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Pamper Yourself To A VIP Experience At IPL
By Khalid Ansari (fashioncurryfeedback@gmail.com)

To help you experience the ultimate ecstasy during Indian Premier League (IPL), the organizers have introduced VIP Club Lounges to seduce your senses stylishly. These especially designed lounges offer you an opportunity to enjoy the company of celebrities as they ride the highs and lows of two of the competition’s most momentous games, party with the high priests of fashion & glamour to celebrate the results and an unmatched hospitality experience to make you feel on top-of-the-world.
Khalid Ansari
 
 
 
Customized to suit your individualistic style and comfort, you can cheer from the luxury of your box seat and bask in the glory of the spectacular competition’s most brilliant hours with snacks and beverages while the match rages. At the same time enjoy the merchandise with team photos and digital signatures. The action doesn’t end here, you get set to celebrate with the winners and rub shoulders with the glitterati, Bollywood and cricket’s celebrities at the post match parties and fashion shows.
 
 

60 REASONS TO CELEBRATE ALL GAMES PACKAGE

The entire smorgasbord of games that the IPL 2010 has to offer – what better way to celebrate the biggest carnival of cricket? 60 games spread across 45 days of non-stop entertainment and leisure – the ultimate package for your most esteemed loved ones and well-wishers. 
 

CLUB LOUNGE PASS FOR SINGLE MATCH

Watch the stars in the middle while rubbing shoulders with others in the Club Lounge! An ideal way to get into the IPL Groove.
 
YOUR TEAM, YOUR PLAYERS, YOUR PASSION – FOLLOW YOUR TEAM
Experience the tears, the triumphs and the tragedies of your team trough out all 14 games, 7 home and 7 away.
 
 
TAILOR-MADE TEMPTATIONS: CUSTOMIZE YOUR OWN PACKAGE
Pick as many packages as you would like and it’ll be customized to suit your convenience
 
BIG MATCH BOHEMIA
You’ll be in the company of celebrities as they ride the highs and lows of two of the competition’s most momentous games. Party with the high priests of fashion and glamour to celebrate the results.
 
GRAND FINALE
From 8 teams, 45 days and 60 matches its now 2 teams, 3 hours and one breath-taking contest. At the end of it all, one proud captain will lift the exquisite trophy. And a lucky few will cheers him from the luxury of their Club Lounge seats!
 
When the winner is crowned, bask in the glory of the competition’s most brilliant hour and feast your eyes on the most glamorous fashion show of all. Then get set to celebrate with the winners at the post match party, guaranteed to provide you with golden memories for years to come.
 
Interested in indulging yourself or gift the experience opportunity to your friends, clients or business associates, you could call at +91 -0124-4148187 or e-mail your interest at reservations@iplclublounge.com
 
 

CLOSE ENCOUNTER WITH BOMBAY'S HAUTE SET

By Khalid Ansari (fashioncurryfeedback@gmail.com)
 
If you think you should have a reason to host a party, you are wrong. And that’s what celebrity columnist & designer Nisha JamVwal proved by hosting a power-dinner at Valhalla, Mumbai which was attended by the who’s who of the champagne brigade, CEO’s, actors, models, high profile bureaucrats and ministers. “I’m a social person and love to share certain moments with my close friends. Therefore this sit-down-dinner,” explained Nisha.
 
Gracing the occasion in an LBD, Nisha played a perfect host to the galaxy of special invites. Those who were spotted enjoying conversation over fine food included feminist lawyer Mrinalini Deshmukh, powerful attorney Mridula Kadam, Kim Sharma with Spanish boyfriend Carlos who had flown down the same evening, Dipannita Sharma (who was the first to arrive, fashionably on time!) with husband Dilsher Singh, Luke Kenny, Milliner Delna Poonawala, Kishore Bajaj, Azeem & Sameena Khan, Kamiya Malhotra, Dr Rishma Pai, Superna & Gaurav Motwane, Jamal & Pravina Mecklai, Viveka Babajee, Mamata Raja,
 
Bharat Kewalramani, Deepika Roy, Anish Trevedi, Fahad Samar & Simone Singh, Shama Sikender, Rucha Gujrati, Farhan Furniturewala & Laila Khan who came despite preparations for their forthcoming wedding, Kishore Chabaria a big player in the Indian liquor industry and CEO Herbertsons, CEO Dow Jones Mitya New with his wife German designer Martina New, Parvez Damania, amongst several  of the city's haute set.
 
