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Breaking Schema with Pearl Academy’s extravaganza at Amazon India Fashion Week ’17

Pearl Academy, India’s leading institution in design, fashion, creative businesses and media communication showcased the work of more than 350 budding designers from its School of fashion, Styling and Textiles

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Models walking the ramp in students creations at Pearl Portfolio

New Delhi, March 23, 2017 

Prologue

After fighting with the infamous traffic of Delhi, my cab finally halted few meters before the second gate entrance of Jawahar Lal Nehru stadium. I stepped out of the cab and paved my way towards the entrance. There, I saw my friend (the same PR guy who bestowed his courtesy with inviting me to the show) dooning a super cool casuals. I complimented him and foolishly asked the reason for his attire as I’ve always seen him following a strict code of formals. He answered my query with a bewildered look on his face and a shrug of the shoulders, “It’s fashion show dude!”. I shrouded my embarrassment of being naive with a smile and followed him quietly to the venue. When I entered the venue, what met my eyes and brain was an utter cultural shock. For a moment, I thought that I had entered into a different world and a different paradigm. Ladies and Gentlemen, I was witnessing my first-hand account with the mysterious world of Fashion.

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The last day at Amazon India Fashion Week 2017 was captivated with the charismatic vigor of the youth. Occasion? The spectacle of Portfolio ‘17 organized by Pearl Academy in collaboration with Amazon India Fashion Week.

Till the time I reached the auditorium where the main event was being held, I had no clue that I would be testifying the unseen part of fashion which very few of us know about because most of us have stereotyped it.

The most eminent part of the event was the management, which to my surprise, was thoroughly looked after by the students and the faculty members of the Pearl Academy. From designers to models and even the volunteers, all of them came from the academy to support and celebrate their annual extravaganza where they are provided a platform to showcase their potential.

I took out my diary and pen while getting comfortable on a seat which I managed to acquire after a long tussle with my fellow potent occupants. With the notebook gripped on my left hand, pen wrangled between my fingers, and eyes focused on the avenue of the ramp, I was all set to document my debut experience with the world of fashion. Somewhere back in my mind, a fine tune of “Jalwa” from the movie “Fashion” was playing. The moment was like the feeling of deja-vu, which in reality was the flashes of ramp-walk scenes which I remembered from the movie. So finally, the lights got dim, spotlights turned on, and the show began.

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Models wearing the creations at Pearl Portfolio 2017

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From beginning till the end of the show, I was awe-struck and confused. Awe-struck with the class apart display of innovation, creativity, confidence, and the boldness from the end of both designers and models. Confused because of the fables I used to hear about the fashion show and models, which I find totally deceptive. I got so engrossed in the show that not a single word was scribbled out on the notebook, which I regretted later. After all, I had to produce something to my editor. Finally, my PR mate came my rescue and provided me with a press release to which I took the reference and wrote rest of the part of the story. Before ending this prologue, I would like to extend my heartiest congratulations to the Pearl Academy for nurturing a generation of fashionistas who would bring about a revolution in the industry with their talent, courage, and conviction. Kudos!

An Evening with the Pearl Academy

Pearl Academy, India’s leading institution in design, fashion, creative businesses and media communication showcased the work of more than 350 budding designers from its School of fashion, Styling and Textiles. This is the first ever occasion where 350 students from a design college have showcased their work at this renowned industry platform.

The collections stood out with their innovative and ingenious ideas and subjects. ‘6 Dots’ – a collection prepared specially for the visually impaired with braille tags, ‘Raunaq’ – a collection made entirely out of katrans collected from neighborhood tailors were some innovative collections which the young, talented designers from Delhi, Jaipur and Mumbai campuses, showcased on the ramp. ‘Pearl Portfolio’, has been a signature event of Pearl Academy for more than 20 years and has been an annual launch pad showcasing the work of graduating students.

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The grand headgear-created by Pearl Academy students at Pearl Portfolio 2017.

The School of Fashion and Styling also put up an exhibition of their projects which drew a lot of appreciation owing to their unique themes and issues such as the ecological footprint created by the fashion industry, DIY hand knit toys to create bonding between fathers and kids etc.

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The finale saw attendance from Mr SP Goel, Joint Secretary, Ministry of HRD, Government of India, Mr Roopak Vasishtha, CEO & Director General at Skills Council for Apparel – Apparel Made –Ups & Home Furnishing Sector, Skill Council, Mr Abhishek Singh, District Magistrate, New Delhi and renowned designers such as Rahul Mishra, Liz Paul and Anju Modi among others.

Applauding their efforts and encouraging young designers, Sunil Sethi, President, FDCI said, “I am highly impressed with the collections that have been put together by the students and I think they are ready to join the industry already. This is a great opportunity that these students have got and I am sure it will go a long way in instilling confidence in them. It is important for the fashion industry to raise capable successors and I have full faith that these students will set new benchmarks in the industry. Their energy has been infectious and I hope Pearl Academy will continue to produce such fabulous professionals for our industry”.  

