The festive season is far from over yet as people across the country are gearing up for Diwali celebrations ahead. The festival of lights is celebrated not only by communities across the Indian subcontinent, but also by diasporas settled in various other parts of the world. Typical Diwali traditions, marking the triumph of good over evil, include decorating one’s home with rangoli and diyas, bingeing on special sweet treats, and enjoying family get-togethers with music and dance.
Luxury jewellery and watch brand Cartier kicked off its Diwali celebrations at the Discover Collection Club in New Delhi’s Ashoka Hotel recently. With over 300 guests gathering at the venue, the event was a gala affair in every sense of the term. Every attendee looked resplendent in his or her festive attire — some were beautifully bedecked with exquisite Cartier jewellery. Cartier bell boys welcomed guests, who walked the red carpet with elan.
What’s a Diwali party without mouth-watering Indian food? For the Cartier gala, chefs created a lavish spread, featuring eclectic items. Revellers bonded over delectable kaffir lime chicken tikka, paneer tikka, avocado on seaweed, and chicken pizza, to name a few. A special cocktail menu featured some fantastic Indian-made alcohol options. Teetotallers enjoyed cool mocktails.
Music made the night extra special. Hari and Sukhmani, who are synonymous with contemporary folk music in India and abroad, presented foot-tapping fusion classics. Staying true to their style and artistic creation, combining their roots with an array of sounds from string instruments like the sarangi and modular synthesisers, they belted out iconic traditional Punjabi folk songs, enhanced with the music of their own genre. The dance floor came alive with the sound of Bollywood-meets-Hollywood setlist, blending Eastern and Western hits. Needless to say, twinkle-toed revellers danced the night away. All in all, it was a night to remember. Indeed, this sparkling Diwali soiree was hosted with true Cartier style and panache.