 
Nisha Jamvwal ensured that all guests had a wonderful time and savored the wines, champagne, whisky that flowed accompanied by tapas, pate, stuffed volovants before  proceeding for the sit down banquet.  “I choose Valhalla because the food here is all about celebrating the fine things of life. The menu has a mélange of versatility and variety; presentation surprised my guests with its blended flavors, style and comfort,”
She said.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

LIFE THROUGH THE LENS OF A DOCTOR

By Jashoda Madhavji (fashioncurryfeedback@gmail.com)

 
A remarkable collection of more than thirty photographs was exhibited in a charity exhibition titled ‘Paradise Watch’ at National Centre of Performing Arts at NCPA, Piramal Gallery. The charity exhibition which featured photographs with a theme of manmade and natural phenomena was inaugurated by Bollywood actor, Vivek Oberoi.
 

Drs. Mukesh and Akshay Batra find time to pursue their second love, photography in which they have had no formal education but a force that drives them explore a life beyond medicine.

Despite a profession that is as demanding as it is noble, the doctors yet find time to pursue their hobbies only to cater to a good cause, as the proceeds of their annual photography expositions are given in charity. It was the 6th annual charity photo exhibition hosted by the father son duo.

This year, proceeds from the show will be shared between ‘Happy Home & School for the Blind’ and ‘People for Animals’.

 
 

The show preview was held at National Centre of Performing Arts and was attended by the city’s renowned elite like Ambika Shukla, Sonali and Roopkumar Rathod, Rajiv Bajaj, Parvez Damania, Farid Currim, Ananya Banerjee, Raell Padamsee, Samir Mondal, Barkha Roy, Dilip Piramal, Farzana Contractor, amongst others. Works from Dr. Batra’s previous exhibitions have adorned the Raj Bhavan, the Citigold Lounges at the Citibank offices of Mumbai and Delhi and the corporate office of Bajaj. The exhibition will be open for public viewing from 18th March till 21st of March, 2010 at the same venue between 12 noon to 8:00 p.m.

 
 
 

Alpana Gujral Unveils Ocean-Sutra

By Hena Anand (fashioncurryfeedback@gmail.com)

 
Renowned jewelry designer Alpana Gujral felicitated women from various walks of life on the occasion of International Women’s Day at the lively South-East Asian restaurant The Tasty Tangles in Vasant Kunj, a venue that bridges the gap between fine dining and affordable fast food. On the day that signifies and recognizes the woman power and its importance in our lives, the organized event saw Mini Burman, Reynu and Nikhita Taandon, Neeva Jain and Madhu Sood among others flaunt Gujral’s collection.  
 
 
Unveiling her new collection of jewelry line titled Ocean Sutra, Alpana Gujral revealed a tale of elemental splendor and has turned up the heat with her customary panache using precious corals in rich reds and vermilions to the more delicate rose hues.
 
 
The Ocean Sutra collection brilliantly showcased handcrafted earrings, necklaces, cuffs and cocktail rings set in pure gold and silver. One could see a lavish use of tourmaline, citrine, aquamarine, and other colorful stones in her work. Informing us about the latest trends she said, "Pearls are back in a very big way along with yellow gold. There are lots of pearls in my collection as well, as they look quite classy. I don't think that anything can go out of fashion. The most important thing is that one should be comfortable wearing what one is wearing".
 
   
   
 
 

‘AMERICAN EXPRESS PLATINUM LOUNGE’ AT DELHI AIRPORT

By Kanika Bajaj (fashioncurryfeedback@gmail.com)

 
American Express announced the commencement of its Platinum Lounge at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport. Located in the main mezzanine adjacent to the food court of the domestic departure terminal (T1D), it is a private lounge reserved exclusively for American Express Platinum Card members.
 
