Asia Society Texas Center Salutes Magnificent India at Sellout Black Tie Gala

(HOUSTON, TX) March 6, 2017 - Bollywood visited Houston Friday night as Asia Society Texas Center held its annual Tiger Ball in celebration of India. This year, the black-tie and national dress gala was a sellout and the 650 patrons and guests celebrated the culture of the subcontinent. Attendees were greeted upon arrival by a life-sized elephant replica.

The evening provided a series of exciting events designed to highlight the Indian arts. Dhol drummers strolled through the massive reception tent, leading guests, while women in different types of traditional Indian dress lined the two-story Fayez Sarofim Grand Hall to greet attendees. After an award presentation in the Edward Rudge Allen III Education Center, guests feasted on seared sea bass with saffron beurre blanc and grilled lamb chop masala, catered by City Kitchen. Bollywood dancers performed in the reception tent after dinner and taught the crowd a few dance moves. The evening concluded with dessert and dancing.

This year’s Tiger Ball honored Sushila and Dr. Durga Agrawal for their dedication to the community and longtime support of Asia Society Texas Center.

Serving as co-chairs: Gina and Dr. Devinder Bhatia, Dr. Marie and Vijay Goradia, and Angela and Chowdary Yalamanchili. Drs. Renu and Suresh Khator, Raj and Jugal Malani, Nalini and Dr. Virendra Mathur, and Nidhika and Pershant Mehta served as honorary co-chairs.

Also among the supporters in attendance: Nancy C. Allen, Chinhui Juhn and Eddie Allen, Joni Baird, Muffet Blake, Mina Chang and Jake Harriman, Donna Cole, Lily and Charles C. Foster, Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, Gordon Quan, Dr. Amit Ray and Consul General of India Dr. Anupam Ray, Y. Ping Sun, Margaret Alkek Williams, and Bill King. Once again, Chevron served as Tiger Ball’s Presenting Sponsor.

The more than $1M dollars raised will benefit exhibitions and programs at Asia Society, which promote mutual understanding between the U.S. and the East and strengthens partnerships of Houston’s diverse communities.

Tiger Ball 2018: Celebrating the Diversity of Asia will honor Sylvia and Gordon Quan.

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Related Links

"Magnificent India" Tiger Ball celebrates color and culture, raises $1 million for Asia Society. Houston Chronicle. March 6, 2017.

Houston’s Most Eye-Popping Party: Bollywood Mania Turns This Black-Tie Gala into a Contest of Stunning Looks. PaperCity. March 7, 2017.

Tiger Ball salutes "Magnificent India" with bejeweled showstopper and a Bollywood beat. CultureMap Houston. March 7, 2017.

Asia Society Texas Center's Tiger Ball Celebrates India. ABC 13. March 10, 2017. 

Asia Society Texas Center Salutes Magnificent India at Sellout Black Tie Gala. Indo American News. March 10, 2017.

Asia Society Texas Center Raises $1M, Salutes Magnificent India at Sellout Tiger Ball. Voice of Asia. March 6, 2017.

Tiger Ball 2017. World Hall of Fame. March 6, 2017.

Tiger Ball Goes to India. 713News. March 2017.


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