Stretch sweat and soothe

first_imgSangeet Natak Akademi is organising a multi-dimensional festival titled Yog Parv on June 21, announced by UN General Assembly as International Yoga Day. The festival highlights the essence, philosophy and virtues of yoga for spiritual uplifting, healing and holistic development that influences all aspects of life — physical, mental and spiritual through partaking and direct public participation in various events.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The festival encompasses over 300 selected works of art, dance and music performances, workshops, and other presentations by 150 plus artistes from across India and overseas.“Yuj — to unite is the root word for yoga. Performing arts is understood in the context of Yoga as Naad yoga, Asanas, Mudras, Pranayam, Bandhas, Kriyas and Dhyana (meditation). In both disciplines the practice combines physical exercise, has meditative and spiritual pursuits that connect humanity.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixYog Parva is a festival to celebrate the International Day of Yoga by presenting performing and visual arts, wellness haat, organic cafe and many other activities to spread the value of Yoga,” says Helen Acharya, secretary, Sangeet Natak Akademi. The exhibition Yoga Chakra – Tradition and Modernity, will highlight an all encompassing philosophy of life sustaining practices across ages, cultures and continents for meditation and stress relief. It will showcase illustrated manuscripts, paintings, photographs, books, interactive installations, digital work, and films.  The other aspects of the festival that is integral to the concept of yoga include dance performances, music concerts, theater, lecture demonstrations, discourses, talks, workshops, meditation sessions, consultations with Yoga experts as well as an interactive arena to experience a host of herbal remedies and organic cuisine from across the country. Other institutions like — National Museum New Delhi, Indira Gandhi National Centre for Art New Delhi, Lalit Kala Akademy New Delhi, Indian Museum Kolkata, Allahabad Museum will be highlighting the importance of this traditional Indian practice that is more than 5000 years old. The best of art works that bring out the essence of the spirit of Yoga will be showcased. “The act of creating art itself is a yogic practice for the artistes and the rasikas reflected in the vast corpus of visual arts. The project focuses on the philosophy and dynamics of Yoga, as a way of life, for an interface between mind, body and soul that continue to engage artists across cultures and eras,” says Sushma K Bahl (curator cultural projects).The exhibition will provide a wholesome experience to visitors giving them an opportunity to feel and understand the concept of Yoga as it is practiced today, encompassing the traditional within the contemporary context of modern lifestyles. The festival will be a celebration for enhancing our lifestyle by providing focus on how to improve our wellness and good health through different aspects of Yoga. So mark your calender and head over!Where: Lalit Kala Akademi, Rabindra BhawanWhen: June 21 -27  Timing: 9 am till 8 pmlast_img read more

Exploring different perspectives towards art

first_imgArt is a language through which the artists express their beliefs, thoughts and emotions. In an attempt to showcase various perspectives towards life, ‘Three Aces’ are going to organise an art exhibition titled ‘Inner Vision 2016,’ where different artists with different ideas, perspectives and style can showcase their work in the national Capital.The exhibition begins on January 4 and will be on till January 8 in 2016. The artists who are participating in this exhibition include Dinesh Kumar, Gaurav Chawla, Kamlesh Tiwari, Kunal Kapoor, Kumud Grover, Lokeshwara Rao, Manju Narain, Meghna Agrawal, Mishika Chawla, Monica Wadhwa, Nira Dabar, Padhmini Meta, Priyadarshi Sharma, PS Mishra, Ruchi Chaddha, Renuka Sondhi, Tara Sharma, Vijay and Vivek Kumar. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Gaurav, who paints mostly in Acrylic medium says, “My chosen visual form of expression, which I call an expression through colour, is universal.”Ruchi Chadha has participated in several group shows across the country and her paintings are held in private collections in India and Abroad. “Nature has always been an inspiration for me. The beauty is limitless. Wherever I look I find a theme or something that inspires me. I love water and the fluidity of colour just takes me to another level. I can’t express my love for nature as it has new facets, so you will find the freshness of nature, the richness of colors, serenity, peace and passion in my work.” Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix“In this series I have tried to bring out human emotion and bonding in various situations of life,” she adds. ‘Three Aces’ is an initiative by Kishore Labar and Gaurav Chawla which brings together the artists and art lovers to a fair and unbiased platform.Striving to engage and push new boundaries within the multidisciplinary parameters and practices of art and design, ‘Three Aces’ is an initiative, which seeks to educate, inspire and lift the creative spirits within.last_img read more

