Jun 13 2010
Michaele and Tareq Salahi, the American couple, who gate-crashed President Barack Obama’s first State Dinner hosted for Indian Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh in November 2009, organized a ’saree’ competition during an Indo-U.S. Polo match in Washington D.C. on Saturday.
The Indian dress competition was a sub-event at the annual America’s Polo Cup, which saw a team comprising of Indian and other South Asian players fighting it out against the U.S. team.
Scores of Indian-Americans gathered for the event, which was organized at the National Mall, overlooking the Washington monument.
“This is for the first time in the world that a saree contest has been organised. We are really excited about it. It will be some of the most beautiful women, not just the women of India, but American women as well,” said Michaele Salahi.
“I am looking all around and there are beautiful sarees in the crowd today. So, we will pick for the first time ever in the world, the best saree contest and we are excited to see who the winner is,” she added.
The contest was jointly won by a local Indian beauty queen Nikkitasha Marwaha and Shivani Nath.
“It’s validating that the saree is still appreciated, it’s still popular even though it is a very heavy-duty fabric to wear around you. But it’s uplifting and it’s exciting and I am so happy,” said Nath.
The spectators at the event were seen enjoying the Indian cuisine and music.I think it was very well received by the community. I love the international turnout; there seem to be a lot of people from different nations. There is a lot of appreciation for the different cultures, a lot of different attires, different dress,” said Christina Harding, a spectator.
“So, I think it was really nice how all the cultures came together to celebrate this polo match,” she added.
“Polo originated in India. In that part of the world, the whole empire, and you know this is the heart and soul of where the game was born,” he added.