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Diwali Dinner to Benefit Akshaya Patra

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Diwali Dinner Raises Funds to Feed Indian Schoolchildren

“Desh” Deshpande, Manish Dayal, Shekhar Kapur, Mallika Chopra Among Those Lending Support 

 

The event: The Oct. 5 Diwali Dinner was an early celebration of the Hindu festival of lights, officially beginning this year on Oct. 23. Honoring entrepreneur Gururaj “Desh” Deshpande, the affair benefited Akshaya Patra, meaning the Unending Bowl, which provides hot meals daily to 1.4 million schoolchildren in India.

 The scene: Strings of lights twinkled overhead from the palm trees to the patio at Vandana and Ravi Tilak’s new residence in Palos Verdes, where guests gathered for the dinner under the stars. “Anybody who has walked through my house will find it’s completely empty,” said Vandana Tilak. “We just got this house six days ago and this has got to be the best housewarming ever.”

To see my entire story in the Los Angeles Times “All the Rage” section, click here.   

To see more photos from the event and of Akshaya Patra, scroll down the page.

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Top photo: From left, honoree Desh Deshpande, actor Manish Dayal and Vandana Tilak, event co-host (with Ravi Tilak) at the Diwali Dinner to benefit Akshaya Patra (photo, Andy Shah Photography)

Second photo: Director Shekhar Kapur, left, chats with Desh Deshpande at the Diwali Dinner to benefit Akshaya Patra (photo, Andy Shah Photography)

Third photo: Vinaini Jayasinghe performed the night’s final dance at the Diwali Dinner to benefit Akshaya Patra (photo, SocietyNewsLA.com) 

 

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Dinner to benefit Akshaya Patra

Published Oct. 6, 2014 – Ellen Olivier, Society News LA