Manvendra Singh Gohil celebrated his birthday Sunday in
his customary fashion--by holding a music and arts
festival in his family's Rajpipla palace--having
apparently patched up months of family strife sparked
when he came out in the media as gay, TheTimes of India reported.
For the past
eight years, Manvendra has celebrated his September 17
birthday by organizing the music festival, where several
prominent classical singers perform.
"The idea is to
provide an opportunity to young performers,"
Manvendra, who turned 41 over the weekend, told the Times.
The festival was
organized under the banner of the Lakshya Trust, the
local AIDS/HIV nonprofit in Gujarat state, of which
Manvendra is patron. After announcing the event
Wednesday, he politely avoided questions regarding his
being disowned by the royal family on coming out. However,
the Times noted, the scenario has improved, and
the family has largely sorted things out: Manvendra said
they would be attending the event. (The