You can take Karishma Mansata out of Bengaluru but apparently you can’t take Bengaluru out of Karishma Mansata. It has been a whole year since her “proper love aaj kal romance” culminated in a wedding that took her away to English shores but the popular MC is back in the city doing what she does best. During her long and fruitful 13-year-old stint at home, she had been all over the place — from presenting a show with Harsha Bogle to hosting some spectacular launch parties and everything in between. “There is a dearth of good MCs here though the demand continues to rise. Female MCs are especially hard to come by,” she says. It is this demand that keeps her shuttling between continents and working when she’s supposed to be holidaying. “But that’s okay, I like being busy,” she says, “I have been only here a week and have already done three shows.”
But loathe as our event organisers would to let go of an effervescent and energetic stage presence like Karishma’s, she has much going for her back in London. Her reputation preceded her overseas and she soon found that she could just pick up from where she left. And though she says that events and shows in London are definitely bigger, they are not necessarily better. “They have an edge in terms of budget and state-of-the-art technology, sure, but I feel the Indian scene is much more creative. There are many more options here, and there is a connect to the line-up and finesse to the talent that is hard to come by there,” she says.
Irrespective of whether her audience is made up of the high-society of England or the bourgeoisie of Bengaluru, Karishma is uniformly electrifying on stage. Last month, she hosted gazillionaire Satish and Abha Modi’s gala Diwali celebration and fundraiser dinner at the prestigious Saatchi gallery, attended by over 150 leaders from the business, philanthropy and art worlds. “The event was organised to raise money for Modi’s Art for India foundation which aims to give underprivileged Indian artists a leg up through their International Institute of Fine Arts in Delhi. I had the pleasure of introducing some big names and performances from the fashion, music and entertainment scene and it was for a good cause, so it felt great doing the show,” she said.
And not only does Karishma identify deeply with the cause of promoting Indian culture abroad, she is also actively doing her bit by helping clueless NRIs plan their dream wedding at locations like Kerala, Goa, Jaipur and more. “Destination weddings are quite the rage in London. And with my experience and contacts in the Indian hospitality industry, I find myself having a distinct advantage in organising these weddings, with the tonne of back-end work involved, even when I am sitting way over there,” she says happily.