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Toronto, ON (Tuesday November 14th, 2017) – , Canada’s leading multi-platform South Asian entertainment, lifestyle and events company, ANOKHI MEDIA, will be hosting its much-anticipated, signature calendar event, The ANOKHI Awards 2017. The event is to take place at the historical Liberty Grand Entertainment Complex in Toronto, on Tuesday November 28th, 2017, in celebration of the company’s 14th anniversary.

Founder, President, CEO of ANOKHI MEDIA, Raj Girn explains the theme of this year’s Awards Show as: “As Canada celebrates 150 years of independence this year, ANOKHI MEDIA is proud to announce that this same year, as we celebrate 10 years of hosting our annual awards show – which mandates honouring the ‘regional, national, and international success stories of some of today’s most prolific South Asians’ – our 3rd edition of the coffee table book, ‘Hotstar Presents The ANOKHI List 2017’, has, through a rigorous three-part nomination process, identified a record year for Canadian honourees.

This is a true testament to the fact that Canada’s fastest growing cultural group has finally come of age, dominating across all industries and all trajectories, as an integral component of the Canadian and global landscape, AND without loosing its cultural identity.”

She ended by stating that, “Along with my team, our sponsors, and partners, I look forward to launching the coffee table book at ‘Hotstar Presents The ANOKHI Awards, 2017’,on Tuesday November 28th, 2017, at the Historic Liberty Grand in Toronto, thus celebrating another year of tremendous South Asian success.” 

Reetu Gupta, COO of The Eastons’s Group of Hotels and The Gupta Group, featured as honouree at the 2017 Awards Show

Being named amongst Canada’s Top 40 Under 40® in 2017, 33-year-old Reetu Gupta has reached astonishing heights. Born in Toronto to hotel and real estate mogul Dr. Steve Gupta, she was immersed into the hospitality and real estate industry at a young age. Gupta obtained her BBA in marketing at the University of Toronto and joined the company as director of sales and marketing for the Easton Group’s of Hotels. She streamlined the sales and marketing processes in order to increase revenue and led the company through the recession with the opening of three new hotels, leading to her promotion as vice president of sales and marketing. Following her MBA, she became executive director and launched The Gupta Group, the real estate division of the company. Soon after, she was named chief operating officer for The Easton’s Group of Hotels and The Gupta Group.

From there, Gupta was responsible for the success of various high-level Toronto developments including the King Blue Condos development, Rosedale on Bloor, Dundas Square Gardens, ICONA Condos in Vaughan and Yonge Park Plaza.

Gupta is a board member and committee member of countless organizations, including the Ted Rogers School of Management and Hospitality Board, Hotelier magazine’s Women in Tourism and Hospitality Conference and co-chair to the City of Toronto sesquicentennial Celebration of Canada Advisory Committee, to name a few. Gupta is currently diving into her second passion – fashion – by creating Maya, an Indian fashion line cut to western designs. She is also busy with her newest 2017 development, ICONA Condos in the Vaughan Metropolitan Centre, where their three towers sold out in less than one month.

“Thank you and blessings to Ms. Raj Girn, a true Canadian legend, as well as the ANOKHI team, for bestowing upon me this honour of inclusion in Hotstar Presents The Anokhi List 2017. To be included in this group of honourees on the 150th anniversary of Canada, is no less than a blessing from above. I am a proud Indian and a patriotic Canadian, so to be honoured by this Canadian organization that has truly taken the world by storm and not only encouraged South Asians globally but also elevated them, I feel empowered and inspired. I am so excited for the upcoming festivities!” – Reetu Gupta