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Glitter galore marks HT gala

The third anniversary gala of HindustanTimes.com at the Capitol, The Ashok, had all the makings of a hit show.

india Updated: Dec 22, 2003 18:20 IST

The third anniversary gala of HindustanTimes.com at the Capitol, The Ashok, had all the makings of a hit show, with Ukranian belly dancer Lesya Mazurenko, the sizzling trio of White Fire, and David Mamet’s play Sexual Perversity in Chicago staged by The Mask.

Those who came included Metropolitan Top model contest winner Sharan Misra, dressed in a slinky number and unaffected by the winter chill. She chatted with FDCI Executive Director Vinod Kaul who seems to have become a party animal, with at least four night-outs a week of late. “Partying is part of my job but now it’ll have to be lesser with the fashion week slated for April. The selection of 48 models has to take place by February end,” says Kaul. Misra is be gearing up for her Paris trip, with 25 minutes of yoga daily.

The show stealers were the two budding actresses from Hindu College, Kajori Sen and Mayanti Langer, who presented the play. “Theatre is just a hobby and it’s not a lucrative option. I’ll pursue it till I enjoy it,” said Kajori, a first-year English student.

While Metropolitan model Monikangkana Dutta and Saba Ali kept each other company, the troupe White Fire enthralled everyone. And to top it all was a sensuous number by Mazurenko, who learnt her moves on a short trip to Lebanon three years back. “Dance takes you all over the world. I’ve been to Cyprus and hope to visit Paris soon. I want to learn the art of belly dancing where they use swords, knives and forks. I know about India only through Bollywood – Dimple Kapadia’s Bobby and Mithun Chakraborty’s Disco Dancer. I’d like to see the Taj Mahal this time,” said Mazurenko.

First Published: Dec 22, 2003 15:11 IST