FASHION, ENTERTAINMENT & LIFESTYLE
Volume 2 | Issue 5 | September 2013
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CONTENTS SEPTEMBER 2013
LIFESTYLE 12. WHY DOES MUSIC MAKE US FEEL?
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A new study demonstrates the power of music to alter our emotional perceptions of other people
EVENTS 06. MR. AND MISS VANQUISHER 2013
08. FASHION 11. PROFILE
OF THE MONTH: AALIA
16. THE ROYAL GROOM Perfect for the upcoming marriage dates starting next month, Sherwanis is the most popular dressing option for an Indian groom. We bring to you the latest collection of sherwanis which are exclusively designed by Ravi Rawal
MY ESTEEM – AN EXCLUSIVE ARTICLE AND SHOOT CONDUCTED BY THE Lá FIESTA TEAM
18. INTERNATIONAL PICK: CASTLE DREAMS
E XC L U S I V E E V E N T WINNERS
Abhilash and Shruti
Aman and Janica Binoy and Deepshika
DANCE PERFORMANCE TITLES
Anumita Navya Adrija Khusharg Abhilash
(Best Walk) Ashish Kaidan and Anukrita Paul (Best Expressions) Avneet and Deepshikha (Best Smile) Sahil and Riya Sharma
BAND PERFORMANCE Prayas
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Mr. & Miss Vanquisher 2013
C OV E R E V E N T
success GLAMBIRDS ENTERTAINMENT yet again organized the mega model hunt event Mr. & Miss North India 2013. From all over the northern India, male & female models were shortlisted for auditions and finals. From the beginning to the end this show was flooded with lot of activities, training & grooming, fashion, thrill, drama and a grand exposure and entertainment. Lรก Fiesta was one of the proud media partners of the event. The winning couple Dhruv Bhalla and Vaishnavi Pandey stole the show while the first runner-up couple was Vineet Wadwani and Samikha and the second runner-up couple was Devasheesh and Nida Shah.
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The five jury members consisted of a renowned singers Daler Mehandi and Shankar Sahney, Leading hairstylist Sylvie, Pammy Kaul, Amit Talwar, Vidushi Khanna and Seema Midha. The chief guest of the event was Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee President & Minister of Parliament Mr. J. P. Agarwal. Other guests included VVIP personalities, celebrities, Page 3 personalities, socialites, top models, entertainment & lifestyle industries big shots.
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The Big Glam Success
PROFILE OF THE MONTH
HAPPENED BY CHANCE PURSUED BY CHOICE A
A L I
20 years old Aalia, standing tall at 5’6”, has worked in numerous ramp shows. She entered the fashion world few years ago. She says, “It happened to me by chance and I’m pursuing it by choice now. It was initially just a passion, but now, it has become my profession.
This fair complexion girl has bagged assignments with Amul milk, Onnest milk, G‘Five mobile, GLX mobile, Surya Gold Cement and for various designer brands. She had also done video ads for Home Décor and Care World TV. Currently, she works as a brand ambassador for Surya Gold Cement for entire north-east. “Lá Fiesta is a wonderful fashion and lifestyle magazine. I love the quality of articles and editorials and that too beautifully presented through its pages. Every issue comes with electrifying content and latest information. Lá Fiesta is indeed a treat to all the glam lovers as well as for the youngsters of today's generation.”
s a young man I enjoyed listening to a particular series of French instructional programs. I didn’t understand a word, but was nevertheless enthralled. Was it because the sounds of human speech are thrilling? Not really. Speech sounds alone, stripped of their meaning, don’t inspire. We don’t wake up to alarm clocks blaring German speech. We don’t drive to work listening to native spoken Eskimo, and then switch it to the Bushmen Click station during the commercials. Speech sounds don’t give us the chills, and they don’t make us cry – not even French. But music does emanate from our alarm clocks in the morning, and fill our cars, and give us chills, and make us cry. According to a recent paper by Nidhya Logeswaran and Joydeep Bhattacharya from the University of London, music even affects how we see visual images. In the experiment, 30 subjects were presented with a series of happy or sad musical excerpts. After listening to the snippets, the subjects were shown a photograph of a face. Some people were shown a happy face – the person was smiling - while others were exposed to a sad or neutral facial expression. The participants were then asked to rate the emotional content of the face on a 7-point scale, where 1 mean extremely sad and 7 extremely happy.
