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Bindi, Lehengas, Embroideries: Indian designs shine in IIFA 2016, Spain

What added uniqueness to the gala was the presence of many international faces who showed off their glamorous side in Indian outfits.

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  • The 17th edition of International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) celebrations are taking place here and Spain is the fourth European nation to host the extravaganza
  • International faces showed off their glamorous side in Indian outfits
  • It was not just Bollywood films and stars, but Indian clothes as well that have garnered limelight in Spain

It’s rare to see Indian outfits shining on the red carpet in India. So, spotting foreigners flaunting costumes like lehengas and heavily embroidered saris with a bindi shining on their forehead here was a sheer delight.

The 17th edition of International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) celebrations are taking place here and Spain is the fourth European nation to host the extravaganza.

The four-day gala — which celebrates the magic of Indian cinema at an international destination every year — began on June 23 and on Saturday, the main awards night took place which saw a melange of tinsel town celebrities all decked up to soak in the colours, magic and revelry that Bollywood exudes.

There were performances, humourous acts and glamour at their best, but what added uniqueness to the gala was the presence of many international faces who showed off their glamorous side in Indian outfits.

A blogger from Germany, who was dressed up in a lehenga with shimmery choli and chunni covering her shoulder completed her look with a bindi, said that she is obsessed with Indian designs.

“I make sure that I wear it whenever I get the opportunity. I love it,” she told this visiting IANS journalist during a casual chat at the green carpet of IIFA Awards.

While she wore it with confidence, there were others who were spotted helping out their friends in getting the pleats of the sari right.

When approached with offer of some help, one of them said: “Oh thank you so much. But I am wearing sari for quite some time now and I think I will manage.”

As the guests walked inside the venue to find their allotted seats, they saw more such women dressed up in anarkalis and lehengas and dancing to the tunes of Bollywood tracks that were playing in the background.

While most of the Bollywood celebrities flaunted their curves in body-hugging gowns and off-shoulder dresses, singer Benny Dayal’s New York-based wife Catherine Thangam looked no less than a diva in a black sari and silver blouse teamed up with a black bindi.

It was not just Bollywood films and stars, but Indian clothes as well that have garnered limelight in Spain. (Source: IANS)

(The writer’s trip is at the invitation of the IIFA organisers. Nivedita can be contacted at nivedita.s@ians.in)

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    It’s really good that Bollywood stars are getting with traditional styles rather than western outfits. This will promote our traditional way of dressing.

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    Of course! when the known faces of the world showcase something, it starts getting recognition faster and no wonder bindi, lehengas are one of the most beautiful outfit a woman can showcase

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  • Aparna Gupta

    It’s really good that Bollywood stars are getting with traditional styles rather than western outfits. This will promote our traditional way of dressing.

  • Vrushali Mahajan

    Of course! when the known faces of the world showcase something, it starts getting recognition faster and no wonder bindi, lehengas are one of the most beautiful outfit a woman can showcase

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“The Future Has Won And The Past Has Lost” Socialists Score Spanish Election Victory

Analysts say Sanchez is more likely to look to his right for parliamentary support, as the far left Podemos party no longer seems a viable partner after losing half its seats.

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Spanish Prime Minister and Socialist Party candidate Pedro Sanchez stands with his wife Maria Begona Gomez as he waves to supporters gathered at the party headquarters waiting for results of the general election in Madrid, Sunday, April 28, 2019. VOA

Spain’s governing Socialist party won the most votes in elections held Sunday but fell short of an overall majority in a highly fragmented outcome in which the conservative vote split three ways. Surging far right and centrist groups seriously undercut what was until now the main opposition, the Popular Party.

“The Socialist party has won the elections. The future has won and the past has lost,” Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez told supporters outside his party headquarters in Madrid. He hinted at a possible governing arrangement with center-right parties, which have been bitter rivals leading up to the election.

With 99% of votes counted, the Spanish Socialist Workers’ Party (PSOE) is headed to a victory with an estimated 28% of the popular vote, giving it an estimated 123 seats in the 350-seat parliament, which is 40 more than it had. But the Popular Party (PP), which received less than 17% of votes, is losing almost half its seats, dropping from 137 to 65.

The centrist Ciudadanos party, which is barely 1 percentage point behind the Popular Party, has increased its representation to 57 seats. The far right Vox Party, however, fared worse than expected, receiving about 10% of the votes, giving it about 25 seats — its first in parliament.​

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With 99% of votes counted, the Spanish Socialist Workers’ Party (PSOE) is headed to a victory with an estimated 28% of the popular vote, giving it an estimated 123 seats in the 350-seat parliament, which is 40 more than it had. Pixabay

The far left Unidos Podemos also did poorly, with its projected parliamentary representation dropping, from 70 to 42.

“The mood of the country indicates a swing towards the center” political analyst Ramon Peralta, a law professor at the Complutense University of Madrid. “The three-way division of the right clearly hurt PP, with many of its votes going to Vox.”

Peralta projects a possible coalition between PSOE and Ciudadanos, despite bitter rhetoric exchanged between their leaders during the campaign, in which Ciudadanos candidate Albert Rivera called the prime minister a traitor for negotiating with Catalan separatists and vowed not to support a new mandate for the socialists.

The results, however, give no hope for a conservative dream coalition between PP, Ciudadanos and Vox, which had been openly discussed by the leaders of the three parties.

The numbers also show that Prime Minister Sanchez could continue with his current governing arrangement, counting on the parliamentary support of Podemos, Catalan secessionists and Basque nationalists, which also have increased their representation in the national parliament.

Santiago Abascal, leader of far right party Vox, gestures supporters gathered outside the party headquarters following the general election in Madrid, Sunday, April 28, 2019.
Santiago Abascal, leader of far right party Vox, gestures supporters gathered outside the party headquarters following the general election in Madrid, Sunday, April 28, 2019. VOA

VOX leader Santiago Abascal defiantly told supporters outside his party headquarters in Madrid, “Spain may be worse off after the elections, but Vox will be in the parliament for the first time, and there will be 24 deputies that fight to defend Spain’s unity and basic values.”

PP had little to celebrate. “Things have gone very badly,” PP spokesman and congressional candidate Javier Fernandez Lasquetty told VOA.

“We are paying a very high price for a fragmented right,” he said.

Ciudadanos leader Rivera, whose party almost overtook PP, told supporters his centrist option “keeps growing.” However, he discounted any possible deal with Sanchez.

Analysts say Sanchez is more likely to look to his right for parliamentary support, as the far left Podemos party no longer seems a viable partner after losing half its seats.

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The Catalan leftist separatist party ERC, led by secessionist President Quim Torra, gained support over more-moderate parties in Catalonia, making any parliamentary coalition with Spain’s central government difficult to sustain.

The Basque Nationalist Party and the radical separatist Bildu, composed of some former supporters of the terror group ETA, also increased their representation in parliament, each gaining a seat. (VOA)