Monday, March 31, 2014

Cheryl McQueen Chosen for Collaboration with Celebrity Hair Stylist George Papanikolas

Model and actress Cheryl McQueen was recently chosen to collaborate on a project with celebrity hair stylist, George Papanikolas. This unique project will include a video and photo-shoot, which will introduce the new line of color to hair care professionals and the public.

The video, featuring Matrix products by L'Oreal, is designed to demonstrate the effects of the new Beige hair color line for every skin tone. A major inclusion in the video will be the importance of products designed to protect hair from damage due to over styling, coloring, and more. The new color line is a revolutionary advancement by Matrix, which boasts on the Beige Color Evolution and adds illuminating tones to brighten every complexion.

The Matrix brand, founded by Arnie and Sydell Miller, has been operating for over three decades and is committed to help stylists nurture their talent and creativity. "I felt that in order to be successful, I needed more focus. I chose the professional end because I knew the business better and was very passionate about it” Arnie Miller of the brand's creation says.

George Papanikolas is one of the most sought-after stylists in Hollywood, working with the likes of Sarah Michelle Gellar, Minka Kelly, and Hayden Panettiere. His work has been featured on the covers of the biggest publications in the industry, including Cosmopolitan, Allure, and Elle. George Papanikolas’s reputation made his involvement in the project an easy choice for L'Oreal.

"It was such a pleasure to work with George Papanikolas and Matrix by L'Oreal. George really understands the importance of satisfying his clients with his artistry. There are so many hair modeling gigs where you are told they will dye your hair pink and chop it to your shoulders. But with George, he uses his creativity to make you look like the best version of yourself," Says McQueen during her experience.

Indian designers rocks at the Vancouver Fashion Week

Day three of Vancouver Fashion Week presented strong with an array of designers inspired by vintage collections all over the world. The designers hailed from England, India, China, and, of course, Vancouver, Canada to present their Fall/Winter 2014 collection to the press, editors, and celebrities alike.

First off, the UK designers embodied vintage London style of the 60s and 70s. Fever featured looks more of the mod era with geometric prints and loud colors that were inspired by their global travels while AngelEye took inspiration from the 70s with leathers, lace, and sheer fabrics. Goldie focused more on vintage feminine shapes with a strong influence of modern rock and roll.

From the eastern side of the globe, designers from India and China presented collections inspired by regal clothing from the 17th and 18th century fused with expert modern craftsmanship. Designers from India, Parvesh Jai focused on embellishments and majestic color combinations with embroidery and black, gold, and champagne hues uniquely highlighting jumpsuits, long, full dresses, and boleros. Shravan Kumar, also from India, focused on a similar concept but stayed with traditional cuts of mens and womenswear with a touch of an English influence with embroidered crests, lapels on blazers in velvet, and modern saris. From China, designer, Ophelia Song, focused on traditional shapes and her use of textiles displaying prints influenced by her own abstract paintings of florals and tropical colors.
Designer Parvesh Jai collection at Vancouver Fashion Week
Back at home base in Vancouver, designers focused on eastern influences, power dressing and clothes for the price-concerned consumer. Romiélle, a mother-daughter design duo, fused their talents together of design and tailoring and created a collection made for the modern sophisticated working woman. Leather, tweed, satin, and fur were utilized in everything from wedding dresses to neckties to oversized coats. Papillon presented ready-to-wear designs for the price-conscious consumer highlighting knit sheaths, a-line skirts, and influences of art deco. On the contrary. Well Groomed presented a line of couture with an intriguing storyline. Throughout the show, the line evolved to tell the story, titled “Once Upon A Bride”, of a young woman blossoming into a beautiful swan-like creature, illustrated by using metallics and Swarovski crystal embellishments. Finally, one of the most captivating designers was Gardé del Avante, a jewelry designer who premiered his enchanting chains and feather jewelry canvassed on models in a simple black bathing suit. Among the bold pieces were chained sleeves that looked like body armour, exotic feathers, and chain combinations resembling fish scales.

“The third day of shows for Vancouver Fashion Week’s Fall/Winter 2014 Collections, presented by COVERGIRL, Pantene and Olay, was ignited by vintage-inspired collections hailing from the UK, fuelled by ingenious and exotic body armour jewellery from Toronto, and a finale bursting with Indian influenced couture creations.” -The Province

I’M Centre for Applied Arts unveils new collection of Beds

Exemplifying the contemporary furniture which are in consonance with the modern lifestyle. An average person spends a third of their lives sleeping - the equivalent to at least 200,000 hours spent in the land of nod.

Investing in a decent bed will help your sleeping hours to be more comfortable and fulfilling, in turn helping you to make the most of the time you're awake.

More importantly, they enhance the entire look of the room giving your home a stylish, vintage feel. I’M Center for Applied Arts has a variety and sizes making them easy to mix and match with any style of decor.

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Kangana Ranaut steals the show at Grand Finale of WIFW

Bollywood’s queen and most stylish actress Kangana Ranaut looked absolutely gorgeous in a black dress when she walked the ramp as a showstopper for celebrated fashion designer Namrata Joshpuria, who showcased her marvelous collection during the grand finale of Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week Autumn-Winter 2014.

The Wills Lifestyle Grand Finale by Namrata Joshipura inspired by the next revolution in human science concluded the Autumn Winter edition of Asia’s premiere fashion & trade event Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week in New Delhi at Pragati Maidan. ITC’s premium lifestyle brand Wills Lifestyle marked its successful collaboration with the acclaimed designer by presenting a spectacular Grand Finale. A striking amalgamation of futuristic designs and a dramatic show, the Finale impressed the audience with fascinating elements of grandeur.

The Grand Finale opened with a high-octane light driven show making quite an impression. The set up was dramatic with a LED lit ramp, creating a special experience for the audience. Kick starting the show was an impressive live music presentation that gave way to models sashaying down in striking avant-garde designs rooted in bold, dramatic silhouettes. The highlight of the show was the dance performance by artists in reflective suits that were engineered to befit the theme of the collection.
Speaking on the occasion, Atul Chand, Divisional Chief Executive, ITC’s Lifestyle Retailing Business said, “The Wills Lifestyle Grand Finale has always set new benchmarks in terms of presenting the best of Indian fashion. The Grand Finale today was truly spectacular! Our partnership with NamrataJoshipura extends beyond the ramp. We have tied up with Namrata to co-create an exclusive collection for the Wills lifestyle stores which will be retailed under the Wills Signature brand.”

