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Destination Bridal Wear shines at India Beach Fashion Week (IBFW) 2017: Review

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Panaji, March 9, 2017: Lehengas, floor sweeping gowns, asymmetrical dresses for women and kurta pyjamas, suits and dhotis in the menswear category — the spotlight at the India Beach Fashion Week (IBFW) 2017 was clearly on bridal wear.

The three-day extravaganza, which started on March 6 at the Goa Marriott Resort & Spa here, saw an exuberant grand finale on Wednesday with an array of designers presenting their collections.

The organisers are happy.

“This is one of the biggest seasons till now. The designers have got really good reviews from the buyers and visitors. From the scale point of view, we have gone bigger. We had a pop it up area, live music arena and technology integration.

“We went all the way out this season to make sure that we make some sort of benchmark,” Pallav Ojha, Chief Innovation Officer and co-founder, Iconia Leisure and Lifestyle Pvt Ltd Beach worldwide, told IANS here.

Apart from Suneet Varma, designers like Anupamaa Dayal, Asif Merchant, Lalit Dalmia, Swapnil Shinde and Shyamal & Bhumika came together to present their latest beach, resort and destination bridal wear on the runway.

Dayal, who opened the first show, showcased a wide variety of resort wear as part of her line ‘The Endorphins’. The colours that dominated the line included reds, camels and fuschia.

Day one was also dominated by the menswear category as designers like Ken Ferns, Amrose D’Souza and Arjun Khanna presented suits, jackets, printed pants, kurtas and pyjamas.

The second and third days were predominantly about destination bridal wear — like gowns, lehengas, salwar kameez and anarkalis.

Dalmia stole the show with an off site show at the Miramar beach against a sunset. Titled ‘La Moda’, his men and womenswear collection, which had as many as 25 outfits, saw floor sweeping gowns, dresses, hair fascinators and menswear suits.

Designer duo Karan and Leon cast a spell on the audience with their ravishing showstopper ensemble — a white, hand-painted encrusted with Swarovski crystals gown with an over seven metre long trail. Leon told IANS that it took 1500 man-hours to make the garment.

Surprisingly, there was only one show dedicated to swim wear — by the label Flirtacious. The range saw bright coloured one-piece and two-piece swim wear.

Asked why weren’t there many shows dedicated to swim wear, Ojha said: “We do have some great talent when it comes to specific beachwear in the country. However, the talent isn’t so much yet. A lot of resort wear that has been showcased had a beautiful amalgamation of beachwear with the resort wear.

“We want to dedicate a complete day only to swim wear as a category, but we have to source out the right talent for this section.”

The gala turned out to be a platform for 30 fashion stalwarts, who showcased their collection at the event spanning over 15 shows.

On the business front, Ojha said: “The event is about generating business for the participating designers, exhibitors and people, who are present here. We as IBFW organisers, have pulled in both sides — one, the designers who have been meeting the buyers. And two, we have hosted this season, five to seven very serious buyers.”

Ojha said IBFW had a generous B2C connect,

“There is a huge visitors connect… A B2C connect, When I talk about B2C connect, if a designer is showcasing a beautiful collection at the exhibit area, then you have an immediate buyer. So technically, you are not dependent on a buyer,” he added.

The shows also saw some Bollywood faces like Sunny Leone, Amit Sadh, Gauahar Khan, Lopamudra Raut, Daisy Shah and Pooja Gor. Model Manasvi Mamgai, who was in the news for being part of US President Donald Trump’s pre-inaugural dinner, also walked the ramp for the label Karleo. (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

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Raja Chari: Indian American Astronaut chosen by NASA

Raja Chari, an American of Indian descent, has been chosen by NASA as one of the 12 astronauts for a new space mission.

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Raja Chari. Twitter.
  • Raja Chari is an American of Indian descent chosen by NASA for the new batch of astronauts
  • Currently, he is a Lieutenant Colonel in the US Air Force
  • Chari will have to go through two years of astronaut training which begins in August

June 06, 2017: NASA has chosen 12 astronauts out of a record-breaking 18,300 applications for upcoming space missions. An American of Indian descent, Raja Chari, has successfully earned his spot in the top 12.

The astronauts were selected on the basis of expertise, education, and physical tests. This batch of 12 astronauts is the largest group selected by NASA since two decades. The group consisting of 7 men and 5 women surpassed the minimum requirements of NASA.

Born in Waterloo, Iowa, Chari graduated from Air Force Academy in 1999 with a bachelor’s degree in Astronautical Engineering and Engineering Science. He went on to complete his master’s in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The astronaut is also a graduate of US Naval Test Pilot School.

Currently, Raja Chari is a Lieutenant Colonel in the US Air Force. He is the commander of 461st Flight Test Squadron and director of the F-35 Integrated Test Force at Edwards Air Force Base in California.

After Late Kalpana Chawla, Lt. Col. Raja Chari is the second Indian American astronaut chosen by NASA.

The 12 astronauts will have to go through two years of training. Upon completion, they will be assigned their missions ranging from research at the International Space Station, launching from American soil on spacecraft by private companies, to flying on deep space missions on NASA’s Orion Spacecraft.

The US Vice-President Mike Pence visited the Johnson Space Centre in Houston to announce and congratulate the new batch. Pence also said that President Trump is “fully committed” to NASA’s missions in space.

by Saksham Narula of NewsGram. Twitter: @Saksham2393

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Over 5,000 Plant Varieties in Last 3 Years sent in by Tribal Farmers to protect the species : Minister

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tribal farmers submitted more than 5,000 plant varieties in last three years (representational Image). Wikimedia

New Delhi, June 8, 2017: Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh on Wednesday said tribal farmers submitted more than 5,000 plant varieties in last three years through Krishi Vigyan Kendras for registration at the Protection of Plant Variety and Farmers Rights Authority.

It will play an important role in the development of climate resilient and sustainable varieties in future, he said at the National Workshop on Empowerment of Farmers of Tribal Areas here.

“New technological innovations in agriculture must reach to the fields of tribal areas but before taking such steps we must keep in mind the unique conditions of these areas, which are the gift of nature and therefore, we should promote natural farming in those areas,” he said, as per an official release. (IANS)

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