Wednesday, August 7, 2002, Chandigarh, India


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Heartening to note, aged are not irrelevant 
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 6
In today’s high-tech world, is there a place for the aged? That was the topic at the debate organised by HelpAge India at Delhi Public School, Mathura Road, here today.

Twenty-seven high school teams across the city vociferously debated the point, putting forth their views lucidly and forcefully. The eventual winner, Ananya Banerjee of Mother’s International School, spoke in favour of the motion, arguing that there is indeed a place for all generations in society, irrespective of their familiarity (or lack of it)with technology.

“Let us not confine older people to irrelevance just because we feel a section of them may not be able to keep pace with change,” Ananya concluded.

A clear distinction was made between the aged and the infirm with participants citing numerous examples of older people at the cutting edge of technology. Among them were former `missile man’ and now President of India, Mr APJ Abdul Kalam, Mr Azim Premji, the man behind computer giant Wipro, and the late Dhirubhai Ambani, who led Reliance Industries to its position of eminence in the world. Says Director-General of HelpAge India, Air Marshal Vinod Patney (retd), “Every year we organise this inter-school debate to help children focus on the needs and concerns of older people.

This is a means of making them think about older people within their own families first, and then senior citizens within the community. Through our extensive school education programme, we seek to increase the interaction between generations and reduce the gap between them”. Ananya shared top honours with Aditi Sanyal of the host school who also spoke for the motion. The overall winners trophy went to the Mother’s International team of Ananya and Priyanka Ghosh.



Fashion journos given the cold shoulder at LIFW
Smriti Kak

Ravishing Aditi Govitrikar goes haute in Satya Paul’s creation.

The Lakme India Fashion Week has left many diehard fashion-watchers out in the cold. The organisers’ move of inviting just a select few has miffed many. Designers and the public relations executives have been inundated with calls requesting passes and invites for the show.

What’s more, the media too is being represented by a select few. All journalists covering the mega event have to be accredited. For the members of the fourth estate who are accustomed to a red carpet welcome, the LIFW has been a rude shock.

“This is funny. We are one of the best fashion mags in the country and we are not being allowed in. What’s this accrediting business,” cribbed a fashion journalist.

As for the organisers, the fact that there have been no reports of untoward incidents is a vindication of their stand. And how do designers feel about the people feeling left out. This is what a designer told us, “You see in India more than 80 per cent of the people who throng to fashion shows have no clue whatsoever about fashion. They come and leer at the models and clap in intervals. It makes more sense to have buyers and traders and the people who understand the business of fashion. As for the rest, well everyone can’t get invited.” A pretty fashionable business this.


Haute coiffure.
Haute coiffure.
Callipygous charm
Callipygous charm: A model in Rina Dhaka’s ensemble.

Ooh la la! A model in Aparna Chandra’ collection
Ooh la la! A model in Aparna Chandra’ collection.

If Aparna Bhargava on day one left you feeling blue, there was Rohit Bal to mitigate the effect. The LIFW has been a roller-coaster of the gawky and the practical, there was creativity and a little bit of absurdity (how else would you describe men who wore garish lehngas).

Models walking the ramp have been trying their best not to look tired. While some of them have been putting up a good show, some desperately need to catch more than catnaps.

The workshops on hair and skin care and make-up by Sunsilk and Lakme have been immensely popular.

Sunsilk presented the ‘Sunsilk styles of the silver screen’, a fashion show that showcased the styles sported by the silver screen actresses from the 60s to the present times. To the backdrop of the popular numbers filmed on actresses, models sashayed down the ramp in hairdos that matched the era.

While model Pallavi walked down in a Mumtaz bouffant, models Shamita and Tupur did a Rani Mukherjee and Kajol of the ‘Koi Mil Gaya’ number. Aditi Govitrikar looked smashing in a Madhuri Dixit hairstyle while Udita, Diandra Soraes and Angela presented the future trends as predicted by stylist Neeko.

As for the collections of various designers, there were hits and misses. The fashion show put together by the design house, Satya Paul, was appreciated. The show that began with a vocal recital by classical singer, Ustad Wasiffudin Dagar had Puneet Nanda, of Satya Paul on the Tanpura.

