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October 2015

Blenders Pride Fashion Tour 2015 presents the handcrafted story of Style, at Bengaluru

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Bengaluru, October 30, 2015: Uncovering the inspirations which blend to curate an individual’s style, the 11th edition of Blenders Pride Fashion Tour 2015 commenced in Gurgaon. The tour arrived in the garden city, Bengaluru in its second stop. The evening was crafted to perfection bringing out the finest col.lab.orations of design, music and technology. Every artist exuded brilliance that is core to their Style and success; capturing the audience with sublime experiences which will remain etched in their minds

Decoding his creative journey and story of style, critically acclaimed filmmaker Anurag Kashyap narrated fine experiences which have stayed with him and influenced him to evolve as a filmmaker. Fashion aces Abraham & Thakore and Neeta Lulla presented design stories which were a blend of exquisite detailing and rich legacy, handcrafted to perfection.

These design stories were a col.lab.oration of couture and contemporary consciousness; as eminent designer duo Abraham & Thakore’s collection was inspired by recycling while Neeta Lulla’s collection was a tale of contemporary womanhood. Curating music for the tour, Gaurav Raina strung together the beats to which these design stories were presented. Adding to the resplendence of this experience, Yami Gautam donned the finale design for Neeta Lulla, epitomising elegance that comes with distinguished craftsmanship.

Commenting on the occasion, Mr Raja Banerji, Assistant Vice President, Pernod Ricard India, said, “Blenders Pride Fashion Tour has a legacy of bringing forth different facets of style. This year, the inspiration is ‘Col.lab.oration’ between designers, musicians, celebrated personalities who will showcase their inspirations, co-creations and the journeys of style that have defined their style and taste. Our endeavour is to decode the style elements for audience and showcase the substance that makes for every artist’s excellence.  Delving deeper into the journey of style, the Blenders Pride Reserve Collection evenings have been handcrafted to perfection and exquisiteness”.

On their collection ‘The Sustainability Project’ for Blenders Pride Fashion Tour 2015, Abraham & Thakore said, “Influenced by the environment wellbeing, our collection for Blenders Pride Fashion Tour articulates a vocabulary that is relevant to contemporary life in metropolitan India. The collection explores classic garment shapes and silhouettes which make for a timeless Indian wardrobe, presenting novel facets of Style. We are elated to showcase it on the stage of Blenders Pride Fashion Tour, as it truly epitomises the handpicked elements of Style which remain engraved in the minds of audience.”

Kantha the traditional Indian approach to recycling was deployed to turn cotton and silk fabric remnants into new fabrics making each garment in this collection unique. The fabrics and accents of sequins, laces, borders etc. were recreated from antique brocades and ribbons; and the colour palette varied between white, ivory to charcoal, slate, coffee, coconut and plum, grape, etc.

Designer Neeta Lulla, known for her stunning and awe-inspiring designs, said, “As Blenders Pride Fashion Tour 2015 delves deeper into the elements of style, my collection depicts the tale of contemporary womanhood. It is as unique as a fingerprint to a person; it celebrates individuality, assertiveness of being you, something which is perfectly handcrafted to suit a certain personality, inspired by the androgynous style of today’s woman. The collection is a philosophy that states ‘U the semi-circle that completes the circle of life’. Today women have arrived as major drivers to various aspects of life, which is why I feel that it is an apt platform to showcase this collection where such experiences col.lab.orate to build your style.”

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The collection is a blend of monochromatic colour scheme with androgynous silhouettes worked upon semi-circular contour that have a sensuous epicene style statement and structure. Black and white being the basis of the collection, the depth of a woman’s mind set is brought out by variant of deep colours.

Tuned to the styles and influences of Abraham & Thakore, Gaurav Raina presented an up-tempo vocal electronica with western vocals making the evening enigmatic. Giving an ethnic touch to the rest of the evening, Mame Khan uplifted the environment with his raw and rustic beats which were in sync with Neeta Lulla’s collection.

