Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Amol Palekar Heads 7th CMS VATAVARAN Award Jury Meet

Eminent Actor, Director and Producer, Shri Amol Palekar heads the list of eminent jurists for the coveted 7th CMS VATAVARAN Awards in national and international categories.

The jury comprises 14 eminent personalities from widely divergent sectors and streams i.e. filmmaking, conservation, research and media will be headed by Shri Amol Palekar

The jury members include Dr Anupam Joshi, Senior Environmental Specialist of The World Bank, New Delhi; Mrs Dipali Khanna, Member Secretary (Chief Executive Officer), Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts (IGNCA); Mr Ranjit Lal, Author, Columnist, Birder; Ms Sumitra Bhave , Film Maker, Vichitra Nirmiti, Pune; Shubhra Gupta, Film Critic, and senior columnist The Indian Express; Mr Ziya Us Salam , Features Editor, The Hindu, New Delhi.

CMS VATAVARAN received a total of 541 entries out of which 86 Indian and International films have been nominated in 11 categories. The Awards will be conferred on Feb 02, 2014 during the 7th CMS VATAVARAN 2014 International Environment & Wildlife Film Festival and Forum which is scheduled from January 30 - February 03, 2014 at IGNCA Lawns, New Delhi

Let the music play with Portronics Pure Sound Pro BT

For all those who love music on the go, Portronics, a leader in the innovative portable product market, has added yet another feather to its cap by introducing the upgraded and superior version of its famous Pure sound Bluetooth series, the Pure sound Pro BT.

Stuffed with features like 2.5 W speakers, in built MP3 Media Player, FM, USB playback, SD card, Bluetooth connectivity and more, makes it one of the best featured Portable sound Bars in the country.

Devised with advanced Japanese drivers, this newly designed Portronics product offers the best sound quality particularly with the Turbo Bass paten technology that perfectly improves the bass quality along with the clean treble that further adds on to the unparalleled musical experience.

Facilitating users with an option of enjoying nonstop music for a period of 6-8 hours with a single full charge, the 'Pure sound Pro BT' is designed with dual power supply. While the detachable Lithium ion battery (generic BL-5 C battery) with special ECO-PLUS works on a power saving design, the signal handling USB offered along with the device makes charging an easy task with other portables like laptops.

Furthermore, customised to match up to the consumer's demands, this mini digital product is designed to play music via U-Disk/SD cards directly and can also support MP3 and APE/FLAC lossless music format files. In addition to this, the machine also allows documents and files to be downloaded directly on to the storage without drawing out the SD card thus standing out as one of the most user friendly products in the market.

Supported by a stylish LCD, the Pure sound Pro BT is crafted with dual independent acoustics cavity, dual low frequency radiator and dual low power consumption channel of digital amplifier. Along with this, the in-built FM antenna in the product also supports automatic and manual search of stations; thereby pre-saving all the FM channels accordingly.

Conceived to suit the varying needs of consumers, the Pure sound Pro BT is devised to well match with gadgets like PSPs, mobiles, tablets, MP4, MP3, desktops, laptops etc via a 3.5 mm audio cable and Bluetooth, thereby sufficing users with the option of integrating interfaces and using the product in line with others.

All in all, Portronics has come up with one of the most desirable products for music lovers which will not only provide listeners with the best ever musical experience with its superior fidelity earphone output; but is set to bring about a revolution with one and all wanting to lay their hands on this super exciting Pure sound Pro BT this coming new year.

Coke Studio artists to perform at the World Sufi Spirit Festival

The advent of a New Year unravels a pleasant surprise for music aficionados. The much awaited World Sufi Spirit Festival(WSSF) hosted every year in the mystical State of Rajasthan has roped in two proclaimed Coke Studio artists to perform at the festival in February. Sufi singers Kavita Seth and Javed Bashir (promoted by Saregama) will bring to life Sufi traditions along with various other artists from across the world. The festival this year will kick start on Monday, 17th February 2014 in Nagaur and will culminate on Sunday, 23rd February at Jodhpur.

It is through art and music that one can relate to a deep feeling of ecstasy - an ecstasy floating between fulfilment and the longing of the beloved, declaim the Sufi poets. Taking this a step further, WSSF plays host to some of the leading exponents of Sufi from across the borders year after year! Patronized by internationally renowned artist Sting, the festival is hosted at the Mehrangarh and Ahichhatragarh Forts in Jodhpur and Nagaur respectively. Through dance, music and singing, treasures of the global culturesalong with their deep rooted affiliation with Sufi rituals are revealed during the festival.

KarniJasol, Director, Mehrangarh Museum Trust said, "Post a successful event last year, this edition promises to be a memorable musical journey with ancient traditions that will enchant one and all. While each year we try to rope in new talent and create an aura that is captivating, this year will be no different. I am pleased to have the likes of Kavita and Javed on board this season and I am certain that they will fascinate one and all with their soulful renditions.

Says Kavita Seth, "It feels great to be a part of festival that promotes the rich culture of Sufism. I look forward to collaborating with like-minded artists from across the globe.

Javed Bashir adds, "Sufi music speaks of God, love and peace between people. In my experience, I haven't been able to see the love and respect for music anywhere else other than India. I am looking forward to perform at the World Sufi Spirit Festival and I appreciate the platform that has been created to promote a traditional art."

Giving both the national as well as international artists a common ground to learn and discover rich Sufi traditions prevalent worldwide, WSSF has created a platform for the artists to perform and collaborate seamlessly.

Samsung Launches 'Stay New' Ownership Plan for its flagship Galaxy range in India

As part of its continued commitment towards offering superior consumer experience, Samsung Mobiles, the market leader in the smartphone segment in India announced the 'Stay New' ownership plan on its flagship Galaxy devices. 'Stay New' empowers the customer to own a Galaxy smartphone of choice and upgrade the same in future.

