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Sanjaya at White House Correspondents Dinner

The Indian-American teenager had been invited to attend the annual dinner.

india Updated: Apr 24, 2007 16:10 IST

While celebrities like actress Teri Hatcher and New York Governor Eliot Spitzer were making a beeline to meet former American Idol contestant Sanjaya Malakar, one female fan at the White House Correspondents' Dinner seized the opportunity to run her hands through his hair.

The 17-year-old Indian-American Malakar had been invited to attend the annual dinner along with celebrities such as Valerie Bertinelli, High School Musical star Zac Efron, Project Runway's Tim Gunn, comedian Eddie Izzard, Sheryl Crow, Laurie David, Kerry Washington, "Desperate Housewives" star James Denton and the show's creator Marc Cherry, reports

Last year, as the featured speaker, comedian Stephen Colbert had taken a few humorous jabs at President George Bush.

At this year's dinner, however, the mood was far more sombre. Given the tragedy of the Virginia Tech Massacre, Bush passed on the opportunity to mock himself.

"I was looking forward to doing a little poking myself but in light of this week's tragedy at Virginia Tech, I decided not to be funny," he said.

First Published: Apr 24, 2007 15:41 IST