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Race day with a difference

art-and-culture Updated: Feb 19, 2012 13:46 IST
Pooja Maheshwary
Pooja Maheshwary
Hindustan Times
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For those looking for something more than just horse races at the Mahalaxmi Race Course, here’s some good news. Today, while attending eight different races, guests at the Royal Western India Turf Club can watch an array of music and stand-up acts, a fashion show, art exhibitions and even learn to brew different types of tea.

“Races are organised every weekend. But for today’s race, we decided to create a new formula — a cultural racing experience, where people can have a variety of entertainment. Plus, being a Sunday, you can spend the entire day with your family, while participating in the cultural festivities,” says Ashvin Gidwani, of Ashvin Gidwani Productions.

Echoing his thoughts, Dominique Cerejo, who will perform with her husband Clinton at the do, says, “This is a lovely way to spend the Sunday with your family. People can go out and do something different today. Also, it’s a great platform for us performers and artistes.” The singer adds, “I love horse racing, and I’m quite excited to be performing here.”

According to Gidwani, there are two sections, one each for members and non-members. The members’ section would feature performances by Sanjay Maroo, Anushka Manchanda, Shibani Kashyap, Neha Bhasin, Mauli Dave, Shibani Dandekar, Apeksha Dandekar, Clinton and Dominique. Also, designer Azeem Khan will showcase his collection of sarees and short dresses and bestow the Fashion Statement Award upon the best-dressed lady of the day.

One can also attend an exhibition-cum-sale of paintings by artists Sahil Shah, Payal Khandwala and Samir Mondal, or get their funny bone tickled by comics Sorabh Pant and Paritosh Painter. In a separate enclosure, non-members can enjoy Jatra, a cultural program featuring traditional Maharashtrian dance, music and art forms.