Presenting a truly contemporary, chic and glamorous range for the dynamic women, Namrata’s collection named ‘elecTRON’ was inspired by brain mapping, genome decoding…the future! The cyber punk girl and her tribe has moved to the next evolutionary stage, distilled down to a collection of data points. It is a collage of thoughts and feelings that have become contemporary now with patterns from artificial intelligence, brain mapping and neural patterns being an important element.  In the creative process, new techniques were used to control surfaces. Texturing was used as embellishment, leather palettes were created and twisted fabrics were woven into surfaces. The signature silhouettes were represented with long and short dresses, body suits, shorts and jackets. There was an innovative use of color with strong expressions contrasted with beautiful embellishments.

A delighted Namrata Joshipura said, “I am honored to be the Grand Finale Designer at the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion week. I have had a long association with Wills Lifestyle and FDCI. The Grand Finale show was a pleasure to conceive and I am grateful for the enthusiastic support received from the Wills Lifestyle & FDCI team. I also look forward to having my range at Wills Lifestyle stores."

The audience at the Wills Lifestyle Grand Finale were left spell bound as they witnessed a remarkable show by Namrata Joshipura!

Sunday, March 30, 2014

MODE: A fashion extravaganza to rock the Capital

All About Fashion and Ent., a leading Event Management company of India as its new initiative to provide the young talents of fashion and entertainment industry is all set to organize a fashion extravaganza in the capital entitled ‘MODE’ on April 19th.

MODE Spring/Summer 14 is conceived and designed to promote talents like Fashion designers , Actors, Models, Singers and Rappers by providing a big platform where exchange of ideas amongst established and aspiring designers, buyers, corporate and institutional bodies would take place under one roof.

MODE is indented to provide the designers with an international show format followed by B2B lifestyle & fashion trade conferences along with B2C Expo . The show will feature exclusive lounge to create B2B networking opportunity for the participants as well as visitors.

In addition to that, Fashion Designers & Jewellery Designers will also showcase their exclusive creations in the presence of renowned Celebrities & Super models during the entire event.

Moreover, participation of domestic buyers are participating will benefit designers post event.  It will provide the opportunity of dealing with the buyers for future deals.

Adorn the hues of Spring by M Couture's latest SS 2014 collection

Spring up your wardrobe this season as the designers at M Couture with their fresh take on Indian Fashion, present the Spring Summer’14 collection. Following the season the collection draws inspiration from the independent, effervescent and the new age woman. The garments are a heady mix of intricate embroidery, rich fabrics along with a vibrant color palette, in the season’s most trending styles. The design aesthetic is a perfect combination of traditional silhouettes with a modern twist with fabrics in shades of neons and pastels. Peaches, off-white's, lilac pink etc. have been woven with traditional gota work, resham work and dabka work, for the quintessential Indian woman.

M Couture's Spring Summer'14 collection carries elements of intricate embroidery in hues of striking blues and subtle pinks that have been specially crafted for cocktails and casual wear available in Indian wear, Western wear and Indo-Western wear with 'Ready To Wear' garments on request.

Sidhant Keshwani, Owner, M Couture adds, “The emphasis is on the detailing of work along with a perfect mix of rich fabrics in the seasons most trending colours and styles”.

Fashion Week Brooklyn Presents "Be Bold, Be Strong" FW2014 Collections

Fashion Week Brooklyn presented a bolder and stronger season than ever before from March 13- 16, 2014 at Industry City! The aptly titled collection theme “Be Bold, Be Strong” holds significant importance as FWB recently received an endorsement by Brooklyn Borough President, Eric Adams as the official Fashion Week of Brooklyn! Deemed as the Coolest borough on the Planet, Brooklyn has officially stylishly arrived! For the past eight years, FWB has showcased the collections of emerging and established designers based around the world. This season, FWB presented the Fall/Winter 2014 collections of designers based in the USA, South Africa and Finland.
Fashion has gone to the dogs!! Dog lovers enjoyed the latest in pet couture on March 13 and March 15, by designers Warren R. Agee for My Fabulous Puppy and the award-winning pet couturier, Anthony Rubio for Bandit Rubio Couture.

On March 15, in an encore presentation, Bradley Douglas Jordan, a men’s and women’s designer based in Los Angeles debuted his eclectic collection of masks, denim and leather for the second time at FWB. On March 15, Finnish designer, Marita Huurinainen won the crowd over with her lush and colorful collection of fur and wooden wave clogs!

On March 16, 12-year-old designer, Tyann Williams opened the finale show and showcased her Pinky Sez collection and entertaining line up of child models! FWB welcomed South African designers, Richard Fitz and his eco-friendly collection of raw wool garments and Nicole Anne Khoury's seamless figure-hugging women's Ikhonic collection. Lina Teixeira (USA) debuted her interesting, Something Borrowed bridal collection for every type of bride imaginable ranging from sophisticate to bad-ass...and we mean it!

FWB continues to celebrate the local creative community and provide a platform for emerging and established designers and artists. Guests were encouraged to participate in the  SHOOT BROOKLYN campaign with sponsor Gotham Stages (a 10,000 square foot production facility for film, television and photography shoots) and take selfies with friends inside of their huge photo lens!

Guests also received complimentary portraits courtesy of Jonsar Studios and luxurious gift bags filled with natural skin care products courtesty of Love, Aunt Bonnie and Brands With Purpose.

Remaining designers included: Dario Mohr (USA), Iliana Quander (USA), Bridgette Artise (USA), Malcolm Cannon (USA), Marcella Jones-Penn (USA),  April Walker (USA), Thomas Lavone (USA), AKOU (USA), Alicia Pinckney (USA), Shaun Majola (USA).

Additional sponsors include: Industry City, Brooklyn Tourism, Levy Lighting NYC, Creative NYC, Vaporin, Verizon Wireless, Yelp, Duggal Printing, Berkeley College, Brooklyn Winery, Woodland Restaurant, Fashion GPS, Brooklyn Brewery, Clique by Chef Roble’, Exclusiv Vodka.

French designer Emanuel Ungaro visits Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week

The Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week got coloured in the ingenious flavours of international style when celebrated French couturier Emanuel Ungaro visited the event on the morning of Day 4. Ungaro wowed guests at the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week 2014 with his love for Indian crafts and understanding of handlooms.

The 81-year old guru, who is known as Paris’ ‘Prince of prints’ in the 70s; was seen enjoying the shawls and stoles at EZMA, during the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week and also visited stalls of designers Rina Dhaka, Pankaj & Nidhi, Paras and Shalini among others.