Speaking about the new initiative, Mr. Vineet Taneja, Country Head, Samsung Mobiles & IT said, "The launch of the 'Stay New' plan reasserts Samsung's commitment to make premium Samsung smartphone experience more accessible and affordable. The new plan is in line with our philosophy of bringing the exciting world of smartphones to Indian customers. We are targeting a significant number of new users joining the Samsung family with this category leading initiative. This not only offers a 18-month EMI programme but also an Easy Buy Back, which will help users upgrade to newer models as Samsung continues to innovate and bring latest technology. "

The smartphones covered under the Stay New platform are Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy Note 2, Samsung S4, Samsung S4 Mini, Samsung S3, Galaxy Tab 3 and Galaxy Tab 10.1. Customers can buy any of these smartphones through participating banks' credit card and avail the Samsung's easy 18- month EMI scheme, at applicable interest rates. Under this program, one can get the popular Galaxy S4 for as less as Rs. 2,466/- per month[1] or an S4 Mini for less than Rs.1500/- per month. Furthermore, users can also upgrade to the latest Samsung Galaxy devices after six months by using the Easy BuyBack service. The Stay New plan will be rolled out in stores across the country from January 1st until March 31st, 2014, or until stocks last. The offer is also available at www.samsungindiaestore.com.

Samsung has tied up with HDFC Bank, ICICI Bank, Citibank and Standard Chartered for this program.

Monday, December 30, 2013

Carve Your Destiny: First inspirational film from India featuring some of the most famous Indian achievers

Carve Your Destiny is the first inspirational film from India featuring some of the most famous personalities from diverse fields, who teach the viewers how they too can make all of their dreams come true. The concept was independently conceived and developed by Anubhav Srivastava. He has spent 5 years researching and interviewing some of the greatest achievers and discovering the core mentality that they all possessed that helped them become great achievers.

All of the principles Anubhav discovered while interviewing these achievers will be condensed and presented to the world in the form of an interesting and engaging documentary film titled Carve Your Destiny. The film is completed and due to be released in the near future. Instead of a conventional theatrical release, online marketing is the core medium by which this film will be promoted worldwide.

People Featured in Carve Your Destiny

  • Kiran Bedi - Winner of Ramon Magsaysay Award, first female IPS officer and Social Activist
  • Deepak Puri- Founder and Chairman of Moser Baer
  • Kiran Mazumdar Shaw - Indian businesswoman, Chairperson of Biocon and one of the richest women in India.
  • Som Mittal- He is the former MD of HP and president of NASSCOM.
  • Sushil Kumar- Two time Olympic Medalist
  • Jatin Das- He is a renowned Indian painter.
  • Vinod Dua- He is a TV journalist, winner of Padma Shri.
  • Shiv Khera - Acclaimed author and motivator.
  • Sheila Dixit - Former Chief Minister of Delhi, India.
  • Ekta Chowdhary - Winner of Femina Miss India 2009 title.
  • Sir Alec Jeffreys- Father of DNA fingerprinting.
  • Sir Robert Burgess (sociologist)- Famous Sociologist, presently the Vice-Chancellor of University of Leicester, UK.
  • LK Advani - Former deputy Prime Minister of India.
  • Shubha Mudgal - Legendary Singer
  • Sam Pitroda - Innovator and Entrepreneur
  • Naryanan Krishnan - Social Worker, Top 10 CNN Heroes of 2010
  • Achyuta Samanta - Social Entrepreneur. Founder, Kalinga institute of Social Sciences

92.7 BIG FM announces winner of Dabut Honitus Big Junior RJ

India's largest radio network 92.7 BIG FM and Dabur Honitus, the leading natural cough & cold brand from the house of Dabur, declared Ku. Hansreet Kaur as the winner of a mega hunt to identify the most talented child radio-jockey. The massive talent initiative, christened 'Dabur Honitus BIG Junior RJ', was conducted across the country and helped identify RJ-ing talent in children between 6 and 14 years of age. A number of children auditioned for the role and the winner was given an exclusive chance to host shows on 25th December 2013 (Christmas Day).

The month-long campaign, which concluded on Christmas Day, gave opportunities to children from several schools. The children were judged on parameters such as spontaneity, delivery and diction, smartness, general knowledge and RJing ability. 92.7 BIG FM and Dabur Honitus selected a confident, cheerful and bubbly Ku. Hansreet Kaur, who got a chance to debut on radio and host shows with 92.7 BIG FM RJs.

Bringing the excitement of reality shows to radio, this initiative gave parents the advantage of being actively involved in grooming their young ones to stand out in the unique contest. The program also gave children a fantastic new opportunity to display skills that are often ignored in children but prized in radio jockeys.

Breakfast to Dinner spends the day with the multitalented, Arshad Warsi

This week, UTV Stars' Breakfast to Dinner gave the viewers with an exclusive look into the life of the actor who can be hilariously funny or incredible believable at the drop of a hat - Arshad Warsi. The actor welcomes the viewers into his home, shows off his culinary skills and then sets off to tackle his busy day, all the while chatting about his life, his wife and everything in between.

Arshad kicks off the day with a personal tour of his house; sharing pictures of his family on the go. Being a people's person, the actor talks about his many friends and his loving wife and what they mean to him. It is now time for breakfast and Chef Arshad shows us the accurate way to make a delicious cheese omelette. After devouring the omelette, over a cup of coffee, Arshad shows the viewers a set of rules for him, that are stuck to the refrigerator, undoubtedly by his wife.

It was now time for Arshad to head out door and get to work. As a sweet surprise, the actor is joined by the beautiful Soha Ali Khan, who stops by to grab a bite during lunch. Talks turn to the film industry as Soha and Arshad share their thoughts on movies. The two actors then head to an interview for their upcoming film and this is where we see the legendary funny side of Arshad Warsi. After a fun-filled interview the day finally comes to an end and like the rest of the health conscious Bollywood, Arshad says goodbye to the viewers and takes off on a bicycle.