Weighty matters

first_imgA devoted actor can go to any length to get into the skin of the character and look the part. It is not new to see Aamir Khan packing on the pounds to fit into the role of Mahavir Singh Phogat in Dangal, he had transformed into different characters several times before. The shift from his cute looks to the tough eight-pack-abs in Ghajini was quite appealing for his fans. Similarly Shah Rukh Khan developed the famous six-pack-abs for his movie Om Shanti Om. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Hollywood has seen some of the most drastic and shocking changes with Christian Bale being top on the list! His appearance in various movies had been different from his other movies. His outstanding performance in The Machinist not only won him accolades but also gave him a hard time to regain his health back. He had lost 63 pounds to play the titular character of the film and said that he lived on a diet of supplements to keep him alive as he starved and worked out too much to bring himself down to only 122 pounds! Charlize Theron, famous for her performance in The Italian Job had gained 30 pounds and shaved off her eyebrows for Monster and received the Academy Awards for best actress for the same,which is  quite worth it! Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe famous Tom Hanks had also shed 50 pounds for the iconic role in Castaway. Even the production of the film was stopped so that Hanks could diet and grow a terribly long beard to look authentic. And the best part is that Hanks was then rewarded with his fifth Oscar nomination. Tom Hanks had won his first Oscar for the role of an AIDS patient in Philadelphia where he also had to shed about 30 pounds. Black Swan’s Nina played by Natalie Portman was not only a challenging role to portray psychologically but also physically. Portman had to lose 20 pounds to look credible as a ballet dancer in the psychological thriller.  “Losing weight in a very short period of time affects a person’s body in terms of the bone density and the heart gradually. It is not always clear which part of the body or which aspect of health will be affected. Weight loss can be done in a healthy manner which requires minimum three months by cutting down carbohydrates and fat”, said Dr Kavita Khanna, a Delhi based nutritionist.Some other examples of dedicated Hollywood actors include Mila Kunis who also like Natalie Portman lost 20 pounds for her role in ‘Black Swan’.Our very own Bollywood industry is not lagging far behind, it is not just Aamir Khan or Shah Rukh Khan who had experimented with their physique but also actors like Vidya Balan, who had gained 12 kilograms for her film The Dirty Picture, Kareena Kapoor’s size zero figure in Tashan and very recently Randeep Hooda for his upcoming movie Sarbjit.Bhumi Pednekar, who had been a model had gained an excessive amount of weight to star in Dum Laga ke Haisha! as an overweight housewife. Randeep Hooda had lost 18 kilograms in only 28 days under the supervision of a doctor and had grown a heavy beard for his role in Sarbjit, his secret was to survive only on water and coffee by cutting down on his meals.“A sudden change in weight is never a good step for the body, until done under expert guidance it affects  health in the long run and makes one develop weakness,” said Dr Putul Basak. Jared Leto’s drastic weight gain landed him with gout, for which he had been on wheel chair a few times! In most cases the transformations where supervised by dietitians and doctors. Fans who have been swept away by the drastic changes of these actors may note that losing or gaining weight is not an easy process but rather a very planned and meticulously carried out process which requires both supervision and dedication.last_img read more

Cyclonic circulation imminent

first_imgKolkata: The state government has issued an alert asking fishermen not to voyage into the sea from Tuesday as a cyclonic circulation may hit soon.The fishermen who have already set sail have been asked to return wiithin Monday. The Regional Meteorological Centre at Alipore predicted that the coastal districts of Bengal may receive rainfall during the days of Durga Puja as a low pressure trough is likely to form over Bay of Bengal.According to a senior official at the Alipore Met office, a low pressure trough will be created over Bay of Bengal on October 8 that may bring rainfall mainly in the coastal districts from October 10. A strong wind may also sweep through various South Bengal districts.last_img read more

