Of crop tops and ruffles

first_imgCrop tops, ruffled dresses and kimonos – the retro styles are back as holiday wear and designers declare them ‘must haves’ for trendy women keen to look ‘feminine’ and ‘sensuous’ while unwinding themselves.What should be packed for a holiday? Although jumpsuits and kaftans are all-time favourites, dig into your mommy’s aunty’s or even your granny’s wardrobe to put your fashionable foot forward this holiday season.Styles popular between the 1960s and 1980s have made a comeback to the holiday wardrobe, says Mumbai-based designer Aniket Satam. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’‘Rewind and replay the 1980s pinup drama by sporting midriff-revealing crop tops and bralets,’ he said. ‘The best way to wear them is by teaming them with high-waisted skirts revealing a little bit of your skin,’ Satam said.With retro fashion influencing summer dressing, ‘a lot more swinging patterns like smocks, sheaths and pinafore shifts are trending,’ he said. ‘Team them with stockings and stack on some plastic accessories to complete the look,’ Satam added. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixHolidays mean comfort and the wardrobe should complement the mood. So pack flared long dresses, well-fitted shorts teamed with loose crop tops as they combine comfort with style. One can never go wrong with them, said designer Astha Narang.If being different is your motto, try kimonos, a popular style of the 1980s, with stripes and Mediterranean motifs. ‘Kimono dresses with stripes and motifs are a good option. They give a very summerish feel and the motifs make the mood and your look very light and summerish, which is perfect for a holiday,’ Narang said. Designer Amit GT agreed, terming kimonos a ‘good option’. Giving more options, he added: ‘Also, jumpsuits, sun dresses, shorts and scarves work well. Go for floral trousers in wide-legged or cropped silhouettes.’‘Boxy silhouettes in lightweight fabrics and bright colours are in vogue this season. Kaftans in bright colours and prints teamed up with trousers or jeans look the best as holiday wear. It’s comfortable and chic,’ Amit said.Remember ruffled dresses associated with Boho-chic movement of the 1970s? They are making a huge comeback in the holiday wardrobe this season. ‘The feminine detail has made a major comeback this season in the form of huge curvy structural element instead of delicate decorated details. Internationally, the trend has been incorporated in the form of rustling skirts and uneven hems,’ said Satam.No look is complete without the right accessories. Remember cat-eye sunglasses famously worn by Hollywood diva Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly in the 1960s? They are back in vogue in various colours and patterns this season, Amit said. ‘Large chunky jewellery looks good as holiday wear,’ he added. Funky neckpieces help converting a casual look into stylish one; so pick your accessories accordingly.Footwear is important too. Amit informed that wedges, espadrilles, deck shoes and, importantly, running shoes are very important for the holidays. ‘Don’t go for your regular slippers as colourful options are available in the market,’ he added.While holidaying, if you feel like dressing formally, carry old long cholis and team them up with sleek trousers for a classy evening look. Just remember: The best part is that no one will be there to judge you, so you can wear anything comfortable as you can never go wrong.last_img read more

2 straying elephants carry out rampage in Durgapur none hurt

first_imgKolkata: Two elephants strayed into Durgapur from Dalma forest and went on a rampage at the Coke Oven police station area on Wednesday morning.This had triggered tension among the locals. The two wild tuskers entered the Karongopara area. They also entered the New Town ship area after passing through Liluahbadh Bustee area. After being chased by the forest personnel, the two tuskers took refuge in the Bidhannagar area.There was, however, no report of any injury in the incident. People went berserk after they spotted the wild animal gazing on the road. Some took out their mobile phones and captured photographs of the two. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsAccording to a forest department official, one tusker went towards the Shibpur forest in Kanksa while the other was roaming freely inside the township giving hard time to forest department. The other one entered the FCI colony and carried out some damages.The tusker was finally tranquilised by the Forest Department officials. It took around nearly eight hours for the forest department to tranquilise the animal and later it was lifted on a truck with the help of two cranes. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedForest official had to administer three tranquilisers. It was a difficult time for the police to manage a large number of people gathered there to have glimpses of the wild tuskers. It would be set free at Jhilmili jingle.A senior forest department official in the district said the two elephants entered Durgapur from Bankura by crossing Damodar River. The two elephants were separated from the herd. The forest department had restricted the movement of the elephants further into the city.In a separate incident, fresh pugmarks were found at Rangamati area of Lalgarh on Wednesday morning triggering panic among the villagers.last_img read more