Expressing his thoughts during the show, Indian filmmaker Anurag Kashyap said, “I have always believed that our strengths and personality evolves with all great experiences we go through in our lives. My experiences of street theatre, interest in international cinema, trying times in career… all of it has contributed to the way I speak, work and carry myself. I am excited to be associated with Blenders Pride Fashion Tour 2015 and looking forward to the journey where col.lab.orations that build Style will be explored at every step!”

Dalit folk singer arrested for ‘sedition’ must be released – AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL INDIA

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The Tamil Nadu government must immediately release Dalit folk singer and activist S Sivadas, popularly known by his stage name Kovan, who was arrested on 30 October over two satirical songs criticizing the state government and chief minister. Kovan faces charges including sedition, provocation with intent to cause a riot and public mischief.

“It is absurd for the Tamil Nadu government to arrest someone essentially for making fun of it. By arresting Kovan for sedition, the state government is sending the message that any criticism of the chief minister and government policies will not be tolerated”, said Abhirr VP, Campaigner at Amnesty International India.

“All Indians should be free to criticize their government. The Tamil Nadu government must respect Kovan’s constitutional right to freedom of expression and drop all charges against him.”

Kovan heads the cultural wing of the Makkal Kalai Ilakkiya Kazhagam, or People’s Art and Literary Association, a 30-year-old group in Tamil Nadu which performs folk songs and street plays on socio-economic issues.

He was arrested over the lyrics of two songs, ‘Moodu Tasmac Moodu’ and and ‘Ooruku oru Sarayam’. The songs, whose videos were uploaded to the internet, call for the Tamil Nadu government to close government-run alcohol shops in the state. A line in one song says that the state chief minister was rejoicing while people were dying from alcoholism.

A Saravanan, a spokesperson of the organization, told Amnesty International India, “The government is harassing and intimidating us so that we stop our work. Kovan was only trying to show how alcohol is destroying the lives of many people in the state. We will challenge the arrest and ensure that our work continues”.

India’s archaic sedition law, which criminalizes any act or attempt “to bring into hatred or contempt, or…excite disaffection towards the government” has been used on several occasions by state governments to harass journalists and activists. The law violates international standards on freedom of expression.

In August, the Maharashtra state government issued a circular which suggested that speech against a government representative would amount to sedition. The circular was withdrawn in October following widespread criticism.

“The sedition law must be urgently repealed. Public officials should have a thicker skin to dissent and criticism, and not keep rushing to lock up their critics,” said Abhirr V P.

Crazy Concepts – Creators of Scary House to Launch Scary Village in Bangalore

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31st October 2015, Bengaluru: After ten years of Scary House, Bengalureans will be experiencing a new concept from the creators of Scary House called ‘Scary Village.’ Scary Village is a group of dark houses with living dead that is set to scare visitors even more than the Scary House. It is the first-of-its-kind concept to be launched in India at Mantri Mall Bengaluru. Scary Village has been designed by Mr T.Srinivas, the creator of the Scary House and other Dark Walkthroughs in the country and he is a veteran of Animatronics in India since 1997. On the occasion of the Halloween Day, Scary House has announced the launch of the new property ‘Scary Village’ around Diwali time.

Scary Village is spread over 4000 sq.ft and features advanced illusions, sound-effects, lighting, village setting, spooky roads, living dead, horror well, haunted banyan trees, row of dark village houses with ghosts among other scary elements. All these features are being set up to take new visitors and existing patrons to a new-level of ‘fun-with-fear’ experience that is breath-taking and mesmerising.

After years of research and experiments in animatronic entertainment concepts, the first Scary House in India was launched in the year 2004 at Prasads Multiplex (IMAX) in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh. Today there are 27 such Scary Houses across India. For nearly two decades Mr. T Srinivas-led Crazy Concepts has been scaring people across India and has gained popularity among individuals of all age groups. Bengaluru already has two of the Scary Houses located at Garuda Mall and Mantri Mall respectively. Scary Village will be the third outlet to be opened in the city.

