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Glory and Glamour
The Eastern Ranges Citadel Extravaganza 2012 was an evening of beauty and elegance as seven young contestants competed for the title of Mr and Ms Citadel Pune on August 4 at Le Meridian, Pune. Musician Pushkar Lele and writer Shobha Bondre were felicitated by Pune Mayor, Ms. Vaishali Bankar for their contributions to classical music and literature. The panel of judges included renowned names from the television, fashion and film industry like Sakshi Tanwar, Rohit Roy Gulshan Grover, Shobha De, Hemant Trivedi, Saili Phadnis, Proneeta Hira, Rajesh Pinjani and Shashikala Ravi. After many rounds of ramp-walking, question and answers and talent performances, the title of Mr and Ms Citadel went to Nikhil Gujar and Rukhsheen Vajifdar, who were crowned by actor Prateik Babbar and Nari Hira, Chairman, Magna Group. The event was hosted by singer Raageshwari.
Get, set, go
The Raja Bahadur Pittie Million race set off the weekend racing at the Pune Race Course (RWITC) on Sunday. Organised by first-timers Raja Bahadur International, a real estate company, the races lacked the high spirits and glamours that the Poona Season is used to but nevertheless, it was an afternoon of fun, frolic and some good horse racing. The members area, where the Raja Bahadur Pittie Party was held, was a pool of high-street fashion and glamour. From large bows as head gear to over-the-top pink blushers on the cheeks, classy handbags to designer stoles and attitude-loaded shorts, the uptown fashionistas were ready with their style statements for the racing season. "It was a satisfying opening for the season. Considering that Raja Bahadur were first time sponsors, the races brought in a ten percent higher attendence than last year's opening races. The weather was also perfect for a fine afternoon," says Vivek Jain, Chairman, of RWITC.