Work on Delhi Road to be completed by end of June

first_imgKolkata: West Bengal Highway Development Corporation will be completing the widening and strengthening of Delhi Road by the end of June.It was one of the major tasks taken up by the corporation to improve road connectivity in the state. The Delhi Road serves as an important link, connecting Durgapur Expressway with its parallel thoroughfare Grand Trunk Road.The work to widen and strengthen the road was taken up in two phases. One phase was to widen and strengthen the road from Chandernagore to Mogra, while the other phase was to carry out similar work from Dankuni to Chandernagore. The state highway development corporation had taken up the task of widening the two-lane road to four lanes, with a divider in between. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThe total road is 40 km in length. In the first phase, 20 km of the entire stretch was widened and strengthened, while in the second phase, similar work was carried out in the remaining stretch of the road. With the widening of the road to four-lanes, it would take much lesser time for vehicles to reach Mogra from Dankuni. The number of accidents on the road will also decrease, as there will be a median in between to separate the road into two flanks, for to and fro movement of vehicles. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedAccording to a senior official of the state highway development corporation, “June end has been set as the deadline to complete the remaining work for widening of the road. The work is going on in full swing and there will be no need to hurry to complete the remaining work.” It may be mentioned that the highway development corporation has also taken up a major project of constructing Iswar Gupta Setu on river Hooghly, which will establish a direct link between two districts – Hooghly and Nadia. Now, with completion of the widening of Delhi Road, people can easily reach Mogra from Dankuni in minimum time and it will also help people reach National Highway 34 from Dankuni in lesser time. NH 34 serves as crucial road connection between South and North Bengal. So, vehicles heading for North Bengal can take Delhi Road to reach NH 34 via Iswar Gupta Setu, instead of passing via Nivedita Setu at Bally in Howrah.last_img read more

Mamata highlights the importance of peace in Darjeeling hills

first_imgKalimpong (WB): West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today highlighted the importance of maintaining peace in Darjeeling Hills, which saw a record 104 day-long strike last year, and stressed on the development of tourism in this area. “We want peace here. Peace helps in achieving targets and when there is no peacen it affects even that work which is about to achieve success,” she said while addressing an administrative meeting here at Dr Graham’s Home Ground this afternoon. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flights “I want more and more tourists to come here. For that we should be looking into the scopes of development of tourism sector here. Darjeeling is very popular among the people of the country,” she said. Banerjee said a detailed discussion on improving tourism and on unemployment would be held in tomorrow’s meeting with the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA). Hailing the performance of the current GTA under Binay Tamang, she said, “I want the GTA to perform well. I want it to carry out its audit because it is important to maintain a financial position. This is the money of the common people.” Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killed The Mamata Banerjee government in West Bengal had in September last year announced a nine-member ‘board of administrators’ to run the GTA in the hills and had appointed GJM leader Binay Tamang as its chairman in an attempt to end the deadlock in Darjeeling hills arising of the strike. Following unrest in the Hills over the demand for a separate state of Gorkhaland last year, all 45 elected members of the then GTA, including its chief executive Bimal Gurung, had resigned from the administrative body in June, when the agitation broke out.last_img read more

