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Maharaja Gala

From rose petals to Rolls Royces...

Photos: Christina Gapic

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Photos: Milne Studios

Rose petals and candlelight carpeted the steps of the Art Gallery of Ontario in traditional welcome as more than 450 guests — many in brilliant South Asian dress — arrived for the glittering Maharaja Gala on Saturday, November 13. Coveted tickets to the much-anticipated fundraising event, co-chaired by Laura Rapp and filmmaker Deepa Mehta, included an exclusive first preview of the exhibition Maharaja: The Splendour of India’s Royal Courts.

Inside, the Gallery had been transformed into a dazzling space that showcased the richness of Indian culture. As guests enjoyed cocktails in Walker Court, the music of internationally acclaimed Toronto ensemble Autorickshaw set the stage for an unforgettable evening of music, entertainment and splendid food. Spectacular paper lanterns strung from the ceiling of Baillie Court heralded a sumptuous Indian-inspired feast prepared by AGO executive chef Anne Yarymowich and her talented staff. Beautiful Kathak dancers from SAMPRADAYA Dance Creations and DK Bollywood Dance Pak thrilled guests with their energetic performances. Following dinner, The Tabla Guy, Gurpreet Chana, along with Paul ‘The Drummer’ Nanuwa and DJ Kamran, had people on the dance floor until late into the night.

Thank you to our generous sponsors and guests who made these evening such a tremendous success. We would like to express our sincere appreciation to our dedicated committee whose leadership and creativity helped shape the vision for this memorable evening.

Gala Co-chairs
Deepa Mehta & Laura Rapp

Gala Committee

Liloo Alim
Diane Bald
Isabel Bassett
Linda Chu
Virginia Cirocco
Yvonne Fleck
Senator Linda Frum
Lina Gagliano
Shinan Govani
Alan Gozlan
Beth Horowitz
Victoria Jackman
Shanitha Kachan
Karim Karmali
Senator Vim Kochhar
Michelle Koerner
Tiana Koffler Boyman
Lynda Latner
Jennifer Leitch
Barbara Macdonald
Sarah Macdonald
Adrienne Maniezzo
Amrin Marwah
Nancy McCain
Patricia Menkes
Helen Miller
Farah Mohamed
Shabin Mohamed
Jennifer Pavri
Nancy Pencer
Karen Pivnick
Lynda Prince
Pat Rekhi
Estelle Richmond
Earl Rotman
Michael Ruscetta
Nalini Stewart
Connie Sugiyama
Alicia Vandermeer
Anju Virmani
Victoria Webster
Paula Whitmore
Robin Young

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