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December 2014

Triveni u-Design Contest Awards Best Student Ethnic-wear Designers

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Bangalore, 30th December 2014: Triveni u-Design Contest” – a design contest by Triveni for budding designers and stylists from fashion schools worldwide, has had an amazing turnout of extremely talented design and styling students from all over the globe.  The contest has seen 16 entries – nationally and internationally – that have kept with the theme of designing Indian Ethnic wear and fusion ethnic wear with western elements. The contest ended on the 26th of December with over 2500 votes being recorded on the official polling page of TriveniEthnics.com.

“In its inaugural year, u-Design is aimed at promoting Indian ethnic wear design & innovation amongst design students in India & the World. We like to keep ourselves rigourously engaged with the student community and like to involve their ideas in our work process as well,” describes Arvind Saraf, Director, Triveni

Jury member Meher Castelino, Senior Fashion Journalist & Miss India 1964 and Jury member for u-Design said,  “u-Design is an interesting platform – different in focusing on Indian ethnic wear, social voting & participation and worldwide focus. Over time, hopefully it’ll see greater participation of top design schools worldwide to bring more variety & innovation in the submissions.”

The winners of the competition are as follows, Best Ethnic collection: Saista Munauwar, Most Innovative collection: Vallari Kaushik, Special Mention 1: Saayna Nagpal and Special Mention 2: Siddhant S Sharma. The winner’s received cash prices and a chance to work with Triveni’s design team on a design collection.

Saista Munauwar winner of Best Ethnic Collection said, “Triveni has put forward a helping hand for ethnic wear and it sounds great to hear that it is organising contests to highlight the designers interested in ethnic wear. I would really like to engage in the designing team of Triveni and help in the development of the organisation by putting in my talent and creativity.”

Sushil Raturi, Associate Professor, Head Industry Linkage Unit of NIFT Delhi about Triveni’s projects said, “Triveni’s campus activities like the u-Design contest, Ambassador Program, Live projects & Internships offer a great way for students to showcase their talent & get industry exposure.”

On this occasion, Prof Joan McKenna, Associate Professor at Fashion Department, San Diego Continuing Education, added, “I love other cultures, and our students were fascinated by fabrics & designs of 2 of our student participants. Many of our students were seeing such fabrics for the first time – and it was a learning for others, along with the participants”.

Yatra.com closes the year with the largest domestic hotel inventory

Offers over 20,000 accommodation choices across 721 cities in India

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Bangalore, 30 December, 2014: Yatra.com, India’s leading company in the online travel space has successfully built the largest inventory of hotels and other accommodations in India, covering over 20,000 stay options across 721 cities. Yatra.com today has stay options available for their customers across a wide price spectrum ranging from budget to luxury stays, covering the length and breadth of the country, from the metros to tier 2 and 3 cities.

With the largest inventory for a perfect stay, Yatra.com is the one stop shop for travelers to search and book the most suitable accommodation while planning their trip. Apart from providing the widest choice, Yatra.com facilitates the best value for their customers, by providing great deals on hotels, ensuring that every traveller finds a place to stay within his or her budget. Earlier in the year Yatra.com had launched a TV Commercial on the theme of “Ehsaan Mat Lo, Discount Lo”, nudging people to stay in a hotel at a great price, rather than taking a favour by staying with friends and family, a practice that is hugely prevalent in India. The TVC’s underlying message promised travelers the best stay at the best prices wherever they choose to go.

Commenting on this milestone, Sharat Dhall, President, Yatra.com said, “We have the largest and most comprehensive hotel inventory in the country today, offering our customers the best possible choices for stay across every nook and corner in the country. With a huge bouquet of options for all kinds of travellers – budget, business, luxury, and leisure, across the widest range of cities, Yatra.com is the one stop destination for accommodation choices for the domestic Indian traveller. We are not going to rest on this achievement, but are looking to scale this up even further and anticipate reaching over 30,000 hotels by the financial year-end.”

Yatra.com has tied-up with 20,000 accommodations in 721 cities in India, comprising of home stays, resorts and spas, boutique hotels, house boats, guest houses, bed and breakfast hotels and apartments. These are spread across the northern (40%), southern (32%), western (20%) and eastern (8%) regions with 47% of the inventory catering to business travellers and 53% to leisure travellers.

DAIVAJNA CREDIT COOPERATIVE SOCIETY LTD CELEBRATES SILVER JUBILEE

Bengalore, 21st December 2014: Daivajna credit cooperative society ltd established in 1989 with 500 share holders, at present 3.11 Lakhs share amount is providing good cooperative finance facility to members of all community, Daivajna Credit Cooperative Society Ltd., doing Rs 100 Crores turnover.Today, Daivajna Credit Cooperative Society Ltd., inaugurated  its 2nd branch near Metro Station, Kuvempu Road, II block, Rajajinagar,Bangalore – 560010.