“It was a great honour to have Mr. Ungaro with us at this season of India’s biggest fashion event, the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week. His ensembles created a stir in the revolutionary 80s with his understanding of sensuality, cuts and textures, which made his evening gowns a force to reckon with on the Red Carpet,” said Mr. Sunil Sethi, President, FDCI.

“I’m delighted to be in India which is a country known for its myriad hues, embroideries and drapes,” said Ungaro.

Interestingly, Ungaro, loves the ‘liquidity of a sari’ and the innate grace it offers to the wearer. “It has two essentials for any showstopper----movement and fluidity,” he adds.

Ungaro, whose designs were a tribute to femininity, with a play of colour clashing and contrasts, had launched his label in Paris in 1965. But it was the master himself who taught a young Ungaro the nuances of design----Cristobal Balenciaga.  “There was nobody like Cristobal, he was a maverick. His cuts brought out the beauty of the female form,” says Ungaro.
After working for 40 years in fashion and selling off his company, Ungaro is happy being an observer of fashion. “I love the retired life, after years of riding the fashion wave,” he concludes.

'JAL' team takes Jaipur by storm with Director Girish Malik, cast Purab Kohli & Kirti Kulhari

The Bollywood Heartthrob Purab H Kohli charmed the youth of Jaipur and took the city by sto star was in the Pink city 'Jaipur', along with co-star the stunning Kirti Kulhari and Director Girish Malik, to promote his latest film, the OneWorld Films produced much awaited 'JAL'. The trio not just interacted with the media at Cinepolis Multiplex but also interacted with the effervescent youth at YIT college.

Produced by One World, in association with Clapstem Productions and NFDC, and distributed by DAR Film Distributors, the film is scheduled to hit the silver screen on 4th April 2014. While Saga Music has be signed on as the films music partner, the music will be digitally distributed by sister concern Unisys InfoSolutions. JAL stars Purab H Kohli, Kirti Kulhari, Tannishtha Chatterjee, Saidah Jules, Mukul Dev, Yashpal Sharma and Ravi Gossain amongst others. Another key highlight of the film is that it marks the official debut of Sonu Nigam and Bikram Ghosh as music directors.

Commenting on the film Girish Malik said, "Jal to me is a project that is larger than life itself, the film, a wholesome entertainer is about human interaction and true love in all its honesty, albeit told in a very commercially entertaining way laced with rib tickling good humour."

Jal is the story of a young water diviner, BAKKA who is gifted with a special ability to find water in the desert. With the backdrop of water paucity, the film tells a complex and fascinating story of love, relationships, enmity, deceit and circumstances that bring about the dark side of human character. It is a high-octane, action- drama with a shocking climax. Shot on an epic scale, the film is a visual treat and has managed to capture 'Rann Of Kutch' like never before prompting even 'The Hollywood Reporter' to applaud Jal as "a breathtakingly photographed tragedy of Shakespearean proportions."

Jal was also the only Indian film to have made it to the prestigious in-competition segment of the recently concluded Busan International Film Festival and was also more recently the official selection in the Indian Panorama section at IFFI Goa.

Other credits include: Story & Dialogs- Rakesh Mishra; Screenplay - Girish Malik and Rakesh Mishra; Director of Photography - Sunita Radia, Sound Design- Sound Ideaz Studio, and Action - Parvez Khan.

Designer Tanieya Khanuja’s collection celebrates femininity and sexuality at WIFW

Designer Tanieya Khanuja’s presented her Autumn-Winter 2014 collection at the ongoing  Wills Lifestyle Fashion Week being held in the capital at Pragati Maidan. Her collection celebrates the very essence of femininity and sexuality. 

"Without vanity, without coquetry, without curiosity, in a word, woman would not be woman", said Victor Hugo. Celebrating the very essence of her femininity and sexuality, Tanieya's muse has many nuances to her, a titillating contrast, like leather and lace...She strides through life with an understanding of the self like never before, a war cry in tandem with the staccato of her high heels, falling more and more in love with herself with each step. She doesn't need a lover...she is her own Queen..her whims, her Queendom... a Pandora's box of emotions and possibilities wrapped up in the armor of fragility and tenacity”.

“The whole collection has been accessorized very grundgily and edgy to give a very futuristic look. Its a very exclusive collection made with various stitching techniques and materials like Wood, Hand cut Sequins, thread work, Cross Stitch, in fabrics like PVC, Italian Silk jersey and Organza, etc.. The garments have lot of transparency and fabrics like Chantley laces have been used to line the garments to show the depth of each garment. The collection has structured garments and armored look. The collection has well fitted structured garments like peplum belts, baby doll dresses, knee length and calf length dresses, etc.”, said Designer Tanieya Khanuja..

The colors pallete of  Tanieya’s AW ’14 collection has Mustard, nude, deep Blue, and Black.

6th Golden Kela Awards: Complete Winners List

The 6th Golden Kela Awards recently concluded in the Capital to honour the worst in Bollywood last year in which Ajay Devgn(for Himmatwala) and Sonakshi Sinha (for R...Rajkumar) received Golden Kelas, for the second consecutive year, in the worst actor category. In addition to that, many actors got such unusual awards during the event. Here is the complete list of winners of the 6th Annual Golden Kela Awards in different categories:
  • Worst Actor (Male) - Ajay Devgn for Himmatwala
  • Worst Actor (Female) - Sonakshi Sinha for R...Rajkumar
  • Worst Supporting Actor (Male) - Aditya Roy Kapoor for Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani
  • Worst Supporting Actor (Female) - Deepika Padukone, Jacqueline Fernandes and Amisha Patel for Race 2
  • Worst Director - Sanjay Leela Bhansali for Goliyon Ki Raas Leela...Ram Leela
  • Worst Film - Himmatwala
  • Baawra Ho Gaya Hai Ke Award - Aamir Khan for Dhoom 3
  • Most Irritating Song - Party All Night from Boss
  • Most Atrocious Lyrics - Sameer for Raghupati Raghav from Krrish 3 (This one is subject to change)
  • RGV Ki Aag Award for the Most Pointless Remake/Sequel - Himmatwala
  • Why Are You Still Trying Award - Shahid Kapoor for R...Rajkumar
  • Worst Debut - Leander Paes
Special Awards:
  • Aakhir Kyun Award - Priyanka Chopra for the music video Exotic
  • Dara Singh Award for the Worst Accent - Deepika Padukone for Chennai Express
  • Bas Kijiye Bahut Ho Gaya Award - Sunny Deol
  • Aap Yahaan Aaye Kisliye Award - Uday Chopra
  • Ra.One Award for Worst Premise - Dhoom 3, Krrish 3
  • Rajshri Award for Most Regressive Film of the Year - Ranjhanaa
  • This is Too Much Award - Vivek Oberoi