Meet and Greet Bipasha Basu by Preordering UNLEASH at infibeam.com

Infibeam is not only allowing the people to shop with smile but is also making their dream of meeting super stars come true! All the big fans of Bipasha Basu, the youth icon for style and fitness, get ready to meet with her up-close and personal.

Recently during various launches of the media products such as Cds/DVDs and books, the company gave chance to its customers to meet and greet great personalities such as Amitabh Bachchan, Kareena Kapoor, Imran Khan, Chef. Vikas Khanna and many more.

Bipasha Basu is sharing her fitness tips in the upcoming Shemaroo's UNLEASH DVD. This DVD featuring Bipasha Basu in which she discloses the ways to sculpt your body with plyometric and cardiovascular moves that improves your muscular strength through explosive moves is on preorder at infibeam.com.

3 Lucky Winners who prebooks UNLEASH DVD at Infibeam will get a chance to meet Bipasha Basu in person. Also, 10 winners will get an Bipasha Basu's autographed copy of the DVD.

UNLEASH is a health and fitness secret revealing DVD which deals burning of major calories and losing weight. Here are the details of its content:

1. Introduction to Love Yourself

2. Introduction to Unleash

3. Unleash Routine

4. Deanne Pandeys Tips

5. Behind The Scenes

6. Bollywood celebrity Endorsements by: Salman Khan, Hrithik Roshan, Katrina Kaif,Shahid Kapoor, Abhishek Bachchan, Milind Soman & Sonam Kapoor

Kailash Kher and Shubha Mudgal sing for Diya Aur Baati Hum

"Tune nibhya aisa saath piya ji .....Maare sapno ko de di... parwaaz piya ji
Tharo maaro milan aiso laage re saath jaiso diya...aur.... baati... ho diya aur Baati hum"

The title track plays a vital role in any television show's success and similarly Diya Aur Baati Hum'stitle track has created the magic for the show. The mesmerizing voices of Kailash Kher & Shubha Mudgal aptly suited the leads' i.e. Sooraj and Sandhya's mindset and persona. Now, since the show is moving into its next phase with Sandhya going for the intense IPS training, the singer duo Kailash & Shubha solicit their support in Sandhya's new journey by lending their voices for another music track especially made for this situation.

Delighted Kailashsays, "Diya Aur Baati Hum is an extremely aspirational show and the music track which I've sung also enhances the storyline and creates the spirit of victory. The sound track will inspire many more Indian women to dream for themselves and make their dreams come true. I'm extremely happy to be associated with this show that outlines this message of progress of women of our country."

We wish Sandhya 'All the best' on her future endeavor.

Delhi Duty Free Launches Dewar's Legacy Collection 1893

Delhi Duty Free, India's largest duty free retail space at Terminal- 3, IGI Airport in association with Bacardi Global Travel Retail has launched the limited-edition blended Scotch whisky - Dewar's Legacy Collection 1893.

Delhi Duty Free, will be the first duty free in the country to sell the limited edition Dewar's Legacy Collection 1893 to international travelers.

This special limited edition blended Scotch whisky commemorates the first Royal Warrant awarded to DEWAR'S 120 years ago. The world's most awarded blended Scotch whisky; DEWAR'S is also the only whisky to have received a Royal Warrant from every British monarch since 1893 when Queen Victoria recognised the exceptional quality of DEWAR'S. Only 1,000 individually-numbered bottles of the DEWAR'S Legacy 1893 will ever be released.

The DEWAR'S Legacy 1893 release has been skilfully blended from 20 rare and long-aged whiskies, many of which were used by Dewar's founder, John Dewar.

Presented in the finest hand-blown crystal decanter with handcrafted silverware made by Scottish craftsmen, the design is inspired by the dirk, the Scottish ceremonial dagger. The dirk is decorated with a thistle motif with detailing in 22-carat gold, and has as its centrepiece nine sapphires inspired by the famous Stuart Sapphire, owned by many Scottish kings before it became part of Queen Victoria's Imperial State Crown. The decanter is housed in a burr walnut and gold metal box, which displays some of the many prestigious awards won by Dewar's.

Said Mr. Duncan Lawley, CEO, Delhi Duty Free Services "Delhi Duty Free is viewed as a premium retail destination with an extremely brand conscious audience who travel frequently. We have always endeavored to provide our customers an opportunity to experience and purchase the most exclusive products from around the world. We have also had the fortune of being selected as the launch pad for several products of leading brands and this time too we are first in Country to launch Dewar's Legacy Collection. We expect to see these doing very well with our customers."

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Party Bags from Madsam Tinzin

Fresh and Spirited - Delhi based designer label Madsam Tinzin presents a collection of Stylish bags this New Years. Basic solids teamed with sparkling sequins, beads and fabrics add that dash of bling for the party season.

Fresh, sprirted and distinctive, as the name suggests, Madsam Tinzin is the brain child of four young designers from NIFT Mumbai - Madhu, Saumya, Tina and Stanzin. With the sole aim of beautifying women with flattering silhouettes and innovative embroidery, the label approaches to fill the niche of intelligent clothing.

Relaxed and easy silhouettes form the core of the label. Young, fun and delicate embroidery coupled with a wide variety in the color palette, the creations of Madsam Tinzin are as invigorated as the four designers themselves. Flowing anarkalis, suits and lehengas to saris, pants, corsets and jackets, the label personifies fun and festivity. Accessories like scarves, clutch bags and potlis complete the look. Away from the monotony of bling, the label is truly young and eclectic.

Designer Sunil Mehra unveiled his Autumn Winter Collection 2013 - Krishna’s Lily

Ace fashion designer Sunil Mehra recently unveiled his latest Autumn Winter Collection 2013 entitled ‘Krishna’s Lily’ which connotes the brilliant yet gentle light emanating from Krishna illuminating entirely with param-anand and knowledge of all that is true.

