Srivastava. 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 an electrifying performance by  Canadian born, international R&B artist,Raghav. 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 Suruchi Srivastava, the First Runner-up was Natasha Balakrishnan and this year’s MISS INDIA-CANADA 2013 was Annu Gaidhu. Annu was born and raised in in the beautiful city of Mississauga, as the youngest daughter of three siblings. Dreaming big, believing in yourself and always having a positive attitude has been a philosophy of hers which has kept her to remain grounded, confident and focused for this year. Currently, Annu is in her last year completing her bachelor’s degree At Ryerson University majoring in Child and Youth Care. Her ambition in becoming a child and youth care worker originates from a genuine desire she has to make a positive difference in people’s lives. Annu considers one of her proudest accomplishments is becoming Toronto’s youngest certified yoga instructor at the age of 23. She has an infectious passion for teaching yoga and has trained adults and children for over 5 years now. As a first generation Indo-Canadian, family and heritage have always been important to her. It has been a dream come true to proudly represent her Indian culture and to celebrate diversity woven into the Canadian mosaic as the new Miss India Canada 2014. After the show, Mr. Sanjay Agnihotri remarked “This certainly was the most successful Miss India-Canada event to date. We were honoured to have Chevrolet back on board, and Zee TV Canada with us as our television partner. And of course, the Chevrolet Spark as our Grand Prize; the various special guests and dignitaries that attended, the incredible talent that the delegates showcased on stage has made this year’s show incredibly special. Moreover, we are overwhelmed with the support we received from the community this year.  Since next year we are celebrating 25 years, the team and I are already planning for next year—it’s going to be something special!” For further information, please visit www.MissIndiaCanada.com. Miss India Canada Winner

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