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Australian-Indian upcycled doll-maker receives award

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By NewsGram Staff Writer 

Sydney: Sonia Singh, an Australian-Indian woman, who takes up forgotten and discarded dolls and upcycles them into something new, has won a US award for inspiring people worldwide to restyle their old toys, a media report said.

Hailing from Tasmania’s capital Hobart, Singh beat 52 other finalists to win the Etsy Design Award for her project ‘Tree Change Dolls’, the Herald Sun reported on Wednesday. The finalists had been selected by a panel of Etsy.com, an online marketplace for handmade goods.

Singh started the doll project at the beginning of this year after losing her job as a science communicator.

“My sisters and I grew up playing with second-hand dolls and home-made toys in the beautiful Tasmanian natural environment. I love the satisfaction of repairing and re-using discarded items to give them a new lease on life,” Singh said.

Her effort has received an overwhelming support from across the world and the Tree Change Dolls Facebook page has now more than 440,000 fans.

Each month, Singh auctions off one hand-crafted doll for charity and has even started selling downloadable knitting patterns for the dolls. She makes about 20 dolls a month and “they always sell so quickly”.

Singh will visit the Etsy headquarters in Brooklyn.

You can check out her online shop here: https://www.etsy.com/au/shop/treechangedolls

(With inputs from IANS)

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Indian American Animator Wins the Prestigious Award from Accolade Global Film Competition

The animator had also won ILDA 2007 Artistic Award in Laser Photography

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Accolade Global Film Festival is a prestigious award for filmmakers and animators. Wikimedia
  • Manick Sorcar is an Indian American living in Denver
  • The exceptional laserist and animator has won the Accolade Global Film Competition Award
  • Manick is the son of the popular and legendary magician P.C Sorcar

Denver. August 2, 2017: Denver-based, Indian-American laserist and animator Manick Sorcar has won the prestigious Award of Merit from The Accolade Global Film Competition for his animation “Beautiful Mess”.

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The Accolade recognizes film, television, videography and new media professionals who demonstrate exceptional achievement in craft and creativity, and those who produce standout entertainment or contribute to profound social change.

This is not the first laser animation of Sorcar that got international recognition. He won the ILDA 2015 Artistic Award for ‘Light Art in Shower Ocean’ in Innovative Application of Laser category from the International Laser Display Association.

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Sorcar had also won the ILDA 2007 Artistic Award in Laser Photography category for his laser art “Reflection” and the ILDA Artistic Award for Best Use of Lasers in Live Stage Performance for his “Enlightenment of Buddha”.

According to the Accolade, in winning this award, Sorcar joins the ranks of other high-profile winners of this internationally respected award, including the Oscar winning production of “The Lady in Number Six” by Malcolm Clarke, the talented Dave Bossert of Disney for his short documentary, and “The Tunes Behind The Toons”.

(IANS)

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Hollywood star Emma Watson picks up First ever ‘Genderless’ Award

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Los Angeles, May 8, 2017: Hollywood star Emma Watson picked up the first-ever Genderless Acting Award for the Best Actor category at the MTV Movie and TV Awards.

The 27-year-old actress made history at the annual event held at the Shrine Auditorium here on Sunday, reports mirror.co.uk.

After collecting her award for Best Actor in a Movie, she praised MTV for making their awards genderless.

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She said: “I feel I have to say something about the award itself. The first acting award in history that doesn’t separate nominees based on their sex says something about how we perceive the human experience.

“MTV’s move to create a genderless award for acting will mean something different to everyone. But to me, it indicates that acting is about the ability to put yourself in someone else’s shoes. And that doesn’t need to be separated into two different categories.”

“Empathy and the ability to use your imagination should have no limits. This is very meaningful to me – both to be winning the award and to be receiving it from you… in such an inclusive, patient and loving way. Thank you so much,” Watson added.

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The “Beauty and the Beast” actress then told the crowd why she felt her role as Belle was deserving of the win.

“(Belle’s) curiosity and passion for knowledge and her desire for more in life were ground for alienation,” she said.

“I loved playing someone who didn’t listen to any of that. I’m so proud to be part of a film that celebrates diversity, literacy, inclusion, joy, and love the way that this one does.”

She concluded her speech by thanking her fans and well-wishers. (IANS)

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‘Angry Indian Goddesses’ wins award at Rome Film Festival

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Mumbai: Pan Nalin’s film ‘Angry Indian Goddesses’ bagged an Audience Choice Award at the Rome Film Festival. The filmmaker is elated about the win.

The honour, titled BNL People’s Choice Award, is bestowed on a movie which the viewing audience chooses as the best amongst the lot.

“Many will agree that best awards in the world are People’s Choice Awards; so here the people of Rome and Italy have voted after filling edge-to-edge five full house shows. What we started in a little village of Goa has gone global beyond all our goals,” Nalin said in a statement.

The director, whose film also got an eight-minute-long standing ovation at the festival, is thrilled for his film’s cast and crew.

“Above all it’s a great sign of inspiration that the international ‘janta’ (public) is connecting to stories of celebration of Indian womanhood,” he added.

‘Angry Indian Goddesses’ follows the stories of seven girls. It narrates the tale of how Frieda, essayed by actress Sarah-Jane Dias, invites her closest girlfriends to Goa to announce her wedding, and it all turns into a wild bachelorette party.

“In less than one month of its world premiere at Toronto, ‘Angry Indian Goddesses’ has made sales across the globe and will be released theatrically in more than 50 countries. The positivity surrounding the movie has added to the thrill of releasing the film pan India,” said Gaurav Dhingra, the film’s producer.

The cast of the movie includes Sandhya Mridul, Tannishtha Chatterjee, Anushka Manchanda, Amrit Maghera, Rajshri Deshpande and Pavleen Gujral.

(IANS)