Sunil Mehra’s work is inspired by Lord Krishna and his many avatars; the stories, symbols, and the places which have become spots of worship dedicated tohim particularly Vrindavan. The designs intend to strike a chord with the minds of the viewers and connect them with the supreme Lord Krishna, the creator of all creations. Whether it is the special jacquard weaves with spiritual motifs, Sanskrit lettering in miniature embroideries, the colors turmeric and saffron or the scenic hand paintings on the attires, each ensemble possesses a unique connection to the divine.

A spiritual and fashion guru, Sunil Mehra joined his ancestral business of garments at the early age of 20. The label “Sunil Mehra” beautifully blends the distinct spheres of high fashion and divinity. Being the only designer to have showcased a Krishna inspired collection at the Iskcon temple, New Delhi; he was well applauded and appreciated for his individualistic expression. The exclusive creations are woven with natural threads and each garment is a humble tribute to the supreme Lord. “All I wish for humanity is for them to be Krishna conscious. Clothes are just a medium of representation, it is the thought behind them which is of utmost importance”, he says. According to him, he is not the one who creates the designs, but Krishna illustrates his mysticism through him.

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Gauhar Khan Wins Big Boss 7, feels Lucky and graced

It was an awesome night for ‘BIG BOSS’ season 7 participants Saturday, when superstar Salman Khan announced the winner of the season as Actress Gauhar Khan, who left behind her strong contenders Sangram Singh, Ajaz Khan and Tanishaa Mukherjee to claim the title.

The last day contest was between Gauahar, Tanishaa, Ajaz and Sangram who made to the last four in the competition. The first finalist to leave Big Boss house on the D-day was Sangram followed by viewer’s favourite Ajaz Khan.

The final two to stay in Big Boss house was Gauaha and Tanishaa after which Salman Khan announced the name of Gauhar as the winner leaving her absolutely speechless.

Gauhar found this win quite unexpected and said she never thought winning against Tanishaa as it was quite difficult to beat her.

Gauhar feels she is lucky and is grateful to audience for the support. Gauhar won Rs 50 lakh in cash as prize money and a trophy after successfully staying in the house with other contestants for 104 days.

Friday, December 27, 2013

Jacqueline Fernandez graced the ramp for Jyotsna Tiwari at AVIBFW

The fifth edition of Aamby Valley India Bridal Fashion Week in association with AZVA at the Hotel Grand Hyatt, Mumbai commenced on Day 1 witnessed a spectacular show by Jyotsna Tiwari’s collection at AVIBFW, where actress Jacqueline Fernandez graced the ramp as the showstopper.

Inspired by the seven colours from the Navratan jewellery collections, Worlddestination.com presented Jyotsna Tiwari’s magnificent collection called “Elohim” that opened the 5th edition of the Aamby Valley India Bridal Fashion Week 2013 on Day One.
The venue was decorated with thousands of white blossoms that bloomed from 12 trees that lined the ramp. Floral arches edged the giant doors on the stage and the mood was set for a glamorous presentation of bridal wear.

Opening the show with a beautiful white tulle gown with a crystal bodice, Jyotsna enchanted the audience with more glittering creations. Embroidered lace over peach tulle created a magical floor kissing creation and lehengas were teamed with corsets sparkling with 3D appliqués. The sari gown-cum-lehenga had a dramatic tulle pallav, while the fuchsia net rouched embellished creation was a dream to behold.

Lace, net and sequins dazzled under the ramp lights for the collection. Sumptuous luxurious fabrics in silks and silk blends, satins and organzas along with shimmering hand woven traditional Indian textiles formed the base of the colourful, vibrant, youthful bridal cocktail and occasion wear line.

The sequinned peplum top and moulded mermaid skirt, black shimmering one-shoulder gown with a net trail and the black lehenga with flouncy red piped flared skirt with lace bustier were sensational. Anarkalis with embroidered panels were worn over layers of tulle in myriad styles.

Surface texturing combined with fine tailoring, along with eclectic embellishments gave a edge to the silhouettes. Florals in 3D clusters were the highlight of many of the creations with touches of sequins, pearls and crystals.

Adding Indo-western lines, Jyotsna offered a perfect mix of the East and West to the contemporary bride searching for scintillating creations.

Bringing in graphic patterns that will delight the Indian buyers, the glorious hues along with gold and ombré touches gave the ensembles an ethereal look.

Ending the show was the gorgeous Bollywood beauty, Jacqueline Fernandez in a superbly designed fuchsia lehenga worn with a gold encrusted choli and embroidered net dupatta.

Catering to couples who opt for destination weddings, Jyotsna Tiwari’s “Elohim” collection was a “must have” on any bridal shopping list.

Capital wakes up to another Celebration of Drama with International Drama Festival at 16thBharat Rang Mahotsav 2014

The cold winds are whistling between the window panes, and the sun is not tiring from its mischievous game of hide and seeks, the city is under a mystic spell of the famous Delhi winters and the fog has completely turned the citizens into a bit more Eskimo looking attires. It is that time of the year when Delhi’s weathers have seemingly frozen the human souls and their lively spirits. The city is under a wintry spell and after welcoming the New Year with zest and zeal it’s time Delhi looks up to celebrate the warmth of life and human emotions. It’s time again to warm up Delhiites souls with the drama of human emotions. It’s time for Bharat Rang Mahotsav.

The National School of Drama rings in 2014 with its annual drama extravaganza in the form of International Festival of Drama - the 16th Bharat Rang Mahotsav. Commencing from the 4th of January and culminating on 19th January, 2014, this year’s International Drama Festival highlights the various faces of Indian theatre and brings to the capital 71 performances by renowned theater groups from different parts of India and the world on same platform so that theater aficionados as well as common men can watch and be entertained and enriched by their performances.

