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SPARKLING STONES & GLITTERING GOLD

CURTAIN CALL

Theatre may be down, yet artistes with passion hold the curtain up

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CHARISMATIC CHANDRALEKHA She keeps the trains running safe and smooth

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HOLI BASH Get drenched in myriad hues, taking note of our colour cues

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Red Feature The local artistes are out to make up for the lost glory of theatre and are all set to prop it up to a new height. Sharing the stage with them are two talented women, who promote English speaking among children imparting theatre skills.

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Red Eve Equipped with fantastic track record (pun unintended) the DRM, Chandralekha Mukherjee arrived to take over Ecor, Waltair Division. She signals a new era in the railway services.

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RedFrolic From splashing colours on each other and exchanging greetings and sweets, Holi has come a long way. Today, it has turned into a big-ticket fest with event managers cashing in on the pulse of revellers and comes with all works- DJS, rain dance, dhol beats and the likes included.

Red Haute From Hayati to Sameera to her latest avatar as Swetha, Adah knows how to connect with her audience playing different roles. She scorches these columns with her Garam looks.

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58 Red Reviews We here talk of hospitals and hospitality too, introducing the new facilities that have just landed in the city. Not to be left behind is the fresh mall catering to sartorial needs of fashionistas

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CENTURION UNIVERSITY OPENS CENTRE Centurion University of Technology and Management, Odisha opened an advanced skill center on Rama Talkies road. Dr.K.Haribabu, MP inaugurated the center. It is a Dassault Systèmes partner and will impart training to engineering graduates in automobile design using Catia. The University is a partner of NSDC and APSSDC and will give skill training in engineering trades. Haribabu said, “The Smart City Vizag is on the march of progress. Educational institutes of high order are the need of the hour.” Prof .D.N.Rao, co-founder of the University said that the University would be setting up more skill development centers in the state. ART FOR CHARITY Through art many messages can be sent lucidly. That is what the local artists did. Art Works hosted one-of-its-kind painting show called ‘Art For a Cause’ at The Lords, Welcome Hotel Grandbay. Inaugurated by Vice-Admiral Satish Soni, retired Indian Navy ofcer and Payal Soni, this one-day exhibition-cum-sale saw the creative pieces of 29 artists, including Jumana Topiwala, Jaya Narsimha, Dolly Dhillon, Dharini, Sudha, Anu, Sri Kanti, Athma, Prithi, Rukhsaar, Kanchan, Mandira, Renuka Jagan, Vinita, Lakshmi, Manorama and Jyothi. A part of the proceeds went to NGO Icha Foundation, a registered charitable trust giving home to abandoned and special children.

VRK SILKS IS HERE Film actor Pranitha, looking stunning in a gorgeous silk sari inaugurated Kanchipuram VRK Silks in the rst ever showroom in the city. The inauguration of the outlet in the rst oor of Kala Niketan in Dwaraka Nagar, saw a huge number invitees. Many fans thronged the mall to cheer the popular actor. “Viagaites need not take up arduous trips to Kanchipuram to pick up authentic Kanchi saris any more. The additional advantage is that they will be getting the exclusive saris straight from the weavers looms for comparable prices,” said Prem Kumar of VRK Silks, speaking at the event.

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MASERATI MARVELS UNVEILED Italian luxury car manufacturer Maserati has renewed its focus on the Indian market. It is in line with Maserati’s growth strategy as the market bears signiď€ cant potential for the brand. Maserati, Bangaluru, had brought along Quattroporte and Ghibli from its stable to give Vizagites a sneak preview. The cars were displayed in Novotel Visakhapatnam Varun Beach. Dr. Raghu, CMD, Suraksha Health Park, Varun, Managing Director, Varun Groups, Rama Krishna of Opel constructions and wellknown car racer-turned actor Sailesh Bolisetti were prominent among the present to take a look at the two highend cars unveiled.