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The researchers found that music powerfully influenced the emotional ratings of the faces. Happy music made happy faces seem even happier while sad music exaggerated the melancholy of a frown. A similar effect was also observed with neutral faces. The simple moral is that the emotions of music are “cross-modal,” and can easily spread from sensory system to another. Now I never sit down to my wife’s meals without first putting on a jolly Sousa march. Although it probably seems obvious that music can evoke emotions, it is to this day not clear why. Why doesn’t music feel like listening to speech sounds, or animal calls, or garbage disposals? Why is music nice to listen to? Why does music get blessed with a multi-billion dollar industry, whereas there is no market for “easy listening” speech sounds? In an effort to answer, let’s first ask why I was listening to French instructional programs in the first place. The truth isI wasn’t just listening. I was watching them on public television. What kept my attention was not the meaninglessto-me speech sounds (I was a slow learner), but the young French actress. Her hair, her smile, her mannerisms, her pout… I digress. The show was a pleasure to watch because of the humans it showed, especially the exhibited expressions and behaviors.
The lion share of emotionally evocative stimuli in the lives of our ancestors would have been from the faces and bodies of other people, and if one finds human artifacts that are highly evocative, it is a good hunch that it looks or sounds human in some way. As evidence that humans are the principal source of emotionality among human artifacts, consider human visual signs. Visual signs, I have argued, have culturally evolved to look like natural objects, and have the kinds of contour combinations found in a three-dimensional world of opaque objects. Threedimensional world of opaque objects? Nothing particularly human about that; and that’s why most linguistic signs – like the letters and words on this page – are not emotionally evocative to look at.
But visual signs do sometimes have emotional associations. For example, colors are notoriously emotionally evocative, and arguments about what color something should be painted are the source of an alarming number of marital arguments. And “V” stimuli, such as that yield sign on the street, have long been realized (within the human factors literature) to serve as the most evocative geometrical shape for warning symbols. But notice that color and “V” stimuli are plausibly about human expression. In particular, color has recently been argued to be “about” human skin and the exhibited emotions – which is why red grabs our attention, since it's associated with blushing and blood - and “V” stimuli have been suggested to be “about” angry faces (namely, angry eyebrows) which brings us back to music and the Logeswaran paper. Music is exquisitely emotionally evocative, which is why a touch of happy music makes even unrelated pictures seem more pleasant. In light of the above, then, we are led to the conclusion that the artifact of music should contain some distinctly human elements. The question, of course, is what those elements are. One candidate is our expressive speech – perhaps music is just an abstract form of language. However, most of the emotion of language is in the meaning, which is why foreign languages that we don’t understand rarely make us swoon with pleasure or get angry. That’s also why
emotional speech from an unfamiliar language isn’t featured on the radio! But there is a second auditory expressive behavior we humans carry out – our bodily movements themselves. Human movement has been conjectured to underlie music as far back as the Greeks. As a hypothesis this has the advantage that we have auditory systems capable of making sense of the sounds of people moving in our midst – an angry stomper approaching, a delicate lilter passing, and so on. Some of these movements trigger positive emotions – they conjure up images of pleasant activities – while others might be automatically associated with fear or anxiety. (The sound of running makes us wonder what we’re running from.) If music were speech-driven, then it is missing out on the largest part of speech’s expressiveness – the meaning. But if music sounds like human expressive movements, then it sounds like something that, all by itself, is rich in emotional expressiveness, and can be easily interpreted by the auditory system. Regardless of whether music is emotional intonation from speech or a summary of expressive movements – or something else altogether – the new research by Logeswaran and Bhattacharya adds yet more fuel to the expectation that music has been culturally selected to sound like an emotionally expressive human. While it is not easy for us to see the human ingredients in the modulations of pitch, intensity, tempo and rhythm that make music, perhaps it is obvious to our auditory homunculus.
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SOCIAL ANIMAL The weather was just right to share that perfect moment with my beloved, that moment not from any literature, nor any form of text or language, but the one cherished in the streets of our city. A walk in the park was the only thing on my mind. I walked with him holding his arm. The pace was slower with each forward step as I was lost into our world of dreams- unaware that just a few pairs of brown eyes surpassed my beloved’s silhouette and rested their views on me. Those pairs kept on ogling to find at least a glimpse of my hidden assets. As we passed that group, they kept rubbernecking while I stared at my guy helplessly. He immediately realized my discomfort and confronted that group. He warned them and tried to educate them. But those shallow beings mocked with a ‘not-evenbothered’ smile on their faces. I persuaded him we should leave as I didn’t want to spoil the evening. I was not molested as there was someone there to protect me. But does that mean I didn’t lose my self-worth and…
Eve-teasing is normally meant as teasing a girl or woman. “Eve-teasing” refers to public sexual harassment or street harassment to a girl by a boy, when it turns into a serious issue. Eve-teasing is a very common term in India, Bangladesh, Nepal and Pakistan. As the days going on, some social issues are becoming more and more dangerous. From load shedding to price hiking, crimes to calamities our country is going to change its usual nature. But the matter of fact that could pain a reader is “eve teasing”. Some people considered it as a newly formed social issues. But the actual reality is its not a new problem! From the originate of society there are many discrimination between different gender. But the people actually the male has a nature or habit of insulting female.
