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Mysore Fashion Week: Showcase of Crocs with Kanjeevaram Sari, Tribute to Paris Attack Victims

Three-day gala will also feature a collection dedicated to the Paris attack victims as well as one with India's national flower lotus as an inspiration

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Mysore Fashion Week to give tribute to Paris attack victims
A civil service in remembrance of November 2015 Paris attacks victims. Wesern Europe, France, Paris, November 14, 2015. Wikimedia

Mysuru, Sep 15, 2017: Would you wear a pair of Crocs with a traditional Kanjeevaram sari? This new fashion trend and more will be showcased at the fourth edition of the Mysore Fashion Week, which begins here on Friday.

Being held in association with the brand Crocs at the Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel here, the three-day gala will also feature a collection dedicated to the Paris attack victims as well as one with India’s national flower lotus as an inspiration.

Jayanti Ballal, the event’s Director and also a fashion designer, is excited to showcase her unique collection where the models will flaunt rich Kanjeevaram saris with Crocs footwear.

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As an ode to the rich cultural heritage of Mysuru, Ballal has come up with a line of designs that will feature heritage jewellery designs created on saris.

As for the event, she says the attempt is always to try and implement something different every time.

“The models walking for the ramp are new faces because we believe in giving opportunities to new people. The only criteria we have when looking for a model is the minimum height which should be 5 ft 7 inches and this year we have a transgender model named Anjali as well,” Ballal told IANS.

Crocs Mysore Fashion Week will have more than 50 models, and 10 of these will be men.

The showstoppers at the extravaganza include actress Chitrangada Singh for Rebecca Dewan, Adah Sharma for Ballal and acid attack survivor Reshma Qureshi for Jaheena.

Dewan has worked up creations using chantilly. Her festive pop collection titled ‘belle âme’ is her way to pay tribute to the Paris attack victims.

“Paris has always been a welcoming city for fashion and it should remain so. I started my brand’s journey with chantilly and hence I felt it fitting to feature it in my latest collection. This collection is for the discerning bride who dares to be exceptional, pushes boundaries and values individuality,” said Rebecca.

The event will also feature the works of designers and brands like Vijaylakshmi Silks, Trinetra by Raja Pandit, Krishna Dembla by Ramesh Dembla, Reshma Kunhi, Posh Affair by Roshan and Dinendra, Maanay by Ashok Maanay, Zubhe by Kanchan Sabharwal, Shravan Kumar, Crocs Exclusive Showcase, Asif Merchant, and the grand finale by Archana Kochhar.

It will be a riot of different inspirations ranging from an Indo-western line inspired by the lotus flower, where the silhouettes will be traditional in fusion for the modern woman to a celebration of brides and grooms, clothes reflecting the moods and emotions of humans who are looking for a ray of hope, the classic Gingham (medium-weight balanced plain-woven fabric made from dyed cotton or cotton-blend yarn) weave and more.

As for the Crocs showcase, it will have sequinned to embellished styles in bright colours. There will be a variety of comfortable clogs, sneakers, heels and wedges, stylish sandals and slides.

The backstage team for this fashion event is from the Queens Fashion Designing School. An average of 40 students from the institute are going to be a part of the show. (IANS)

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Mysuru remains India’s cleanest city

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New Delhi: Mysuru in Karnataka has topped the list of the cleanest cities in India for the second year in a row.

It was followed by Chandigarh, Tiruchirapalli, New Delhi Municipal Council area and Visakhapatnam, said a report following a nationwide survey, “Swachh Survekshan 2016” under the ‘Swachh Bharat’ Mission.

“The survey is not done to demoralise any city or place of the country. It aims at generating a healthy competition among them,” Urban Development Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu told reporters while releasing the survey report here.

It aims at popularising the ‘Swachh Bharat’ Mission, “and to bring competitive spirit among people to keep their cities clean”, the minister added.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s constituency Varanasi was ranked 65th among 73 cities surveyed.

The survey, first since the launch of the ‘Swachh Bharat’ Mission in October 2014 by the prime minister, was carried out by Quality Council of India.

The government had commissioned a survey on the sanitation scenario in 75 major cities
including 53 with a population of above 10 lakh each and state capitals.

West Bengal’s Kolkata and Noida of Uttar Pradesh will participate in the next round, hence the ranking this year was for 73 cities.

New Delhi was ranked based on its three municipal corporations. While East Delhi Municipal Corporation was ranked 52, North and South Delhi Municipal Corporation were 43 and 39, respectively.