GREAT CANINE SHOW The Vizag Dog Show was a smashing hit. VUDA MGM Ground was aptly chosen as the venue which was thronged by owners of various breeds that competed for best titles. Over 400 entries made it to the show time, which included even a four-year-old dog from Russia of East European Shepherd breed. HRD Minister Ganta Srinivasa Rao was the chief guest. Abhimanyu was the judge of the show. Organizing members of the show, Basha and Mrinalini Mohammad of Marshall's Pet Zone said they were overwhelmed by the response. A fashion show by the furry friends was a special attraction. red | march 2016 | 14


VIZAG

TECH FEST, A GREAT HIT

WORLD MAGIC DAY CELEBRATED

The Department of E.C.E, School of Engineering, Gayatri Vidya Parishad College for Degree & P.G Courses had conducted a two-day Tech fest- AVARTANA 2K16. The department had started an IETE (Institution of Electronics & Telecommunication Engineers) Student Forum with 100 registered members and it was inaugurated during the fest. S.Murali Mohan and Dr.V. Ramakoti Reddy were the chief guests. The event turned out to be a great success. Grafti and traditional dance were the main attractions. H.O.D Dr.Sadasiva Rao, Intec president K.Suryabharath, P.V.Sasidhar, B.V.S.Anusha, S.T.P.Y.Pavan Kumar, the faculty and students applauded the efforts of the people who contributed to the grand success of the event.

Marking the World’s Magician Day has been a tradition with the Indian Magic Academy (IMA) and this time Vizag was chosen for celebrations. Kalabharathi was selected as the venue for the event which saw as many as 10 famous magicians from all over the country performing. The highlight of the event was the series of illusion acts displayed by the master magician B.S.Reddy, president of IMA. Dr.B.V.Pattabiram was the special guest. Senior magician Ashok Kharbanda (Delhi) was honoured with Indrajala Bramha title. Joint collector J. Nivas was the chief guest.

TOAST RAISED FOR CITY Fluentgrid Limited hosted “Networking Dinner over Wine and Cheese” for the USTDA team and AP ofcials at Novotel. S. P. Tucker, Chief Secretary, Govt of AP, Vice Admiral Satish Soni, J.A.Chowdary, IT Advisor to Govt of AP, J.Krishna Kishore, CEO, AP Economic Development Board, K.Hari Babu MP, Krishna Babu, Chairman, VPT, Amit Garg, CP, Praveen Kumar, GVMC Commissioner, Rear Admiral Bimal Verma were present. USTDA team was led by Director Leocadia Zak. G. Murali Krishna, MD&CEO, Fluentgrid Ltd and his wife Vani played the perfect hosts. A toast was raised for the Visakhapatnam. Live Cuban Band enthralled the audience.

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POLLOCKS CELEBRATES ANNUAL DAY Pollocks Schools a celebrated their 50th Annual Day on 28th Feb 2016 at Rajiv Gandhi Indoor AC Stadium with all grandeur. The event was graced by Commissioner of Police Amit Garg, Murali Krishna G. MD & CEO and Vani, Director, Fluentgrid. The welcome address was delivered by Rajini Chitra, the Vice-principal. Principal Sandeep Chitra presented the annual report. Meritorious students were given prizes. The winners of competitions conducted during the Sports Meet received prizes. A colourful cultural programme was the highlight. MSK HONOURED Former cricketers of Andhra felicitated M.S.K. Prasad and conferred on him the life achievement award. Ravi Shastri, Minister for Panchyati Raj Ch.Ayyanna Patrudu, ACA general secretary and BCCI vice-president G. Gangaraju and ACA president D.V.S.S. Somayajulu feted MSK and his wife Prashanti in the presence MSK’s father Ravi Prasad. Shikhar Dhawan, team ofď€ cials Bharat Arun, Sanjay Bangar and R. Sridhar and Vikram Rathod. S.K.A. Hussain and Jasti Srikanth took the leading role.

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A FRAGRANT GESTURE “It is always a pleasure to unfold the magic of Ikebana to a new audience, the look of wonder on the faces of those watching the arrangement is highly rewarding,” said Rekha Reddy, the Ikebana expert from Hyderabad. She was speaking at the workshop held for the women members of Waltair Club. Rekha cast a spell weaving her demonstration with her speech. The gathering was led by Bela Gupta, Chairperson, Ladies Committee, Waltair Club.