Natya Parampara Utsav enthralled audience on Kuchipudi & Bhartanatyam dance in the City

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Kuchipudi Parampara Foundation, a Non-profit trust dedicated for promotion of arts  organized their second edition of Natya Parmpara Utsav – 2015 at Seva Sadan Auditorium in the City, featuring eminent artists of kuchipudi and Bharatanatyam dance forms.

The festival was inaugurated by Sri H. N Suresh, Director Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Revered Guru’s Lalitha Srinivasan, Lakshmi Mani, Vempati Ravishankar ,the event began with Lighting of the lamp and performance of upcoming artist Himansee Katragadha from Warangal , she performed an beautiful item swagatam krishna on traits of krishna and Devi Stuti with elan and is going to be the next star in the horizon , the performance was followed by introduction of living legend of Kuchipudi Vedantham Radheshyam through an visual media who hails from Kuchipudi village and recent central Sangeeth Natak Akademy awardee was honoured .  The event continued with next Kuchipudi performance by Priyanka Vempati wife of Guru Vempati Ravishankar who enthralled the audience with compositions of Swathi Thirunal and Annamacharya, the visual beauty of Kuchipudi was well presented by Priyanka.  Bharatanatyam exponent P Praveen Kumar was honoured on this occasion followed by his solo presentation with krishnanjali on the story of Lord Vishnu various forms. The next item was an Javali on an Nayaka The hero in this piece is a Drushta Nayaka or one who out warding accepts his follies but deep within is not in any state of remorse was done with intense abhinaya that rasikas were spellbound., The finale was an Kuchipudi Duet by Deepa Sashindran and Rekha Satish, they presented a traditional repertoire Tharangam taken from krishna leela tharangini, Krishnam kalaya sakhi sundaram describing various traits of krishna from his childhood enthralled the audience by dancing on the brass plate with intricate jathi patterns and they concluded the fest with an annamacharya composition Vande vasudevam the melodious music and dance was a fitting finale for the festival.

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Nandana a Kuchipudi dancer in the city who witnessed the show said “I enjoyed all performances;. Kuchipudi guru Sri Vempati Ravi’s sparkling choreography found a fitting performers. Never compromising on speed or grace, they brought the full force of Kuchipudi ‘s quicksilver movements.

Rituparna who came to watch the show exclaimed “it was an rare event to see exclusive Kuchipudi and Bharatanatyam performances of stalwarts happening in the city and I went back home content with joy seeing amazing solo performances,  duet it was treat and I realised that dancers of other dance forms do get to learn the nuances from other styles by witnessing such dance festival which was organised in a highly professional manner”

The Natya Parampara Utsav 2015 is a realisation of Deepa Sashindran & Rekha Satish Founders of Kuchipudi Parampara foundation.

Speaking about the event, Deepa Sashindran said, “The event is an ode to dance form in this second edition, my aim is to make this an unforgettable event and a magical evening with the wonderful line up of eminent artists who have carved a niche for themselves in the wonderful world of dance. There will be performances of different dance forms in subsequent editions too.”

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Dazzle in Forevermark Diamonds this festive season

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Forevermark – the diamond brand that comes with a promise of beauty, rarity and responsible sourcing presents a collection of diamonds that represent timeless elegance for the festive season.Inspired by the beauty of a traditional Indian diya, the collection is an ode to all things luminescent and joyous.  In a range of gorgeous glittering designs, Forevermark’s alluring collection will leave you spoilt for choice.

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With Diwali right around the corner,pair your gorgeous outfits with enigmatic statement jewels.Regal necklaces, statementbracelets and elegant earrings in whiteand rosegold will ensure you light up any evening. Team up your flowy Anarkali with stunning earrings, or a grand choker with your chiffon sari –Forevermark offers something for every woman.

