Second Jodhpur One World Retreat
concludes on a high!
Great thought sessions, renewed support for the cause and a rewarding set of experiences for participants.
The second edition of the Jodhpur One World Retreat, a biennial 3-day fund-raising gala in aid of the Indian Head Injury Foundation held from March 20 – 22, 2015 once again saw a stellar gathering of eminent minds and great hearts in the historic city of Jodhpur.
Participants included spiritual guru, Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev, Bollywood legend, Amitabh Bachchan, the Duchess of York, Sarah Ferguson, corporate stalwarts - K P Singh of DLF, Pawan Munjal of Hero Motocorp, Sangita and Sajan Jindal of JSW, Philipp von Sahr of BMW India, Pramit Jhaveri of Citibank, Aditi and Shivinder Singh of Fortis, Erika & Peter Born of Commerzbank AG, Nadia & Mohammed Amersi of Emergent Telecom, Sanjay Nayar of KKR, Rahul Munjal of Hero Future Energies, Amin Jaffer and Sanjay Sharma of Christies, Deepa Harris and Renu Basu of the Taj Group and image guru- Suhel Seth amongst several others who joined the Maharaja of Jodhpur, Maharaja Gaj Singh II at the event.
Art virtuoso, Paresh Maity and fashionistas, Raghavendra Rathore and JJ Valaya added a glam touch. A host of medical dignitaries and social activists including Dr. Raj Narayan from the US, Dr Rajendra Prasad of Apollo Hospitals, Piyush Tewari of Save Life Foundation and Cdre Ranbir Talwar of IHIF helped give a new meaning to the thought sessions.
The Jodhpur Art Summit added a whole, new dimension to the Retreat and its inauguration kicked off the proceedings on the Opening Night that also saw some riveting fashion theatre on the ramparts of the spectacular Mehrangarh Fort by the two sons of Jodhpur, Raghu and JJ who incidentally were born on the same day in the same hospital in Jodhpur.
Renowned contemporary dance exponent, Astad Deboo added a magic of his own to the proceedings and the Eton Choir who had flown in all the way from the UK did a touching tribute performance to the Maharaja and his son, Yuvraj Shivraj who were both Old Etonians.
The first half of the next day saw meaningful and extremely educative sessions on head injury and brain trauma by an eminent panel of speakers and culminated with a deep and thought-provoking spiritual session by Sadhguru.
The evening began with a delightful auction of priceless experiences conducted by Nick Martineau of Christies who alongwith Suhel Seth helped raise around Rs 80 lacs for the Foundation.
The Finale saw Bollywood legend, Amitabh Bachchan add his voice to the Vienna Chamber Orchestra and the Shillong Choir led by its founder, Neil Nonkyrnih by reciting some truly memorable lines on the themes of Celebration and Giving and then joining in a special rendition of the Vande Mataram. The Shillong Choir then added its own bit by creating a magical finale for the night.
The following morning saw the Eton Choir doing a special tribute to Yuvraj Shivraj who was seen joining in the Etonian boat song as the Maharaja and his lovely wife, Hemlata Rajye hosted all the guests for a Farewell Brunch at their Private Gardens.