ANNUAL DAY CELEBRATIONS AT GREENDALE The rst annual day celebration at Greendale- The Complete International School was held with great pomp and show. Executive Director Divya Das welcomed the guests and Chairman Dr. S.Ravindra spoke about his vision. Correspondent Dr.Vijaya Ravindra congratulated the children on their excellent performance. Principal Mercy Nelson presented the annual report. Chief guest Ravi Eswarapu, President, VITA, presented certicates and medals. Tiny tots of pre-primary, students of grades 1 & 2 left the spectators mesmerized with power packed performances to the rhythmic music. Abhijyana Shakuntalam a dance ballet in English presented by students of grade 3 to 7 was one of the highlights. red | march 2016 | 20


VIZAG

A HEALTHY MOVE Swati Promoters organised an absorbing Yoga event on the festival of Radhasaptami. Suryanamaskaras, the most important part of yoga discipline were practised. The organisers very aptly chose the soft sands of the RK beach as the venue and perfect time at sun rise to impart knowledge about this ancient exercise. Nearly 130 people took part in the event. M.Krishna Reddy. Chairman of Swathi Promoters was the chief guest. M.Ramesh Reddy, MD, and M.Suresh Reddy ED, besides Lakshmi Swathi graced the occasion. The session was conducted by Madhavi Latha, Surya Prakash, Anil Reddy and Mallik of Swaasa Yoga. Swathi Promoters staff and general public attended the programme.

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CHINNA BABU PERFORMS YAGAM Kodidasu Satyanarayana (Chinna Babu) , along with his wife performed Sri Rudra Chandi Sahita Pratyagira Poorvaka Vana Durga Yagam, praying for the wellbeing of earthlings. Chinna Babu was the yaga kartha of the week-long Yagam, in which 35 Rutwiks, under guidance of Poornadeekshaparulu experts, performed cow pooja, and Chandi, Rudra, Pratyagira, Vana Durga Homams, Manthrapushpam, Suhasinipooja etc. The grand nale was the Poorna Ahuti. Sri Chakraarchana and Sri Rama Pattabishekam were performed on 22 Feb, the birthday of Chinna Babu. Devotees, including many celebrities attended the yagam. FASHION FIESTA WAS A STYLISH TREAT Fashion Fiesta, an exhibition presented by Creative Events, once again left the shopaholics asking for more. The expo was organised at Hotel Gateway. Exhibitors from different parts of the country showcased designer wear, kids wear, jewellery, accessories, home décor products and the likes. “This is the sixth time that I am here and there is an evident increase of interest level among the shoppers here. They are receiving us well by buying things in huge numbers,” says Fouzia Taranum, the organiser from Vijayawada.

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SHOBHA SAYS IT WITH FUN & FASHION The cool and pleasant winter, the rustic farmhouse, the all girl invitees were the salient features of the event the designer Shobha Kishore had created to host a "fashionable" evening. "It has been a decade-long journey for me in the fashion business. I wanted to recognize and thank my clients who encouraged and believed in me," Shobha said. Besides having an enticing slide show on fashion trivia, she choreographed a fashion show in which her clients enthusiastically walked the ramp in the ensemble designed by her at Hasthakar. Grand moms, moms, young girls and kids sashayed amidst cheers and applause. The ladies savoured a wonderful experience and sumptuous dinner before they returned home with indelible memories.

ANANDS HOST GOLF PARTY Shahji Anand of Marine Corporation of India, had organised an enjoyable luncheon to honour and give away prizes to the winners of Anand Golf Cup. Vice-Admiral Satish Soni, retired Indian Navy ofď€ cer, was the chief guest at the do. The entire Anand family- Seema, Raja, Mohkam, Harshal, Sarb and Gurleen played perfect hosts to the specially invited guests. Winners of the tourney were G. Sreedhar, Cdr.G.V.Anil Kumar, Chanchal Gupta, Dr.DVR Raju, M. Sarita M.S.Ravishankar Cdr. Subhash Chander Das, J. Srinivas Rao and Noel Treasure.

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VIZAG

ONE MORE NATURALS COMES TO TOWN Yet another branch of Naturals, a unisex salon was launched in Pandurangapuram recently. The chief guest, Actor- Director Adivi Sesh cut the ribbon and lighted the traditional lamp. P.R.Raju was the guest of honour. This is the third outlet of Naturals in the city and the franchise partner of the salon is Madhoo Varma. The branch is right now running with inaugural offers. They are specially designed for bridal services.