Sue Mue A Cultural Ensemble

first_imgBani Thani  offers eye-catching and contemporary special occasion wear. The term denotes a pretty woman or a bride decked in traditional costumes. Creating a striking balance between traditional and contemporary fashion, ensembles from the Bani Thani collection are of sheer grandeur, ethereal charm and elegance. This season’s, creation at Sue Mue is deeply inspired by royal stories. The brand consciously demystifies regal designs and recreates things from the past into things very modern for the connoisseurs of today. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe collection is a celebration of timeless art brought to form, using highly-skilled traditional Rajasthani craftsmanship. The designs and motifs on the clothes stem from the techniques that have been dear to the heritage of the state. Beautiful ensembles bring together interesting patterns, embroidery and mirror work that is reflective of a pulsating mood. The supreme craftsmanship amalgamates Indian aesthetics in a modern language. Taking centre stage is gota patti, an embroidery that has been delicately sewn with zari, resham French knots and mirror work to create dazzling motifs and patterns.  Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveWhat you witness, therefore, is sheer magic on angrakhas, jackets, peplum blouses, cholis and a fabulous mix of bottoms to go with them. These include parallels, shararas, dhotis, churidar, ghaghras and the like.Over a 100 artisans and embroiders have put in more than 150 days of love and labor in crafting these exquisite ensembles. Regional silhouettes in luxe silks are available in rainbow tones ranging from Lava Red to Rani Pink and from Emerald Green to Imperial Purple. Classic Ivories and Ebony Blacks gloriously make their way into the colour palette. It’s a perfect fusion of rituals and vogue.  With evolving customer needs and market trends, Sue Mue with Roposo as the social media partner, now offers a blend of prêt and bespoke options both in traditional Indian wear, and Indo-Western fusion styles, looked after by the founders Narinder Mohan and Surinder Mohan’s daughter, Mohita Gujral. Her rich experience, combined with the commitment to keeping high standards in design, finish and fine fabrics, has made Sue Mue a celebrated brand known for its subtle style statements, superlative silhouettes and exemplary finishing. Mohita’s daughter Mahima is the third generation of the family to join the brand, and is designing the marketing strategy to take it to even greater heights.last_img read more

Firearms racket busted 3 arrested from Howrah

first_imgKolkata: Police recovered 70 pistols and other apparatus from a house in Gangaram Bairagi Lane in Howrah. Three persons have been arrested.According to the sources, the detective department of Howrah Police got a tip off about a consignment that firearms will be sent to Bihar. Based on the information, the sleuths were keeping a strict vigil in the area. On Tuesday evening, they got a tip off about a house witnessing suspicious movement in Gangaram Bairagi Lane. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeImmediately, a police team raided the house and found three persons working there with lathe machines. During a search operation, police found 40 finished and 30 unfinished pistols and other apparatus related to firearms manufacturing. The trio were arrested. Sources informed that the accused persons are from Munger in Bihar. They were about to send the finished firearms to Munger for polishing and painting. The trio had hired the house a few years ago for the purpose of lathe factory. During day time they used to do normal work. At night they used to manufacture firearms. Police will produce them before Howrah Court on Wednesday with an appeal for their police custody.last_img read more

9 arrested for disrupting screening of The Accidental Prime Minister

first_imgKolkata: Nine Congress workers and supporters were arrested by Karaya police on Saturday for allegedly interrupting the screening of the movie The Accidental Prime Minister at a multiplex near Park Circus on Friday. The other hall where screening of the film was affected was at Ashoka Cinema Hall in Behala.Due to the protests on Friday, the Inox authority has suspended it’s screening at Hind Inox. On Saturday, several cinema halls like Navina, Ashoka, Prachi and Roxy suspended the screening of the controversial film. Also Read – 3 injured, flight, train services hit as rains lash BengalAccording to sources, suspecting unwanted obstruction and protest, authorities of these cinema halls decided not to continue with the screening for an indefinite period. Navin Chokhani, the owner of single-screen Navina Cinema, said: “We’ve stopped the screening of the film from today, the second day after its release, apprehending (any) untoward incident after parts of a screen were torn up in a multiplex in a mall at Park Circus.” A spokesperson of the Ashoka Cinema, said: “We have decided to suspend the matinee show of The Accidental Prime Minister from today in view of the agitations by some group.” Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedYouth Congress supporters led by Suman Pal staged a demonstration outside a movie theatre on Friday afternoon. They raised slogans against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and burnt his effigy. The screening of the first show was in progress when the incident took place. The authorities of Hind Inox suspended the show for the safety and security of the employees. Later at around 8:35 pm, some Congress supporters led by Rakesh Singh entered the Inox located at a multiplex near Park Circus just after the screening of The Accidental Prime Minister started. The supporters allegedly entered the cinema hall and damaged the movie screen. After intervention of the security personnel, they were forced to leave the hall. Later, the screening of the movie continued with the torn screen. Later on the basis of the complaint lodged by the mall authority, Karaya police held a joint raid with the Anti Rowdy Squad (ARS) and Detective Department (DD) and arrested nine Congress supporters who were involved in the Friday’s incident.last_img read more

