Shakira performs in Udaipur

New Delhi Nov 17 (Calcutta Tube / IBNS): The ambiance of Udaipur on Tuesday was charged with exuberance and euphoria when the ravishing ‘Waka Waka’ girl Shakira came to the city for the birthday brawl of real estate magnate, K.P. Singh, CEO and Chairman of DLF Limited.

The Colombian pop singer came in a charted plane on Monday evening dressed in a black jacket and straightaway headed from the airport to the Udaivilas, disappointing her various fans who could just have a short glimpse of her.

This was Shakira’s second visit to India after she first came in 2007.

Shakira was appointed as the goodwill ambassador of UNICEF in 2003 and to promote her current cause of spreading education especially amongst the adolescent girls, she has in the past as well, visited many places across the globe.

To uphold the same, on Tuesday, earlier in the day, she met 13 adolescent girls from Kasturba Gandhi Awasiya Balika Vidhalaya at State Institute of Education Research and Training (SIERT), which is about 25kms from Udaipur.

During an half an hour session, she discussed with them issues concerning their life and education. These tribal girls are of age ranging from 7-14 years and most of them study in 1st to 7th standard.

All of them were happy to have met and spoken to a superstar like her.

Geetanjali Master, communication manager for UNICEF, told a daily that the way the singer connected with the girls was inspiring for them.

Even her twitter account said, “Educating girls improves farming, reduces malnutrition, child mortality and boosts economic growth @unicefus” and “In Udaipur (India) 96,000 children don’t go to school. 60% of them are girls. @unicefusa @barefootfound @fpiesdescalzos”

Later in the day, as scheduled, she gave a dazzling performance in the grand affair of Singh which took place at Jag Mandir situated on an island in Pichola Lake.

However, the only who’s who of Bollywood present at the party were Kabir Bedi, who took over to play the host and Adnan Sami, who too performed his famous numbers like Kabhi to nazar milao and Lift karade and set the mood for the evening.

But what left the eyeballs rolling was Shakira’s performance which included her much acclaimed numbers like Hips don’t lie and Waka Waka. Needless to say, at the end of her performance the audience was left spellbound and adding to the magic she even said, “Shukriya, I love Udaipur!

Earlier there were reports that footballer David Beckham and his designer wife Victoria Beckham along with Bollywood celebrities like Shahrukh Khan, Hritik Roshan and Shahid Kapoor will also attend the function but none of them were traced at the event. It was only Shakira’s magic that was everywhere.

– Vatsal Verma


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