A heady cocktail of not-so-exorbitant prices and good stuff is encouraging the residents to say it with wine. No wonder, the god’s nectar, wrapped in the moods of celebration, is fast exploding into the party scene as the hot favourite gift in the festive season of 2006, says
Cheers! Wine is raising the spirits of the revelers like never before after bursting into the party scene in the festive season of 2006.
The fact may hit you with a bang. Like a strong drink that explodes in the head if tossed down hurriedly. But more and more connoisseurs across the city are blasting off into delight after saying bottoms up to wine in the days just before Divali.
Right fellows! You have guessed it right. The god’s nectar is fast finding its way into the hearts, and the houses, of the revelers. Nay, not just for religiously celebrating dine, drink and card parties oh-so-hot these days. But also as a gift wrapped nicely and properly in the moods of celebration!
Light up your home
It’s that time of the year again when many use it as an excuse to indulge in the annual spring cleaning exercise. Whilst some believe giving a fresh lick of paint is sufficient, rare souls go a step further and actually undertake the process of de-cluttering their house too. Yes, there is indeed no parallel to Dipawali; a festival lights combined with abundance of colour, when every single iota of being around you wears a bright look, all gold silver and brass wares are repolished, when all plugs are pulled to make everything around you look more cheerful.
Silver lining: Silver is a metal that has always been the best for fashioning gifts. It has not the pomposity of gold and neither the rusticity of brass. Standing in the middle, it has been used since time immemorial to make the most exquisite gift items. This Diwali the bazaar is flooded with these silvery dreams. Silver Haze in Chandigarh’s Sector 9 and Silver Creations in Sector 17 give interesting options in jewellery and artefacts. However, it is at Subhash Jewellers, Sector 8, one-stop silver shop, that one can find jewellery, utility items and curios of all kinds in silver. This time it is a silver lining not to clouds but the yellow flames of the Divali candles.
— Photos by Manoj Mahajan Silverware courtesy Subhash Jewellers
Spirit of North-East
They are constantly evolving and sharing the boundless traditions of theatre with their passion, infusing vitality and transforming the dynamics of performance on stage, all the while keeping the story of the times they live in, alive. In fact, theatre director Kanhailal and his wife, the renowned Manipuri stage actor
Sabitri, are what legends are made of. In the city to conduct a four-day workshop for the students at the Department of Indian Theatre, Panjab University, both brought to life the theatrical institutions from the North-East focussing attention, once again, on the country’s rich repertoire in the field of drama by infusing their own special spirit into their work.
While the workshop deals primarily with rebuilding automated actions of the body by bringing it into the stream of consciousness, it aims at “transforming vitality into subtlety to justify the efficacy of the act,” explained Kanhailal.
NO LAUGHING MATTER: Kanhailal and Sabitri. — Photo by Manoj Mahajan
The question needs to be asked and Rajeev Ved Prakash is ready to do just that. A famous voice for commercials documentaries, trained actor, theatre director who also acted in a movie he is a man of versatile roles. City beckons him time and again not only to see his family but also to give back to the city and Rajeev took the call to do a field show with 250 students of Sacred Heart School and talked about the most pressing of all problems the state is facing- female foeticide and dowry.
Cut for the role
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the shrewd Nandini to the warm hearted Sania, Lifestyle chats
with Sonal Pendse, the stunning and talented actress of Sati`85
She talks about this serial that has endowed her with an opportunity to
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And the winner is...
The St. Johns Old Boys Association (SJOBA) has announced the winners of the SJOBA SMS Treasure Hunt Contest that had the whole town abuzz over the past 15 days.
Vivek Sood bagged the first prize of Rs 2,000 with Amit Kapoor settling for the second prize of Rs1,500 and Rajnish Sapra claiming the third prize of Rs 1,000. The Treasure Hunt had an innovative format in which participants were sent a series of clues through SMS and they had to work out the correct answers and SMS them back to SJOBA.
Pumping iron at a gymnasium, he didn’t realise fate had fame in store for him. No, not even when Mohit Bhardwaj’s eyes fell on a poster glued on the gym wall announcing the holding of a contest for selecting the best. For a laugh, he filled up the form. And when he was eventually crowned Mr Chandigarh 2006 in a keen contest held at the Tagore Theatre last week, he just could not believe his luck.
Fond memories mark Balraj Pandit’s exit
Balraj Pandit— the name conjured up many fond memories in the minds of his friends and
wellwishers, all gathered together to pay tributes and remember a friend who was now on the other side of life. He was Panditji for everyone and so was the memory they had of his bohemian spirit that he lived and his rare versatile talent. He revelled in his mad passion that writing, theatre, music and art was to him. Balraj Pandit who died on the October 13th rekindled the spirit of the times he was a product of the idealistic Sixties. A Flower Child if there ever be one.
Don descends on Divali
The countdown has begun for exhibitors and viewers who are getting set to usher in the two big Diwali releases Don and
Jaan-E-Mann. With the kind of pre-release curiosity both films have generated, it can well create sensation at the box office.
They look barely out of school, but their art speaks a language, which is mature beyond years. But then when did art have anything to do with age?
The feeling reinforces itself as you take a look around the IndusInd Bank Art Gallery, escorted by two young artists, Akanksha Ghai and Shivika Bansal, both third-year painting students of the Government College of Art, Chandigarh.
Sitting in yogic poses with handmade paper along with vegetable and mineral colours, seven master craftsmen, and some of their students, have been creating exquisite paintings for a week preceding the festival of Divali, at Kalagram in an effort by the North Zone Cultural Centre
(NZCC) to renew a glorious tradition. Jaswinder Jassi of NZCC says: “This camp will be an annual event and we are also offering studio space and stipends to students working in this technique.” Good beginning, indeed. This technique of detailed work in small format flourished in medieval India under royal patronage and Indian miniatures find a place of pride in museums all over the world.
DESSERT DELIGHTS: Gopal Prasad Sharma and Nathulal Verma display their works of the Rajasthani tradition.
— Photo by Parvesh Chauhan
the temple within
self-realisation as a goal, art is the medium of discovery but in a
manner that is abundant and unconstrained and it is this ‘intoxication
within art’ that city-based artist Desh Ranjan Sharma explores
unfettered in his exhibition ‘Apotheosis of Artistic Freedom’ at the
Museum of Fine Arts, Panjab University.
Brand time in city
Surindra Radios in Sector 22 emerges in a brand new avatar this festive season. The showroom which opened way back in 1979 by Sardar Surinder Singh has seen a plethora of brands come under its wings in its 27 year journey.