The brand prides itself on sheer excellence – less than one percent of the world’s diamonds are eligible to become a Forevermark diamond, indulging you in fine quality and design.“The Forevermark festive collection is a combination of elegant and strikingclusters of classic round diamonds that celebrate the essence of Indian festivities. Look for diamond stud earrings, or diamond cluster motifs on bangles, chokers and rings. Set in rose gold, these jewels  will give you an enchanting look at the most magical time of the year.”as stated by Sachin Jain, Forevermark.On this auspicious occasion, gift yourself or your loved ones an everlasting symbol of joy.

The collection is available at Authorised Forevermark Jewelers in India

Mumbai :                                               Chennai :                                               Bangalore :

TBZ Jewellers                                        GRT                                                        Joy Alukkas,

OM Jewellers                                         Joy Alukkas,                                          Neelkanth

                                               NAC                                                       AVR Swarnamahal

                                               Prince

or visit http://www.forevermark.com.

Orion Shopping Festival 2015

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This festival season begins in a grand style at Orion Mall at Brigade Gateway; South India’s Best shopping and leisure destination. The mall exudes festive gaiety as it gets set to welcome customers for a superlative shopping experience with the month-long Orion Shopping Festival that begins from 15th October till 15th November 2015. During this mega festival, it’s going to be raining gifts and shoppers stand to win hourly, daily, weekly and the bumper prize.

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Speaking about the Orion Shopping Festival, Mr. Vishal Mirchandani, CEO- Retail & Commercial, Brigade Enterprises Ltd. says, “This is the fourth edition of the Orion Shopping Festival. People from across the city look forward and participate in it. We have raised the benchmark even higher with amazing prizes and Innovating lighting concepts that the city will witness for the first time. We expect more than 1.5 million footfalls during the Orion Shopping Festival this year”

Diwali season is synonymous with the year’s best shopping deals and promotions. Patrons of Orion mall will vouch for the fact that it’s the place in the city for shopping. During the Orion Shopping Festival, on purchase of Rs. 4,000 and above, customers get to participate in the hourly, daily and weekly draws. The hourly winner gets Gift vouchers, Daily winner gets Gionee smartphones, and the Weekly winners get a TVS Apache bike. The winner of the bumper prize gets to drive home a Chevrolet Cruze.

A very detailed and extensive effort was taken to ensure that the entire mall is lit with grand and exquisite lighting elements that complement the existing infrastructure at the mall. The festive decor can be seen throughout the mall. The stunningly beautiful décor, especially the lighting, creates a truly memorable festive ambience this season and complements the existing infrastructure, says Mr. Mirchandani, about the décor that lights up the entire mall and the lakeside.

Orion Mall is South India’s finest Lifestyle Destination. With over 160 International and Indian brands to boast of, it is the perfect place for indulgence with friends and family. Orion Mall offers an unparalleled retail mix combined with world-class dining, entertainment and leisure attractions.

Joyalukkas opens 3rd showroom at Bengaluru at Malleshwaram

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Bengaluru ,29th Oct. 2015: Joyalukkas, the world’s favourite jeweller, continues its massive expansion drive with the opening of five brand new showrooms in choice locations across India in the last week of October. The back-to-back inaugurations were in keeping with Joyalukkas Chairman and MD, Mr. Joy Alukkas’ objective to make the brand more accessible to all jewellery lovers.  The opening of the new showrooms, just before the historically frenzied gold and jewellery buying months of November and December, is a move that was welcomed by loyal customers.The showroom at Malleshwaram was inaugurated by Mr.Dinesh Gundu Rao, Cabinet Minister, Government of Karnataka.

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Mr. Joy Alukkas says, “We are very pleased that our goals to expand rapidly across India and the GCC are coming to fruition according to schedule. It is our 3rd showroom in Bengaluru , proving that there is quite a demand for the unique Joyalukkas experience. I personally thank each and every customer for the support and encouragement offered to us in the last 28 years.”

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The showrooms feature the brand’s signature bright and spacious interiors, showcasing the jewellery collections world-class craftsmanship, as well as the high quality of service Joyalukkas is known for in all its locations.

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