November 7, 2001, Chandigarh, India
A silken treat for domestic and up-market clients
A silken treat for domestic and up-market clients
Ethnic handloom wear has managed to withstand the onslaught of designer apparel. In fact, it is recognised as the trademark of style and finesse. It is also credited to create fashions and make exclusive designs for the domestic as well as up-market clients.
Silk lovers in the Capital are in for a treat, as a colossal collection of silks from 14 states across the country is currently being exhibited in Himachal Bhavan. The exhibition that is on from October 31 to November 11 will showcase the best from each state. Exquisite Muga from Assam, Baluchari from the City of Joy, Kolkatta, eye-catching motifs on Kashmir silk sarees, evergreen Tanchoi and Jamdani from U.P. and the must-have Kanjivarams from Tamil Nadu are all set to lure the onlookers.
Since silk handloom is an important constituent of the handloom range having a special appeal and a different market segment encouragement is being provided to broaden its market base. Even young designers have been innovating on silk garments to tap the potential in the market further.
The National Handloom Development Corporation Limited has taken the initiative to hold this silk exhibition in the Capital. It has also been decided to make this exhibition, titled Silk-Fab an annual event.
Rhapsody in glass
The Capital witnessed a "Tiffany style" stained glass exhibition from November 3 to 5. The designer Meenakshi Salve exhibited around 180 of her choicest pieces, which included hand-painted photo frames, door glasses, centre tables and trays.
The attractions of the exhibition-cum-sale were the lampshades, which had been thoughtfully named “Cherries in Blossom”, “Rhapsody”, “Dew Drops” and “ Autumn ‘n’ Bloom”.
The Chinese Ambassador, Mr Hiroshi Hirabayashi, inaugurated the exhibition. The exhibition attracted a large number of connoisseurs.
The tree of dance
When nine young and creative minds meet, the result is the formation of a vibrant and dynamic whole. This is exactly how Nrityarutya, a troupe of nine talented dancers came into being.
“Nrityarutya is a Sanskrit word. It means the tree of dance. And we want to branch out like a tree through dance, which is why we call ourselves the Nrityarutya,” says the troupe's director and a full-time dancer, Mayuri Upadhya.
Mayuri and Satish B G were in the Capital recently to perform at the unveiling of Tanishq's latest diamond collection. The two gave a splendid performance using a hoop for a prop. In one of the sequences, the hoop was used as a mirror, and the dancer portrayed a woman adorning herself with sringar. The dancers exhibited remarkable versatility and performed arduous dance steps with elan. “We are all trained in Kalaripayattu, the Indian form of martial arts from Kerala. Otherwise we are all from different dance schools. One is a Kathak dancers, other is an Odissi dancer, but the meeting point is Kalaripayattu,” said Satish B G who gave a scintillating performance along with Mayuri.
The troupe, which is just one and a half years old, has to its credit a number of performances mainly in Bangalore. "We are still young (as a troupe), but we are looking forward to such performances in different parts of the country,” pointed out Mayuri.
These talented dancers have taken on themselves to showcase the shlokas through dance mudras. “We will try to give it a contemporary look, we do not want to spoil the beauty of the shlokas. We are referring to the Vedas for the correct meaning of the shlokas so that we understand what we want to portray," revealed Mayuri. These youngsters who met in college and dance classes are today conducting workshops. “We conduct workshops for schoolchildren and also for corporate executives. These workshops act as stress-busters for the overworked executives,” added Satish, who is otherwise into graphic designing.
With age, mettle and confidence to do it, these youngsters are on the road to carve a niche in the world of dance, and that seems soon enough.
What do Julia Roberts, Vanessa Williams, and some CNN reporters have in common? Beauty, brains… nah! These modern young women have all been spotted sporting Hoops. Doesn’t ring a bell! Well diamond earrings in circular shape are the hottest things across the globe.
To ensure that our Bharatiya nari is not left behind, Tanishq has come up with its collection of diamond earring named “Hoopla”.
The collection, which is priced at Rs 8,200 upwards and has 40 designs to offer to the modern woman, is supposed to enhance the beauty of the Indian damsels.
And if you are still not convinced, here is what Saroja Y L, senior manager, sales and marketing has to say about Hoopla, " If you haven't worn diamond hoops before, you are missing out on one of the thrills in international fashion. Diamond hoops make a woman look and feel glamorous and youthful. Tanishq's Hoopla caters to the eternal desire of women to look forever young!"
Making one ponder
The Capital was recently starlit by the presence of the spectacular Sonali Bendre who dropped in for the music release of the much-awaited movie, "Tera Mera Saath Rahe". The movie has won its audience before its release, on the basis of its story and thoughtful presentation of emotions. The movie revolves around the lives of two brothers, Ajay Devgan who plays the older brother to a mentally challenged Dushyant. A sensitively woven piece, it explores the depths of human emotions, which often are turbulent and leave deep impressions. The movie unlike the other run-of-the-mill production compels one to ponder.
With an acclaimed star-cast to do justice to its theme, the movie is expected to do well at the box office. And as the filmmakers proclaim, the film will make you cry and instil in you a social message whether handicapped is a dependent or dependency itself is a handicap.
After ‘Fire’, it is the storm
Noted for her histrionics, which manage to set the screen on 'Fire', Nandita Das, the dusky actress, was in the Capital as part of a pre-launch campaign for her new venture Bhawandar.
Nandita plays the role of a rural woman in the movie, which is based on a real life story. Like her previous films this one too has managed to raise a Bhawandar (storm). She has received flak from the industry detractors for portraying reality. But the actress refuses to play part, and is determined to continue to act in what she calls, “real films”. In Bhawandar, Nandita plays the role of a social worker, Bhanvri Devi, who is gang-raped and thus begins her fight for justice. The movie has been shot in Rajasthan and is set for a November release. The cast includes stalwarts like Deepti Naval and Raghuvir Yadav. Produced and directed by Jagmohan Mundra, Bhawandar will be another feather in Nandita’s crown.
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