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Smaran 2016 Organized In Memory of Kathak Queen Sitara Devi On Her Second Death Anniversary

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Kalindi Darpan Socio-Cultural Organization recently organized Smaran 2016 on the fond memories of the Kathak Queen Sitara Devi on her 2nd death anniversary.

Not many of us know that Sitara Devi had a very close connection with Bengal. She was born and brought up in Kolkata. She was very fluent in Bengali and fond of makeup. At a very tender age she got a chance to perform in front of Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore in Shantiniketan. She joined film industry, earned adequate stardom but left it. She made her film debut with Usha Haran in 1940 and went on appear in films like Roti, Anjali, Mother India and so on. She performed at the Royal Albert Hall, got the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award, Padma Shree, Kalidas Samman but she refused to take Padma Bhusan.

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The ace dancer Alokananda Roy was felicitated by the name of Sitara Devi as Chief Guest with two other special exponents as special guests namely Chitra Bishwanathan from Mumbai and Saraswati Rajathesh from Bangalore.

Smaran 2016 featured the performances of exponents from Delhi- Amit Khinchi (disciple of Pt. Rajendra Gangani) and Subhi Johri (student of Pt. Jay Kishan Maharaj). The main performances were offered by the grandsons of Sitara Devi namely Vishal Krishna (Kathak exponent) and Kushal Krishna (Tabla exponent) from Benaras. There were many other performers from Kolkata like Anasua Majumdar, Gargi Mukherjee, Rudrani Konar with their exciting presentation.

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Six Delhi Based Designers Showcase Designs at The Hangar, Kolkata

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Six prominent Delhi-based fashion and product designers for the first time have come together in Kolkata. The Hangar, a ground breaking contemporary lifestyle space will be showcasing the labels Namrata Joshipura, Pankaj & Nidhi, Payal Pratap, Play Clan, Rajesh Pratap Singh and Tulsi by Neeru Kumar.

Located in Alipore, The Hangar has been converted into a lifestyle destination from former port trust sheds. The designers already had a strong presence in Kolkata, and felt that now was the time to establish a permanent address given the importance of the Kolkata market.

Tulsi by Neeru Kumar’s collection plays with texture and a range of colors. Perfectly tailored and artfully constructed garments for day wear and evening wear with trendy embroideries and unique textures on rich natural fabrics is the master flavor of Tulsi.

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Designer Namrata Joshipura’s collection fuses contemporary silhouettes with modern interpretations. The latest Fall’16 collection at The Hangar comprises of dresses, gowns, tops and tunics.

Pankaj & Nidhi’s space carries the duo’s Military inspired- Autumn Winter 2016 collection and also the Savannah Song collection complete with pastels and light dresses. They also has signature festive style fit for the upcoming season.

The collection from designer Rajesh Pratap Singh is for both the sexes. The designer’s collection has the perfect experimentation with Ikkat weaves, handloom indigos, chanderi and exclusive Benaras weaves.

Designer Payal Pratap designs are for the modern women who are ready to experiment as well as appreciate and understand craft and design. The collection consists of signature cross stitch detailing and digital embroideries.

With such eminent designers showcasing their creations, it is indeed a gala time for the fashion conscious individuals to get great outfits this party season!!

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Gastropub Christmas Menu at Monkey Bar; Treat For Food Lovers This Festive Season

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The Gastropub Christmas Menu at Monkey Bar (Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore and Kolkata) will be available on December 24 and 25, 2016. Gastropub Christmas Menu consists of small plates, large plates, desserts and cocktails available on both the days. The option of ala carte or a three course meal priced at Rs. 650++ for vegetarian and Rs. 750++ for the non vegetarian is also on offer.

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The signature small plates include Prawn cocktail tartlets, Pigs in a Blanket, Chicken Liver Pate and more. The British pub-grub large plates include-Shepherd’s Pie, Roast Chicken with rosemary potatoes and gravy, Lamb Hot Pot, Fish and Chips with handmade chips and mushy peas and Curried Vegetable Pot Pie. Bread and Butter Pudding, decadent MoBar Trifle and Xmas Tree Macarons is available for desserts.

A selection of flavoured Gin and Tonics including Cucumber and Mint, Elderflower and Bloody Mary will be available for the people.

Monkey Bar is open from Tuesday to Friday from 4 pm to 1 am and on weekends from 12:00 noon to 1:00 am.

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Upcoming Bollywood Film Raees Trailer Launch; Shahrukh Khan Interacted Live With Audience via UFO’s Curtain Raiser

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The digital era saw yet another path breaking initiative by UFO Moviez. The world’s first-ever big screen trailer launch of movie ‘Raees’ mesmerized audiences in 10 theatres across Mumbai, Delhi, Indore, Ahmedabad, Kolkata, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Surat and Moga. UFO Moviez’s latest initiative ‘Curtain Raiser’ enabled King Khan to launch the much-awaited Raees trailer simultaneously in the theatres and gave him an opportunity to interact live with audience on Big Screen. The platform –‘Curtain Raiser’, introduced by UFO Moviez, empowers a brand to interact live with audiences across their network of over 5000 screens.

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The Baadshah of Bollywood, Shahrukh Khan, stationed at UFO Moviez’s central studio, interacted with the audiences for an hour, with fans fervently asking for more. The audience sitting in theatres in the selected 10 cities could see and interact with the actor himself. The staggering enormity of the initiative truly came across when viewers at one location could hear those at another, while they interacted with Mr Khan.

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With this phenomenal event, UFO Moviez has ignited a spark that will provoke a revolution in the digital wave of Indian cinema. The name of the theatres participated for the interactive session are Mumbai – Gold Cinemas (Milan Mall), Moga (Punjab) – Neelam Nova Cinemaz, Jaipur – Golcha Cinema (Nile), Kolkata – Menoka Cinema, Delhi – Delite Theatre, Indore – Madhu Milan Cinema, Hyderabad- Venkatramana Megaplex Ahmedabad – City Gold Ashram Road, Bengaluru – Q Cinemas and Surat – DR World (INOX).

To promote the trailer launch, a short teaser was shot wherein King Khan himself invited people to the theatres to be part of this first of its kind of trailer launch.

A great way to launch the trailer indeed!!

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Anu Malik, Farah Khan and Sonu Nigam to Return as Judges of Indian Idol Season 9


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Indian Idol season 9 was announced at a press conference held recently at a hotel in Kolkata. Present at the meet was Anu Malik, Farah Khan. Sonu Nigam was unwell and hence could not attend the conference. The show which began in 2004 with Anu Malik, Farah Khan and Sonu Nigam will again see the trio back in the judges’ seat.

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Speaking at the event, Anu Malik said “The show has been responsible for bringing forth many talented singers. Monali Thakur who could not make it far in Indian Idol season 2 caught my eyes during the piano round. And look now how she has gone on to become such a popular singer. Not only the participants but the judges also receive great amount of love from the people. When I got down at the airport, people asked me who will be the judges this time. When they heard about the three of us, they said that they were looking forward to the show. This is what is so special about the show”.

Farah Khan who joked about herself for judging the maximum reality shows on small screen said “Indian Idol will always remain. It was one of the earliest reality shows. Now many shows have come up but this has an important place in people’s hearts”.

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Auditions will begin from Kolkata and then will continue to Delhi and Mumbai. Get ready for another dose of great singing and loads of entertainment on the small screen again!!

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