Friday, July 29, 2011

Curry and some hypnotic dancing


Travelife once again brings

Travelife India Nights to Manila

After the overwhelming success of the first Travelife India Night in February this year, TRAVELIFE Magazine once again brought Travelife India Night at the Dusit Thani to the Philippines. This event was organized with the cooperation of the Embassy of India, the Dusit Thani Manila, the Indian Council for Cultural Relations, and Philippine Airlines; and together, these prestigious companies mounted two evenings of the most authentic Indian culture the Philippines has ever witnessed.


The performances featured Ms. Ranjana Gauhar, one of India's most highly-awarded classical dancers, together with her Odissi Dance Group. Ms Gauhar is a leading exponent of the Odissi classical dance style, which originates from the eastern state of Orissa. Ms Gauhar traveled all the way from India just to perform at the two Travelife India Nights.

To open the special performance on July 16, and to close the gala dinner on July 18, Ms. Madhumita Saiini, a Manila-based classical dancer, performed a series of dances based on Indian folklore. Ms. Saiini studied at the Uday Shankar Academy of Creative Dance in Delhi and now choreographs and directs important festivals and dances in Manila.


Last July 16, Travelife Magazine publisher Christine Cunanan and the Dusit Thani Manila co-hosted a free performance for the general public to provide the experience of travel and Indian culture to as many people as possible. Over 400 Travelife readers and friends, including members of local photography clubs; and school teachers, high school and university students from all over Metro Manila attended this special performance.


On July 18, over 200 VIPs enjoyed a gala performance and five-course degustation meal, including senior government officials and foreign dignitaries, CEOs of some of the largest companies in the country, and Travelife’s valued readers and friends. The VIPs were headed by Tourism Secretary Alberto Lim, Madame Gretchen del Rosario, and US Ambassador Harry Thomas.


Madhumita Saiini performing for Travelife India Night

World-class Indian dancers visited the Philippines specifically to perform for Travelife India Nights. Ranjana Gauhar, multi-awarded classical dancer and recipient of some of India’s top cultural distinctions, was the main performer together with her Odissi group of dancers and musicians.

“Travelife is fully committed to sharing the enriching and educational experience of travel and culture with as many people as possible,” said Travelife Magazine publisher Christine Cunanan, in her opening remarks. “The more people experience other cultures, the more they understand each other and hopefully there will be less conflicts and wars.”

Travelife India Nights were also sponsored by

Ralph’s Wines & Spirits, Plantation Bay, Eskaya Resorts.


US Ambassador Harry Thomas enjoys the event.

Mr. and Mrs. James Go of JG Summit

Standard Chartered Country Head Mahendra Gursahani
and Mrs. Subh Gursahani

Ms. Manasi Kumar, Madame Gretchen del Rosario,
Madame Indira Kumar,
Ambassador Thomas,
Ms Dawn McLarren

Travelife's head table: DOT Secretary Alberto Lim,
Australian Ambassador,
Standard Chartered CEO & Madame,
Singaporean Ambassador A. Selverajah,
Sri Lankan Ambassador Bennet-Cooray,
Spanish Ambassador Jorge Domecq,
Turkish Ambassador Hatice Pinarisik,
PAL CEO Jaime Bautista,
RPN CEO Antonio Albano

RPN CEO Antonio Albano,
Dusit Thani GM Prateek Kumar

Claude and Mary Ann Tayag,
Marivic Vazquez, Pinky Troesch

Australian Ambassador R. Campbell-Smith,
Travelife Magazine Publisher Christine Cunanan,
Indian Ambassador Yogendra Kumar,
Madame Indira Kumar,
former Secretary Narzalina Lim,
Mr. Ludwig Rieder,
DOT Secretary Alberto Lim

Philippine Star EVP Grace Glory-Go,
Spanish Ambassador Jorge Domecq

Travelife board member Marivic Puyat-Limcaoco,
Bingo Limcaoco,
Travelife board member Maja Olivares-Co,
Eric and Pam Ramirez,
Marivic Vazquez, Pinky Troesch,
Claude and Mary Ann Tayag

Madhumita Saiini in a hypnotic dance

with Margarita Fores
and the Embassy of Italy & Bacchus Epicerie
September 8 at Whitespace

TRAVELIFE Gastronomic Tour of Italy
September 17-25

For reservations and information, please contact:
Bernice or Rachel at TRAVELIFE
813-8400/ 892-2620


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