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Shri Shri Sachhidananda Jnaneshwara Bharathee  Swamijee, inaugurated the 2nd branch Dr. N.S. Chennappa Gowda, IAS, Cooperative society Officer, Cooperative Department, Dr.C.N.Ashwathnarayana, MLA, Malleshwaram constituency, Smt, Bimba Raikar, Former Member of Rajya Sabha, Shri, A Subba Rao, President of  Daivajna Credit Cooperative Society Ltd and all Directors were present.

Revamp your wardrobe with GANT’s End of season sale!

~ Upto 60% off across all apparel, footwear & accessories ~

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December, 2014: GANT, the premium lifestyle brand with an East Coast American sportswear heritage has announced its End of Season Sale. The sale is set to begin from December 25th, 2014 onwards and features up to 60% off on all merchandise in stores.

On offer will be the European Legacy of charming madras shirts influenced by the seasons trending knitwear. The palette ranges from dark blue cobalt to different depths of green and red colors. Various shades of yellow slowly turn into caramel and brown hues, adding a vintage feel. Pair it with semi-tailored pants in a stretch-cotton to blend a look that exudes effortless style without being over-thought or over-worked.

So get ready to shop till you drop!

India’s only maritime theatre stages first Hindu story

Kochi Biennale helps add Ayyappa story to Chavittunatakam

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Kochi, Dec 27: India’s only surviving maritime theatre Chavittutatakam that traditionally employs Biblical themes saw the pioneering presentation of a Hindu-mythology story, courtesy the ongoing Kochi-Muziris Biennale (KMB).

The five-century-old Kerala stomp drama which has evolved in a Latin Catholic context along the coastal state’s west-central belt added to its repertoire ‘Sabarimala Sree Dharma Shastavu’, lending fresh aesthetics and costumes to the form that has evident influences of the European ballet.

As many as 40 artistes of Kerala Chavittunataka Academy in Gothuruthu of Ernakulam district danced with vigour while portraying plots around the life of Lord Ayyappa as the child of pivotal Hindu gods Shiva and Vishnu. Directly by the dance-drama’s esteemed guru Joseph Salim, the three-hour show on Friday night revelled in energetic movements and had the lyrics in Malayalam instead of the customary Tamil mixed with the state’s language.

The watershed show in Gothuruthu near North Paravur was organised as part of a performing arts festival being organised alongside the country’s only biennale which is currently holding its second edition in this city, mainly featuring 100 artworks by 94 artistes from India and abroad.

‘Chuvati 2014’, as the five-day event is titled, lines up five Chavittunatakam plays till the end of the festival on December 30. It was inaugurated by veteran Mohiniyattam danseuse Kalamandalam Sathyabhama and Chhau exponent Gopal Prasad Dubey at Kadalvathuruthu Holy Cross in Chinnathambi Annavi Square.

Curated by Mumbai-based Malayali ‘Keli’ K Ramachandran, Chuvati is being organised by the Kochi Biennale Foundation (KBF) in association with Sports and Arts Club in Gothuruthu — a coastal village synonymous with Chavittunatakam, believed to have originated in the 16th century after the arrival of Portuguese on the Malabar Coast.

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Chavittunatakam, which traces its pioneer to medieval-era missionary Chinnathambi Annavi, is typically performed in open grounds or within the premises of the church.

KBF President Bose Krishnamachari and KMB’14 artistic director Jitish Kallat greeted Dubey and Sathyabhama respectively with a shawl and sceptre. While KBF Secretary Riyas Komu gave the introductory speech in his capacity as KMB’14 Director of Programmes, legislator V D Satheesah and Holy Cross Church Vicar Fr Joby Kallarakkal also spoke.

 ‘Chuvati’ staged ‘Plorippus’ (Cochin Chavittunataka Kalari, Fort Kochi) as its second play in the series on Saturday evening. The upcoming stories at Chuvati are ‘Visuddha Sebastionos’ (Kurumbathuruthu Yuvakerala Kalasamithi), ‘Jnanakumaran’ (Thruthipuram Chaithanya Theatres) and ‘Judith’ (Thuruthipuram Navarathna Kalasamskarika Vedi).

Star CJ introduces Wellberg Stainless Steel Cook & Serve Set

STAR CJ Network India Pvt. Ltd, India’s leading home shopping network introduces Wellberg Stainless Steel Cook & Serve Set.

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Quality is the first thing that comes to mind while buying kitchen appliances. Wellberg Stainless Steel Cook & Serve Set is made of Food Grade steel and has a Mirror finish body with Gold finish Handles & Knobs; it also has a Sandwich bottom which is compatible to all kind of cook tops. We would say “No kitchen is complete without a basic set of quality cookware and Welberg’s 12 pieces Stainless Steel Cook & Serve Set purpose”.

Sturdy yet lightweight, thanks to the stainless steel body, this Cookware Set from WellBerg is an ideal pick for housewives and chefs.

Wellberg’s stainless steel cook & serve set gives you control over your food, allows you to maintain ideal temperatures and gives a classy look to your dining table. A stainless steel cookware is preferred because it is more durable and versatile than any type of aluminum pots and pans. Stainless steel cookware is virtually indestructible and it lasts for long.