 

"The Platinum Lounge benefit is yet another example of how our products offer exclusive experiences and number of benefits to make travel hassle-free and much more enjoyable" said Simran Kalra, Vice President, American Express.

 
 
The Platinum Lounge is designed to provide a mid-trip respite for discerning travelers, helping them relax between flights.  The lounge, a significant extension of Platinum privileges, is a critical touch point making customers’ experience with the brand more relevant, rewarding and exclusive. While both primary and supplementary Platinum Charge Card members can share this complimentary benefit with their traveling companions, Platinum Credit Card members and their accompanying guest/s can access the lounge by paying the nominal entry fee.
 
 

SIX SENSES RESORTS AND SPAS INCREASES FOCUS ON INDIA

By Seema Kundra (fashioncurryfeedback@gmail.com)

 
Six Senses Resorts & Spas, a resort and spa management and development company, recently hosted special events in Mumbai, Delhi and Bangalore to interact and better understand the Indian traveler and showcase the Six Senses brand.
 
 
Also on the occasion, Soneva Kiri, the latest offering from Six Senses, was launched. Located on Koh Kood the fourth largest but the least inhabited island in Thailand, Soneva Kiri offers tropical rainforests, breathtaking waterfalls and traditional village life. A Soneva resort has a limited number of accommodations, all offering generous personal space.
 
 

Vincent Gillet, Chief Commercial Officer,; Florian Preuss, Managing Director -Sales and Marketing, Asia Pacific, Gill Christophers, Global Public Relations Director and Vasudha Sondhi, Managing Director, Outbound Marketing (India representative of Six Senses Resorts & Spas) led the team which interacted with clients and invited guests from a cross-section of society.

 
 

As the Managing Director of Outbound Marketing which represents Six Senses in India, Vasudha Sondhi elaborated that luxury tourism is redefining itself in India.

 
 
 

The Decorated Cow

By Pritha Sharma (fashioncurryfeedback@gmail.com)
 
The renowned artist Sidharth, resurfaced after a brief absence from the art world with a much awaited show, The Decorated Cow. The show was curated by Seema Bawa and presented by Religare arts.i at the Religare arts.i gallery post March 13.
 
 

Sidharth had created paintings, drawings and sculptures based on the traditional and the contemporary relationship of human beings with the cow. On one hand the works showed the cow in mythological, historical and socio-religious contexts where the Bull and the Cow are revered, adored and granted an intimate space within the household. On the other side, the post modern man has removed the cow from this space and created a disjuncture not only with the cow but the ecology and the world of nature she represents.

 
 

Kamadhenu, Surabhi, Nandi-symbols of prosperity and joy; the pastoral pleasures of Krishna’s cow; the cow in nature; the cow lost in the urban jungle, wandering on heaps of rubbish, all show in the Sidharth’s canvases and consciousness. The contemporary and mystical concerns centred on the cow have been amplified in a short film and music composed by the artist that accompanied the exhibition.    

 
 

Sidharth’s art while deeply rooted in philosophic tradition contends with modernity in terms of tradition speaking to contemporary concerns. The art is devoid of alienation that comes from derivative and imitative trends which have come to represent most contemporary Indian art.  Using cow as a metaphor, the artist has depicted a consumerist society and its need & greed for material comforts.

 
 

Bwitched!!

By Khalid Ansari (fashioncurryfeedback@gmail.com)
 
Celebrations of Women’s Day were slap-up when the premium lingerie brand Bwitch and Vapour, the new microbrewery in Gurgoan, got together on 6th March, 2010 in the MGF Mega City Mall, Gurgaon. The ladies were greeted with red roses and heady cocktails by the staff of Vapour while Bwitch offered gift vouchers on their premium lingerie and nightwear.  
 
 

Bwitch has irrupted as a youthful, seductive and fashionable lingerie brand for the contemporary Indian woman. The essence of the brand lies on an understanding that lingerie beyond a piece of garment, is an extension of a woman’s persona. Thus Bwitch gives every woman an opportunity to reflect her individual attitude and lifestyle with an extensive range of products.