7 killed 2 injured as bus collides with SUV

first_imgKolkata: Seven persons were killed after a bus and an SUV collided head-on near Mohammad Bazar in Birbhum on Friday evening, while two persons including a child are still undergoing treatment.According to sources, on Friday evening, a bus was coming from Rampurhat towards Suri. At the same time, an SUV carrying nine passengers was moving towards Rampurhat from Suri. Near Kalikapur village in Ganapur forest, the driver of the SUV lost control and collided head-on with the bus. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataHearing the sound of the accident, local residents ran to the spot and found that the passengers of the SUV were badly injured. Mohammad Bazar police station was informed immediately. But before the villagers could act, five persons died on the spot due to the accident. Within a few minutes, police arrived at the spot and rushed the four injured including a child to Suri Superspeciality Hospital, where two persons succumbed to their injuries later. The other two are undergoing treatment but their condition is still critical. After admitting the injured persons, police sent the bodies to the same hospital for autopsy examination. Till Friday night, none of the deceased persons could be identified. It is suspected that the injured and the deceased persons are from the same family. To know their identity, police are trying to locate the vehicle owner through the registration number of the SUV.last_img read more

Quit smoking to offset arthritis risk

first_imgLong-term smoking cessation in women was associated with a lower risk of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) compared to those who had recently quit, a new study has shown. Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic inflammatory disorder affecting many joints, including those in the hands and feet. The study showed that the risk of seropositive RA – when patients have antibodies in their blood that help identify the disease – was reduced by 37 per cent for those who sustained smoking cessation for 30 or more years compared with those who recently quit smoking. “Our study is one of the first to show that a behaviour change of prolonged smoking cessation may actually delay or even prevent the onset of seropositive RA, suggesting lifestyle changes may modify risk for development of a systemic rheumatic disease,” said Jeffrey Sparks from the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in the US. Patients who have seropositive RA tend to have a more severe disease course with more joint deformities, disability, and inflammation outside of the joints. According to the World Health Organisation, rheumatoid arthritis tends to strike during the most productive years of adulthood, between the ages of 20 – 40 and is more common among women.last_img read more

NGMA celebrates International Museum Day

first_imgThe National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi, Ministry of Culture, Government of India celebrated the International Museum Day on May 18, 2019, at NGMA, New Delhi. This year, the focus was on the new roles of the museum as active members of their communities.Adwita Charan Garanyank, Director General, NGMA along with the eminent artist, Arpana Caur and Harshvardhan Sharma also conducted a discussion on the topic ‘Museums as Cultural Hub, the future of traditions’ at the event. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe International Council of Museums (ICOM) established International Museum Day in 1977 to increase public awareness of the role of museums in the development of society, and it has been steadily gaining momentum ever since. Each year for International Museum Day, ICOM selects a theme that is at the heart of the concerns of society. The theme for this year is ‘Museums as Cultural Hubs: The future of tradition’. As the role of museums in society is changing, they keep reinventing themselves in their quest for becoming more interactive, audience-focused, community-oriented, flexible, adaptable and mobile. They have become cultural hubs functioning as platforms where creativity combines with knowledge and where visitors can also co-create, share and interact. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveAs institutions at the heart of society, museums have the power to establish a dialogue between cultures, to build bridges to connect with the world. The National Gallery of Modern Art as a cultural hub is finding new ways to honour its collections, it’s legacy, creating traditions that will have involve the youth. Its mission is to involve and create a cultural relationship with the various communities and to constantly contribute in this direction. National Gallery of Modern Art with all the vibrant programmes and activities, which it organises is a cultural hub in its community, and plans to further project the same role throughout.last_img read more