Starmark in association with Penguin Books India organized an engaging conversation titled “Indulge your mind…the arts are not a lost cause!” The event saw the presence of ace fashion designer Anamika Khanna, Priyanka Mookerjee, author of Hedon. The event was moderated by Hemchhaya De, Regional Editor (East), Femina.
Speaking at the occasion, Anamika Khanna said “In our country, even today arts is considered a feminine subject. Arts are not given the place it deserves. More stress is laid upon the science and commerce subjects. But that must not be the case. Arts subjects are equally important in day to day life”.
Priyanka Mookerjee who left her corporate job to pursue a career in writing mentioned that writing is not that easy as many people think it to be. “When the book comes out, it is glamorous for the author. But the amount of hard work and amount of editing that the writer does to publish the book is enormous. People think that the writer can write a great sentence in one chance. But the truth is one has to toil for many hours to get the perfect line”.
Anamika Khanna added “When I say, I hardly get some time-many people stare at me. They think that the only thing I do is draw and cut clothes. But they often forget that I have to keep up with the recent fashion trends so that my clothes are at par with the international standards. That take time and a huge amount of effort”.
The conversation with the three ladies was engaging and kept the audiences hooked to their seats till the very end.
The cold winds from the North could not deter the spirit of the people of the city who participated whole heartedly in the Kolkata Marathon organized by the Tata Medical Center. The Red Road area was full of people even at 6 o’ clock in the morning. Dil Diye Douroben is a cause that supports the underprivileged cancer patients at Tata Medical Center. Anamika Khanna, Usha Uthup, Sourav Ganguly and Mir were present at the marathon.
The Kolkata Marathon is the largest in Eastern India and offers the highest prize money for the winners. All the proceeds from the marathon will go towards the treatment of underprivileged child patients at Tata Medical Center. The Marathon has been divided into five categories. Marathon (42.195 km), mini marathon (11km), fun run or walk(4.20 km), corporate run or walk (4.20km) and school run(4,20km).
Mir said “Many people questioned me why the name is Dil Diye Douroben. We generally run with the help of our legs. But the main fact is that it takes your heart to come and support such a cause on a Sunday morning. Your legs are not enough. Hence the name has been given”. The theme song “Dil Diye Douroben” had been written by Srijato and Usha Uthup has lent her voice to the song. Among the people who ran the marathon, there were wheel chair runners, two eighty year old ladies, four children from the spastic school and a group of cyclists also. Sonam Kapoor had pledged her support for the cause. However the actress could not turn up as she had shooting assignments in Bikaner.
The enthusiasm of the people of the city showed from the huge turnout of people on a cold winter morning. This amply proves that the people in the city surely have their hearts in the right place.