TORONTO: Indian-born Mallika Kapur, 21, was crowned as Miss India Canada at at a pageant at Double Tree by Hilton Hotel Toronto on Saturday night.

The gorgeous girl from Hamilton, near Toronto, beat 15 other contestants from across Canada to win the crown which, apart from many gifts, also carries to a fully-paid trip to India.

The audience and her supporters erupted with joy as the judges picked up the Kapur girl to wear the beauty crown for 2012-13. Her beaming dad jumped on to the stage to congratulate his daughter.

Ruchi Kumar from Richmond Hill was the first runner-up and Meena Luv Asdhir from Mississauga the second runner-up.

Mallika Kapur is a 21 year old that was born in Calcutta, India. Mallika’s family now lives in Bangalore while she pursues a Bachelor of Health Sciences at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. She has a passion for performing arts and has been trained in Bharatnatyam for fourteen years and has also played lead roles in several theatrical productions. She is also an avid golfer and is a member of the McMasterUniversity varsity golf team. A highly accomplished scholar with an interest in medicine, Mallika aspires to become a physician in the near future. She looks forward for using the MIC title as a platform to introduce herself to both the Indian and Canadian entertainment industries as well as raise awareness about management of diabetes in the South Asian community.

It was a night of entertainment, prestige and glamour all rolled up into one; the 22st annual MISS INDIA-CANADA Event had it all this past Saturday! The sold out show was proudly presented by Big Magic International, in association with Brita.

The emcees announced that Arthi Chopra of Milton, ON won the WIND People’s Choice Award; Ekta Rana of Brampton, ON won BRITA Ms. Congeniality, and Sharon Philipose of Ottawa, ON won Ms. Photogenic.

The top 5 finalists were then announced in random order: Ekta Rana of Brampton, ON; Mallika Kapur of Hamilton, ON; Meena Asdhir of Misissauga, ON, Ruchi Kumar of Richmond Hill, ON, and Seema Singh ofWoodbridge, ON. The final segment of Question & Answer involved asking each contestant a different question by the panel of judges.

Started by the late Punjabi businessman Kush Agnihotri, the Miss India-Canada pageant is the biggest and oldest Indian beauty show in North America.

Some of the past winners of the Miss India Canada pageant such as Kamal Sidhu (1991), Ruby Bhatia (1993), Gita Bali (1994), Rishma Malik (1996), Komila Jagtiani (1999), and Neelam Verma (2001) went on become actresses, models, and television stars and show hosts.

Many top-notch Bollywood stars, including Dev Anand, Hema Malini, Raveena Tandon and Aftab Shivdasani, have been chief guests at the pageant.