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Friday, November 22, 2013

An exhibition for Indian artisans

The fifth annual PotliArts exhibition and sale will feature art, such as folk and tribal paintings, hand woven saris, dupattas and stoles, furnishings, tribal jewellery, masks, bags and artifacts, made by talented Indian artisans. PotliArts is a self-funded venture dedicated to providing a platform, voice and opportunity to talented rural folk. PotliArts sources, curates and researches the best in Indian tribal and folk art and craft by combing the villages of India and spotting the many talented award-winning artisans. Founder of PotliArts, Ritu Chandwani says, “We source, curate and revive original traditional pieces that have contemporary appeal.”
When Up to November 24, from 10.30 am to 7pm
Where Coomaraswamy Hall, Former Prince Of Wales Museum, Kalaghoda
Contact [email protected]

Photo exhibition by Lana Slezic
Award-winning Canadian photographer, Lana Slezic is exhibiting her collection of photographs on the daily lives of Afghan girls and women. Titled Forsaken, the exhibition is a collection of photographs that document Lana’s journey over the two-year period during which she lived and worked in Afghanistan. Speaking about her exhibition, Lana says, “This body of work represents a very emotional journey that has allowed me to learn about Afghan women’s lives in an intimate setting. At the worst of times, the stories are horrific and at the best they are consistent. It is my hope that the collection of photographs will communicate, influence and inspire others to learn more about the plight of Afghan women.”
When Up to November 30
Where Cymroza Art Gallery, Bhulabhai Desai Road Contact 23671983

Pop up store at Kala Ghoda featuring Shivan & Narresh, Anjali Mody and Aishwarya Nair
Kala Ghoda’s first cross disciplinary event gallery will be holding a pop up store of luxury swimwear and resort wear by Shivan & Narresh and bespoke furniture by Anjali Mody of Josmo Studio. This pop up store will also showcase organic desserts and treats from AMAi by Aishwarya Nair. AMAi, a healthy desserts and treats brand, offers gluten free pastries with zero processed sugar. “I cannot be more excited to make House Of Tales a venue for the current trendsetters of design and fashion. The evening will showcase design in furniture and fashion, ranging from the quirky, functional and elegant furniture of Anjali Mody’s Josmo Studio, Shivan & Narresh’s stylish and trendy bikini sari to Aishwarya Nair’s unique macrobiotic pastry line, AMAi. Customers will not only get a chance to experience the unique collections that are on display, but will also have the chance to interact with the brains behind these exclusive brands,” says Neha Sheth, owner of House Of Tales.
When Today
Where House Of Tales, 21 Dr. VB Gandhi Marg, Kala Ghoda, Fort

The Collection – premium products for the discerning customer
The Collection combines 11 designers and one NGO who will showcase their products as a collective. Designers such as Mandalay, Bitter Lemon, Broiderie, Irony, Kokommo, Shawlart, Toon Towels, Libellule, Yasmin D., Passages, Schott Zwiesel and Paprika will showcase their products for the upcoming festive season. Expect to come across exquisite jewellery, furniture, footwear, handbags, evening wear, children’s festive wear and even stationery at this eclectic exhibition. Passages, an NGO that helps women through the different journeys of their lives and also helps women with breast cancer, will retail goods at The Collective. “The Collection brings together 11 designers and one NGO for a delightful shopping experience,” says Binaifer Havaldar Antia, co-owner of Mandalay.
When November 22 and 23
Where Bajaj Bhavan, Opposite Inox Cinema, Nariman Point

A website for your travels

Do you love travelling to new places? Or do you feel like helping other tourists explore your city? Well, for both the situations, a newly launched website called Localistas will come in handy. It is a platform meant for those locals who would like to showcase their cities or culture to travellers, share travel ideas and unique tours, start their own travel or local guiding business and make a living doing something they love. The site already boasts of 1,000 members. Telling us about the website, spokesperson Gaurav Savi says,“Localistas.in is a social platform that allows travellers to share their feedback and comments on their localista experience. We encourage travellers to initiate contact with more than one localista at their destination city while planning their trip. This will also help build familiarity between the traveller and localistas, helping them to select their ideal localista based on the rapport and comfort level. This will also help them choose from several unique tours which these localistas have to offer and in getting the best bargain that’s possible.”
Where www.localistas.in

Heel & Buckle is now online
Multi-brand concept footwear label, Heel & Buckle has launched its e-commerce store, www.heelandbuckle.com. You can now shop online for footwear and accessories from brands such as Rad Russel, Alessandro and Magnanni for men and Paco Gil and Pazzion for women. They have a free return policy and even offer a full refund if you are unhappy with the product. “We’re creating a distinctive and accessible online shopping experience for our customers by offering an unbelievable product assortment in exceptional colours, sizes and styles,” says Dhiraj Bhatija, joint managing director of Naaysa Lifestyle. They also have on offer a home service where, they offer to put together a range of shoes according to the style and size of your choice and have them delivered to your doorstep with a sales specialist who will help you make the right choice.
Where www.heelandbuckle.com

