It was a night of entertainment, prestige and glamour all rolled up into one; the 23rd 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. Brita was once again the associate sponsor this year. At the end of the evening, Harleen Malhans of Toronto, Ontario won the esteemed title of Miss India-Canada 2013. Other sponsors included Om Financial, Cuisine of India Catering, NHS Family Trust, 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 Dream Party Decor, patrons were “Wowed” right from the very beginning. The 16 delegates began the evening with a high-energy dance sequence that captivated the audience and kept them in their seats for the remainder of the evening.
Notable attendees were Huse Madhavji, from television hit series’: Saving Hope and Combat Hospital; Ms. Charandasi, Consul & Head of Chancery, and Mr. Pardeep Kumar, Vice Consul – Consulate General of India Toronto, to name a few.
Soon after, the opening host, Aashish Rajhans, introduced the emcees for the evening—Karen Johnson, weather anchor of CTV’s Canada AM, and Mohit Rajhans, segment producer at Breakfast Television. They commenced the evening by introducing the distinguished Panel of Judges: Gurdeep Ahluwalia – CoHost of CP24 Breakfast and Anchor CP24; Deepti Aurora, Gala Committee Member – Scarborough Hospital Foundation; Rahul Bhardwaj, President – Om Financial; Dr. Arvi Grover, Director of Cardiovascular Research – KMH Cardiology; Hossein Hassani, Senior Manager of Customer Marketing – General Motors of Canada; Soula Kioussis, Director of Marketing – The Clorox Company of Canada; Sangita Patel, CoHost – Entertainment Tonight Canada; Rahul Shastri, Senior Partner – Kagan Shastri LLP, Melanie Solmon, President – Exec Assess.
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 Harleen Malhans of Toronto, ON won the Chevrolet Spark Award for Best Performance and the Zee Tv Canada Tv Personality Award, Aradhna Juneja of Toronto, ON won the Brita Miss Congeniality Award, Ruchika Bindra of Montreal, QC won Miss Photogenic, and Neha Bhatia of Scarborough, ON won the People’s Choice Award.
Organizers, Sanjay Agnihotri and Gautam Sharma were then called upon to say a few words and present UK Bhangra sensation, Jassi Sidhu with the Special Achievement Award for his contribution to South Asian music.
The top 5 finalists were then announced in random order: Jasreen Cheema of Brampton, ON; Reema Khithani of Mississauga, ON; Harleen Malhans of Toronto, ON; Nikki Shah of Richmond Hill, ON; and Lavanya Hiremath of Vancouver, BC. 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 two jaw dropping entertainment piece by two young, talented singers named Mohit and Anjali doing a fusion mash up.
Patrons waited in complete silence as Karen and Mohit announced the results from the accounting firm of Kunjar Sharma and Associates. The Second Runner-up was Reema Khithani, the First Runner-up was Nikki Shah and this year’s Miss India-Canada 2013 was Harleen Malhans.
Harleen Malhans was born and raised in the beautiful, multicultural city of Toronto, Ontario. The 23-year-old is the youngest of four daughters.. She has been fortunate enough to share the stage with the Indian actress and politician Jaya Prada and one of India's most influential vocalists, Manna Dey. Harleen successfully earned a B.A. in Communication Studies at York University. Currently, Harleen stays busy by juggling a career at Canada Protection Plan, assisting in the production of various shows with a Canadian television network, and is also the upcoming fashion host of a new Toronto-based television show. It is her life-long dream to become a successful and well respected South Asian television personality. Harleen passionately feels it is crucial to have positive South Asian role models in the media world who inspire and lead by example for younger generations. The experience of winning the Miss India-Canada 2013 crown has reconfirmed Harleen's belief that hard work, dedication, a positive mindset and a good sense of humour can result in a winning combination.
After the show, Mr. Sanjay Agnihotri remarked: