May 2, 2012
-- It was an evening filled with Abida’s Sufi tracks, mesmerising notes of the flute and sher-o-shayari. The fascinating Hindu-Muslim unity theme party organised by Anjanna Kuthiala and Shah Rukh Khan’s in-laws Tejinder and Neeru Tiwari at the latter’s residence at Panchsheel Park was a unique and remarkable way of celebrating the typical Punjabi and Muslim cultural bond.
From traditional shararas and jhoomars to bright Punjabi attire, guests put in their best effort to adhere to the dress code for couples which stated one should be dressed as a Punjabi, the other a Muslim.
Dressed in a Punjabi suit teamed up with a paranda and jhoomar, host Anjanna’s attire was a fusion of both Punjabi and Muslim culture. “It’s a get-together of friends to celebrate in a traditional way. It’s like romancing and bringing alive the charm and sophistication of both the worlds. The idea is also to celebrate brotherhood and unity. If we can be on Page 3 clubbing and partying, why can’t we be there in our traditional best?” she said.
The guest list had both Anjanna and Tiwari’s close pals. Tehmina Punvani, a lawyer, was dressed in a burkha with a short black dress beneath, and said, “I’m basically dressed up the way girls dress up in Middle-East. Though clad in burkha, they happily flaunt short dresses and stilettos inside. It’s my ode to their style.”
While marketing professional Shweta Kohli fused her red dress with a red crippled skirt and old dupatta to imitate a stylish traditional Muslim sharara, TV personality Shazia Ilmi brought the essence of Awadh with her eight-year-old brown gharara. “I was so excited to wear it. It’s a nostalgic evening and took me back to my roots. I’m planning to get more ghararas stitched and will wear them on a regular basis.” With ladies flaunting their flashy dresses, men kept it simple with white kurtas and skull caps.
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