Simple Superstar premieres at Artisan
Simple Superstar is the story of India’s first ever YouTube star, Wilbur Sargunaraj. Wilbur is an ordinary man from India, who dreams of succeeding as a famous musician. The movie is about his dreams and the barriers of day-to-day life that force him to consider giving up on his dream. Simple Superstar has been shown at the Calgary Film Festival, Toronto South Asian Filmi Film Festival and the South Asian Film Festival in San Francisco. The feature film is now coming to Mumbai for its Asian premier at Artisans’ Centre. Adrien Roche, producer of Overdose Productions in Kolkata, says, “I am confident that Simple Superstar will be a landmark film for a new genre that hasn’t been explored at all in India.”
When November 30, 7pm Where Artisans’ Centre, 52-56, Dr. VB Gandhi Marg, Kala Ghoda Contact 22673040/9820145397

Walk for Peace
Celebrity designer Rajat Tangri will dress up celebrities such as Mohit Chauhan, Kunal Ganjawala, Anu Malik, Sunil Gavaskar, Hiten Tejwani, Siddharth Shukla, Karan Kundra and Vipul Shah, from the field of Bollywood, television and sports, for a charity show called Walk for Peace. This show is initiated by Kia Scherr of One Life Alliance and Welingkar School, in the memory of the 26/11 terror attack. Their mission is to counter-balance terrorism with love and compassion as a way to increase the peace index in the world. The theme of the show is Undying Spirit of Mumbai and the collection also pays tribute to Mumbai’s never-say-die attitude. Rajat says, “I’m honoured to be associated with Walk for Peace. It is a great opportunity for me to be associated for this worthy cause.”
When November 23, from 8pm onwards
Where Welingkar School, Matunga

Revivalist by Ritu Kumar

For the last four decades, Ritu Kumar has pioneered the revival of the finest textile techniques that our country boasts of. Now, she’s introduced a series of signature collections under the label Revivalist. The first in the series is the Kutch Collection, which is based on Jat embroidery. Telling us more about it, Ritu says, “The collection is based on an embroidery known in the region as ‘Jat’ which is practised traditionally by the Garasia Jats, a pastoralist nomadic community. Jat embroideries are ethnic in style and are done by the Garasia women. The stitches are made in geometric patterns, following the weave of the cloth and are a very fine configuration, in cross-stitches, embellished with minute mirrors. Yokes of these have been created to form various styles giving the pieces a unique blend of continuous cultural techniques.The collection starts from Rs 22,500 onwards.
Where All Ritu Kumar stores

Malaysian Food Festival at Skky

Bar and restrolounge, Skky at Ramada, Powai Hotel & Conventional Centre, is hosting a Malaysian Food Festival this weekend. A spokesperson says,“Try Malaysian dishes such as Ipoh Sar Ho Fan, Sup Ayam ala Mamak, Otak Otak and authentic Malaysian rice and noodles such as Nasi Lemak and Char Que Teo.”
When Up to this Sunday
Where Skky, Ramada, Powai Hotel & Conventional Centre, Saki Vihar Road, Powai
Contact 67776000

Explore the Unexplored at Dadra and Nagar Haveli

Explore Dadra and Nagar Haveli with a package offered by Privilege Hospitality Events Private Limited. An exciting opportunity for nature and adventure lovers, you can learn to make a Warli painting, take cultural dance sessions, take boating trips in shikaras and visit the magical island of Sildongri; all while you stay in quaint cottages facing the Dudhni lake.“Explore the unexplored as Privilege Hospitality Events organises a journey to this less-travelled destination with a blend of rich experiences, adventure, entertainment and luxury. The entire itinerary is geared towards a more personalised experience and active tour participation, which is complemented by discreet settings, making travel an unforgettable experience,” says Shankar Aiyar, managing director of Privilege Hospitality Events Private Limited.
When November 30 and December 1 (Last date of registration is November 27)
Where Dadra and Nagar Haveli
Contact 9821067323/ 9768232501

Honeymoon at Ranbanka Palace
Ranbanka Palace in Jodhpur, Rajasthan, has an exciting honeymoon package on offer. Take a village safari and explore the forts, havelis and colourful crafts of Rajasthan. Spoil yourself silly with their traditional music recitals with Langa singers and santoor musicians, signature spa therapies, romantic dinners at the many private terraces and Jodhana in-room shopping. Sandeep Arora, general manager of Ranbanka Palace, says, “Jodhpur has a number of heritage hotels but Ranbanka Palace has a unique USP, which is its royal background. Ranbanka Palace is uniquely placed to showcase not just the heritage of the hotel, but the royal service that continues to be a part of the Ranbanka Palace legacy.” The cost of the package is Rs 14,999 for the Deluxe Room and Rs 16,999 for the Club Room, per couple, exclusive of taxes.
When Up to December 20
Where Jodhpur
Contact Kuldeep S Rathore, reservation executive: 02912512800

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