The list of the top 10 includes Mysuru, Chandigarh, Tiruchirapalli, New Delhi Municipal Council area, Visakhapatnam, Surat, Rajkot, Gangtok, Pimprichindwad and Greater Mumbai. (IANS) (pic courtesy: lifeamongzillions.wordpress.com)

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Modi: Good governance must integrate policy with science and tenchnology

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Mysuru:  Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said good governance is not limited to policy and decision-making, it is also “about integrating science and technology in choices we make and strategies we pursue”.

Inaugurating the 103rd Indian Science Congress here, the prime minister appreciated the event’s theme – ‘Science and Technology for Indigenous Development in India’, saying it was a fitting tribute to former president A.P.J. Abdul Kalam’s vision.

“It’s a great pleasure to begin this year in the company of leaders of science from India and the world,” Modi said addressing a huge gathering of about 15,000 scientists.

The event is being held at the University of Mysore from January 3 to 7. (IANS)

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Mysuru: The land of demon king Mahishasura

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By Nithin Sridhar

Mysore – the city of palaces is a well-known religious, as well as a tourist destination. It has a rich cultural history and was for a long period ruled by the Royal dynasty of Wodiyars who had made it their capital.

The name of the city ‘Mysuru’ or ‘Mysore’ is actually derived from the name ‘Mahishasurana Ooruu’ which means ‘the city of demon Mahishasura’.

Legend of Mahishasura

Mahishasura was one of the prominent Asura (demon) kings who managed to control all three worlds and oust the Devas/gods from the heavens, according to Hindu mythology. Mahisha means ‘Buffalo’. It is said that he was a shapeshifter as he could take the shape of any animal, especially that of Buffalo or human.

Devi Bhagavata Purana describes how demon Rambha had performed intense austerity in the worship of Agni, the fire god, and in return had got the boon that a powerful son would be born to him, who would conquer all the three worlds. Thus, was born Mahishasura.

Mahishasura then performed austerity to Lord Brahma asking for the boon of immortality. As a fruit for this austerity, Lord Brahma granted him that he could not be slain by any man or animal and only a woman could kill him. Mahishasura, who perceived women as weak, gathered his army and attacked the heaven.

A great battle ensued between the Devas and the Asuras that went on for hundred years, but didn’t see any end. Realizing that they were in no position to defeat Mahishasura and his power was growing with each passing year, the Devas decided to unite the powers of all the Devatas and invoke the Supreme Nirguna Shakti in a female form.

Thus, was born the Great Goddess Chandika, who was the sum total of all energies in the Universe. Seeing her manifest, Mahishasura sent her a marriage proposal, which was calmly rejected by the Great Goddess. Angered by this, Mahishasura sent his army to imprison or slay the Goddess, and they were completely destroyed by the Goddess.

Thereupon, Mahishasura himself attempted to kill the Goddess. He tried to attack her by assuming various forms, like those of buffalo, elephant, and lion. Finally, the Goddess cut his body into two pieces using her chakra and ended the menace of the demon.

A similar story of the slaying of the demon Mahishasura can also be found in Durga Saptashati that appears in Markandeya Purana.

Local beliefs in Mysore

It is believed by the locals that this war between Mahishasura and the Goddess was fought on the top the Chamundi Hill, which is located 13 Kms from Mysore, overlooking the city.

Speaking to NewsGram, BK Sridhara, a retired bank employee, who is staying in Mysore for more than twenty years, said:

“It is widely believed that the war between the Durga and Mahishasura happened for nine days atop the hills, and on the 10th day the demon was slain by Durga.”

He further added that this 10th day is now celebrated as Vijayadashami in the city.

The Goddess Durga, who is called as Chamundeshwari in the city, because she also killed demons Chanda and Munda, is said to have stayed back permanently on the top of the hills for the protection and welfare of the people of the city. It is for this reason, the Goddess is the presiding deity of the Mysore royal family.

As if to corroborate this story from the Puranas, a temple dedicated to the Goddess Chamundeshwari exists on top the hills. The temple is at least 800 years old, and the original shrine is believed to have been built by Hoysala rulers. Later, Vijayanagar rulers, and the Mysore Wodiyar rulers have renovated and maintained the temple for many centuries.

On the outskirts of the Chamundeshwari temple, there is a giant statue of Mahishasura that stands as if symbolically reminding everyone who visits the temple, that a long time ago he was the king who ruled Mysore.

(Photo: www.manymanyimages.com)