Designer Shruti Sancheti presents EAST INDIA COMPANY at WIFW

The British entered India in 16th century as traders but ruled for next 200 years. They came with their unique cultural identity and very British clothing and fashion sense. The woman of the "Raj" especially from the 19th century, lead a glamorous and enchanting life of polo matches, races, moonlight picnics, dances, cocktail parties, dawn riding etc .They spent many months in Hill stations to combat the oppressive heat and enjoyed a lavish, colonial lifestyle. They were mesmerized by the exotic local princesses, the opulent jewels, magnificent silks and exquisite craft. These women had access to periodicals, journals and novels from England and would incorporate the Indian luxurious elements into their Anglicized preferences and thus resulting in a unique mode of dressing and fashion which was particular to these "Memsahibs" of East India company.

This collection is heavily inspired by the captivating and bewitching lifestyles of these remarkable women who adapted and amalgamated two parallel yet contradictory cultures and produced a unique and novel fashion statement. The color palette of the collection are keeping the Imperial preferences in mind, like oxblood, navy blue, deep purple, crimson, burgundy, teal, burnt orange etc and have pretty English floral prints. The base fabric is pure, woven silk along with smattering of velvet, raw silk, lace all a reminiscent of the Edwardian and Victorian era. Intricate hand embroidery in motifs of blooms in thread work, cut work have been used for surface ornamentation and the silhouettes are heavily inspired by the elaborateness and conservativeness of the period , however they have a contemporary twist.

The look is perfect for the global woman, who is deeply nostalgic and is enthralled by the bygone era, the one who loves to sport a blend of two cultures as well as two different time periods and believes in femininity, grace and poise.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Bluebery DC Launches Spring-Summer collection with special focus on Aztec Prints

The Noida-based, Bluebery DC, a leading name in global fashion and export market, has created impeccable designs using Aztec motif in its Spring-Summer collection. With outfits designed by an upcoming designer Shetall S Khanna, the collection has been inspired by the bold tribal motifs of Mexico and is combined with ethnic detailing like sequin embroidery and threadwork. Aztec Motif is considered to be one of the new trends in fashion. The Aztecs were, of course, one of the most impressive ancient civilizations of Mesoamerica, where their empire flourished between 14th and 16th century. The inspiration for the modern fashion trend is taken from Aztec ceramic and textile artifacts, which featured bold colours and strong geometric shapes; particularly zig-zag lines, triangles, and circles, etc.

According to Shetall S. Khanna – Founder & Designer; Bluebery DC “In our Spring-Summer collection this year, the entire product basket revolves around the colors of the season, generating dark and vibrant echoes. The color palette comprises of bold & bright patterns of Aztec prints. The categories include dresses, skirts and shirts.”

An Aztec print dress is a must have this season. An Aztec print dress should have the right combination of cute and sexy. Dress it up with a smart denim shirt and you could also style a high-waist Aztec print skirt with a plain tee-shirt or pair an Aztec print top with hot pants. Make sure you’re not mixing prints with the Aztec unless you want to look like a clown.

You could wear an Aztec print for almost every occasion to carry your own fashion attitude. Put on an Aztec print dress if you’re in the mood to scale up the oomph quotient.

Designer Rinku Sobti unveils her awesome collection at WIFW

Designer Rinku Sobti unveiled her AW’14 collection at a fashion show during the ongoing Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi.

Rinku’s AW’14  collection is all about deep colors, pretty patterns around necklines created in macrame. The Term Macrame is derived from a 13th Century Arabic weaving term .It means the art of tying knots into strings .

Macrame has been reinvented by incorporating it in a contemporary form. This collection is really all about textile art which has a handcrafted warmth.

The collection consists of collars, neck pieces, jackets created by using various forms of knots. The yarn used is Jersey .The embellished look dismisses the fact of macrame being boring .  Infact the textural embellished elements lend an artful look to the A/W 2014 collection.

Delhi Boy Radhey Patel aka 'Junior Picasso' receives multiple Art Scholarships in London

A student of 5th standard at Scottish High International School Radhey Patel awarded a distinguished Art scholarship at three of the best independent schools in United Kingdom, namely Merchant Taylors' School, The John Lyon School in Harrow and Aldenham School. This recognition award honors the tremendous effort, dedication and preparation Radhey has exhibited in his art and academic studies.

Child prodigy extraordinaire Radhey Patel rose to fame a few years ago when, at the tender age of seven, the National Institute of Fine Arts labeled him "child genius." Media outlets were also enamored with his painting abilities, praising the child for his tendency to create arts that, well, looked like the work of established artists.

Expressing happiness on the success of her son Mrs. Patel, the proud parent of Junior Picasso says: As a young child, Radhey loved to doodle, draw and paint like other kids but his paintings were different. We realized his ability to paint extraordinary things at such an early age where kids don’t think beyond having a fun-filled life. Refrigerators at home served as galleries for his art work and walls as canvas. As responsible parents we are promoting his interest so that in future he should be enjoying his profession rather than taking it as a burden.“

Radhey Patel articulates, "There is never a moment's doubt in my mind that this is what I want to do. It’s a very creative process, getting to express my thoughts and imagination and making the impossible possible. The first thing that pops up in my mind when I wake up is new ideas for art. I have always had a drive to experiment and make unique things with my hands. Art helps me process my thoughts and feelings and interpret them. Art is one of my languages for expression. Making and seeing art excites my brain and makes my day complete.”

In one of his paintings Junior Picasso Radhey dedicated to Nation’s father Mahatma Gandhi titled Transform: Making of a Mahatma attempts to show case how Gandhi, an attorney in South Africa transformed into a Mahatma during the fight for independence. The theme was to create a piece of artwork, based around the word transform - the word suggests something is changing or shifting, turning from one thing into another. I was inspired by the quote of “You gave us Gandhi, we gave you back the Mahatma - Nelson Mandela”.
Picasso and Van Gogh are his all time favorites. And he extensively believes in the theory of Picasso which says that every child is an artist, the problem is how to remain an artist once they grow up.