This year, theatre groups from 17 states, representing all the four regions of the nation – East, West, North South will stage their performances on this international platform. Even countries like Srilanka, Japan, Israel, China, Poland and Germany which are steeped in theatre culture, brings in seven performances in this year’s international festival. The festival will feature a complete kaleidoscope of various theatre styles starting from Classical, including Modern, Western and finishing in Folk Theatre; thus showing all the different faces of Indian Theatre to the audience. If this was not all, Bharat Rang Mahotsav this time highlights traditional folk theatre from about every part of the country bringing 11 performances from folk & traditional theatre, making it the ultimate platform of interaction and education of theatre.

Prof. Waman Kendre, NSD Director, says, “Bharat Rang Mahotsav is not only about urban theatre but it also focuses on the rural and traditional theatre. Hence, NSD being the apex theatre institution of the country is reaching out to every nook and corner of the country where drama and theatre exists and survives. With such exchange of knowledge and culture NSD aims to be the ultimate platform of theatre and cultural exchanges in theatre not only in India but with other countries as well where theatre is alive.”

As a parallel festival, Bharat Rang Mahotsav this year goes out to the exotic North East with 6 plays this year.NSD this year touches the hearts of Imphal and Guwahati with 3 international plays (from Israel, Japan and Sri Lanka) and 3 Indian plays which includes a Tamasha. This parallel festival will be on from 9th January, 2014 to the 16th January, 2014.

Shri Ratan Thiyam, Chairperson, National School Of Drama Society says, “Integrating theatre from all parts of the nation and also taking it to varied audience has been an integral part of the vision of NSD for Bharat Rang Mahotsav. North East has a culturally rich and potentially strong theatre movement. Missing Bharat Rang Mahotsav’s presence in the region will be a loss to the art and culture lovers of North East. Hence, the parallel festival is targeted in the North East this year.”

Apart from the theatre shows, Bharat Rang Mahotsav this year will also be bringing the national theatre luminaries and their international counterparts together on one platform. With this aim NSD has planned two seminars this year where ideas will be exchanged freely and thoughts on topics like ‘Global Exchanges, Local Encounters’ and on ‘Use & Abuse of Tradition in Today’s Theatre’ will be discussed at length. Meet the directors an open forum for the audience to interact with the director’s and Dr Kamlesh Datt Tripathi interacts with K.N. Panicker will also be some of the major interactive session in BRM 2014.

As part of Interactions on New Writings in Theatre, this year BRM 2014, will see the launch of a book by Mahesh Dattani ‘Me & My Plays’ published by Penguin India along with book reading session by various eminent authors like Surendra Verma, Pratap Sehgal, Mannu Bhandari and Asghar Wajahat are part of the festival. NSD this year has also planned a poster and photographic exhibition on in house Shakespeare production throughout the festival period.  Film screening of films based on theatre experiences and theatre process by Sanjay Maharshi will also be one of the major attractions during the festival. Short films on mobile theatre of Assam, Nautanki, Grotowski workshop and The Making of King Lear adapted in Hindustani are catered for the audience.

Delhi artist shows wings of imagination have no limits

Imagination is like a flying bird with wings, and the desire to give a shape to this imagination is the spirit's wings to great art.

Perhaps that is what drove artist Manu Singh to explore the elemental imaginary landscapes which look like water, earth or sky.

WINGS, SHADOWS & 1000 BIRDS, a solo exhibition of paintings by Manu Singh is being held at the Shridharani Gallery, Triveni Kala Sangam, New Delhi, from 2nd to 12th January. The inauguration is on 2nd January at 5.00  pm.

WINGS, SHADOWS & 1000 BIRDS is full of large canvas paintings that explore imaginary background and landscapes. These works involve more obfuscation of the Imaginary Large Wings, Shadows and 1000 Birds using oil and other elements as mediums.

As the artist says: “I’ve always been drawn to WINGS since I was a child. The wings are symbol of aspiring to the greatest heights of accomplishment. Wings (white in color) stands for clarity of mind, and how clean mental focus combined with stable footing can transform our lives in magical ways. From time immemorial, birds are considered to be signs of eternal life. Many stories and folklore suggest that birds were taken as signs of renewed life, often as a transition between life and death. My works 1000 BIRDS represent joy, harmony, ecstasy, balance, and love. It denotes a sunny outlook in life, spiritual freedom and psychological liberation. It is symbolic of a transition or spiritual awakening also refer to the craving of an individual for the inner child, which would obviously mean innocence - shadow through which I am trying to explain how our shadow side holds the key to our inner self. Each of us has a shadow that whispers stories of our own self-defeating fears to us. My work shows how understanding our own shadow side can lead us to lives of tremendous realization and peace.”

The artist says she wanted to see how far he could can push reality to the other side where the “real” is still recognizable, but start becoming partially surreal. She wanted to see how far he can push both the real and the surreal at the same time into one another, building that tension until they are just one and the same.

Most canvases are black and white paintings with a modern touch, in that the strokes explore movement while the grey field stays constant most of the time. She has experimented with supports as well as with medium. “The possibilities of support/surface fascinate me. Without colour, value is easier to see and to judge. It is easier to understand atmospheric perspective without color. I had to make use of tools other than color to create the illusion of depth, thus I am trying to use more energy and imagination in the paintings that these mediums create.”

In a critique, renowned art critic M L Johny says: “My attempt as an art critic here is to see how the metaphor of wings gives a new edge to the works of Manu Singh though it is apparently clear that the wings are the symbols of hope. According to my view, a pair of wings, even when it is grown in an imaginative plane, is a price that has been exchanged for what one already has, which could be freedom, autonomy, beauty, despair or bondage. Wings as a metaphor itself foregrounds the fact that one has to leave or reject something one already possesses.”

Trained under the guidance of Master Artist Rameshwar Broota at Triveni Kala Sangam, Manu simultaneously joined the University of Geneva (Design & Art Department), Switzerland, as student support.

Manu, who lives and works in New Delhi, had solo shows at Lalit Kala Akademi (2011) & Shridharani Gallery (2014). She has participated in the AIFACS (2009, & 2010), Ravi Jain (2012), Sahitya Kala Parishad (2013 annual shows), and in number of group shows viz Dhoomimal Gallery, Open Garden Gallery, Triveni Gallery & Arpana Kaur Gallery.