 

According to the Bwitch team- "Days like woman's day, help women centric brands like ours to connect with our customers directly and offer them something which makes them feel special".

 
 

SPORTS MEETS

By Khalid Ansari (fashioncurryfeedback@gmail.com)
 

The Samaira Polo Trohy, concluded recently, caused the cognoscenti of the capital descend to the Jaipur Polo Ground.

 
 
In the end, Sona/Jindal emerged the victors, beating Cavalry by 7-6½ goals in a nail biting final. Ravi Rathore was adjudged the “Most Valuable Player” of the tournament and Adhiraj Singh’s pony Romano got the “Best Polo Pony Award”.
 
 
Spotted in the stands were were Ayesha Thapar, Rani & Surinder Kapur, Mandira & Himanshu Koirala, Raja Kanwar, Yashodhara Raje Scindia, Digvijay Singh, Sandeep Gupta, Manav Gangwani, Chander Verma, Ramneek Pantal, Chetan Seth, Sanjay & Poonam Sethi among others. Polo Players seen on field were Sunjay Kapur, Adhiraj Singh, Uday Kalaan, Angad & Mandira Kalaan, Angad Singh, Bhawani Singh Kalvi, Gerardo Mazzini, Abhimanyu Pathak, Manupal Godara, Gaurav Sahgal and Samir Suhag.
 
 
The day culminated with a High Tea courtesy the Clarion Collection, New Delhi for the guests’ set-up in a beautifully done marquee. A lavish spread of different cuisines & scrumptious desserts was served with Live Jazz music to set the mood right for the guests to enjoy the grand finale to a superb match. 
 

Teams from around the country and some of the sport’s top professional players competed in this 8-goal tournament. This year, the Championship was contested by five high goal squads – Sona/Jindal, Sona/Buchi, Cavalry, APRC and ASC/Navy teams. The matches provided many a thrilling moments for avid polo fans.

 
 
TOM & JERRY’S 70TH BIRTHDAY

By Neeti Dhawan (fashioncurryfeedback@gmail.com)

 
On the eve of April Fool’s Day iconic pranksters play pranks on Delhi Kids and celebrities
 
 

It was a children's day out with Tom & Jerry on an eventful occasion celebrated all over the world with equal enthusiasm. The 70th birthday of Tom and Jerry, the most popular cat and mouse in the world was celebrated in animated elegance with stand up comic Vir Das bringing a downpour of laughter onto the stage.

 
   
The event saw the presence of crème de la crème of Delhi with their kids. Some of the people spotted at the celebration were Monisha Bajaj, Kanchan Kapoor, Jattin Kocchhar, Payal Kapur, Priya Jain, Payal Kapoor, Kalyany Chawla, Preeti S. Kapoor, Tanisha Mohan, Charu Parashar, Nidhi Jain, Payal Sen, Nida Mahmood, Garima Jain, Hemant and Nandita, Juhi Singh and Alia Madhu. India’s iconic Cartoonist Sudhir Tailang along with Monica Tata presented the Lifetime Achievement Award to Tom and Jerry.
   
 

The iconic characters interacted with the media and the kids along with the stand up comedian Vir Das. They played pranks on the celebrities and kids present for their birthday celebration on the eve of April Fool’s day.

 
   
Ecstatic at this milestone achievement, Krishna Desai, Director, Programming, South Asia, Turner International India Pvt. Ltd. said, “70 years and growing more popular than ever, that is Tom & Jerry for you! It’s amazing to see the magic of Tom & Jerry alive and kicking as they continue to entertain generations with their endearing humour, pranks and never-ending chase”.
   
 
 
 
 

A CELEBRATION OF COLORS AND WOMANHOOD

By Ruchi Goyal Kaura (fashioncurryfeedback@gmail.com)

 

Women’s day is the celebration of the undying women spirit, her inner strength and the immortal love that encompasses the entire mortal universe.

 
 
Ruchi Goyal Kaura, the artist, has tried to capture the same essence into her work. She takes inspiration from the old traditional embroidery Phulkari, which originated in Punjab as a domestic art.