Serve almost any type of food and make it look presentable with the Welberg’s quality cookware. You can now avail Wellberg stainless steel cook & serve set only at Rs. 2,699 exclusively on Star CJ by calling the STAR CJ toll free number 1860-500-1860 or by visiting www.starcj.com.

Original Price: 6,200 Price offered by Star CJ: 2,600

Delicatessen – A Blackboard Menu and A Great Selection of Wines

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Bangalore, 24th December 2014: Delicatessen, the new Deli by Madhuloka promises you a world of gastronomic delights as it opens its doors to the public here today. Inaugurated by celebrated molecular gastronomy chef and owner of Fava, Caperberry and Saha Signature Indian Restaurant and Terrace bar in Singapore, Chef Abhijit Saha – Delicatessen, offers you a great fine gourmet experience. 

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Placed atop Star Extra and Tesco in Kundalahalli Gate, Delicatessen welcomes you with warm and inviting interiors, giving you just the perfect getaway from the chaos of the city and everyday life. Whether you are here to close a deal or to catch up with a lost friend, the intricate drawings all around the dining area will definitely be a talking point.

The highlight of Delicatessen is that it is based on the blackboard menu concept and each day will have a selection of specials you may look forward to. No two meals here in quick succession will be the same. You will find some classic deli dishes on the menu – from salads, to sandwiches, burgers and pizzas. What will take you completely by surprise is the gastronomical experience that each dish provides. Detailed attention is paid to flavours, textures and fresh produce. Servings are in thoughtful portions of half and full to ensure that you eat just what and how much you like.

Along with this deli there is a full-fledged wine bar with several international and local wine labels to choose from. Pair your sandwich with a glass of wine. A specialized refrigerator has a collection of brilliant wines, chilled to the right temperature, making it easy to grab a bottle. Grab some of the day’s specials off the menu as well. Good food and good wine always make a great combination.

The opening of this Deli will also see the inaugural of Madhuloka’s second Wine Express.

Speaking on the inauguration, Mr.Lokesh Kaslagere, Founder of Delicatessen by Madhuloka said, “Good food and wine are always a great combination, but why restrict them only to a formal, sit down style restaurant? Delicatessen will bring together both of these elements in a casual atmosphere giving you the chance to sit back at relax on the premises and have some good food and wine. We have ensured that the price points are pocket-friendly across the board.”

For more details please log in to www.madhuloka.com or call 9900088995

Orion Mall Bangalore Plays Host to Tri-City Structural Cake Exhibition Joy of Caking

A 6ft Santa Claus cake on display at the atrium of Orion Mall mesmerized crowds
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Bangalore, 23rd December, 2014: Tis the season to be jolly… and Orion Mall gave Bangaloreans another reason to be jolly this festive season. When visitors stepped into the mall on 23rd December, they were greeted by a life-size caricature Santa Claus cake standing a majestic 6 ft tall and 4 ft wide in the atrium of the mall. Weighing 230kg, this cake is the labor of love of 6 home bakers from the city. This Santa Claus exhibit is one of 3 such displays set up across the three metro cities of Mumbai, Delhi and Bangalore in an event organized by the 32 Degree Studio.

It took six home bakers three days to create the various components of this cake and assemble it here at the Orion Mall. The cake was on display between 11AM and 9PM. The six amazing bakers are:

  1. Dr. ArchanaDiwan of Cup-oh-licious
  2. Debyanjali of Cakes for all Occasions
  3. Lavanya Kotha of Kruthi- Art of Crafting
  4. Nidhi of Chef n Better Half as well as a representative of 32 Degree Studio
  5. Niveditha Mahendran of Cupcaked
  6. Poonam Ankur Srimal of A Pinch of Poom’s Love

The beauty of this cake was heightened by a ceremonial cake cutting. At a later point, slices of the cake were sold to raise funds for orphans in the city.

Speaking on this event, Mr. Sunil Munshi, GM, Orion Mall said, “This is a time when the spirit of happiness and good will is high. What better way to share the joy of the season than with an awe-inspiring cake display, which will later be distributed for a good cause.”

Commenting on the experience, the six home bakers collectively say that the experience was a joyful and the team had loads of fun, learning and sharing their knowledge during the journey of Joy of Caking.

Mr. Rakesh Saini, of 32 Degree Studio said, “This whimsical cake art exhibition was set up with the idea of giving Indian cake artists a platform that will help catapult them to recognition in the international sector.”

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Orion Mall dazzles in Christmas fervor

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Bangalore, December 23, 2014: Christmas is around the corner and Orion Mall at Brigade Gateway is all set to bring in the festive cheer with celebrations that revolve around the real shopping experience for the family. The Orion Mall, part of the Brigade Gateway enclave, has all that makes Christmas so special and unique around festivities – Santa Claus, Elves, Snowman character and Christmas carolers.

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Children can catch Santa between 1 pm to 3pm in the afternoon and 5pm to 9pm in the evening.

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For more details contact Mr. Rahul Malhotra at 07760960494 or log on to www.orionmalls.com

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