International Stars Gather in Toronto for Anokhi20, Starting Tonight!

ANOKHI LIFE, North America’s longest running multimedia, multi-platform brand about  South Asian pop culture, lifestyle, and entertainment will be celebrating its 20th  Anniversary this Friday, June 16th - Saturday, June 17th in Toronto. 

ANOKHI is pleased to announce that Mr. Jacob Arabo, Founder of Jacob & Co., will be  the first recipient of The Dr. Neil Dhalla Award of Excellence, which will unveiling for  the first time at ANOKHI's 20th Anniversary Emerald Ball on Saturday, June 17th. This esteemed award aims to honour individuals who, like Dr. Dhalla, embody vision, passion,  and purpose in their endeavours. 

Here is a synopsis of ANOKHI's 3 events: 

ANOKHI EMERALD RUNWAY (June 16th) - Celebrity Fashion Runway Show  Featuring Well-Known Personalities In Today's Hottest South Asian Couture. 

ANOKHI EMERALD BRUNCH (June 17th) - Celebrity Brunch Discussing Mental  Health With Meditation, Keynote, Panel, Fireside Chat & Opportunity To  Network. 

ANOKHI EMERALD BALL (June 17th) - Celebrity Performances & DJ Spotlight  With The Best Of Chart, R&B, Bollywood And Bhangra. 

Master Of Ceremonies For ANOKHI EMERALD Event Series: 

Raj Girn 

Founder, The ANOKHI Multimedia Brand 

IG: @rajgirn 

"ANOKHI's 20 year milestone is a testament to the exponential  

success of the global South Asian community, who we are  

celebrating during #ANOKHI20 on June 16th-17th in Toronto. I  

invite you to join the ANOKHI EMERALD event series, where we will be showcasing a  celebrity attended Runway Show, Mental Health Brunch, and Entertainment Ball."



Amin Dhillon 

TV Personality & Host 

IG: @amindhillon 

"I'm thrilled to be part of ANOKHI's 20th year celebration. Raj and  the ANOKHI team have always been champions of South Asian  excellence and talent. I look forward to celebrating the community while supporting mental health awareness." 

Detailed Program is available HERE | Tickets are available HERE 

The Events Will Be Filmed By Zee TV Canada 

BNS News Will Be On The Red Carpet At All 3 Events 

Presenting The Award Recipient Of 'The Dr. Neil Dhalla Award of Excellence' 

Mr. Jacob Arabo 

Founder of Jacob & Co. Watches 

"I am truly humbled to receive the first ever Dr. Neil Dhalla  

Award of Excellence in memory of Dr. Neil Dhalla. My  

journey & achievements like Neil’s serve as a testament to  

the power of vision, passion, and purpose. I am inspired to  

continue pushing boundaries, making a positive impact,  

and striving for excellence in all that I do. I extend my  

heartfelt thanks to the Dhalla Group and the ANOKHI  

Emerald Ball for this incredible honour in Canada." 

Jacob Arabo, the founder of Jacob & Co., has revolutionized luxury 

watchmaking with avant-garde designs and exceptional craftsmanship. From diamond encrusted timepieces to intricate complications, Jacob & Co. pushes boundaries and  captivates with its bold aesthetics. Renowned celebrities like Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel  Messi, Jay-Z, Kanye West, Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert Downey Jr., Queen Beyoncé, and  Rihanna have all chosen to wear Jacob Arabo's watches, solidifying the brand's prestige.  With a loyal following of collectors and a commitment to extraordinary artistry, Jacob & Co.  continues to redefine luxury in the world of watches and jewelry. 

About The Award:

The Dr. Neil Dhalla Award of Excellence was established with the purpose of recognizing  individuals whose lives symbolize the journey of Dr. Neil Dhalla.  

This esteemed award aims to honour individuals who, like Dr. Dhalla, embody vision, passion,  and purpose in their endeavours.  