Sculpting her journey

first_imgHer work is semi-realistic which portray  human emotions and feelings like unconditional love, happiness, which basically emanates from her  imagination. Her  sculptures are inspired by people around her. Sculpture is her medium to transfer a message. Most of Jain’s work are inspired by woman. Her work depicts her  interest in the centrality of woman. Her recent work titled Journey of a Woman that is on display at Triveni Kala Sangam shows a woman’s aggressive nature , gentle submissive quality and her emotional aspect. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The pieces on display reflects the artist’s fascination with subtractive methods of sculpting and is an apt example of her highly abstracted approach to the human figure. As in most of her work, there is a primitive emotive quality to the figure. The purpose of her work is to provoke a perceptual, internal, and intellectual response in the viewer. As she works through the creative process, she is able to draw upon the subconscious of her experience in order to interpret gesture, form, energy, pleasure, and pain.  Each piece gives delight to the eye and touch, and seems imbued with a life of its own. Delicately poised on a minute footprint, there is a sense of tension…there’s mystery…there’s surprise.When: April 16 – 25 Where: Triveni Gallery, Triveni Kala SangamTiming: 11am to 6 pmlast_img read more

Ballet for the soul

first_img“The discipline that ballet requires is obsessive. And only the ones who dedicate their whole lives are able to make it. Your toenails fall off and you peel them away and then you’re asked to dance again and keep smiling. I wanted to become a professional ballet dancer.”– Penelope CruzIt is with this intensity and passion, that the Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra presents to the cultural connoisseurs of the capital, the much awaited annual opportunity to experience the passion of the great Indian mythological legends, that never fail to endear through (Padmashri) Shobha Deepak Singh’s (Vice Chairperson and Director – Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra) scintillating choreography, magnificent costumes, impeccable, deft and perfect use of special effects and direction through the twelfth Festival of Ballets 2015, that presents the enthralling characters of Meera, Karna, Shree Durga, KaalChakra and Kumar Sambhava, where inspiring truths are articulated, remaining as relevant in today’s context as they did centuries ago, and in that, retain their eternal classicism and relevance. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’As India’s premier institution promoting and nurturing India’s enriched cultural heritage, Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra enjoys immense respect amongst the country’s concerned propagators of the cultural archives, whose mantra of responsibility is borne laudably by Shobha Deepak Singh, of the illustrious Shriram family. Her hallmark has been her passionate support to encouraging young talent, while appropriately felicitating the old guard. In its magnificent productions, Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra has identified and harboured as aesthetically as possible, the most poignant sections from our religious, mythological and folklore archives. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixOn the twelfth edition, Shobha Deepak Singh says, “Many dance presentations under the banner of ‘fusion’, are more often ‘confusion’ – as opposed to good works being done by expanding the vocabulary of classical dance styles. Here the Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra, has a special role to play-as said by Anand Coomaraswamy ‘The most important thing that India can give to the rest of the world is simply its Indianess’. This quote has adorned my office for several years and has been a guiding influence in the curation of the Kendra’s performances. The Festival of Ballet 2015, like our other productions retain their original theme but enjoy a significant relevance even today, where violence, discrimination and prejudice raise their ugly heads frequently in our current society.” On May 8 and 9, the ballet showcased Meera, whose glory lies in her ability to articulate through poetry the turbulence that transpired in her life and Karna a persona of the epic of Mahabharata whose circumstances remained consistently hostile, where Karna’s life and times were frozen in their entirety and his misfortunes into a perpetual predicament. May 12 will see a ballet on Shree Durga whose persona resonates even in today’s context, ridden with atrocities on women. When the Gods give boons they themselves become victims of these boons and it is then that they invoke Stree Shakti; Feminine Power, to vanquish demons in society, demonstrating that female power conquers over the several mindless demons of society.Kaalchakra or the supreme light of consciousness, will be screened on May 15 where the state of mind which is an integral part of the Indian psyche, plunges into and emerges from the cycle of human birth and death. Kaalchakra begins with the Hiranyagarbh or “The Golden Egg” representative of a state where nothing was and everything is, its physical representation is of one covered with filaments of the five elements – ether, wind, fire, water and earth. Kumar Sambhava is  an endearing story of the demon Tarak, who enjoyed sacred protection in the form of a boon of invincibility from Lord Brahma, of which he took blatant advantage and wreaked havoc on earth. In desperation, mankind appealed to Brahma and the gods to save them from Tarak’s oppression and Lord Brahma said that Tarak could only be killed by the son of Lord Shiva and Parvati, with the intervention of Kamdeva, the god of love. Shiva and Parvati married. After a ferocious battle, Kartikeya mustered all his powers and released a deadly bolt against Tarak, that instantly saw him crash to the ground, dead. And so, the darkness lifted from the heavens and earth and the gods and humans rejoiced. Kamdeva’s death and his wife Rati’s lamentation offer the poignant and sad reality of a tale, where good and evil coexist.last_img read more

