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Highness Maharana Shriji Arvind Singh Mewar of Udaipur, Padmaja Mewar, Kush Parmar

Chicago’s cultural institutions never cease to amaze me with the amazing curated art that make’s its way to our fair city. The Field Museum’s new exhibit titled MAHARAJA: The Splendor of India’s Royal Courts. Splendid is quite the understatement when some of the items on display are diamond encrusted Cartier bracelets and Cartier Mystery clock, elegantly jeweled Sari’s and so many items that was curated for the museum by Chap Kusimba. On October 13,to celebrate the opening of this exhibit theCo-Chairs Susan Faurot and Kathleen Carbonara of the  Women’s Board of Field Museum hosted about 700 of their friends and supporters to an evening of splendor. The evening began with a cocktail reception upstairs while guests had the opportunity to preview the exhibit before it opened to the public. Following the reception guests were gathered for dinner in the Field Museum Great hall where the table were decorated by amazing floral decor done by Heffernan Morgan Designs. I was so honored to have been included in such great company as Crain’s Chicago, Michigan Avenue Magazine, Sun Times Splash, Ann Gerber and our table was right next to Sue the T-Rex(so cool!). Following dinner(by Food for Thought), we were treated to a special dance choreographed just for the occasion by The Natya Dance Theatre Company for his Highness Maharana Shriji Arvind Singh Mewar of Udaipur who was the guest of honor. This is one exhibit you definitely must see as it chronicles the magnificent Maharaja’s pre, during and post British rule. The ladies turned up in their bests some even wearing custom made Sari’s. Stay tuned for best dressed at the Maharaja Ball. Some of the guests in attendance included Caryn and King Harris(who left a but early due to a cold), MS. Illinois Ashley Hooks in a lovely bejeweled Rachel Frank gown, Atelier AZZA’s Azeeza Desai Khan, Nate Berkus design’s Lauren Gold, India’s consulate General Mukta Tomar, Dr. Bulbul Bahuguna, Lili Gaubin, Catherine Graham and so many more. Major sponsors for the evening were Exelon and BMO Harris Bank. Cartier(whose jewelry were preferred by the royal courts) also sponsored the evening including guest giftbag item.  Check out the full gallery HERE.

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