An ode to the aesthetics of beauty
Celebrating and portraying shringara in human form or in sculpture, painting and the performing arts, is a multilayered process in the Indian ethos. It not only involves the material world but also touches on spirituality and divine
ecsatasy. Alka Pande unravels its myriad shades
are a myriad ways in which
one can experience and appreciate beauty:
participation is of the
highest order, since this is beauty beyond utility. The creation and
celebration of beauty through objects of beauty is an integral part of
the Indian psyche. Whether it is adornment of the body or the
dwelling, or making beautiful objects of daily use—there is a
vibrant connection between the maker, the object itself and the users
of these objects. From the Indian point of view, the very act of
creating something new, integrating the beautiful in daily living, is
an evocation of Vishvakarma, the Divine Architect.
Bharatnatyam dancer Priyadarshni
Swedish children most Net savvy
are among the world’s most connected people and are swarming to the
Internet at an ever earlier age, a study published recently showed,
indicating that half of Swedish three-year-olds have
been online. "The Internet
continues to spread to younger and younger children," according
to the study on Swedish online habits, conducted by Internet
infrastructure foundation, SE.
A Kinnauri shawl is More than a fashion statement. a connoisseur's prized possession for both its sheer beauty and utility, this shawl is perhaps the world's only wrap that carries an esoteric appeal, writes Roshni Johar
Napoleon Bonaparte gave an exquisite Kashmiri pashmina shawl to Lady
Josephine and later East India Company gifted some on Queen Victoria’s
birthday, Kashmiri pashmina shawls, became renowned. But currently
Kinnauri shawls aregoing global due to the geometrical designs and
finesse in weaving, ever since the district, once-banned for tourists,
reopened for tourism.
All set for model role
Male models have short life, says Mumbai-based model Sahil Shroff, who is making his film debut with
has a very small life, especially for male models and they need a lot
of hard work and skill to get noticed. I won’t say men have a harder
life in the modelling world but yes there is less work for them and
that is where the diversion to Bollywood comes in," says Mumbai-based
model Sahil Shroff.
A tradition of fragrance
Grasse is the French perfume capital. The fields are full of flowers all year round to perpetuate its aromatic rituals, writes
Inder Raj Ahluwalia
little girls, Agnes Costa and her sister Francoise played in the
fields of Grasse, the French perfume capital, gathering the sweetest
flowers to bring home. Today, the sisters and heirs to the venerable
Fragonard fragrance firm still love to pick flowers – only now they
share their bouquets with the whole world.
Riding the air
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beauty reaches a peak in autumn, as the leaves take on vibrant colours.
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A large island in the northernmost region of Japan, Hokkaido is a
great place to witness the change of seasons known by the Japanese as momiji.
Hokkaido also has numerous national parks, including Shikotsu-Toya,
which has many volcanic hot springs.
The never-say-die hero
One of the most successful stars in the history of Indian cinema, Dev Anand managed to remain in the limelight despite his limitations, both as an actor and a director. A tribute by
M. L. Dhawan
institution in himself,
Dev Anand, who died recently, remained an integral part the Hindi film
industry for about seven decades. His romantic persona, dialogue
delivery, song picturisation and mannerisms, his puffed-up hair,
exaggerated motion of hands, the swagger in his gait, were legendary.
For generations, he remained Hindi cinema’s most charismatic
Kerala, they boo the film and make it a hit
Radhayum is a badly made film, critics have panned it and
audiences are angry. But despite all that it is running houseful here.
Guess why? It may sound strange, but people are thronging
the theatre to abuse the first-time director Santosh Pandit for making
a bad film.