The award serves to continue Dr. Dhalla's legacy for his dedication to making a positive impact  in the healthcare and hospitality industry, and his commitment towards his philanthropic  contributions.  

By celebrating recipients of this award, the Dhalla Group aims to inspire others to pursue  excellence, embrace innovation, and create meaningful change in their respective fields. 

"As we celebrate the 20th year anniversary of ANOKHI & South Asian Achievers it is an honour  to have Jacob Arabo as the founder of the global jewellery & watch brand be the first award  recipient of the Dr. Neil Dhalla Award of Excellence. Neil was a visionary, & an inspiration to  many. The Award will serve to continue his legacy to inspire the next generation of leaders,  and entrepreneurs to achieve their dreams through hard work, determination & drive. As Neil  always said : “Ask for it. Believe it. Receive it."” 

Dr. Ruby Dhalla 

- Sister of Dr. Neil Dhalla 

ANOKHI EMERALD RUNWAY Presented By Dhalla Group Of Companies June 16th | 7pm - 11pm | The Westin Toronto Airport Hotel 

This Is A Showcase Of Seven Designers Featuring The Emerald Theme, Being Worn  By Well-Known Personalities In Order To Spotlight The South Asian Fashion &  Beauty Industries 

Exclusive Canadian Premiere Of One Of The Most  

Distinguished Fashion Designers In The World: 

Naeem Khan 

World-Renowned Fashion Designer 

IG: @naeemkhannyc 

"I’m grateful and honoured to be a part of the artistic Indian community  

in Canada. Thank you ANOKHI for recognizing fashion as art.

More Featured Designers: 

Archana Kochhar 

Celebrity Bollywood Fashion  Designer, India 

IG: @archanakochharofficial 

Priya Chhabria 

Fashion Designer, US IG: @priyachhabriadesigns 

Mani Jassal 

Fashion Designer, Canada Photo By Amrita Singh IG: @manikjassal

Dinesh K Ramsay 

Fashion Designer, Canada IG: @dineshkramsay 

Rivesse By Ishan Sanghvi Fashion Designer, US IG: @rivesseclothing 

Attending Personalities: 

Navaa by Ravleen Kaur Fashion Designer, Canada IG: @shopnavaa 

In Support Of Empowering South Asian Representation, Eight Of Today's Noted  Public Figures Will Walk The Runway 

Husein Madhavji Award-Winning 

Actor & Writer 

IG: @huseinmadhavji 

Nobahar Dadui Actress 

IG: @nobahardadui 

Ali Kazmi 

Award-Winning, Actor & Director IG: @thealikazmi 

Neelam Verma 

Founder of Integrity Dating,  Mindvalley Speaker, Miss  Universe Finalist 

IG: @neelamvermaofficial 

Sonia Jhas 

Mindset & Wellness Expert,  TEDx Speaker, Author IG: @soniajhas 

Tasmin Dhaliwal Digital Creator IG: @tasdhaliwal 

Harjas Singh 

Entrepreneur, Model, 

Sandy Kaur Gill 

Teacher, Author, Creative 

Fuad Ahmed 

Award-Winning Actor

Content Creator IG: @styledbyharj 

IG: @thesandylion IG: @syed_fuad_ahmed 

DJ Performance: 

DJ Fizza 

Award-Winning Deejay 

IG: @djfizza 

ANOKHI EMERALD BRUNCH Presented By Meridian Credit Union June 17th, 2023 | 10am - 2pm | The Westin Toronto Airport Hotel 

A Series Of Keynotes & Fireside Chats To Discuss Mental Health As It Relates To  The Arts & Entertainment, Business, And Glamour Industries, With Well-Known  Personalities & Experts Sharing Their Lived Experiences. 