The White Horse unveiled at the British Council

first_imgThe British Council on Thursday unveiled ‘The White Horse (2013),’ a sculpture by Turner Prize winning artist Mark Wallinger at the British Council headquarters building in the national Capital. The horse made of marble and resin is a life-size representation of a thoroughbred racehorse created using state of the art technology.  It will be on view on the front lawns of the British Council Delhi for the next 3 years. At the launch, Dr Mahesh Sharma (Union Culture Minister), British High Commissioner James Bevan and C Rajasekhar, Director General, ICCR were present. The installation illustrates Wallinger’s continuing fascination with the horse, and its emblematic status in British national history. The pose is familiar from current depictions of thoroughbred stallions and has been replicated throughout the history of art from Stubbs’ painting of Eclipse to Wallinger’s own paintings of stallions from the Darley Stud.Rob Lynes, Director, British Council India, said, “The architect of our Delhi building Charles Correa intended the building to be a showcase of transition in Indian history. A captivating and enthralling installation such as the ‘White Horse’ by Mark Wallinger will add to the allure of our great building.”last_img read more

Likes on Facebook may not affect purposeful people

first_imgAfter writing a post or uploading a photo on Facebook, do you count the number of “likes”? If so, then you are living without a sense of purpose, a study said.The study revealed that for people living with a sense of purpose, the rush of self-esteem that comes with the ubiquitous thumbs-up on social media may be limited. “We found that having a sense of purpose allowed people to navigate virtual feedback with more rigidity and persistence. With a sense of purpose, they are not so malleable to the number of likes they receive,” said Anthony Burrow, Assistant Professor at the Cornell University at New York, in the US. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe researchers defined “sense of purpose” as the ongoing motivation that is self-directed, oriented toward the future and beneficial to others. While it is nice to receive compliments, online or otherwise, it may not be a good thing to base one’s self-esteem on them. “Otherwise, when one receives few likes, he or she can feel worse and the individual’s self-esteem would be contingent on what other people say and think and over time that’s not healthy,” Burrow said.  Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveOn the other hand, “purposeful people noticed the positive feedback, but did not rely on it to feel good about themselves”, Burrow added. It is because purposeful people have the ability to see themselves in the future and act in ways that help them achieve their goals, they are able to inhibit impulsive responses to perceived rewards, such that they prefer larger downstream incentives to smaller immediate ones, explained Nicolette Rainone from the Cornell University. For the study, the team conducted two experiments. In the first, they recruited nearly 250 active Facebook users from the US and measured their self-esteem and sense of purpose, and asked how many likes they typically got on photos they posted.The users who reported getting more likes on average also reported greater self-esteem. But those with a high level of purpose showed no change in self-esteem, no matter how many likes they got. In the second study, the researchers asked nearly 100 Cornell University students to take a selfie and post it to a mock social media site, “Faces of the Ivies”. The students were told that their photo had received a high, low or average number of likes.Getting a high number of likes boosted self-esteem – but, again, only for students who had less purpose, Burrow said, in the paper appearing in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology.last_img read more

