with Anita Chatterjee, Alvina Buxani, Falguni & Shane Peacock, & Sakshi Khurana


MANEESH K. GOYAL, ANJULA ACHARIA + CO-HOSTS: Celebrating Diwali in NYC 1920 1080 Kanika

Diwali was celebrated at the White House, with NY Mayor Eric Adams, and in #NYC at the Pierre Hotel, a star studded affair. Kanika interviews hosts Maneesh K. Goyal, Anita Chatterjee, Sakshi Khurana, Alvina Patel Buxani, and Shane and Falguni Peacock on the event, touted the South Asian MET Ball. They shared how they grew up celebrating Diwali with their families and how they’ve embraced bringing it to the masses.


Want to know what my favorite time of year is? Diwali. This year we celebrated at the White House, with Mayor Adams in New York and at the South Asian Met Gala – Diwali at the Pierre Taj Hotel which has been covered by Vogue, the New York Times and more.

I spoke to the hosts of the event about the genesis, the guest list, and food, music, fashion revelry on my podcast, “That’s Total Mom Sense.” South Asians have arrived and our kids are now a part of a whole new ecosystem that celebrates our culture and all traditions in such a special way. Come listen wherever you get podcasts and and celebrate Diwali all over again. Happy Diwali and Saal Mubarak!

Let’s begin with my interview with Maneesh Goyal, restaurateur, founder and Partner of Sona and Sona HOME along with Priyanka Chopra. Moving on, we’ll hear from co-host Anita Chatterjee who’s a dear friend. She’s the Founder/CEO of A-Game PR and represents industry leaders including Anjula Acharia, Payal Kadakia Pujji, and Rohan Oza. I next spoke to Sakshi Khurana who’s an entrepreneur and Director of Product Development at 360 Production. Next up is Alvina Patel Buxani, Brand and Communications Architect and Investor. And lastly, Falguni and Shane Peacock, designers with a global presence who outfitted 30-40 guests at the premiere Diwali event in NYC.

Event Details:

WHEN: Saturday, October 22nd at 8:00 pm

WHERE: The Pierre, A Taj Hotel, 2 E. 61st Street, New York, NY


  • Kal Penn, Actor & Author, Host
  • Padma Laxmi
  • Kelly Ripa
  • Sarita Choudhury, Actress
  • Jay Sean, Singer and Producer, Host
  • Prabal Gurung, Fashion Designer, Host
  • Pete Buttigieg, United States Secretary of Transportation
  • Ronan Farrow, Journalist
  • Bibhu Mohapatra, Fashion Designer
  • Gabriela Hearst, Fashion Designer
  • Radhika Jones, Vanity Fair Editor-in-Chief, Host
  • Payal Kadakia, ClassPass founder and Author
  • Harnaaz Sandhi, Reigning Miss Universe
  • Anjula Acharia, CEO at A-Series Management & Investments, and Manager to Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Host
  • Seema Mody, CNBC Correspondent
  • Melanie Chandra, Actor and Producer
  • Falguni & Shane Peacock, Fashion Designers, Hosts
  • Maneesh K. Goyal, Restaurateur (SONA, Temple Bar), Host
  • Reshma Saujani, Activist and Author
  • Philip Lim, Fashion Designer
  • Aparna Shewakramani, Star of Indian Matchmaking
  • Priya Shukla, Fashion Executive
  • Jessel Taank, Fashion Executive
  • Tina Leung, Fashion Personality
  • Alvina Patel Buxani, Fashion Executive, Host
  • Anita Chatterjee, Founder A-Game PR, Host
  • Sakshi Khurana, Entrepreneur, Host
  • Sean Gupta, SVP Paramount, Host