Energy Healing Session: Soundbowls,  Meditation & Setting Intentions For The Event 

Keynote By: 

Centre For Addiction And Mental Health 

Thara Natalie 

Founder Of Spirit Warrior, Certified Yoga  Teacher, Reiki Healer, Health Coach IG: @tharanatalie 

Sarah Ahmed 

Research Coordinator, CAMH 

Fireside Chat #1: 'Women In Arts & Entertainment' Brought To You By Home Of Dentistry:

Karen David 

Multi Award-Winning Hollywood Actress IG: @karendavidofficial 

Photo Credit: Paul Smith 

Natasha Chandel 

Hollywood Writer, Actor, Comedian IG: @natashachandel 

Karen David and Natasha Chandel will be sharing their journeys in entertainment as South  Asian Canadian artists, who have broken the glass-ceiling in Hollywood. And how their  culture has factored into there being a unique challenge that they have had to combat, and  the mental health challenges they have had to face. 

Fireside Chat #2: 'Women In Business & Financial Confidence' 

Brought To You By Aloe Accounting & Tax Professional Corporation:

Dilys D'Cruz 

Senior Vice President, Wealth & Financial  Planning, Meridian 

LI: @dilysdcruz 

Dr. Ruby Dhalla 

CEO of Dhalla Group Of Companies IG: @rubydhalla1 

Dilys D'Cruz and Dr. Ruby Dhalla will be be sharing some of the milestones throughout  their professional journeys as women in the corporate and entrepreneurial worlds  respectively, as well as talk about what financial confidence and wealth management  mean. The panelists will also be discussing the unique mental health lived experience of  professional South Asian women, and the cultural implications therein. 

Fireside Chat #3:

'Women In The Competitive World Of Glamour' 

Brought To You By Glow College Of Artistic Design: 

Tamanna Roashan 

#1 Beauty Educator In The World & Founder, 

Dress Your Face, U.S. 

IG: @dressyourface 

Tamanna Roashan is a self-made millionaire. She has built a beauty empire from the  ground up, and is the #1 independent beauty educator in the world. How she did it, the  challenges she overcame as a South Asian woman, and balancing the work-life dynamic 

are just some of the things that she will be sharing, including tips on managing the mental  health. 

ANOKHI EMERALD BALL Presented By Dhalla Group Of Companies June 17th, 2023 | 7pm - 1am | The Westin Toronto Airport Hotel 

In Honour Of The Arts & Entertainment Industries Where We Will Be Honouring A  Variety Of Musical Artists & DJs Playing Chart, Bollywood And Bhangra 

After-Party Host: 

Music Executive Attending The Event: 

Devo Brown 

Award-Winning Media Personality IG: @itsdevobrown 

Featured Artist: 

Sammy Chand 

Founder/CEO, Rukus Avenue 

IG: @sammychand 

Attending the After Party Following His  Performance At Heritage Sounds Music  Festival 2023: 


Multi Award-Winning Musical Artist IG: @raghavworldwide 

Featured Artist: 

Deep Jandu 

Multi-Award-Winning Musical Artist &  Producer 

IG: @deepjandu 

Featured Artist: 

Rup Magon 

Rhea Raj

Multi-Award Winning Musical Artist &  Member of JoSH The BaND 

IG: @rupmagon 

Dhol Performance: 

Musical Artist & Female Empowerment  Advocate, U.S 

IG: @rhearaj 

DJ Performance: 

Amar Dholi 

Toronto's Premier Dhol Player IG: @amar.sahiba 

DJ Reshiv 

Toronto's Top DJ IG: @djreshiv 

#ANOKHI20 Is Thankful For Its Sponsors & Partners' Support,


IN SUPPORT OF: Centre For Addiction & Mental Health 

VENUE & HOTEL PARTNER: The Westin Toronto Airport Hotel 


ANOKHI EMEALD BRUNCH PRESENTED BY: Meridian Credit Union TALENT SPONSOR: The Open Chest Confidence Academy 

PLATINUM SPONSOR: KFI The Indian Sauce Company 

GOLD SPONSOR: BioAro, Keek, Mantella Corporation, Rowenta 


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