At parties or outside, delegates swing to networking beat

JAIPUR: Whether at the evening parties or at the convention centre, if there is one thing that all the delegates hope to get out of their stay at Jaipur, it is fresh contacts.

And networking opportunities galore there were, what with so many countries represented at the convention. As is to be expected, most of the foreign delegates were from the Far East. However, it was not Singapore or Hong Kong that had the heaviest representation.

Shankar of the Shankar-Ishan-Loy trio belts out an Indi-pop number

The largest foreign contingent came from South Korea with 54, followed by Japan (33), Malaysia (28) and Indonesia with 26. Singapore was fifth with 20 while Taipei had 18. Only seven have come down from China though. Neighbours Sri Lanka had 13, Pakistan 12, Nepal 10 and Bangladesh six delegates in attendance.

Seven have come from the US and six from the UK.

As for the day’s activities, while today was a relatively light day with most delegates spending the second half of the day either sight-seeing or at the golf links, yesterday saw another grand gala dinner laid out.

And while yesterday the theme was national dress reflected in the kind of entertainment on display, tonight it is sporty. Curious though as to just what that means! With a chill in the air, togging out in Bermudas and T-shirts at night is not a particularly attractive proposition.

Incidentally, that was a complaint that a few guests last night had. A south India decked in dhoti and kurta said his legs were freezing. Another broadcast executive was chilled out more than figuratively, feeling more than just a nip in his lower extremities in the trendy silk sherwani he was decked up in.

The music was great though with Shankar-Loy-Ehsaan belting out their Indi-pop numbers. Before the music kicked in there was Rajasthani contemporary folk dance routines by the mother-daughter team of Ila and Ishita Arun and their troupe.

Ila Arun performs at the venue

Like the previous night, it was the MTV VJs Cyrus Broacha and Sophiya who introduced the acts, and not surprisingly, there was another beauty queen on stage to do her preen routine. Diya Mirza, Miss Asia Pacific 2000, was there to give away some mementos. Since we had Miss World 2000 Priyanka Chopra on the first night and Mirza on the second, stands to reason that tonight we can expect Miss Universe 2000 Lara Dutta to strut on stage.

But speaking of mementos, Euro RSCG’s Ishan Raina had something to smile about as he walked away with the grand prize of a Toyota Qualis in the lucky draw.

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