She was commissioned to make paintings for All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) Trauma Center in Delhi India in 2011. Her work is held in collection with AIIMS Trauma Center, The Lalit, Delhi, The Art Mall, Delhi, Private collections, Switzerland Contemporary Design & Art Collection.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Designer Pawan Sachdeva’s tips for New Year Partywear

1) How to look stylish and different?

To look stylish and different, try something new or add up an element which is trendy, fashionable and yet stands out.  Whatever you wear, please keep in mind the three thumb rules, Fit, Fabric and Style.

For a Night Club Party :

Men– A nice coloured and well fitted shirt or a v neck t-shirt paired with Jeans and add to it a velvet jacket with a satin pocket square. Or go in for a smart leather jacket. Complete the look with formal leather or suede shoes.

Women - Add colour and sparkle to your outfit.  Opt for colours like royal blue, dark pinks, etc. you can match them with your black tights or skirts, if you want to or just flaunt a colourful one piece dress and do not just go in for LBD. If at all you have to then add a dash of colour and bling with makeup and accessories. Opt for a sequins mini for a daring look.


Men – Leather trench coat paired with leather Pants. You can even pair them with well fitted denims and winter boots

Women – For an outdoor party, stick to dresses with capes. You can also go in for coloured or blingy tights or leather pants and pair them with stylish sequin  with leather jackets and leather boots. If you are opting for a mini dress, top it with a jewelled tone blazer.


Men - Give a twist to your Cass black & White Tuxedo and stand out in a party. Opt for a monochromatic pattern instead of a plain black or plain white.  And make sure you wear a bow tie. You can also go in for a well fitted one button suit and add a dash of colour with your tie and pocket square.

Women – Flowy evening gowns or a well styled one piece dress.

2) Colours, fabrics and styles that will be in?

Men - Experiment with colours and try burgundy, shades of green like jade, bottle green, rust, mustard, burnt orange, purple, etc.  Theses colours can either show in your shirt, t-shirt, blazer, jeans or even tie and a pocket square.  And if you are opting for Black & white, then try to combine the two and create effects like monochromatic pattern, etc.

Women - You need to stand out in the crowd, so don’t just stick to a little black dress or a bright red dress, your outfit should be stylish trendy and colourful.  And if you are opting for Black & white, then try to combine the two and create effects like ombre, match black lace with nude colour, etc.
As far as fabrics are concerned,  stick to 100% fabrics, be it wool, leather, velvet, satin or silk, etc.

 3) What about accessories and footwears?


Footwear : For Men, with formal attire, wear black, brown or tan  lace-up, slim & pointed  leather shoes, with jeans, match them with lace-up shoes in suede or leather and for an outdoor party opt for leather boots.

Accessories : for a formal look, accessories to look out for  are ties, pocket squares, belts and shoes. For a less formal look, one can add mufflers, hat, stylish leather boots.


Footwear : For Formal party, opt for a nice pair of heels preferably matching the outfit and not just plain black. It could be metallic or a coloured heel if you are opting for a black dress. For an outdoor party, leather boots will be a safer bet. For clubbing opt for a more comfortable pair of shoes

Accessories : Don’t overdo with accessories. You must add a tingle of sparkle and colour to your look with accessory but stick to minimum.

4) Style tips ?

New Year’s Eve parties are some of the most stylish events of the year. Normal fashion rules normally go right out the window, and sparkle and shine take over the night. Whether one chooses sequins, metallics or the little black dress, the key is to dress for one’s figure. Don’t follow fashion blindly.  Opt for a style that suits your body type and also in sync with the place you are going to.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Celebrate Salman Khans Birthday with SUPER SALMAN on Star GOLD

Star GOLD reiterates its commitment to enthrall Salman Khan Fans with a special birthday celebration for the popular actor with SUPER SALMAN; a one of a kind film festival which will showcase the best of his movies starting 23rd Dec to 27th Dec. This comes close on the heels of the first look of his much awaited movie Jai Ho which was premiered exclusively on Star GOLD a little earlier in December besides the special deal struck for the satellite rights of all his movies coming up in the future.

Super Salman will celebrate Salman Khan and his work as the quintessential hero who fights for his love, his family and his country. The best blockbuster films starring Salman Khan will air in the afternoon slot from 23rd to 26th December and would end with full day back to back movies on his birthday the 27th. The channel is geared up to enthrall its viewers with movies like Hello Brother, Bodyguard, Wanted, Ready, Veer, Dabangg2, Bandhan and Biwi No.1.

Commenting on this initiative, Hemal Jhaveri, Executive Vice President, Star Gold, said, "Salman is a big draw not just at the box office but also on TV and showcasing the best line-up of his hits is our way of celebrating his birthday with his fans, our viewers. Besides showcasing the first look of Salman Khan's upcoming film Jai Ho, Super Salman is the perfect opportunity for our fans to tune-in to Star GOLD this December."

The on-air campaign for the programming special 'Super Salman' is being aired on other network channels of Star India. The channel has also initiated a social media activity where ardent fans can tweet and post their special birthday message for the actor on Star Gold' Facebook page.

In 2013, after premiering several blockbuster movies such as Son of Sardaar, Dabangg2, Fukrey, Jolly LLB, Nautanki Saala, Dhobi Ghat, and many more, along with programming specials like Twenty20 contest, Action movie fest, Blockbuster Diwali contest, Star Gold bid's adieu to this year with some of the most entertaining and cherished movies of 'Bhai' of Bollywood - Salman Khan

Madhuri Dixit releases the music of “Dedh Ishqiya” in Mumbai

Shemaroo Entertainment has released the music of “Dedh Ishqiya” on its own label in the presence of the star cast of the film including Madhuri Dixit, Huma Qureshi. “Dedh Ishqiya” has some very melodious and memorable tracks which offer immense promise and Shemaroo Entertainment has decided to retain the music rights of the same, betting on the long term business potential. Shemaroo, with a strong presence across major distribution platforms, is all set to leverage the music of “Dedh Ishqiya” on all possible media including digital, television, radio & others.