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VIZAG

PROJECTS CENTRAL LAUNCHED

AKSHARA JEWELLERS ARRIVES With a history dating back to 1940, the ace jewellers from Rajahmundry, Jetty Jewellers entered Vizag by launching its jewellery boutique. The new facility is called as Akshara Jewellers. It was inaugurated by Mattapalli Chelamayya, who also became the rst buyer. The launch saw many VIPs from the city. Akshara Jewellers specialises in lightweight and designer gold trinkets. There are black beads starting from as low as 3 gm in weight. It also deals with diamond and 92.5 sterling silver products. For Ugadi it is going to offer enticing discounts.

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Projects Central, a joint venture between Being Corporation Japan and Tesla Consulting Pvt Ltd was inaugurated by R.Adm.L.V.Sarat Babu, CMD, Hindustan Shipyard Ltd on. Dignitaries from HSL, Siddhi Infracon and Shriram Properties graced the occasion. MD Dr.A.K.Rao shared his vision of stating Projects Central is a centre for excellence in project management. The centre will remove the gap between qualied professionals and best practices by providing certication courses, corporate training and consultancy. Projects Central has implemented TOC-CCPM standards and delivering results at HSL, Shriram Panorama Hills.


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mulya, the 50-bedded, hospital can be the ideal solution to your health woes. This rst-of-its-kind ortho centre, is a result of joint efforts by three experts, Dr.Leela Prasad (spine surgeon), Dr. Sitaram Prasad (joint replacement surgeon) and Dr.Murali Mohan (arthroscopy surgeon). This ground plus four oors hospital, stands out in the list of present facilities, with its spic ‘n span ambiance, high-end equipment, airy designs, well lit and ventilated wide corridors, waiting lounges and of course, doctors on job. The top oor is dedicated to three spacious OTs/ORs (operating rooms), day care facility and post-operative recovery room. All the OTs/ORs are equipped with latest equipment. They have Laminar Flow system which reduces the infection rate by delivering ultra clean air to the operation site and locks it from getting contaminated. Even the walls are of stainless steel and the oor has a bacteriostatic epoxy coating. It is equipped with 3rd generation computer navigation system for joint

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replacements which ensures as well as enhances precision of surgery. A few such revolutionary facilities are high speed burrs, imported drills high end arthroscopy equipment for key-hole surgery of joints, body exhaust suits etc. Third oor houses two spacious well equipped intensive care and a physiotherapy units. Second and rst oor have rooms of different categories. Each of the room has oxygen and suction facilities and even the beds are wheelers and have lift (automatic and manual) facility; it saves time in shifting patients besides adding comfort to them. Each oor is connected to the ramp. Ground oor has casualty, X-ray, pharmacy, lab and a waiting area. It has a dialysis unit. There are visiting specialists from Chennai, Bangalore and Hyderabad. The pricing is quite cheap. Tie-ups with major health insurance rms are on the anvil.

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hile sipping a cup of coffee viewing one of the busiest roads of the city, you can get your favourite tattoo inked. Yes, you can experience all these at The Gallery, the one-of-its-kind cafeteria with a tattoo shop inside. Climbing the rustic wooden stairs, you enter a very cosy set up, which is decked up with smartly designed furniture welcomes you. The walls are decorated with pictures clicked by a good friend of Shabbir and Tarun, the owners of this place. Both indoor and alfresco sitting can accommodate around 70 packs. On the menu you have segments like snacks,

milkshakes, chai, coffee, confectionary, tea collection (15 hot and 15 ice teas) and many more. Must try from tea collection are Sweet Love, Lemon grass and Ginger, Apple and Cinnamon avors. Don’t miss Burita- Mexican rolls or their amazing pancakes. You have lavish Classic Breakfast choices like mashed potatoes, Peanut butter and Jelly etc. Those who are health freaks, especially protein lovers would love to have Oreo Crunch and Ape Escape, two drinks loaded with whey protein. It will be a sin not to try its wafes and sundaes. Eggetarians can bond over its varieties of omelettes.