Were all united to fight against BJP to save this nation Mamata

first_imgKolkata: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu and his Bengal counterpart Mamata Banerjee met in Kolkata and discussed issues related to the formation of “Mahagatbandhan” of the political parties in the Opposition to oust the BJP government in the forthcoming general elections in 2019 as it has become imperative to “protect the nation” since “democracy is in danger”.It was around 4.15 pm when the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) chief arrived at the state Secretariat, Nabanna, and was received by Mamata Banerjee. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe meeting between the two senior leaders continued for more than an hour. Before leaving Nabanna, Naidu and Banerjee held a joint Press conference where both leaders spoke about the change in scheduled Opposition meet on November 22 due to Assembly elections in several states. Naidu maintained: “Earlier, we wanted to meet on November 22. Because of the on-going elections in four states, the decision has been taken. We will call the meeting before the Winter Session of Parliament. Those who are all opposing the saffron party, will join together and discuss key issues. We will chalk out a programme to move forward for protecting this nation. We are mutually discussing the matter and the date will be announced very soon.” Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedBanerjee added: “In December, we are meeting before the session of Parliament. Now, everyone is busy with the elections. After all, this is over, we will meet and chalk out the future course of action.” Naidu further said: “I came here to meet Mamataji. Today, as senior leaders, Mamataji and I have responsibilities to save the nation and to save the democracy. We want to protect this nation.” He further stated that any institution including the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), Enforcement Directorate (ED), Income Tax, the Reserve Bank of India and even Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) are under “severe pressure”. Naidu also raised the issue of demonetisation stating it to be a big farce. He stated that growth of the country has become stagnant and the economy has come to a standstill. At the same time, petrol and diesel prices are increasing almost every day and there is inflation as well. He further stated that there is intolerance towards minorities and even politicians are facing severe threat. “Because of all these issues, we need to unite and protect this great country. This is our responsibility,” he said adding that the discussion with Banerjee, who is fighting against all anti-people moves from the beginning, has been “very good”. After the meeting with Naidu, Banerjee said: “We are grateful to him. We have also invited him for the January 19 meeting at the Brigade Parade Ground. Today, we have discussed in detail the future plan of action. We are all together and will unitedly fight against the BJP to save this nation.” In connection with January 19 meeting called by her party to oust the BJP in 2019 general elections, Banerjee stated: “Apart from one or two political parties, all have confirmed their presence at the mega event and we are very grateful to them.” Naidu has also confirmed his presence in the mammoth rally. In reply to a question about Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati’s stand in connection with joining the anti-BJP alliance, Naidu said: “We are in touch with Mayawatiji. Those who are against BJP and want to save this nation will work together and it is our mission.”last_img read more

KMC orders shutdown of all swimming clubs operating in the area

first_imgKOLKATA: The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) has instructed to shut down all swimming clubs operating at College Square for an indefi nite period, following the death of Mohammad Shahbaaz on Sunday morning.”We will investigate the reason behind the death of the youth, who unfortunately drowned at the pool. We will find out whether the swimming clubs have been abiding by the guidelines issued by us or not. All the swimming clubs at College square have been asked to shut down till our probe is complete,” said Debashis Kumar, Member, Mayor-in-Council (Parks and Gardens). Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataTh e civic body had issued a series of guidelines for the safety and security of the swimmers taking sessions from the three swimming clubs running at College Square. Th e directives mentioned that these clubs will need to employ at least two trainers at each pool. “The rules that no swimmers should be allowed in the pool without a life jacket and divers will have to be deployed in the pool for the little swimmers, were among the guidelines,” an official of the Parks and Gardensdepartment of KMC said. Th e guidelines also stated that in case of children, guardians should not leave their wards and go elsewhere while they are being trained in swimming. Shahbaaz had joined as a member of Th e Calcutta University Institute College Square (Vidyasagar Udyan) swimming section barely a week ago.last_img read more