Bollywood Takeover

Gala at House of Blues rocks with Bollywood vibe, colorful gowns and casino games

Gala at House of Blues rocks with Bollywood vibe and colorful gowns

Bass Gala 2015 Farida Abjani, Dr. Sippi Khurana, Geeta Anand
Farida Abjani, Dr. Sippi Khurana, Geeta Anand. Photo by Quy Tran
Bass Gala 2015 Amy Dichoso, Alice Mao, Brams, Naureen Malik, Gina Li
Amy Dichoso, Alice Mao Brams, Naureen Malik, Gina Li. Photo by Quy Tran
News, Shelby, Baazi, Sept. 2015
Shefali Tejani, Shabbar Tejani.
Bass Gala 2015 Staci Henderson and Dr. Quang Henderson
Staci Henderson, Dr. Quang Henderson. Photo by Quy Tran
Bass Gala 2015 The Board of Ek Disha: L-R Geeta Anand, Sippi Khurana, Farida Abjani, Gopaal Seyn, Rick Pal, Swati Narayan, Raj Patel, Jyoti Malhan, Irum Javed
The Board of Ek Disha: Geeta Anand, Sippi Khurana, Farida Abjani, Gopaal Seyn, Rick Pal, Swati Narayan, Raj Patel, Jyoti Malhan, Irum Javed. Photo by Quy Tran
Bass Gala 2015 Matt Burrus and Michael Pearce
Matt Burrus, Michael Pearce. Photo by Quy Tran
Bass Gala 2015 Shefali Tejani and Shabbar Tejani
Setul G. Patel and Sejal Patel. Photo by Quy Tran
Bass Gala 2015 performer
Performer at Baazi Ek Disha Gala. Photo by Quy Tran
Bass Gala 2015 Farida Abjani, Dr. Sippi Khurana, Geeta Anand
Bass Gala 2015 Amy Dichoso, Alice Mao, Brams, Naureen Malik, Gina Li
News, Shelby, Baazi, Sept. 2015
Bass Gala 2015 Staci Henderson and Dr. Quang Henderson
Bass Gala 2015 The Board of Ek Disha: L-R Geeta Anand, Sippi Khurana, Farida Abjani, Gopaal Seyn, Rick Pal, Swati Narayan, Raj Patel, Jyoti Malhan, Irum Javed
Bass Gala 2015 Matt Burrus and Michael Pearce
Bass Gala 2015 Shefali Tejani and Shabbar Tejani
Bass Gala 2015 performer

Houston has always been intrigued by India's rich culture of spicy foods, festivals, colorful clothes and dreamy films from Bollywood. So it was no surprise that the recent Bollywood-themed gala benefiting the Ek Disha foundation was a sellout with a diverse group of partygoers.

This 10th anniversary celebration of the Houston-based non-profit created a lively buzz in the House of Blues Foundation Room. Casino tables were humming, plates were full, glasses were overflowing and the party didn't cease until the early hours of the morning. By party's end, $145,000 had been raised for the organization impacting more than 60,000 lives in India.

Guests were encouraged to dress from the Bollywood's classic '70s hit movie Don and none did it better than "Baazi 2015" chairs Farida Abjani, Geeta Anand and Dr. Sippi Khurana. Also stepping out in glittering Bollywood-inspired outfits were Staci Henderson, Gina Li, Alice Mao Brams and Peta Chen Ledbetter.

Women weren't the only ones rocking the ultra glam '70s ethnic looks. The "desi boyz" emulated veteran actor Amitabh Bachchan, who played the lead star in the movie Don. Bright orange blazers, polka dotted shirts, bell bottom wide trousers and big sunglasses were some of the trends spotted at the gala. 

"This has been such a great opportunity not only to have fun with such a diverse group of socialites but also a chance to showcase our current projects and build momentum and funds for our future projects," explained Khurana.

Bollywood beats by DJ Impact and the cirque show lit up the exotic atmosphere while emcee Chau Nguyen kept the charity spirits flowing with her fundraising expertise. The House of Blues overflowed with a richly diverse group of notables from the South Asian and American community.

In the crowd were Rick and Tanya Pal, Swati Narayan, Dr. Neelofur and Sami Ahmad, Nicole O'Brian Lassiter, Vipul Anand, Pankaj and Asha Pai Dhume, Harish and Shashi Jajoo, Michael Pearce and Matt Burrus, Huma Nawab, Girija and Anant Patel, David Webster and Rose Chen and Sejal and Setu Patel.