The show is emancipation of self being into the hands of unknown and unsaid being a woman; her work is an extension of her personality and her belief that there is a coexistence of supernatural with the ordinary in every detail. The work is an emotional journal, and a means to capture understandings, findings and revelations. Each stroke, texture or even stitch is an emotion expressed.
 
 
Ruchi, as she is fondly known, has studied design at NIFT, New Delhi followed by Masters Degree in Textile design from Nottingham Trent University, UK where she also received the prestigious Charles Wallace Trust scholarship.

Her work can be best described in her own words:
“A smile, A tear, A splatter, A smear…
A tint, A shade, A hue, A fade…
A stitch, A stroke, A drop, A hope…”.
 
 
 

MARCHÉ TO GLORY!

By Tanha Bhalla (fashioncurryfeedback@gmail.com)

   

Le Marché Retail Pvt. Ltd, which has been in the food business for the last 20 years, has been on a winning streak lately, bagging top laurels in the prestigious 3rd Annual ‘Coca-Cola Golden Spoon Awards’.

 

Le Marché was adjudged the ‘Most Admired F&G Retailer of the Year: Gourmet Foods’ in the awards presented by the Food Forum of India.
                                             
Surely, Le Marche has come a long way from a small beginning specializing in bakery, delicatessen and chocolates, to the most admired retail store chain for gourmet foods in India.

According to Mini Yadav, MD, Marche Retail, “Our success lies in the satisfaction of our customers”.

 
 
   
 

THE O EXPERIENCE PRESENTS ARTISTIC REFINEMENTS 

By Smriti Malhotra (fashioncurryfeedback@gmail.com)

 

It’s a stimulating blend of art, food and jewelry that come together with TRES an art meets design initiative hosted by The O Experience by the Umesh Modi Group, which in itself is renowned for bringing alive innovative, authentic and consistent concepts. Presenting photographic works by art photographer Bonny Hazuria and one of a kind collectible jewelry by  jewelry designer Neeti Singh,  TRES combines their artistic pouring with the finest cuisine.

 
Himani Modi, Director, The O Experience said, “ In the short span of two months when we launched this is our second art show and  it is in step with our vision of converting this hospitality conglomerate into a buzzing space for creative people.”
 
TRES presents a very vibrant body of works by Bonny Hazuria who captures elements of everyday existence on the ever evolving streets of India. From the Indian auto rickshaw to the street side café it all comes alive in her visual world. Bonny’s work explores the inner more than the outer world. Her work does not only exist in the physical but in a spiritual place. It is clear that her pictures reflect her own journey of ‘seeing differently, moving on to other more meaningful spaces of beauty.
 
 
Juxtaposing Bonny’s near kitsch take on India is the refined spread of hand crafted jewelry  by designer, Neety Singh  who experiments with traditional jewelry, reinventing it, to a bold and modern avatar. Each piece is intricately crafted and stylized in a refreshingly unique manner, creating a priceless masterpiece that is Indian in origin but universal in appeal. Neety draws inspiration from bejeweled Mughal Prince and Princess and their beautifully rich, intricate Polki, Meenakari, Kundan and Jadau jewellery, but blends it with an urbane sensibility creating a truly eclectic piece with her uninhibited approach to design and craftsmanship.
 
 

Refreshingly singular and truly inspiring pieces, with refined individual sensibilities surfacing out in both.  The exhibition paved way for a delightfully indulgent experience.

 
 
 
 
GAGAN VIJ- LEASING SCULPTING A NEW LIFE

By Khalid Ansari (fashioncurryfeedback@gmail.com)

 

Gagan Vij brings to his work a realism in the context of contemporary explorations; which many feel has taken a backseat over the years.

 
 

var addthis_pub = "thehindu"; His life-size bronze sculpture, “And again spring knocks”, which portrays a human figure in conversation with damsels perching on his hand, has come as a gust of refreshing air to the world of sculpture

 
 

According to Gagan, his method of creating this work was ‘visualizing the thought from the sculpture’s and the viewer’s perspective’.