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“It is fabulous feeling for our students to be presenting their collections at the prestigious Amazon India Fashion Week. Our collaboration with FDCI has given superlative industry exposure to our students in the form of Master classes taken by renowned designers of India at our campuses. All this combined with the hard work of our students has led to this day where our students are sharing this platform with big names in the Fashion Industry”, said Professor Nandita Abraham, CEO, Pearl Academy. “This is the first time that students from a college are getting such an opportunity and I am sure that the great work of our students will shine through so that they get this opportunity every year”, she added.

-reported by Ashish Srivastava of NewsGram Twitter @PhulRetard

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These 8 successful Muslim women are showcasing Freedom their way!

Though there are forsure many but here we present to you the some handful of success stories of Muslim women in modern world. Totally independant and unbounded, they have carved a niche for themselves in many fields through their creativity, talent and self - belief

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Bashing unfreedom-The new age Muslim woman.Pixeby

Not everyone is following rigid fundamentalism these days. In 2017, people and specially some inspiring Muslim women are embracing freedom and individuality through their inspirational work in global markets. Be it fashion, lifestyle,sports or politics- they are setting standards in every domain, breaking stereotypes all the way long!

Have a look at the success stories of these leading Muslim ladies and what they believe in.

SAUFEEYA GOODSON

Dubai based fashion entrepreneur Saufeeya is a global figure appearing in many fashion magazines. Being the co-owner of Modest Route, she has re- branded Modest fashion in a very stylised manner grabbing the attention of 2million followers on instagram page. She is frequently mentioned in Vogue or Teen Vogue under the trademark of her bold, daring and contemporary outfits made for modern age Muslim woman. This trendsetter with her avant garde style has been revolutionizing Islamic modest clothing in world.

CAROLYN WALKER-DIALLO

Carolyn hit the headlines when she was sworn in with the Quran back in 2015, becoming the first ever New York City Civil court judge to do so. She bravely stood up to the backlash that resulted later but her strong act inspired many Muslim women around the world. It somehow relieved them from communal stigmatization that they go through.

LINDA SARSOUR

Linda Sarsour- civil right's activist
Linda Sarsour- civil right’s activist.wikimedia.commons

 

Linda, a Palestinian- American civil rights activist, is popularly known for her key role in helping to organize the 2017 Women’s March in Washington.It was a public demonstartion led by women coming together from all walks of life. With her resolute, Linda instilled in a belief in thousands of women to fight for their vanity,esteem and rights.

BEHNAZ SHAFIEI

it is hard to imagine a female road racer/motocross rider and being a Muslim woman makes it a rare case, but Behnaz is exactly that. Born in Iran- a country where women are not allowed for exercising such liberties and are often ridiculed for their driving skills, Behnaz enjoys the fact that many men cannot do the stunts she performs with ease and confidence on her motorbike. She is the only Iranian female to be involved in road racing professionally challenging the preconceived notions of the society in regard to women.

RUMA

Known for her fashion blogs, Ruma recently got mentioned on the Twitter page of H&M where she was applauded for her distinctive panache that voice traditional modesty. According to her the haute hijab empowers feminine sensibility.Being a dreamer as well as achiever, she looks forward to inspire her followers with stories and lessons learned from her life by using social media to promote the art of fashion.

HALIMA ADEN

Halima is a model known for being the first Somali-American Muslim woman to take part in a beauty pageant donning a hijab.With all grace and modesty she hit news by reaching the semifinals of Minnesota USA pageant. She even graced the fashion runway for Kanye West at his show Yeezy season 5. Keeping at bay all Muslim stereotypes, this flamboyant model appeared on the front cover of Allure, wearing a Nike hijab with a caption saying, “This is American Beauty.” 

SHAHD BATAL

As a YouTuber and blogger, Shahd’s focus is mainly on providing viewers with her own original tips on how to attain healthy skin or apply makeup. Sudanese by birth but now living in Minneapolis, her tutorial videos are popularly hitting the internet since 2014. They were recently rehashed and showcased via her new sleek channel. From wearing a classic head-wrap and making pen perfect eyebrows, to her very personal stories with regard to the Hijab, she has been earnestly devoting herself to portray Hijab as a motif of modern age accessory.

 

SHARMEEN OBAID-CHINOY     

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SHARMEEN OBAID-CHINOY- Pakistani filmaker.wikimedia.commons

 Sharmeen has been mentioned by esteemed Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world. A Muslim woman filmmaker, journalist and activist born in Pakistan, most of her films highlight the inequalities that women face. She has received two Academy awards, six Emmy and Lux Style award for her bold vision. Even the Pakistani government has honored her with the second highest civilian honor of the country, the Hilal-i-Imtiaz for her dauntless contribution to films.

These handful examples of empowering, influential and compelling Muslim women express a great deal- to come out of the shackles of a society that restricts you and your creative energies.Not just to the Muslim women of today, they are inspirational for all women who seek for self – actualization.