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There could be many reasons behind eve-teasing- giving less importance on gender discrimination problem, failing to educating girls or inadequate scope for female education, destruction of our social values and respecting others, helping others and among them the way of showing love, and last but not the least, our sense or thoughts towards women. May be there are also many issues that works behind eve teasing, so we can use the word 'etcetera'! But it's still a shame for us as the outcome is really worse. It affects the woman’s life horribly that the effected women should need to take the necessary steps for his life. Some of the consequences could be: Suicide is the ultimate path for some woes. Like Simian who was a student of the institute of fine Arts Bangladesh at Dhaka University was victim of the local boys regularly and choose the path of death. Cases tell many girls lost their minds and went abnormal or got mental disease from fast reaction. After being a victim, she doesn’t want to go out from home and live in a nightmare of eve-teasers, and then followed by depression and at last losing her mind.
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inside with "You don't know who I am and who you're messing with!" thought. Avoid potential harassers. If you see a group of men hanging out, or a man who's making eye contact with you and trying to get your attention, take a detour. Better safe than sorry. The question remains. “Is she born just to listen to these weird remarks and do nothing about it? Has she been given birth to please men with no selfregard for herself? Is she born only for the pleasure of men? Do you think that is the sole purpose for the birth of a girl? NO. Obviously not. She wants to have her freedom too... She wants to fly high up in the sky with no one to stop her. She wants to walk into trains and buses without having looked at lecherously. She deserves a good life, a woman who is not treated as a commodity for sexual pleasure but as a woman of substance and dignity.
In some local villages, if a local school-going girl or a garments worker or a college girl becomes a victim, so the common scenario of their family is to get her married. It also gives birth of another social evil of early marriage and pregnancy related deaths.
Eve-teasing is increasing in very alarming rate in our country. We need to take a necessary step to prevent it from the root. We need to focus the prevention of eve-teasing from the family. Everyday so many women are the victim of the eve teasing in several ways. Many of them commit suicide. It takes the lives of the young girls and women's. If people are more aware about it, if we can make the people believe that eve-teasing is a social crime this rate could go down.
Rinku Das, a 23-year-old call center employee in Kolkata, was returning by local train to her home in Barasat on the outskirts of the city. It was after dark and as usual, her 16-year-old brother, Rajib, was waiting with his bicycle to escort her home. A group of drunk men started making lewd comments. Rinku asked her brother to pedal faster. But they were not quick enough. One of the men caught up with her and grabbed the handlebars of the bicycle. He pulled her off the bike and sprinkled alcohol all over her. The brother tried to stop them, and they started beating him up saying, “Oh, are you a big shot gangster now? Show us your gun then.” That's when the story takes its most horrific turn. Rinku ran screaming for help to the District Magistrate's bungalow nearby. The armed guards standing at the gate refused to leave their posts. They gave her the phone number of the police station. By the time Rinku ran back, a passerby in a cycle rickshaw had picked up her brother, who was lying bleeding by the side of the road. He died the next morning. The image that sticks about the Rinku Das story is of a young woman coming home from work versus a group of men, probably unemployed, who spend their days getting high on cheap liquor and cough syrup.