 
 
The defining quality of Gagan's work, according to the critics, is his attempt to explore the sub conscious, which is a part of the sensitive sculptor's quest to surpass the manifest and explore the sub text.
   
 
 

Achievers: Aditi Luthra Awarded

By Pradeep Joseph (fashioncurryfeedback@gmail.com)

 
To pay a tribute to womanhood, Indian Council of Human Relations with Russian Center of Science And Culture celebrated International Women’s Day to felicitate the ever dynamic women achievers for their efforts for the society. Aditi Luthra, Director, Lexicon Public Relations & Corporate Consultants Limited was honored with the “Outstanding Women Achievers” Award for her outstanding achievement in the field of public relations.
 
 
Other awardees for the event included Dr. Amita Chauhan, Chairperson- Amity International , Ms. Subha Rajan, Director- CII, Ms. Ashima Leena Singh- Fashion Designer, Ms. Dilshad Ahmed- Entrepreneur and Ms. Prerna Kaul Mishra-Deputy Editor, Economic times, Ms. Sonali Kochar, Social Worker, Dr. Aparna Jaswal, Cardiologist- Escorts, Ms. Rupal Sinha, Security Services, Dr. Ganga Dadu- Acupuncturist.
 
 
Dr. Farooq Abdullah, Minister New and Renewable energy and the Chief guest of the occasion, emphasized on the equality of women and condemned female feticide. The guest of honor for the evening, H.E. Mr. Alexander M. Kadakin, Ambassador of Russian Federation, also enthused social equality and appreciated the contribution of women in all different fields throughout the world. 
 
Moreover, Minister of State and External Affairs, Smt. Preneet Kaur talked about the most awaited gift for the day - the consideration of the women’s reservation bill in the parliament. “This 100th anniversary of National Women’s Day will go down in the history as a memorable event”, she added.
 
 
 

Rose unveils its new jewelery collection

By Shweta Mistry (fashioncurryfeedback@gmail.com)

 
The Rose Group launched their new jewelry line My Rose For Every Occasion at Rose Salon, Emporio, New Delhi.
 
 
A collection specially designed by Design Extraordinaire & MD – Biren Vaidya (Bee Vee), ‘My Rose For Every Occasion’ defines the different events, moods, colors & roles in a woman’s life.
 
 
Among the numerous guests for the evening, Kalyani Chawla, Sangita Assomull, Latika Kaneja and Shabnam couldn’t take their eyes off the timeless creation. Mr. Vaidya took the guests for a detour of the collection, talking about the collection and the inspiration behind the creation. Ms. Purnima Sheth (Director- Sales, Rose) along with Mr. Vaidya played perfect hosts to the discerning aficionados of Delhi.
 
Addressing to the guests present at the launch Mr. Vaidya said, “True to the Brand Philosophy, the collection has been created to be a part of your jewelry treasure chest which can be passed on as heirlooms to be inherited by the next generation. From a wedding to a cocktail party, from early 30’s to late 60’s this collection marks the timelessness of the design and the creator”.
 
 
 

Suneet Varma’s Resort Collection

By Syed Nabeel (fashioncurryfeedback@gmail.com)

 
India’s leading Hindi language broadcaster, P7, presented a showing of designer Suneet Varma’s Resort collection in support of ETASHA, a Delhi based non-profit organization at a fund-raiser at The Grand New Delhi on Saturday. Dr Meenakshi Nayar, President, ETASHA Society, hosted the event.
 
 
Some of the guests who came to lend their support to ETASHA included A D Singh, Ajay Bijli, Anu Munjal, Sandip Kohli, Naina Balsawar, Kajal Aijaz, Charu Munjal, Bonny Hazuria, Dilip Modi & Sonal, Divya Bhasin, Ashna Jaipuria, Abdul Halder, Ravi Bajaj, Ramola Bachchan, Reenu Tandon, Naveen & Mrs Raseel Gujral, Neeva Jain, Pooja Gogia, Anu Naik, Shamhad Hussain, Debeyndu Bhadra, Samant Chauhan including others.
 