Dedh Ishqiya’s cast includes Madhuri Dixit, Arshad Warsi, Naseeruddin Shah, and Huma Qureshi in the lead roles. The movie has six songs & the two recently released songs from the movie, “Humari Atariya”, sung by Rekha Bhardwaj and “Dil Ka Mizaaj Ishqiya”, sung by Rahat Fateh Ali Khan has already amassed immense popularity on online & television platforms for their sheer melody & magic. The music of “Dedh Ishqiya” is composed by Vishal Bhardwaj himself and the lyrics are penned down by Gulzar Sahab. The music delivered by the talented duo is at its melodious best & catchy.

Tarun Tahiliani’s Couture at Aamby Valley India Bridal Fashion Week 2013

The fifth edition of Aamby Valley India Bridal Fashion Week in association with AZVA at Hotel Grand Hyatt, Mumbai on Day 1 showcased Tarun Tahiliani’s collection.

Staying true to his cultural roots and adding his characteristic couture touches to the collection, Worlddestination.com presented Tarun Tahiliani’s rich collection replete with glitz and glamour at the Aamby Valley India Bridal Fashion Week 2013.

Bare wooden frames and arches created a dramatic décor for the stark black stage and ramp, while abstract design chandeliers rose to the ceiling at the start of the show.

Eight contemporary male and female dancers from the Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts danced gracefully between sections of the show, to movements innovatively choreographed by artistic director Jayachandran Palazhy creating a the perfect start to an amazing show.

Moving seamlessly from the grandeur of royal India for the ensembles to the more finely structured intricate techniques that gave style and elegance, Tarun added Indian craft in all its glory to create a visual and stylish impact on the ramp.

Taking the audience back into an era when hand crafted creations with ornate thread work were a “must have” for bridal trousseaux, Tarun worked with ivory silk threads for panelled kurtas, splashed with opals, pearls and Swarovski crystals. Saris had antique gold, silver, jamavaar, gotta, chikankari and Bandhani work; while brocade and zardosi livened up the kalidaar kurtas.

Created from Italian lamé jersey, which hugged the sexy curves of the models, the Grecian goddess creations were a dream to behold. Drapes which are Tarun’s forté were taken to a higher level, while the sari with the pallav had a fusion influence. 3D flowers, chain mail dupatta, hand embroidery and Swarovski created a gracious elegant fashion statement.

The combination of Grecian and Amrapali like silhouettes gave the creations an unbelievable touch. Tarun’s clever folds turned the lovely models into goddesses, as tulle sparkled for rouched lehengas, churidars emerged under drapes, loose jersey pants with cowl neck kurtas, harem pants and overlapping tunics caused a gold rush on the catwalk.

The gold fishtail gown with crystal encrusted bodice and the pre- stitched lehenga/sari creations were visions in innovative construction. Boleros gave gowns an exciting touch and fabric tassels at the sides of figure hugging creations cascaded down seductively.

Straight from the beautiful forest came shades of pink, ivory, beige and red to create fairy tale garments. Colours of the peacock blue were one of the highlights of this collection while necklines were innovative and classic saris were teamed with Obe belts, capes or bustiers to impart an international touch. Intricately embellished dupatta, floor length kurtas with traditional crafts, saris with heirloom borders and lehengas with a forest of flowers matched the theme of the section.

Inspired by the flamenco dancer, hints of Spanish touches were observed in the long full trains for the concept saris. Bling was understated but very much there to offer a stylish option.

The red bridal Saat Pheras creations were breath taking in all their beauty. The final pale blue lehenga with lavish crystal embroidery and pearl studded work with silver touches was what brides dream of all their lives.

Men’s wear was given a major boost by Tarun with draped dhotis created from Kanjeevaram saris and sherwanis with intricate detailing. Giving a clever fashionable twist to the bandhgala, Tarun added a jersey stole in the neckline. Model and actor Asif Azim was seen scorching the ramp in one of his creations. There were structured cummerbunds in fusion form, in shades of jade, pleated royal blue and jewelled choices. Rich velvet sherwanis had embroidered necklines and cuffs but often pleated collars replaced lapels.

Tarun Tahiliani’s bridal collection which was a superb display of craft, style and couture will gladden the hearts of brides and grooms when they say their “I Do”

Arshad and Soha Promoted the film Joe B. Carvalho in Delhi

Versatile actor Arshad Warsi with his beautiful co actress Soha Ali Khan recently visited Delhi at Hotel Le Meridian and promoted their upcoming film "Joe B. Carvalho".

This is the first time when Soha is working as opposite to Arshad Warsi and says,"Arshad is a very versatile actor and helped me a lot throughout the shooting of the film. I enjoyed working with Arshad in this Film". She also added, "My Role in the film of a dabangg cop. This is the first time when I am doing this kind of role for which i have worked hard and I hope people will like it"

The Film Joe B. Carvalho is a Comedy film directed by Samir Tewari and produced by Shital Malviya & Bholaram Malviya. The film also stars Javed Jaffrey & Vijay Raaz and is slated to be released on january 3, 2014.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

A Fashion Show to Promote Vegetarianism

Aavaa Surya Continental Hotel, Rajouri Garden, in association with AMR Group, held a Grand Fashion Show at its lavish property to promote “Vegetarianism”.

Leading Designers of Delhi, showcased their extensive range of fusion Fashion at the show which enthralled the audience. The show was opened by Designer Varija Bajaj, followed by Amit Talwar, Ashfaque Ahmed and the Grand Finale was done by Pawan Sachdeva with show stopper Mrs. Pamel Agarwal, Chairperson, Indian Fashion Council. The fashion show also marked the launch of Pure Club & Lounge recently acquired by Richie Arora.

