Text by Preeta Agarwal
The Guards Polo Club in Windsor, Berkshire, came alive with the sound of thudding hooves on 29 June when a royal polo match, hosted by the legendary Indian jewellery brand, Ganjam, was played in its immaculate grounds. The annual event is a tribute to Her Highness the late Rajmata Gayatri Devi, who initiated this tournament about four decades ago, in memory of her husband.
Now in its eighth year, the event saw British and Indian high society mingling over high tea, champagne and some splendid jewellery on the lush, green lawns of the Duke's Ground in Windsor Great Park. His Royal Highness Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, is President of this Club and, by associating with such an occasion and venue, Ganjam has exemplified the quality of its creations and reinforced its rich heritage, which dates back to the royalty of the India of yore.
The polo match - the first event of the day - was played between Sifani/Shakib Polo and Black Eagles, with Lady Annabel Lindsay and Dushyanth Ganjam presiding over the proceedings.
One of the big draws of the event was the House of Ganjam jewellery exhibition, which included pieces from the Gerbera, Ikat, Exotica, Nizam, Le Jardin, Heritage and Riverdance collections. The highlight was a preview of Ganjam's exquisite Song of the Sea collection, inspired by the beauty of the sea and set with radiant diamonds, iridescent blue sapphires and rare tanzanites. The collection is reminiscent of the fluid form of water, the beauty of the ocean waves and the vivid variants of the colour blue.
Guests attending the event included Lady Annabel Lindsay, Lord and Lady Noon, Mr and Mrs Amit Harnal, Steve and Riz Mody, Jason and Marina Gerrard, Dr Sunil and Raka Mayor, Rajeev and Sarita Harnal, Pat and Therese O'Riordan, Digvijay and Uma Singh, Colin Manning, James Traynor, Natania Harnal, Eloise Levrant, Nirmala Sicka, Charles Palmer Tompkinsan, Mrs Nick Edyley, Kanchan Mehra and Dr and Mrs Preetam Gharat.