Too many things are taking place every evening in India. But what makes one decide what to choose over everything else?

It’s an idea.

An evening of yearning: Shripriya Dalmia Thirani’s exhibition brings Delhi to a standstill

Union Minister, Ravi Shankar Prasad witnessing the exhibition with Shripriya Dalmia Thirani.

And one of the most spectacular ones we came across recently rightfully brought Delhi to a standstill – the who’s who of the city – from ministers to ambassadors, cultural czars to doyens from the world of art and fashion, business tycoons and socialites – dropped everything to ensure they attend this.

What we saw on June 15 at Bikaner House in New Delhi proved once again that it is the idea that is king.

The entire hall was choc-a-bloc

Delhi based entrepreneur Shripriya Dalmia Thirani – who won the rights to start Mumbai’s largest restaurants on the sea, decided to do a soft launch with an exhibition called “ALTARS OF YEARNING – HOW INDIA PRAYS”.

Veteran singer Usha Uthup singing at the launch of the exhibition.

A week ago, Blackboard exclusively reviewed the show (Stunning new show: Altars of Yearning – How India Prays all set to stun the art world). Our first line in that review said “Ideas have changed the world. And this one is one hell of a cracker”. Thirani curated an exhibition that asserted India’s true identity as a secular nation at a time when such an idea was in serious question – 50 stunning photographs that were majestic and heart-warming – a show that is bound to be a rage if it travels across the world as India’s true ambassador.

Blackboard heard that the show might travel to London later this year. All we can say is this – Tate Modern watch out.

V N Dalmia and guests with Shripriya Dalmia Thirani.

This will be a show London won’t miss. And we won’t be surprised if it sees the same stampede we saw in Delhi last week.

And it is bound to bring Thirani worldwide fame and make her ships a favourite among Britons.

The number of who’s who that attended the show was incredible. Hence we will be showing you the evening in two separate articles.

Below is the first Blackboard first series on an evening when stars descended on Bikaner House at Thirani’s mind blowing photography exhibition and party.

Shripriya welcomes former Chief Minister of Delhi, Sheila Dixit

Major General Chris Eze, Embassy of Nigeria with the host

Sir Dominic Asquith, British High Commissioner to India and the Union Minister, Ravi Shankar Prasad.

Shripriya her husband Mridul Thirani with Sunil Rane, Trustee, Mumbai Port Trust

Former Indian cricketer Atul Wassan