Now tune to Ouch where Shabbir, the tattoo artist for the past eight years awaits you with plethora of choices in permanent tattoos and piercing. From portray, tribal art to colour tattoo, he can ink any design of any size on any part of your body. For tattooing, he charges Rs.500 per inch. For piercing one has options of earlobe, nose, cartilage, eyebrow, tongue, lip, naval, surface and a few more and the price starts from Rs.300. It also has an amazing collection of books and you can spend a whole day reading through them here. But ensure you don’t use it just as a free swanky library.

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THE COOL HUB

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s the summer is setting in, it’s time to get your cooling agents in place. While searching for the best means, do make a trip to Air & Gas Controls, Daikin. Located at Isukathota, this outlet has ACs for both residential and commercial use. The capacity of the units for home ttings ranges from 1 ton to 2.2 ton and come in three models, such as 3 star, 5 star and inverter series. All the models are split types. The inverter series saves 64% on power consumption. For the commercial need, its VRV Systems are quite effective. Their capacity ranges from 6HP to 75 Hp. There are also air puriers which use seven stages of lters to release pure air. The USP of products is they are energy saving, have 410 A gas – most eco-friendly refrigerant, easy installation and low noise. It has tied up Bajaj Finance with 0% interest.

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A SILKY INDULGENCE

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fter winning hearts of women who swear by silk saris for years, Kancheepuram VRK Silk (Vemuluri Rajendra Kumar) forays in to the city. Sharing the space with Kalaniketan at Dwaraka Nagar, VRK Silk occupies the rst oor. As soon you come out of the lift, the right side offers saris above Rs.5000 to Rs.2,00,000. The left side has saris of lesser range (below Rs.3000). You can get silk saris costing as low as Rs.700. All the them are designed and woven in-house by Kanchi weavers. As no middlemen are involved between the weavers and the dealers, it offers products at much cheaper rate. A few must buys are Padiya designs; the entire sari is done in zari and looks stunningly classy. The prices range from Rs.45,000 to Rs.2,00,000, says store manager D.T Srinivas. The rarest collections in handloom are the thread woven ones which weigh as light as 150 gm. VRK takes customorder for saris. While a sari below Rs.5, 000 takes three days, the ones above Rs.30,000 take about a week time to get delivered..

Timing : 10.00 am to 9.00 pm, 365 days Ph. no. 0891- 6453388


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sk her about the status of a working women in our society - pat comes the reply. “The term working woman is a misnomer. Where do you find a non-working woman? Woman and work are synonymous.” This coming from Mrs.Chandralekha Mukherjee, Divisional Railway Manager, East Coast Railway, Waltair Division, is no surprise, for she leads by example, running both her office and home with clockwork precision. With a vast experience in making and implementing policies that keep the wheels of the mammoth railways rolling, she rose to the present position just before the crucial Godavari Pushkaralu. The language barrier notwithstanding, she took to the new division like fish to water and got down to the stupendous task on hand -- running 172 special trains over 12 days, ferrying 6.1 lakh extra passengers. red | march 2016 | 36


“Running these special trains is tough because it involves innumerable issues like slotting and path constraints etc. Our day used to start at 4.00 am. I would come back home, which is a stone’s throw away from the station, late in the night. I would wait to listen to the whistle of the last departing train to Rajahmundry at 1.00 am before slipping into a slumber. Though I could not make it to Pushkaralu, I felt as if I took a Holy Dip every time a train left the station. People used to travel packed like sardines, yet there was never any complaint. They showered me with copious blessings betting a daughter,” says Chandralekha with a bewitching smile that reects in her sparkling eyes- that is the smile of condence and contentment. The day after the Railway Budget, we catch up with the DRM, who expounds the journey of modern woman, drawing parallels from her own life and career. EXCERPTS Women Ruling Male Bastions It may take a while, but once you get accepted, you are one of the boys. In fact, it is all advantage. You get twice the spotlight. If you are a good worker, the word spreads quickly. “She seems to be very good” they say, even though there is a particular connotation to the word ‘She.’ When I joined railways, the Trafc Service was very macho. Women are rather recent entrants to this eld where hierarchy matters. Increasing competition from various modes of transport and pro-active passenger associations made us go for a makeover, acquiring a pleasant and responsive visage. Women’s entry is only one of the many changes that took place over the years. They are here notably contributing to the organization. Status of Woman I am not a feminist in the sense of the