Radhey’s next challenge is to host an online exhibition of all his work in support of BBC Children in Need and contribute to the wellbeing of other children and help make a difference.

In the words of William Blake Radhey Patel says, “Without unceasing practice nothing can be done, Practice is Art and if you leave off you are lost.”

Ajay Devgn and Sonakshi gets worst actors award, Aamir gets Baawra Ho Gaya Hai Ke Award

Ajay Devgn(for Himmatwala) and Sonakshi Sinha (for R...Rajkumar) received Golden Kelas, for the second consecutive year, in the worst actor category at the 6th Golden Kela Awards Show, where the worst of Indian cinema in 2013 was celebrated with gusto.

With many ‘Best’ of the Bollywood Award ceremonies having already been held for the best of Hindi Cinema, the 6th Golden Kela Awards honoured the worst in Bollywood at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi on March 29, 2014.

Anant Singh, Creative Head, Golden Kela Awards, said, "In Bollywood today, the box office figures have no correlation to the quality of the film. Our sincerest hope is that 10 years down the line, the figures will be forgotten, while the Kelas they got are remembered".

The honour for the Worst Actor in supporting role went to Aditya Roy Kapoor for Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani – a wake-up call that acting needs a lot more than getting high! The Kela for the Worst Director went to Sanjay Leela Bhansali for Goliyon Ki Raas Leela...Ram Leela.

Other big winners of the evening were Worst Film: Himmatwala – for obvious reasons including over-the-top acting, irritating melodrama, lame jokes, mindless entertainment, and just about everything else! The Baawra Ho Gaya Hai Ke Award went to Aamir Khan for Dhoom 3, for the high level of stupidity in stunts and action, playing a ridiculously unnecessary double role and finally for succumbing to the dark side of Bollywood.

"Aamir Khan once said that he loves the Kela Awards, because all other awards are rigged. Wonder what he has to say about us now," commented Anant Singh, Creative Head, Golden Kela Awards.

Voters chose Party All Night from Boss as Most Irritating Song as it was too much to take Yo Yo Honey Singh ‘singing’ for Akshay and Sonakshi. Shahid Kapoor won the Why Are You Still Trying Award for R...Rajkumar, to make him understand that doing lame comedies and using senseless dialogues like "Silent ho ja, nahi to main violent ho jaaonga", won’t make him a superstar.

Like every year, there were some special awards given out by Golden Kela team this time as well. The Aakhir Kyun Award went to Priyanka Chopra for the music video Exotic, The Dara Singh Award for the Worst Accent was given to Deepika Padukone for Chennai Express, the Bas Kijiye Bahut Ho Gaya Award went to Sunny Deol and Uday Chopra got the Aap Yahaan Aaye Kisliye Award.

However, there were some films that managed to please the Golden Kela team this year as well. The Anti Kela awards went to four outstanding films, Saheb Biwi aur Gangster Returns – for being the only real sequel made last year;  Go Goa Gone – for being India's first ever Zombie Comedy and Stoner Film in one cool package; The Lunchbox – for showing the world that Indian films are not all song and dance and Shahid – for being the best biopic made by Bollywood in a long time.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Shilpa Shetty along with cast of Dishkiyaoon promoted their film

Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty Kundra along with the complete star cast of her first directorial venture ‘Dishkiyaoon’ recently visited hotel JW Marriot to promote the film. Actors Harman Baweja and Ayesha Khanna were also spotted during the occasion.

On asking about the first directorial venture to be action drama, Shilpa said, "The film is good. I never thought that my first film will be an action-mystery. I always thought that if ever I make a film it would be a comedy or a love story. But I loved the script of 'Dishkiyaaoon' so much that I wanted people to know the story ".

Releasing with the tagline “Aadmi bada ho ya chota koi farak nhi padta bas uski kahani badi honi chahiye”. The movie is about the story of two small men who are on their way to make it big in the world of crime. The story revolves around a gangster Viki Kartoos (Harman Baweja) and action man Lakwa (Sunny Deol).

Actor Sunny Deol who is known for angry avtars in bollywood would be seen as a powerful man with a Haryanvi touch in the film. Harman Baweja would be seen as a gangster in the movie. Though from the first promos the movie looks like any other movie of action crime genre but Sunny Deol’s ‘Haryanvi’ avatar can surely be a catch.

Other cast ensembles Prashant Narayanan and Aditya Pancholi. Captain of the ship being Sanamjit Singh Talwaar, music of film is given by Palash Muchhal. Film is produced by Shilpa Shetty and Sunil Lulla.

Action movie Dishkiyaoon releases on 28th March 2014.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

India’s First Ever Exhibition of Food, Adventure & Culture Fair kicks off in Delhi

King’s Park Street introduces you to India’s first ever ‘Exhibition of Food, Adventure and Culture Fair 2014’at the King’s Park Street, under DTTDC flyover of Raja Garden. Touted as New Delhi’s most awaited place, King’s Park Street is one of its own kinds of project to develop underutilized land in Delhi.

On the occasion, Ms Ricky Chawla, Director, King’s Park Street, shared, “I am very delighted to announce the opening of King’s Park Street as it is not only the first of its own kind but also first project of utilizing underdeveloped land of the city. There are various recreational options available in other parts of Delhi except West Delhi. So the entire West Delhi was eagerly waiting for this project since its announcement. With King’s Park Street, a new avenue of entertainment has open its door and very soon, this place would be knows a new Cultural landmark of Delhi. At the Kings Park Street we strive to build a repertoire of the best of India and make it a year around destination for the complete family.”

Mr. Sanjay Soni, Director, Concepts and Strategy, King’s Park Street, shared his views, “I am delighted to be associated with King’s Park Street, which is Delhi Tourism’s unique project. Inspired by the contemporary examples internationally where spaces under the flyovers and train stations are used for public gatherings and thus creates landmarks and destinations. Similarly, Kings Park Street has been conceptualized as a unique transformation of Urban spaces under flyover and other public areas in New Delhi. King’s Park Street, which is West Delhi’s first ever Culture Hub, will be an innovative platform to showcase the true Indian culture as well as promote activities for modern generation. This kind of land utilization has never been done in India before”.

Talking on the occasion, Mr Amit Sukhija, Project Director, King’s Park Street said, “With Exhibition of Food, Adventure & Culture Fair 2014, we are taking the first step in the development of utilizing underdeveloped  land in Delhi as well as creating a benchmark for bringing experiential tourism product in the country. This trend is well accepted in foreign nation and is very popular. In India, its first venture and we hope it will be a trendsetter in the area of entertainment shopping in the country.”

