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Freer and Sackler Gala 2008
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Celebration of India Black-tie Benefit Gala
Wednesday, April 30

The Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery at the Smithsonian Institution will host a 2008 black-tie benefit Gala in Washington, D.C., to celebrate the opening of Muraqqa': Imperial Mughal Albums from the Chester Beatty Library, Dublin.

April 30, 2008 commences a two-year celebration of the arts and culture of India at the Freer and Sackler Galleries with the opening of Muraqqa - an exhibition of one of the world's greatest collections of 17th-century Mughal empire album paintings. Under the patronage of The Honorable Ronen Sen, Ambassador of India to the United States, and special guest, His Highness Gaj Singh II the Maharaja of Marwar-Jodhpur, this evening will feature magnificent expressions of the cosmopolitan vision depicted in these albums.

In the grand tradition of the Maharajas, the evening begins with a lively reception accented by Indian musicians and dancers at 6:30 p.m. in the Smithsonian's Haupt Garden and Sackler Pavilion. The festivities continue with a tented al fresco dinner outside on the north side of the Freer Gallery. To conclude, guests will enjoy dessert and dancing in the magnificent Freer Courtyard.

We hope you will join us for this exciting celebration! Individual tickets for $1,500 can be purchased beginning March 16th. A portion of your contribution is tax-deductible.

Tables of eight or ten are available with an array of benefits. To purchase tables, please return the table reservation form to the Office of Special Events.


TATA Sons Limited

The Blackstone Group
Lockheed Martin
Sant and Pardaman Chatwal

American International Group, Inc.
FedEx Express
Susan L. Beningson and Steve Arons and Michael and Winnie Feng
Morton and Grace Bender
Jeffrey P. Cunard
Ashok and Marion Deshmukh
Nancy and Hart Fessenden
Frank Islam and Debbie Driesman
Neeta and Kumar Javeri
Dame Jillian Sackler
Diane H. Schafer and Jeffrey A. Stein
Jane and Leopold Swergold
Ashok and Stuti Kaveeshwar

Individual Sponsors
Catherine Benkaim and Barbara Timmer
John and Julia Curtis
Peggy and Richard M. Danziger
Richard and Shannon Fairbanks
A. Huda and Samia Farouki
Pradman and Sunita Kaul
James Lintott and May Liang
H. Christopher Luce and Tina Liu
The Honorable and Mrs. John S. and Caroline Macomber
Frederick V. and Marlene Malek
Rebecca A. Miller and Christopher Vizas
Walter and Patricia Moore
Diane Morris
David and Glenna Osnos
Malcolm and Pamela Peabody
Sarva Rajendra
Bernice Ann Reed
James and Masako Shinn
Ranvir and Adarsh Trehan
Carl and Heidi Varblow
Timmerman Whitney

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All presented material is copyright © Smithsonian Institution, 2008 except where otherwise noted. "Jahangir Holding a Globe, Detail" (image, far right) © Trustees of the Chester Beatty Library.

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