Wednesday, August 6, 2003, Chandigarh, India


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No fee hike in PG courses: MDU
Our Correspondent

Rohtak, August 5
The Maharshi Dayanand University clarified that no fee hike had been made in its various postgraduate (MA/M.Sc/M.Com) courses. It also clarified that no hike was made in the fee for the undergraduate courses in the various colleges of the university as well.

A spokesman for the university administration today said the state government had not increased the fee in the government degree/PG colleges. Thus, he said, nearly 40 colleges in rural areas, affiliated to the MDU, were not affected by the fee hike.

Referring to the fee hike in technical/professional courses, he said, it was a rationalisation of the fee structure, necessitated due to the apex court order in TMA-Pie Foundation case.

He clarified that even in professional courses in government/government-aided colleges, the hike in the fee structure was on the lower side compared to the self-financing institutions.

He said the exercise of the rationalisation of fee structure was undertaken after the abolition of the paid category in the wake of the Supreme Court judgement.


Porcelain art: The sensual touch of colour
Smriti Kak

Porcelainart work of Amit Sachdeva.Having mastered the art of porcelain, Amita Sachdeva wants to promote the art and have more people learning it. “It is a painstaking, but beautiful process and I really want people to learn it and appreciate it,” she adds.

Through her outlet, Earth-n-Heaven, she brings forth a palette of fine arts interpreting them into lifestyle products. Amita strives to bring art into everyday life through her crafted relief work for beds, intricate mosaic designs on tables, stained glass on doors and room panels et al.

Porcelainart work of Amit Sachdeva.Talking about her art she says, “Porcelain paintings should go beyond the picture that you frame on your walls to find space in every little realm of being.”

Amita’s affair with the art began during her school years, “I had got this book on porcelain and I got interested. I just knew that I have to do something in this field”. Thereafter, she went to learn the nitty gritty of the art from an aunt in Mumbai. “My aunt, Uma Malik, is being an expert in the art taught me the nuances. I began to teach the art in the Capital and have been doing so for the last three years.”

Amita points out, “Porcelain art is still relatively new to India and I want to spread the awareness through these classes. Students who come out of my school don’t just practice it like hobby. There are many who have successfully made it their full time career.”

“Porcelain art looks the best when painted on a beautiful piece of white ware. Unlike other mediums of painting via oils on canvas, fabric painting, watercolours the base helps the artist as it absorbs colours, but in porcelain art the white ware is a very smooth surface and it is hard and each colour has to be meticulously used and fired,” says Amita. She adds: “To achieve greater details one has to paint a porcelain ware a number of times and fire the same in a kiln at 800 degree centigrade to 900 degree centigrade. To achieve the ultimate beauty pure gold and platinum is used making it as expensive and beautiful as a piece of jewellery.”

Her studio is replete with colourful pieces, from a ten feet by ten feet panel resplendent with the richness of the proverbial tree of life to an interesting take on Egyptian murals that she has adapted to the door of a connoisseur’s home.

The artist is now working on an exhibition. “I have begun to prepare for the exhibition that will be held next year. I want to have many pieces and since it takes a lot of time to create exotic pieces we are already on the job”.


Melange of styles for men

Taking the spotlight from the bride’s trousseau to the wardrobe for the groom, Manoj Mehra has come up with a special line, the Vivah Collection for this wedding season.

The specially crafted collection will be showcased at the wedding exhibition scheduled to be held at Taj Palace, from 8th to 10th August. The exhibition will showcase all kinds of wedding trousseau, designer wear and accessories available for men and women.

Inspired by the Mughal and Persian art and their forms, the collection is a melange of styles and cuts and has taken care of the two basics in fashion, comfort and style.

Talking about his collection, the man behind ‘Study By Janak’, says, “Indian wedding focus primarily on wedding trousseaus for women, with little or no attention being paid to the man of the event. Every time lot of experimentation and works can be seen on the bride’s outfit. Hence, with a view to right the balance this time we have really experimented with the fabrics and designs for the groom. This year we have created a special line for the exhibition Vivah.”

He goes on to add, “We have used handloom in a big way instead of synthetics, banarasi silk fabrics with special weaves, special jamavars especially for sherwanis, jodhpuris and kurtas. We have played up with overlook and lot of work has been done on embellishments to give it a Mughal period look. Even the fabrics have been developed keeping in mind the integration of the Mughal and the Persians. We have gone in for zardozis, dabkas that has been experimented with various inlay works of semiprecious stones.”

“Along with the Indian Wedding trousseau we are also launching our Indo-Western range with completely different silhouettes and cuts, which have been changed after a lot of experimentation on fabrics. We have used Indian and Western fabrics to create this new range with minimalist work, which gives it a complete contemporary look. The special fabrics used for this collection are jamavars and tanchoi,” Mehra adds.


Six yards of joy from Pitambari

Pitambari has unveiled their new collection of saris and lehngas. The theme for the season is semi-formal and has more colours and less work. The colours for the bridal lehngas are a mix of bright and medium shades again with less work.

Shades of red, pink and yellow dominate the bridal collection and gotta pati, resham and zardosi with stones and sequins have been used for embellishments.

The saris are in shades of mauve, rust, blue, yellow and green, the work is heavy resham, intermingled with light zardosi and jaal work. Blouses in brocade, crochet and lycra, have been teamed with the saris for a novel look.


K stars in Capital

The star cast of Kasauti Zindagi Ki, including the lead star Shweta Tiwari, were in the Capital recently to participate in the ‘Teejmahotsav Mela’ organised by the Citizen’s Forum. The mela was based on the Rajasthani theme, with food, music and dances from the region creating the perfect Rajasthani ambience.

The star attraction was the trio from the K serial, Shweta Tiwari, Manish Goel and Poonam Goel. They were felicitated and presented the Citizen’s Award by Mr Vijay Kumar Malhotra, Member Parliament.

While the stars spoke about their love for the city, the mela kept the masses entertained with cultural fare and the traditional mehndi applying stalls.


ZAK Jewels

August will keep the Diliwallas busy, flitting from one exhibition to another. Apart from the Vivah exhibition, people can look forward to the glitter of precious stones.

The ‘ZAK Jewels 2003’ will present the great India jewellery show from the 15th to the 18th of August at the Taj Palace.

On display will be a plethora of jems and jewels. The show will present the designs of 40 participants from across the country, who will present the best they have to offer.

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