The fair which will be continued till 6th April is expected to attract the visitors across the city. Nearly 200 vendors across the country are exhibiting their products and as many as crafts persons, weavers, artisans, folk musicians and dancers are showcasing their talent at the exhibition. It will have complete exposure of everything India has to offer be it stalls selling traditional handicraft or demo display and sale, traditional and modern Indian fashion and accessories, authentic Regional cuisines from all parts of India, performing arts from all parts of India, Theater and Music performances.

Built in 2001, Raja Garden Flyover is an important flyover as it links Ring Road to Najafgarh Road. The Flyover which is 1.3 km long is one of the areas which are underutilized and has been selected for the development plans of Delhi Tourism. The area is an Entertainment Zone, which is spread across 15000 square metres and has amphitheatre-cum-mini theatre, exhibition space, food court, art & culture shows, street food festivals, adventure sports and lots more interesting activities. The Centre is very close to Rajouri Garden metro station and has closer proximity to all the shopping malls and main markets.

Various vendors across the country will be exhibiting at the venue and will be promoting Indian art and culture, regional cuisine and street food at a common platform along with adventure sports and folk performances.  Entry to the fair is free for first 7 days i.e till 28th March 2014.

Shilpa Shetty walks for Tarun Tahiliani at the opening show of WIFW

Veteran Fashion designer Tarun Tahiliani, known for his excellence in the industry opened Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2014 in New Delhi in which evergreen and gracious bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty Kundra graced the ramp with her glamorous walk to wind up the show. Other celebrities to join her were Harman Baweja and Ayesha Khanna, stars of her first production venture titled "Dishkiyaoon". All the stars looked absolutely stunning in Traun Tahiliani’s collection representing Indian heritage and colours.

Blurring the lines between adorning and dressing, between a product of style and a piece of art; the TARUN TAHILIANI Autumn/Winter Collection 2014 does away with the distinction between clothes and jewellery. Inspired by ornaments found all over the world, this season they dig deep in the trenches of the heritage of the world and strike gold.

“I am an individualist, evolving a new technique, which though not necessarily Indian in the traditional sense of the word, will yet be fundamentally Indian in spirit” so said Amrita Sher-Gil, who went on to interpret the life of Indian poor on the plane of colour.

“This is what struck me as a huge similarity when I was wandering through the exhibition, that in fact this studio does precisely that, straining to capture the last free flowing drapes into easy fluid structured forms, as observed from around the subcontinent and parade with the vibrancy of colour, the intricate embellishments and the symbols that came to define these races. To give them a contemporary form, to redefine relevance and most important, not to lose a particular vocabulary forever, by celebrating it in a new avatar everyday- Hence ornament as the principal embellishment is the glue that binds this collection together, “ this is how Tarun Tahiliani describes his latest collection.

The Satlada inspired series is an instant pick me up. These are statement pieces with necklines so ornamental they render a jeweller useless. Details of gold finery deck the collars and cuffs giving the illusion of layers of golden thread. The tunics stand out providing the ease of wearing heavy jewel patterns on fabrics light as air. Also partaking in the gold rush is the South Indian Necklace series. The iconic shape of this jewellery lends itself to the flattering emperor silhouette and lush necklines. The ornate kaftans balance the heavy gold pattern with recurring jewel motif making it luxuriant and indulgence ready. No jewel inspired series is complete without influence of the Mughals – the signature stone-work, miniature paintings and mango shaped motifs with Swarovski Elements represent a delicate glamour in gossamer, multi-colour hues.
From jewels of India to all over the world; Pleated Enamel is a slimming print, which creates the illusion of drape. Tops with mukaish-work and a full village-belle skirt add elements of fun, while striking kurtas and tunics with medallions and doubloons painted on form an emblazoned bounty. Paying homage to Tapestry; velvet, net and zardozi come together to form the ultimate peasant dress with jewelled collar. The delicate kalidar kurta in floating sheer silk lends elfin qualities and the Art Nouveau influence with its graceful curvilinear form makes it ideally suited for blouses.

There is also new found emphasis on print – multiscarf patterns where various squares form a singular print and create an optical illusion, creating tier upon delicate tier, make towering kaftans, unconventional saris and dhoti skirts; black and white Kaleidoscope based patterns shown in jackets with slits, short crop jackets and long asymmetric kurtas give traditional clothing global edge and the Jamawar based pencil skirt is a delicate work of seemingly hand painted filigree fading into a darker ombre creating a trompe l’oeil effect. Vintage embroidery in honeyed rusts is brought to life against black contrasts of velvet, seen on tunics with dolman sleeves, bejewelled collars and an anarkali, gilet and churidar pairing.

Taking the mastery achieved in years of draping and contemporising it into separates; this ready-to-wear collection offers a smorgasbord of options and allows the wearer some room for individuality. The dhoti and lungi drape inspired pants and skirts are a DIY solution, easily paired with daily urban wear. Every inspired theme has blouses with adventurous backs and embroidery that can be paired with multiple saris to create myriad combinations. Tunics, gilets, scarves, kurtas, vintage dresses, kedeo inspired shirts, stud-work sheer pants that jazz up any ensemble, graceful kaftans that fall like French peignoirs, and even variations of the concept sari from every theme leave you spoilt for choice, as any true Prêt-à-Porter line must.
The pashmina wraps are to be a welcome addition in the Indian closet. Open to interpretation, it creates interesting levels and falls differently on different bodies. A versatile object in moody hues, not only does it prove to be a graceful solution to layering on ethnic wear but also sits perfectly on layered skirts in urban gypsy mode. The idea traces its root in the early drape tradition of the country when the clothes would mould to fit the body and not vice versa.

Occasion Wear

The minarets and the in-lay technique of the celebrated monument directly inspire ‘The Taj Collection’. Georgettes swish and cascade from the shoulder in a butti dupatta of raw silk and zari as the kurta with its train envelope your silhouette creating an ethereal glow of light. There are anarkalis in sheer fabrics with hand embroidery and peek-a-boo backs with the intricacy of a Persian mural. Lehengas that carry old world traditions lightly in soft net and chanderi cut-work, and chikankari saris with pathra borders on soft net, it has the restrained colour palette of ivory, pale yellow and peach the belies a quite elegance and subtle charm.

