Filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar says he understands women better than others
EVERY year, a sizzling, sensuously shot and composed calendar warms up to the New Year. It’s a sought after product running an entire industry, churning out supermodels with each annual issue. There is one winner, but what happens to the rest of the girls? Calendar Girls is about following the journey of five such girls post their modeling stint for a high profile calendar,” said National Award-winning filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar.
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Worth a Look: Classical Indian dance, salsa festival and more
This week, check out classical Indian dance troupe Nrityagram Dance Ensemble at Stanford's Bing Concert Hall, catch sizzling music and fresh food at the Redwood City Salsa Festival and enjoy the start of autumn at Filoli. In the south of India, 30 kilometers from the beautiful garden city of Bangalore, lies the dance village of Nrityagram. There, dancers come to devote themselves to the full-time study of classical Indian dance forms. This Saturday, Sept. 26, the internationally renowned Nrityagram Dance Ensemble comes to Stanford's Bing Concert Hall, 327 Lasuen St. The ensemble will present "Samyoga," a word that in Sanskrit means the joining of two heavenly bodies. "Samyoga" will be performed in the ancient and theatrical dance style of Odissi, one of the oldest surviving dance traditions of India, an art characterized by sinuous motion and powerful emotional expression.
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Vir Das, the designer, talks about style sensibilities and having an ‘anti-fashion’ show
Comdeienne Aditi Mittal channelled a gangsta rapper and pouted all the way through, and even twerked with actor Ashwin Mushran. Actor Taapsee Pannu donned a T-shirt printed with “Yoda ho gaya hai kya tu”, with a lightsaber to boot. With live rap and hip-hop music setting the mood, Vir Das’ show at Lakme Fashion Week (LFW) began when two models, with strategically placed cardboard boxes, made an entry. The boxes were removed to reveal a matching pair of red boxers. Kunaal Roy Kapoor, clad in a red T-shirt printed with “To eat or not to eat never a question”, followed, looking confusedly at the female model who walked alongside. Actors Ali Fazal and Deeksha Seth performed a comical street dance as they took to the ramp.
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India an emerging, interesting market: Topshop's global design director Jacqui Markham
MUMBAI: From high-end brands to high street ones, India is emerging as a profitable market for international fashion labels. Exploring this "emerging and interesting market", now comes British fashion brand Topshop, whose global design director Jacqui Markham is smitten with the country's rich diversity. "India has a rich history, textiles, handicrafts and handwork...everything is so rich. The colours and techniques are so rich. As a designer, I'm amazed with the aura and feel that 'Oh my god, this is such a rich soil!'" Markham told IANS in an interview here.
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Grandchildren win India royal Gayatri Devi's riches
The grandchildren of one of the last queens of India have won a long legal battle to inherit her properties. Gayatri Devi, once described as one of the most beautiful women in the world, died in July 2009 at the age of 90. The fashion icon and former MP was the third wife of the maharajah of Jaipur, in northern India. Her stepchildren had challenged her will in court, arguing that she had been "misguided" by her grandchildren in the later stages of her life. Her death sparked a court battle over her fortune - including palaces that now operate as luxury hotels - which the local media estimated at between $200m (£130m) and $400m. Gayatri Devi's death triggered a showdown between her grandchildren, Devraj Singh and Lalitya Kumari, and other descendents of the former maharajah.
According to her will, her two grandchildren would be the sole inheritors of her properties.
But her step children argued that she made the will when she was elderly, frail and unable to talk properly, and that they should have a share of the estate.
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