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Modernity polished by Tradition: Fashion Designer Kazingmei becomes trend-setter with his Edgy Designs

Kazingmei’s latest collection had been named “Reptonic” and was recently showcased at the Lakme Fashion Week’16

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Asa Kazingmei with a model adorning his Reptonic collection. Image Source : morung.com
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  • Kazingmei is indigenous to the art of sewing and stitching from his experience of mending his own clothes since the very beginning
  • Being a resident of Manipur, he had been greatly influenced by the Hallyu wave which could be found in all the films, songs and other cultural manifestations of the place
  • In 2012, launched one of his own line of clothes: Immoral, which was dedicated to the Naga tribes

There has always been a lot of tension between the north-eastern states of India and the rest of India. Rarely, but there are few people who can bridge the gap with their creativity. To make the bond strong, Trend MMS of Assam and the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region organised a show called “Colours of Northeast” on June 29. The show was a gala celebration of the culture of North-east India itself.

Asa Kazingmei, the most popular Naga designer displayed his garments, along with some other contemporaries.

Kazingmei. Image Courtesy : fashioncentral.in
Kazingmei. Image Source: fashioncentral.in
  • Kazingmei is indigenous to the art of sewing and stitching from his experience of mending his own clothes since the very beginning. It had urged him to pursue a career in fashion. This dream of his had taken him to Mumbai, from where he completed his course in fashion designing. International Institute of Fashion Design in Bandra served as his Alma mater. Finally, his edgy style of designing presented him with the opportunity of debuting at the Lakme Fashion Week as one of the seven Gen Next designers, reported the Hindu.
  • Being a resident of Manipur, he had been greatly influenced by the Hallyu wave which could be found in all the films, songs and other cultural manifestations of the place. As a Korean film buff, he manufactures a lot of layered scarves, garments with a burst of pop colours and zany jackets.
  • 2012 had proved to be a landmark event in his career. It bore witness to the launch of his own line of clothes: Immoral, which was dedicated to the Naga tribes. The apparels were greatly applauded at the Lakme Fashion Week’12.
  • Kazingmei had always been adept in martial arts. He is a black belt holder and had taken part in numerous state and district level championships when he was younger. Becoming a martial arts instructor would have been his alternative career choice, mentions the Hindu.
An example of his Changvei collection. Image courtesy : morung.com
An example of his Changvei collection. Image courtesy : morung.com
  • In 2014, his Changvei collection, inspired by the Naga warriors’ shield created a lot of buzz in the Lakme Fashion Week. The thick denims, leather and monotone of black exuded a strong vibe.
  • Kazingmei’s latest collection had been named “Reptonic” and was recently showcased at the Lakme Fashion Week’16. It earned a name for the beautiful use of satin, lace, net, crystal and golden leather, the long, floaty and textured silhouettes.

Other than that, Asa Kazingmei’s designs have become a regular in the Bollywood films. Some of the movies that showcased his garments were Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania, Dhoom 3, and Bang Bang. We wish him all the best for his future endeavours. He is an inspiration for all the youngsters of not only north-east India but the entire country.

-This article is compiled by a staff-writer at NewsGram.

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    Amazing that people from north east are taking part in such bug events showcasing their talents in front of the world

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North-East Assembly Elections: Everything You Need To Know About The Elections In Tripura, Meghalaya, And Nagaland

North-East Assembly elections 2018 will directly affect the 2019 Lok Sabha elections and subsequent government formation

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50.4% registered voters were women (outnumbering men) in the final electoral rolls of the state of Meghalaya. Wikimedia Commons

Many states are gearing up for the North-East Assembly elections 2018 that are being said to be the defining factor for the future political dynamics of India. Elections dates in the on-going states of Meghalaya, Nagaland, and Tripura were February 18 for Tripura, while the other two states will hold their round of elections on February 27. The elections will be held in two phases, and the results will be announced on March 3.

Many parties are looking forward to extending their political reach in the north-eastern region. North-East Assembly elections 2018 will directly affect the 2019 Lok Sabha elections and subsequent government formation.

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EVMs will be installed for the first time. Wikimedia Commons

Here is everything you need to know about the north-east assembly elections 2018:

1. The incumbent assembly tenure in Meghalaya, Nagaland, and Tripura will end on March 6, 13 and 14 respectively. Each of these states has a 60-member assembly.

2. In all the three states, Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) and Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) have been implemented.

3. VVPAT machines are being implemented in Meghalaya for the first time since its formation in 1970. Voters had been using the ballot-paper until now.

4. The Election Commission of India had asked Assam Rifles (India’s oldest paramilitary force) to reinforce the Indo-Myanmar border in Nagaland in order to prevent any form of disturbance before the polls. The state has been suffering insurgent movements and cross-border militant infiltration.

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Before EVMs, the Ballot-system was used for the voting process. Wikimedia Commons

5. To increase the participation of women, the Election Commission has installed 60 Pink booths that will be managed by women staff. The booths will be placed in every constituency.

6. 86,890 votes in Meghalaya aged between 18 and 19 years will be exercising their vote for the first time. To encourage these first-time voters, the EC felicitated them on National Voters Day on January 25.

7. The Election Commission will monitor the elections live through webcast and CCTV cameras to ensure a fair and free election.

8.  Around 193 polling booths in Meghalaya will be directly webcasted to the Chief Electoral Officer or District Electoral Officer and Election Commission of India.

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Tripura

  • Ramendra Chandra is the current speaker of the Eleventh Legislative Assembly.
  • Since 1993, the CPI(M) has been in power in the state.
  • While BJP has 7 MLAs in the state assembly and is also the main opposition party.
  • Manik Sarkar, the Chief Minister of Tripura, is a Politburo Member of Communist Party of India (Marxist).
  • He became the Chief Minister for the fourth time after 2013 Assembly Elections.
  • Manik Sarkar is known for his honesty and low monetary resources.

Meghalaya

  • The Meghalaya Legislative Assembly was constituted as a directly elected body in 1972 comprising 60 members.
  • 50.4% registered voters were women (outnumbering men) in the final electoral rolls of the state.
  • With a total population of 3.2 million, Meghalaya has a literacy rate of 74.4%.
  • Unlike Tripura, no one in Meghalaya registered for the third gender option in the final rolls.
  • 597 polling stations have been increased from 2,485 in 2013 to 3,082 in 2018. It’s an increase of about 24%.
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The Election Commission of India has set 60 Pink Booths. Wikimedia Commons

Nagaland

  • On 1 December 1963, Nagaland became a state of India. Also, the first Nagaland Legislative Assembly was formed on 11 February 1964.
  • The strength of the state assembly was increased to 60 members in 1974.
  • Home Minister Rajnath Singh said the assembly election in the state will be held on schedule amidst a demand by the state’s civil society groups for deferring the polls to facilitate a solution to the vexed Naga insurgency issue.
  • The expectations for a lasting peace have soared in Nagaland, which had been hit by insurgency for decades after the Centre and the NSCN-IM signed a framework agreement in 2015.