MUMBAI : Some of the most distinguished figures in Indiansociety joined Sharon Stone, Hilary Swank, AbhishekBachchan, AishwaryaRaiBachchan, amfAR Chairman Kenneth Cole,amfAR CEO Kevin Robert Frost, and Cyrus Poonawalla, Ph.D. last night at the inaugural amfAR India gala in support of amfAR’s innovative AIDS research programs.

The black tie event, held at The TajMahal Palace Hotel, featured a cocktail reception, dinner, and a gold-themed fashion show featuring exclusive looks by RohitBal, Abu Jani-SandeepKhosla, and TarunTahiliani with jewels by Azva, TarunTahiliani for Azva, Symetree, and Amrapali. The evening concluded with a high-energy performance by pop sensation Ke$ha, whosesongs including her hits “Animal,” “We R Who We R,” and “TikTok,” had guests dancing into the night.

amfAR CEO Kevin Robert Frost invited actress and producer Hilary Swank to the stage at the exclusive event. Ms. Swank gave opening remarks and introduced amfAR Chairman Kenneth Cole, who spoke about amfAR’s global HIV/AIDS eradication initiatives and the important role of research in ending the epidemic. Bollywood luminaries AbhishekBachchan and AishwaryaRaiBachchan also addressed the more than 300 guests in attendance. In a highlight of the evening, amfAR Global Fundraising Chairman Sharon Stone took the stage and made an impassioned call to action to the many business and cultural heavyweights in the room, saying “There isn’t a family who has not been touched by AIDS.”

Other notable guests included Neeta Ambani, Anuj Gupta, Rocky Malhotra, VenugopalDhoot, VikramChatwal, Lisa Haydon, Dimple Kapadia, Parmeshwar Godrej, NargisFakhri, SonalChauhan, Torquhil Campbell, Duke of Argyll, Dino Morea, and NanditaMahtani, among many others.

amfAR India was made possible by Presenting Sponsor Cyrus Poonawalla, Signature Sponsors LoveGold and Delta Air Lines, Automotive Partner BMW, and Partner Chivas.

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