Penelope Cruz, Christian Louboutin, Deepika Padukone At Ambani Cultural Center Opening
MUMBAI, (IANS) – The who’s who of the arts and entertainment world, both Indian and international, gathered for the grand inauguration of the Nita Mukesh Ambani Cultural Centre at the Jio World Gardens, Bandra-Kurla Complex, here, on March 31 evening.
In attendance were Deepika Padukone and Alia Bhatt who amped up the glam quotient with their curated-for-the-occasion looks and Aamir Khan who dressed down; Priyanka Chopra and husband Nick Jonas, cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar along with wife Anjali and daughter Sara, Hollywood actors Tom Holland and Zendaya, Penelope Cruz; French fashion designer Christian Louboutin, and the internationally renowned sculptor Jeff Koons.
The Ambani family was in full attendance at the opening of Nita Ambani’s dream cultural project. Mukesh Ambani arrived with his daughter Esha, Akash Ambani came with wife Shloka Mehta, and Anant Ambani with fiancée Radhika Merchant.
The opening exhibition titled ‘Sangam/Confluence’ features the works of leading Indian artists Bharti Kher, Bhupen Khakhar, Ranjani Shettar, Ratheesh T, and Shantibai, as well as works Anselm Kiefer, Cecily Brown, Francesco Clemente, Lynda Benglis, and Raqib Shaw.
The exhibition has been curated by Jeffrey Deitch and Ranjit Hoskote.
The second opening exhibition is centered around the world of fashion and history. Curated by Hamish Bowles, global editor-at-large, ‘Vogue’, and designed by Patrick Kinmonth and Rooshad Shroff, the exhibition will showcase Western couture inspired by India.
The Centre’s opening will also feature the expansive musical, ‘Civilization to Nation: The Journey of Our Nation’. Playwright and director Feroz Abbas Khan has brought put this kaleidoscopic narration of Indian history and culture told through the Natya Shastra, the ancient Sanskrit treatise on the performing arts.
This performance boasts over 700 performers and will feature dance, music, and puppetry, a press release said.