‘The Crystal Constellation’ gives wings to fairy tales. Constellation inspired lehengas, in shades of twinkling champagne, poofing out like a fantasy with fully embroidered bodices. The net and lace in gold create a visible aura around the adorned as if you ‘walk in beauty’. Embroidered kalis on soft tulle are light and playful and yet refined enough to be a bulwark of ceremony.

‘The Regalia Trousseau Collection’ is bold in colour, challenging with passionate red, kesar and hot pink. High collared blouses lend you the arrogance and regalia of a Royal while feminine silhouettes with dori work speak of the humility and grace of an era gone by. The ombré dyes in three colours give the luminescence of the light shade while merging into the gravitas of the darker one. Gota lehengas and brocade blouses hark back to imperial splendor while the lehenga sari, authentic to its grandiose origin makes a truly blue blooded statement.

‘The Colour Mirage Collection’ is a burst of citrus joy with shades ranging from an aqua-like blue-green to playful pinks and rogue rouge, all given the ombré treatment. Shaded chiffons with sequins and sheathed corsets are a flirty feminine alternative. Paired with a flute blouse and embellished with sparkling Swarovski Elements, the colours blossom with youthful enthusiasm and Resham embroidered kalis with floral artwork give a light romantic pastoral air.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Vivek Oberoi and Daler Mehndi received 21st National Award

Bollywood actor Vivek Oberoi and Singer Daler Mehndi received one of the most prestigious awards of the country ‘National Awards’.  While, Vivek Oberoi received the 21st National Award for his comic role in Masti and Daler Mehndi received National Award for best singer. Under the Flagship of Journalist Federation of India (JFI) at Hotel Ashoka, Chanakyapuri . On the occasion Minister for road transport and highways, Mr. Oscar Fernandes with Justice S.N. Agarwal and chairman of 21st JAI National Awards committee, Mr. H.K. Sethi graced the award function and distributed awards.

Along with Vivek, some of the most famous personalities of nation who also received the national awards which includes Daler Mehndi and Lal Jajwa for best singer, Krishka Lulla for best producer, Rakhi Sawant and Pooja Mishra for Item Dancer, Lushin Dubey for best stage artist, Arun Balli for lifetime achievement in TV serials, Vandana Vadehra for best Emcee and some others.

JFI is the federation of Journalist's organizations, which is working and fighting ceasesly for the Media Persons & Aritist from Entertainment Industries, JFI is not only working for Media but also working for the welfare of the Society at large.

Sunny Leone and Ekta Kapoor promoted Ragini MMS 2 in Delhi

The cast of Horrex film “Ragini MMS 2” were spotted at a press conference at PVR Plaza, Connaught Place, New Delhi. The press conference was attended by Producer ‘Ekta Kapoor’ and Indo- Canadian actress ‘Sunny Leone’.

The film starts off from where its prequel Ragini MMS ended which revolved around a young couple Ragini and Uday who went to an isolated house for a dirty weekend and the creepy and paranormal happenings that took place to them there. Uday had planned to make an MMS scandal of Ragini in that house. But the MMS shot goes viral, Uday goes missing and Ragini after that incident became lunatic and ended up in a mental hospital. The Ragini MMS scandal catches the attention of a filmmaker who plans to make a film on it.

Already got the hype with her songs ‘BABY DOLL’ and ‘CHAAR BOTAL VODKA’. Sunny said, “Sometimes its very scary to be alone at home after shooting” she also added, “Baby Doll is her favourite track from the film and it was great to work with ‘Yo Yo Honey Singh’ in Chaar Botal Vodka”. On asking about casting Sunny in the film Ekta replied, “ Sunny looks beautiful on camera and she suited the best for Horrex theme”.

Ragini MMS 2 is produced by Ekta Kapoor and directed by Bhushan Patel. Distribution rights are being controlled by Balaji Motion Pictures. Music of the film which is receiving great response from the audience is given by various artist like Honey Singh and Meet Brothers.

Quynh Paris Runway Show Blends Futuristic Structure with Rich Textures for Fall 2014

Couture designer Quynh Paris launches Q by Quynh Paris, a ready-to-wear collection of day-into-night separates and dresses, featuring her trademark asymmetric constructions that blend richness of detail and multi-cultural influences.  Her runway show during Los Angeles Style Fashion Week included 25 ready-to-wear styles that drew the admiration of a star-studded audience of celebrity stylists and their clients, including Christina Milian, Tamar Braxton, Rebecca Da Costa,  Nikoletta Barabas, Anna Maria Horsford, the current Miss Vietnam and Miss Nigeria USA.

Quynh Paris’ Ready-to-Wear collection artfully blends Asian influences with futuristic-inspired shapes and volumes accented by pointy sleeves, structural collars, sweeping arched jacket closures, and contrast fabric inserts.  The meticulously-detailed dresses and separates are intricately constructed using expert tailoring techniques, to create 3-d sculptural shapes that envelop the body like a cocoon. Blacks and neutrals are enlivened by jewel-tone pops of color, and iridescent wools are complemented by double-faced, patterned silks.

The designer’s parallel art career continues to spill over into her fashion: surface detailing, intricate beading, paintbrush strokes, metal wiring, and fabric manipulations, to create 3-d sculptural structures that have a life of their own, as they envelop and transform the body of the wearer.  “Fashion and art are intimately connected,” says designer Quynh Nhu. “Art inspires and uplifts my soul.  I love beautifully tailored garments. Adding art to fashion is what makes a garment unforgettable and inspiring.”

A graduate of the Mod’Art International fashion school in Paris, designer Quynh Nhu launched her couture collection in Paris in 2011.  Quynh Paris couture collections have been showcased in runway shows in Paris, Saigon, and Los Angeles, each season, since the 2011 launch.  Each season, the couture collections explore a new theme, as she lets her multi-cultural artistic creativity express itself through volume, three-dimensional shapes, fluid movement, rich colors and intricate details.

Quynh Paris couture pieces have been worn by numerous Miss Vietnam winners and contestants, top models, international celebrities, and has been featured in numerous fashion editiorials in Vietnam and Europe.  Also an accomplished violinist, painter, dancer, and gymnast, Quynh is a graduate of the HCM Academy of Music, and has a university diploma in Economics and Foreign Languages.  Quynh lives a life steeped in music and the arts, as she constantly bridges East and West, old and new cultures, dividing her time between Los Angeles, Paris, and Vietnam.