The collection was pretty and practical. From sarees to western wear, the collection comprised segments like the Bancha, Scribble and Avant Garde. The jewellery designed by the Satya Paul design studio was also innovative. The look created was easy and calm carried forward in the sarees, the churidaar-kurtas, skirts and dresses. Quilted silk suits in deep colours were also appreciated.

Deepika Govind’s collection on the third day consisted of silhouettes teamed with fringes, asymmetric hemlines, darts, and slashes. She made extensive use of basic colours like red, black and white. Govind spiced up accessories using newspaper clippings on Khadi.

Vintage stuff, the waif look and tussled hair were inspiration for many. While Anjana Bhargava’s ‘Shakespeare in Love’ collection had ample of the stuff so did Sonali Mansingka’s ‘Just Urban’ collection. Light and breezy dresses with fine paisley prints and subdued shades were a part of many collections.

Rohit Bal’s signature that of wild and bold was a refreshing change from the overdose of the peasant look that the audience was subjected to. What drew maximum attention was his ingenious use of antique silver anklets. Yes the fashion guru made a style statement by making his models wear the anklets on their heads. Some wore them around the legs as well, but the need we say what was more cool.

While most of the designers had western outfits on offer, there were hardly any besides Satya Paul, who cared to cater to those with a penchant for the desi stuff. Payal Jain for instance had more western garments, which she felt was in consonance with the mood of the modern Indian woman.

She however did not detest from using the Indian techniques like chikankari on capris and camisoles. Rich Zardozi embroidery and hand embroidery using crystals and sequins were also used by the designer to jazz her collection.


The ‘new-age product’, from Unilever laboratories, arrived in the midst of the fashion extravaganza. Lakme launched two skincare products they claim are at par with international standards.

The unique ‘triple-action workable’ goes beyond the skin. These are the anti-wrinkle ‘Lakme Forever Young’ and the ‘Lakme Strawberry Silk Crème’.

While the anti-wrinkle cream, with proof strips helps reduce the first sign of ageing its new technology, keeping in mind the Indian conditions, makes the cream the ‘most innovatively researched product, to hit the market.

As for the Lakme Strawberry Silk Creme, it comes with real strawberry extracts for balanced moisturisation and is ‘the ideal things’ for a glowing skin claim the makers.

Songstress Shibani

Chanteuse Shibani
Chanteuse Shibani: Trying her luck in playback singing. 

Pop singer Shibani Kyshap is all set to enter playback singing. In her debut film, ‘Pal Pal Dil Ke Paas’, she has sung a duet song with Plash Sen. In another film, ‘Aisa Bhee Hota Hai’ she has rendered her voice in three songs.

In a tete-a-tete with the NCR Tribune, Shibani informed that her latest album is ‘Nagmagee’. Concoction of Sufiana form of singing influences all the songs of this video album. As she was very close to Begum Abida Praveen so this influence is quite natural, says Shibani. Even during the recording of the album Shibani regularly used to go to Nizzamudin’s Dargah.

Shibani’s mother, Poonam Kayshap, was very popular classical singer of her time. She had learned the classical singing for 18 years from Kirana Gharana. Shibani has learned so many things from her mother and she admits sound background of classical singing has helped her immensely in this field. Right from her alma mater DPS, Mathura Road, to her college, Lady Shriram, she was very popular, due to her extra-curricular activities. Her first album, ‘Teen Age Queen’ came in 1991, when she was a teen-age girl. But that album had received great response in all over the world.

In 1988, her second album ‘Ho Gayi Hai Mohabbat’, proved to be a super hit. Till date, it is one of the most requested albums on all major music channels. With this album, Shibani was established as a professional pop singer. After that in 1999, her third album ‘Thori Thori Saanch’, she gave the same chord. Very few people know the title tune of AIR FM, which has been on air for many years, had been composed by Shibani. In her spare time, Shibani likes playing guitar. She has recently been crowned as the ‘Singer of Nation’, by B4U Musical Channel, and ‘Bharat Niram’ award by Mayor of Delhi.

Seeing the interest of Generation X in this field, Shibani is toying with the idea of setting up a state-of-the-art musical studio-cum-institute, in Delhi. (Input by Nalini Ranjan and photos by Mukesh Aggarwal)


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