 
Featured models including Femina Miss India Ekta Chaudhary, Esther jamir, Ritu Singh, Shabnam Sultana, Sahiba Singh, Sakshi Bindra, Adriyana, among others  walked the ramp in aid of ETASHA, which provides career guidance, vocational training and employment opportunities to young people from disadvantaged communities in India.
 
 
One of the many highlights of the evening was ETASHA’s trainees taking to the stage with Femina Miss India Ekta Chaudhary. The trainees performed around the show’s inspiring theme, I Believe I Can, which aimed to illustrate the NGO’s work. Percussionist Suchet Malhotra performed at the event for 300.
 
 
The event was also supported by Swarovski Elements while The Grand - New Delhi, Vasant Kunj were principal hospitality partners for the event. Beverages were provided by Sauza. The official PR partner for the event was  Grey Cell Public Relations.
 
 
 
 
India Rising: Tradition Meets Modernity

By Khalid Ansari (fashioncurryfeedback@gmail.com)

 
The opening reception of "India Rising" a group art exhibition by ATI Art Gallery was held at the Lutyen’s Lawn of the Ambassador Hotel in New Delhi.
 
 
The exhibition showcased the works of 23 young and contemporary Indian artists and explored the dynamic fusion of modern Indian culture, where ancient tradition meets current innovation and is revealed in contemporary art.
 
 
Aarti Sarin Jain, Commercial Director of Ati Art Gallery, described the challenge that was represented in the mere selection of these artists: “Our gallery reviewed the work of a far larger sample of artists, all of whom deserved to be exhibited in the India Rising exhibition; we chose the exhibiting artists as their work best conveyed an irreverent energy and potential in accordance with the title of the show.”
 
 
Bindu Vadera, Director of Varya Design, applauded the idea by saying that we are witnessing history in the making and that we must celebrate India and harbor the talent that emerges from this melting pot.
 
 
The featured artists include Alok Bal, Anoop Kamath, Binoy Verghese, Dileep Sharma, Ebenezer Sunder Singh, G.R. Iranna, Gagan Vij, George Martin, P.J, Kamar Alam, Kota Neelima, Manil Gupta, and many more.
 
 
 
Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week (WIFW)

By Khalid Ansari (fashioncurryfeedback@gmail.com)

 
The 15th edition of Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week (WIFW), bound to start from 24th March at National Small Industries Corporation(NSIC) grounds in Okhla Industrial Area – New Delhi, started with a trivial glitch when the first day of the fashion week was cancelled due to lack of a fire-safety permit. A simple negligence on the part of the organizers – FDCI, caused a lot of inconvenience to the designers, participants, buyers and all those bound to the event in some way or the other.
 
 

Despite the initial hiccup, WIFW got to an electric start with Tarun Tahilliani, Meera & Muzaffar Ali, Gaurav Gupta and Ritu Kumar letting out an exotic concoction of colours, jewels and impeccable designs.

The fashion week that lasted till 29th March (29th March was a result of a careless mistake by FDCI which led to the rescheduling of the events planned for 24th March) saw 130 designers from all over the country showcase their creations both bad and not-so-bad, coupled with occasional masterpieces in 43 shows that made the fashion week really worthwhile.  

 
 
After the first day disappointed everyone, especially the designers Nida Mahmood, Ranna Gill, Ritu Beri and JJ Valaya who were really sceptical about their chance to present their meticulously worked out creations, the final day left everyone happy and satisfied. Moreover, the creativity of the designers like Pallavi Mohan, Preeti Chandra, Vineeta Bahl, Payal Jain, Rocky S, G Pia Fleming & Namrata Joshipura, Nandita Basu and Varun Sardana made up for the initial misadventure.
 
 
The Grand Finale by Rajesh Pratap Singh was interesting and full of designs that were realistic, modern and simple. The widened ramp and the aesthetically pleasing backdrop created using unfinished garments were the most intriguing. Although, the show was a success, a lot of desires went unfulfilled. We had expected a lot more from the grand finale of the grand event.
 
 
 
 
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