Padma Lakshmi and Karan Johar win at Gold House Gold Gala in Los Angeles, Rohini Iyer shines

Karan Johar with Rohini Iyer. at the Gold House Gold Gala 2024. Karan won the Gold Legends award while Rohini was invited as an Indian entrepreneur. Photo: Raidnrop Media

The third annual Gold House Gold Gala was held at The Music Center in Los Angeles on May 11. Dubbed the “Asian Met Gala,” this annual event celebrates and honors icons and trailblazers from the Asian and Pacific Islander communities across various industries.

It was a night to remember as Gold House’s ‘A100’ list’s most impactful Asian Pacific leaders in culture and society came together to celebrate their successful year at this prestigious event hosted by co-founder and CEO of Gold House, Bing Chen.

Among the distinguished honorees were Lucy Liu, Bang Si-hyuk (who launched boy band BTS among many others), Padma Lakshmi and Karan Johar (who got a roaring ovation) who received the Gold Legend Awards. Notable figures such as Saweetie, Cynthia Erivo, Hoa Xuande were also recognized for their contributions.

Fresh from her talked-about appearances at prestigious events in New York, Hindi film PR head (of Raindrop Media), Rohini Iyer graced the gold carpet as she was one of the few Indian entrepreneurs invited to this exclusive gala. Some of the biggest icons and upcoming talent (in Hollywood and Asia) also attended the gala, such as Michelle Yeoh, Ok Taecyeon and a legend in her own right, Miky Lee (vice-chair of CJ group, who also produced the Oscar-winning Best Picture, Parasite), Lilly Singh, Jay Shetty, Maithreyi Ramakrishnan, Darren Barnet, Halsey, Avantika, Poorna Jagannathan, Rupi Kaur and Bela Bajaria.

As Forbes reported, “Gold House has always been cross-industry, cross-generational, and cross-continental. However, our roots are in Hollywood and Silicon Valley. Our flagship events like the Gold Gala are increasingly reflecting our expansion to be even more inclusive of more industries and communities. We know it takes several industries to rebalance true socioeconomic opportunities–and are here to welcome, partner with, and invest in so many of them who have been shepherding incredible work in their own realms,” shared Gold House CEO, Bing Cheng.

He added, “The amount of heart layered in every detail is endless; nothing went untouched. Our priority is not just to continue delivering the seminal Asian Pacific gathering, but the seminal cultural gathering that moves and ignites with every step. Every element of the Gold Gala is inspired by an experience or identity of our community: from my personal favorites of honoring Hello Kitty (and having her on the carpet) to the Michelin South Indian cuisine from Semma’s Vijay Kumar and Padma Lakshmi, to the first time the 2022 Gold Olympians will be recognized for their reclamation, to having the Saweetie perform just days before she releases her first single in years, to opening the Billboard Founders Party dance floor with RuPaul’s Drag Race’s recent winner Nymphia Wind and Steve Aoki, to the karaoke room and late night Panda bites. It is heart over hand to every corner of this Golden New World.”



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