India Haat , an exhibition cum sale of jewelry, artifacts, home décor and the very best of Lakme Fashion week designers like Megha Garg, Neha Goel, Pranay Baidya, was inaugurated formally by eminent Tollywood actress Payel Sarkar, Shamlu Dudeja and the members of the Bengali band, Cactus. India Haat is an effort made by the Rotary Club of Calcutta where the club raises funds to save many innocent lives. The proceeds go to the heart surgeries for little children suffering from Congenital Heart Disease. With the help of this initiative, the members of the club hope to bring in light in the lives of the children.
In a smart black dress and nude colored pumps, the actress Payel Sarkar looked gorgeous. Her red lips further accentuated the sexy glam look. “This is the second Rotary Club organized event that I am attending. The first event was Sotongsiddha. It always feels great to be part of such initiatives. It gives you a good feeling” said the actress. Jewelry and home décor are the few things in the exhibition which the actress really seemed to be interested in. The actress is busy shooting for some films and also reading some scripts. However she declined to mention the names at such an early stage.
Cactus band members who have recently released their album Bla Bla Bla, entertained the audience with their rendition of the song “Bhalo theko”. Speaking on the occasion Siddhartha (Sidhu) said “We are honored to be a part of this noble initiative and we hope that the exhibition is a grand success. Exhibitions of this type must be held frequently so as to help the people in need”.
Shamlu Dudeja’s SHE foundation, a NGO which works for the revival of the Katha Stitch art in Bengal also had a stall in the exhibition. Kantha stitch saris ranging from fourteen thousand to eighteen thousand rupees are available at this stall. The exquisite designs on the saris are very attractive.
The stalls in this exhibition have been designed in a simple yet artistic manner. India Haat promises to be a great shopping experience for the people in the city prior to the festival of Diwali.
Report By: Priyanka Dutta