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Divya Khosla Kumar wishes to make ‘Women Oriented Films’ now

The filmmaker has previously made films like "Yaariyan" and "Sanam Re"

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Divya Khosla Kumar. Wikimedia
Divya Khosla Kumar. Wikimedia

New Delhi, October 16, 2017 : Filmmaker Divya Khosla Kumar, who has made films like “Yaariyan” and “Sanam Re”, says she would love to make women oriented films as women are now in every field and doing wonders.

“I would love to if I get an amazing script,” said Divya. However, when it comes to actress, she feels that choice is completely dependent on character.

“I don’t have actress or actor in mind as I feel character gives you definition of whom you should cast,” said the filmmaker was set to walk the runway as a showstopper for designer Charu Parashar at Amazon India Fashion Week (AIFW) Spring- Summer 2018 on Sunday.

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Parashar will showcase a collection titled ‘Immortelle’ that derives inspiration from the Victorian glass house through its lush flora and fauna and the undying spirit of a woman.

Talking about the designer, Divya Khosla Kumar said: “The cloth has fitted me so beautifully I like the concept as it showcases women undying spirit. Women work so hard. I think it is time to pay homage to them as they never give up and this is what the line celebrates.”

Talking about how the role of women has changed in the film industry, she says, “Initially it was very male dominated and there were hardly any women director but now women have entered everywhere and they are making their mark. I think its more to do with talent than differentiating on gender.” (IANS)

 

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Mahalaya: Beginning of “Devipaksha” in Bengali Celebration of ‘Durga Puja’

“Mahalaya” is the auspicious occasion that marks the beginning of “Devipaksha” and the ending of “Pitripaksha” and heralds the celebration of Durga Puja

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Mahalaya morning in Kolkata. Flickr
  • Mahalaya 2017 Date: 19th september.
  • On Mahalaya, people throng to the holy river Ganges in order to pay homage to their ancestors and forefathers; which is called ‘Torpon’
  • Mahalaya remains incomplete without the magical chanting of the scriptural verses from the ‘Chandi Kavya’ that is broadcasted in All India Radio
  • The magic is induced by the popular Birendra Krishna Bhadra whose voice makes the recitation of the “Chandi Kavya” even more magnificent

Sept 19, 2017: Autumn is the season of the year that sees the Hindus, all geared up to celebrate some of the biggest festivals of India. The festive spirit in the Bengalis all enthused to prepare for the greatest of the festivals, the ‘Durga Puja’.

About Mahalaya:

Mahalaya is the auspicious occasion that marks the beginning of “Devipaksha” and the ending of “Pitripaksha,” and this year it is celebrated on September 19.

Observed exactly a week before the ‘Durga Puja’, Mahalaya is the harbinger of the arrival of Goddess Durga. It is celebrated to invoke the goddess possessing supreme power! The goddess is invited to descend on earth and she is welcomed with devotional songs and holy chants of mantras. On this day, the eye is drawn in the idols of the Goddess by the artisans marking the initiation of “Devipaksha”. Mahalaya arrives and the countdown to the Durga Puja begins!

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The day of Mahalaya bears supreme significance to the Bengalis. The day is immensely important because on this day people throng to the holy river Ganges in order to pay homage to their ancestors and forefathers. Clad in white dhotis, people offer prayers and take dips in the river while praying for their demised dear ones. The ritual is popular as “Torpon”.

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An idol-maker in progress of drawing the eye in the idol of the Goddess. Wikipedia

As per Hindu myth, on “Devipaksha”, the Gods and the Goddesses began their preparations to celebrate “Mahamaya” or Goddess Durga, who was brought upon by the trinity- Brahma, Vishnu, and Maheshwara; to annihilate the fierce demon king named Mahishasura. The captivating story of the Goddess defeating the demon got popularized with the goddess being revered as “Durgatinashini” or the one who banishes all the evils and miseries of the world. The victory of the Goddess is celebrated as ‘Durga Puja’.

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Mahalaya remains incomplete without the magical chanting of the scriptural verses from the ‘Chandi Kavya’ that is broadcasted at dawn in All India Radio in the form of a marvelous audio montage enthralling the souls of the Bengalis. Presented with wonderful devotional music, acoustic drama, and classical songs- the program is also translated to Hindi and played for the whole pan-Indian listeners.

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Birendra Krishna Bhadra (1905-1991). Wikipedia

The program is inseparable from Mahalaya and has been going on for over six decades till date. The magic is induced by the popular Birendra Krishna Bhadra whose voice makes the recitation of the “Chandi Kavya” even more magnificent! He has been a legend and the dawn of Mahalaya turns insipid without the reverberating and enchanting voice of the legendary man.

Mahalaya will keep spreading the magic and setting the vigor of the greatest festival of the Bengalis- the Durga Puja, to worship the supreme Goddess, eternally.

                 “Yaa Devi Sarbabhuteshu, Shakti Rupena Sanhsthita,

                     Namastaswai Namastaswai Namastaswai Namo Namaha.”

– by Antara Kumar of NewsGram. Twitter: @ElaanaC