Love Planted a Rose and the World Turned Sweet: An Evening Enchanted
by Gitikka Ganju Dhar Weddings | March 17, 2017 | Guest Article
Gitikka Ganju Dhar Event Tadka
And there I was, striding rapidly into the venue, my gaze on the ground, lest I miss a step. The Cinderella Clock was ticking away. And suddenly, a fragrance encompassed my senses, embracing me, as if telling me to stop, breathe and inhale life. My steps slowed down. I stood still, distracted. I looked up. Was I in The Garden of Eden? There were roses everywhere I looked. Exquisite Red roses had brought alive an ethereal setting for an exclusive evening, in the social space, hosted by the Shah families of Ahmedabad to celebrate the approaching union of their children.
The event on February 26 was conceptualised and managed by Event Tadka, a reputed experiential agency based in Ahmedabad. Congratulations to Rohan Shah, Jay Shah, Rutudhwajsinh Jadeja and Pratik Suchak for a job well done. I must point out that the restraint and maturity that was exercised while putting together various elements of the event did not go unnoticed. They achieved what they had set out to achieve. They lay us down on a bed of roses.
Heena Patel of Amaahyaaj designed the look of the evening, Poojan Décor executed it, quite flawlessly, I must add. The Siraha Trio, Kalaimani Sivamani, U. Rajesh and Harmeet Manseta began the musical itinerary of the evening on the rose garnished stage in the dinner zone. Post the zesty harmonies and dinner, the guests moved to a concert setting where the new brigade of playback singers from the Indian film industry sang the night away, beginning with Mohamad Irfan serenading the audience with lilting romantic melodies. Divya Kumar and Shefali Alvarez then hastened the tempo, much to the approval of the feet on the dance floor.
Across the world, roses are a classic symbol of love, passion, beauty and elegance and are widely used in décor. In the words of Katherine Lee Bates, “Love planted a rose and the world turned sweet.” Well, I thought red roses were overexposed, unmasked stars. I was wrong. A rose is a rose. The legend still rules.
Sometimes, a social event quietly tells its story and so makes the noise required. The night will remain in my memory as a setting that spoke in rose-whispers and made its way into my heart. I am now a lover of roses and all things rosy, real or faux. And for my brethren, I have just one line, “But he that dares not grasp the thorn, should never crave the rose.” Keep working as hard as you do. The roses are not far away.
Gitikka Ganju Dhar is a Distinguished Indian Anchor and Curator, Talkthestage.
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Gitikka Ganju Dhar shares her experience of a social event she recently hosted in Ahmedabad, conceputalised and managed by Event Tadka.