It may reduce the mobility of the women. In fact, within the patriarchal social fabric, eve-teasing is a weapon to weaken, hurt or force women to consign to domestic affairs. It restricts women’s mobility in the public sphere, which contributes to their diminishing participation in outdoor activities. Given the strict patriarchal social system, it is almost daring for a woman to protest against teasing in public places. That may further endanger her security, on the one hand, and there is possibility that she herself will be held responsible for the incident. In our society, it is usually the girl who is finally held responsible for such incidents. Can it be all avoided? Are there any steps to stop this evil? The first line of defense is only and only that girl. Precaution is always the best. Walk in well-lit and frequented areas. Don't walk through a dark, lonely street or you're only inviting trouble. In a well lit area you'll be able to see and avoid potential offenders. Be street smart. Don't daydream and don't look lost– even if you are. Look as if you know exactly where you are going. If you are being followed, nothing psyches your follower as much as this- Just walk up to him and start yelling at the top your voice, without letting him get a word in. Ask him for his details. Make him shiver from
Couples: Rohit (Ram) & Jhanvi Others: Harsh, Vipul, Yashap, Aashi Location: Lodhi Garden Shoot theme by: FNC Photographer: Mohit Ahlawat Coordinated by: Amit (On behalf of Lá Fiesta)
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D E S I G N E R â€™ S PA R A D I S E
dressing option for an Indian groom as it signifies style and elegance. It is believed that clothes and rituals are a vital part of any Indian wedding, so both the bride and the groom are dressed in gorgeous clothes. Not only the couples, but even the guests are dressed in their best clothes. As the Indian wedding ceremony continues for several days, the couples get to wear a new outfit everyday. Sherwanis are quite similar to a coat, but it is long and is usually worn over a churidar or a kurta. There are various types of designer sherwanis such as baloochi and peshwari, which are usually bottomed up and makes the groom look graceful and elegant. The groom can also accessorize himself with kalangi or kantha. The dress has a close body fit and has lining beneath the sherwani. Some of the Indian wedding sherwanis have outstanding crystals and hand embroidered thread work, while others have spectacular stones, mirror, beads, and sequins work. Earlier the sherwanis had hand embroidery but today with the changing times machine embroidery is highly in fashion, but still there are several people who prefer hand made embroidery. Various materials are used in the making of the dress, such as crepes, tussars, woven silk, crinkled tissues, brocades, and zardozi, but one can also opt for cotton, so the groom can pick one according to his comfort and budget. We at LĂĄ Fiesta have brought the latest collection of sherwanis which are exclusively designed by Ravi Rawal at his Aasirward Design Studio- perfect for the upcoming marriage dates starting next month.
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Models: Abhishek, Gurmit, Rohit (Ram), Sachin, Vipul, Yashap | Photography: Zohaib | Makeup: Dharmender | Organized by: Amit (On behalf of Lรก Fiesta)
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I N T E R N AT I O N A L P I C K Model Mayank Sahni, worked collaboratively with Richard Powazynski, a local fashion photographer, on a shoot in Newcastle Upon Tyne. The chosen location for the shoot was the beautiful Castle Keep located within Newcastle; it is one of the oldest buildings in Newcastle and is steeped in local heritage. The setting also provided a beautiful back drop to the imagery. Newcastle's iconic bridges over the River Tyne can be seen highlighting the modern and historic cultures of the city.
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The shoot aimed to combine the beautiful scenes of Newcastle with local company "The Alter-ed Ego" which specializes in bringing together alternative couples with alternative suppliers to organize their wedding. The photo shoots gave the suppliers the chance to showcase their work whilst producing material for publications, advertising and online marketing purposes.
man with the eagle By Samhain Photography Location: The Keep Castle, Newcastle
More of Richard's work can be seen at www.richardpowazynski.com
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M A L E ZO N E
age – 18 years | height – 5’11” | weight – 69 kg | chest – 42” waist – 30” | complexion – fair | city - ghaziabad experience – ramp shows, print shoot, stage shows
age – 25 years | height – 5’9” weight – 70 kg | chest – 40” waist – 30” | complexion – fair city – new delhi | experience – ramp shows with oriflame, serials, movies, documentary/recreation with star news, aaj-tak, sony tv (crime patrol)
“I still remember when I was in my early teens, I was really fascinated towards this field. I’ve always aspired to be amongst the top models of this industry and when I got the chance to walk on the runway for a fashion event at the university level, my desire to be a model grew more. Modeling is something that keeps me on my toes- super-exited about assignments. I’ve made a promise to myself that I'll work hard to get there”
age – 19 years | height – 6’ | weight – 69 kg | chest – 40” waist – 32” | complexion – wheatish | city – new delhi experience – fashion shows, print shoots Sweet, passionate, tall and handsome! Vipul has a photogenic face who dreams big to become a model. It was something that he knows he wanted to be ever since I was a child. “Lá Fiesta is the right place from where I can start my journey. I’ll always be grateful to their continuous guidance and support!” His favorite actors are Shahrukh & Kareena.
age – 18 years | height – 5’10” weight – 69 kg | chest – 36” waist – 30” | complexion – fair city – new delhi experience – fresher
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F R E S H FA C E S
age – 22 years | height – 5’10” | weight – 78 kg | chest – 43” waist – 34” | complexion – fair | city – new delhi experience – magazine shoots
The sharp minded allrounder Good looks & natural talent
Good in studies & the world of fashion Work experience: Imagesbazaar.co m