The designers showcased the latest trends & designs on the ramp at the show from ethnic bridal wear to western formal evening & party wear. Guests were seen enthralled by the exclusive designs and the live performances by international artists. The elegant décor and the kind hospitality added another feather to the crown. The fashion show was followed by an after party at Pure Club & Lounge where everybody let their hair down, Danced, drank and made merry.

Guest attended the event included :Farheen Prabhakar, Meenakshi Dutt, Vandana Vadhera, Barkha Kaul, Ritu Singh, Princess Madhvi Singh of Nahan (Sirmour), Prince Ali Mohmmad Khan, Prince of Rampur, Reena & Sunny Goel etc.

Attend the grandest Bash of the year with MOVIES NOW

2013 may have been tough, rough and downright exhausting for many but with the year coming to an end MOVIES NOW presents its viewers with an outlet for it all! Get loose and join the Christmas and New Year celebrations to be a part of the biggest bash on television till date!

Ending the festive season with Jingle all the day and High on 2013, MOVIES NOW has undoubtedly escalated the holiday fun with the most superlative line-up of the year.

Starting 11:30 am onwards on the 25th of December, Jingle All the Day will not only get you in the holiday mood but will also prove to be the biggest family entertainer. Featuring blockbusters for everyone from tots to teens, Jingle All the Day will showcase all-time favorites Baby's Day Out, Alvin & The Chipmunks, Kung Fu Panda, Madagascar, Madagascar 2, Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, The Spiderwick Chronicles. So get set as Santa slides down the chimney with the biggest goodie bag of the season!

Making sure fans have a wild and crazy New Year and end the year on a High, MOVIES NOW brings its fans High on 2013. So rev the music and power-up your New Year fun with the hottest action blockbusters on the 31st December 2013, starting 1 pm onwards. Featuring Hangover, Final Destination, Fantastic Four - Rise of the Silver Surfer, Karate Kid, X Men First Class and Salt, the channel lines-up the bash of a lifetime!

Delhi Celebrates 150th birth anniversary of Sahityrathi Lakshminath Bezbaroa

Assam Association, Delhi had constituted a Celebration Committee for organizing the year-long programmes in Delhi to commemorate the great occasion of 150th birth anniversary of Sahityrathi Lakshminath Bezbaroa in collaboration with global Non Resident Assamese socio-cultural organizations. The year-long celebration began on 22nd December, 2013 with a Mega Cultural evening as the Curtain Raiser. Various socio-cultural organisations of Delhi & NCR, Bangalore, Mumbai, Kolkata, USA, UK and Kuwait have already consented to be part of the celebration.

The celebration aims at making the new generation Assamese people specially the global Non-resident Assamese aware about Bezbaroa and inspiring them with his ideals in being connected to their roots and in being proud of their heritage. The celebration will also create awareness at National level about Bezbaroa as a great litterateur and a social reformer of India.

Lakshminath Bezbaroa was a product and part of the intellectual awakening of India in the 19th century. He made pioneering contributions to almost all forms of Assamese literature - poems, novels, short stories, collection of folk tales, dramas, biographical works and satirical essays. 125 years back, in then Calcutta, it was he who as a student inspired and led many Assamese youth to set up an organisation for development of Assamese language which was instrumental in rejuvenating Assamese literature by publishing literary magazines ‘Jonaki’ and ‘Banhi’.

Bezbaroa with the help of a few Assamese students rekindled confidence in the minds of Assamese people by reminding them about their heritage, brought out Srimanta Sankaradeva and Madhavadeva from the ‘Sattras’, the monasteries of Assam, to the public life. Bezbaroa lived most part of his life in Kolkata and Orissa but still made gigantic contributions. So, Bezbaroa is considered as the role model for the global non-resident Assamese people to preserve their cultural identity for their own good. The occasion of Bezbaroa’s 150th birth anniversary is chosen to inspire them to contribute to the motherland, to imbibe, practice mother tongue and pass on to the next generation. This will help in preserving the diverse cultural and linguistic landscape of Assam having numerous ethnic languages which are already endangered as per UNESCO’s report and will also help Assamese language as the connecting language for all ethnic groups.

Shri Kuldip Nayar, the veteran journalist, human right activist, author and a nominated Member of Rajya Sabha was invited as the Chief Guest. Shri B. K Handique, Member of Parliament, Loksabha, Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, Sarod Maestro and a few dignitaries were also invited as Guests of Honour.

After felicitation and ceremonial lighting of lamp by Chief Guest, Ustad Amjad Ali Khan unveiled a portrait of Sahityrathi Lakshminath Bezbaroa. A beautiful song of Bezbaroa termed as ‘Asom Sangeet’- Music of Assam was presented in chorus by a group of men and women, Boys and girls  in the beginning.
Amaan Ali Khan and Ayaan Ali Khan, the young exponents of Indian classical music were invited to perform in the event. They have inherited the musical tradition of six generations from their father Ustad Amjad Ali Khan and have a strong connection with Assamese root because of their mother Subhalaxmi Baruah Khan from Assam, an exponent of Bharat Natyam herself. They enthralled the audience with their sarod recital.                                     

Smti Jayanti Chattopadhyay, Retired Professor of MIL Department of Delhi University released the Souvenir, published to commemorate the occasion. The Souvenir is edited by Dr Bipul Kumar Baruah.

Then an audio of a song specially written by reputed lyricist Shri Sarat Barkakati for the occasion and dedicated to the Non-resident Assamese people was released.

Angaraag Papon Mahanta, the icon of Assam who has successfully experimented fusion with Assamese folk music in Coke Studio and sung popular bollywood numbers like Jiyein Kyun, Zindagi Aisi Waisi, Kyon then hypnotized the audience with his lively performance and rendition of popular numbers.

The packed audience of the cultural evening stood up and joined in singing the State anthem of Assam-‘O mor aponar desh’ at the close of the programme.