Project Runway Designers To Show Collections At Austin Fashion Week

Austin Fashion Week is all set to present  Designer All Stars, a night of runway shows featuring six talented designers who have appeared on Lifetime’s hit TV show Project Runway.  Korto Momolu  (Project Runway Season 5 – Runner Up, Project Runway  All Stars Season 3 – Runner Up),  Melissa Fleis  (Project Runway™ Season 10 – Finalist, Project Runway All Stars Season 3),  Mychael Knight  (Project Runway Season 3 – Finalist, Project Runway All Stars Season 3),  Michelle Lesniak  (Project Runway Season 11 – Winner),  Jeffrey Sebelia  (Project Runway Season 3 Winner, Project Runway All Stars Season 3), and hometown darling  Daniel Esquivel  (Project Runway Season 11 – Finalist, Project Runway All Stars Season 3) will show their newest collections at the iconic Austin Music Hall.

Korto Momolu will present a military-inspired Fall/Winter 2014 collection. While Momolu is often recognized for her bold prints and colors, this season will show a muted palette that emulates strength with commanding garments including chunky sweaters and non-traditional outerwear.

Also showing Fall/Winter 2014, Melissa Fleis debuts “Defiant” at Austin Fashion Week. Juxtaposing soft silks and wools with harder materials like leather, metal and denim, the collection allows for interchangeability from day to night for the woman with a modern edge and sporty practicality.

With an intention to elevate the everyday, fan favorite Mychael Knight will show “Ladies Who Lunch” Fall 2014. Working with a neutral color palette infused with youthful pops of color, Knight turns traditionally demure styles on their head with body-con silhouettes, materials and cutouts.

Season 11 winner Michelle Lesniak pushes her own design boundaries by utilizing new materials and colors in her “Girl Incarnadine” Spring/Summer 2014 collection. Inspired by a venerable, yet toxic woman that is reminiscent of a jellyfish, Lesniak’s work reveals fragility beneath a warrior-like external shell.

Jeffrey  Sebelia  will showcase his new,  kids’ line called La Miniatura.  Fueled by art and music,  his collection reinterprets late 70's to early 80's post-punk styles for boys and girls. Playful colors, mischievous prints and lighthearted suits, Sebelia aims to dress children with a discernible sense of style ages 2-14.

After coming across a photo of a dilapidated amusement park, Austinite Daniel Esquivel began creating his new collection to debut at Austin Fashion Week. This is Esquivel’s second time to show at AFW, and fans can find his designs at local boutique Estilo.

Neemrana Music Foundation presented excellent Opera "Romeo & Juliet" in Capital

As homage to the pioneer of Opera in India, Francis Wacziarg, The Neemrana Music Foundation is staging its eighth Opera.

“For never was a story of more woe than this of Juliet and her Romeo.”

More than in any of his other plays, the dramatist William Shakespeare excelled when he wrote the tale of ‘Romeo & Juliet’. Whether we quote “parting is such sweet sorrow” or “What’s in a name”, it is the bard of Avon who continues to be quoted so often almost four hundred years after his death in 1616. In the likes of the line “Do not swear by the moon, for she changes constantly, then your love would also change” perhaps we see the most brazen expression of love.

The Neemrana Music Foundation and European Union in association with the Indian Council for Cultural Relations presented the opera Romeo & Juliet by Charles Gounod (French composer) on 18th, 19th, 21st at 7.00 pm and on 22nd March at 4.00 pm at Kamani Auditorium, New Delhi. The show got a huge attendance & appreciation of Indian Audiences on the opening day of the Opera. 

A symphonic instrumental concert on the theme of ‘Destiny’ is also being presented by the Neemrana Music Foundation and European Union on 20th March at 7.00 pm at Kamani Auditorium with the Orchestra of the Romeo & Juliet opera, joined by Indian musicians. This will feature Verdi – Overture of Forza Del Destino, P-I. Tschaïkowsky, Overture of Romeo and Juliet, and L. Van Beethoven – Symphony No. 5.

Charles Gounod who composed the music of the Opera had long been interested in turning the Shakespeare play into an opera. His librettists Jules Barbier and Michel Carré had managed to turn Goethe’s FAUST into an opera for him and so began their work on transforming the play. They purposefully chose to adhere closely to Shakespeare’s play as seen in the choral prologue which contains the words of the dialogue from the play.

The opera was first performed at the Théâtre Lyrique, Paris on 27th April 1867 and it became the most popular opera of the season and for all times to come. It remains one of Gounod’s best known and most performed works in the repertory of worldwide operas.

A French opera presented with an Indo-European cast, 44 musicians from Orchestra Les Musiciens D’Europe & 46 singers of The Neemrana Music Foundation Choir, this is the eighth opera production by the Foundation after pioneering opera in India with The Fakir of Benares in 2002 (New Delhi) and 2003 (Mumbai).

The orchestra Les musiciens D’Europe comprises of musicians from France, Belgium, Switzerland, England, Germany and Spain.

The Opera is in five acts: The Capulets’ Ball, The Garden of Juliet, the Cell of Friar Laurence and a Street near the Capulet’s Palace, Juliet’s Room at Dawn, and Juliet’s Tomb.

The cast includes Indian singers Amar Muchhala (tenor) from London as Romeo, Aude Priya (soprano) who has been a part of many other productions by TNMF, as Juliet, Vikrant Subramanian (baritone) as Mercutio, Sparsh Bajpai (soprano) as Stefano, Toshanbor Singh Nonbet (tenor) as Benvolio, Prabhat Chandola (tenor) as Tybalt, Madhav Raina Thapan (baritone) as Paris, Clifford Afonso (baritone) as Gregorio,  Ramya Roy (Mezzo Soprano) as Getrude, and visiting singers from France Paul Medioni (Bass) as Friar Laurent and Bernard Ohanian(baritone) as count Capulet.

The artistic director of the opera, Jean-Marie Curti is a Swiss conductor based in Geneva and directs the Opera Studio of Geneva. He has previously staged upto 100 productions.

Stage Director is Françoise Astorg, Set designer is Patrick Astorg, Lights Designer is Jean Grison, and costumes are by Françoise Boitard.

The Production team for this opera includes Antoine Redon, Emmanuelle Vassal, Akash Vincent and Mallika Taneja.

The Neemrana Music Foundation continues its work in promoting Western Classical Music in India by training local singers and musicians through master-classes by accomplished visiting conductors and voice coaches. TNMF has been committed to building an opera repertoire for performance in India and abroad and has been promoting cultural exchanges between the East and the West for the last 10 years which has just got the recognition and support of the European Union for this year.