word, used generally. Why only women? Many people are denied opportunities to grow. Hence to say women, as a generic entity, don’t get their due is not entirely correct. Today many of us are well placed. When things are looking up, it is better we applaud the people who are paving the way for change. Hats off to all those men and women who are making it happen. Secondly, women are strong. Give them a small fertile stretch and they bloom. These success stories are not restricted only to high places. I see them everywhere- the school teacher, the vegetable vendor, the domestic help and the nurse. Silently and unobtrusively, millions of women are changing the social fabric, albeit a bit slow.

TO SAY WOMEN, AS A GENERIC ENTITY,

DON’T GET THEIR DUE IS NOT ENTIRELY CORRECT.

That Extra Mile Being a woman, there is always that extra need to establish your credentials. Especially our kind of job involves a lot more, as it is hectic and physically taxing. You have to walk in the sprawling yards and stations and need to be on call for long hours to monitor trains’ movements. But we are such an incredible creation of God that we adjust to everything and also at the end of the day dismiss off the troubles as no big deal. Endowed with multitasking abilities, women can weave anything within their daily routine. I myself earned kudos for ambidexterity, required to manage career and home. Quality vs Quantity A working woman may not be able to run around her child all day long but she certainly is better equipped with quality time to help him/her evolve as a person. She may not chastise him over trivia like

an unnished home work but with her knowledge, she can objectively assess his work. Basking in the luxury of time, at-home-mom may procrastinate. But the working woman has to put in a lot more in a small period of time. This makes the child too more receptive. Working women become excellent friends of their children. Sonny Hours My son Soham understands that I am on an important mission, which helps people at large. This has inculcated a sense of respect in him for me and my job and I am sure this further extends to respecting women in general. I am his friend and condant even now, though he is all of 25. We have a daily 10.00 pm ritual, what we call the blow-by-blow account of the day’s events. I tell him how my day went and vice versa. The other day suddenly he called me, seeking my blessings. I retorted, “Well! What is the urgency of my blessings, when I am in the middle of my ofce work?” Soham, a computer engineer, has given up a cushy MNC job and called me to convey the news. “Mom, you didn’t join private sector running after money. I want to walk your way and go for a start up that would be of help to our people.” Then I realized that I fared well as a mother too. Gender Lens I don’t think even women like it any longer. You seldom come across a woman, who wants to get a mileage on account of being a woman. Agreed, even now it is the woman who gets the rst call if there is an emergency at home because of her natural inclination to nurse and tend. But women have now learnt to handle these situations, by outsourcing help from parents, relatives and friends. Don’t they say ‘when going gets tough, the tough get going?’

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Even as a boss, the woman is in a better position when compared to her male counterpart. Our society frowns at any unhappy interaction between a male boss and female subordinates. As a policy, I never wear gender lens at work because I know men too have their share of problems. In fact, it is tougher for them as society doesn’t allow a man to be weak, constantly reminding him that he is born to be tough.

Unforgettable Incidents There are one too many. I recount one, relevant to this region. I used to board the local trains to get the feedback from passengers. Within 10 minutes, I would be given a seat in the jam packed bogie. They were almost apologetic about complaining over a few discomforts. After that humbling experience, I fell in love with this place, especially the people, who are very generous.

Remedial Measures You still see women huddling together at social gatherings and ofces, which shows that we have not yet reached that comfort level in interaction with men. Secondly, unequal productivity invites unequal treatment. If a woman employee’s output is distinctly less than that of her male colleague, there is a problem. So these two factors determine the employer’s preference and they need to be addressed. Ego Hassles Ego hassles at work again are hierarchy-based rather than gender-based. I have known men as well as women being harassed by their bosses. At home, it is smart and sensible to let the spouse get the attention he/she needs. Ultimately, what we want is calm and peace and any attempt to preserve it is worth it. Your spouse is sure to notice and appreciate your efforts to maintain harmony. He will certainly try to take at least half of every step you take to reach him. Luckily, my husband is emancipated and wanted to marry a working woman. He is very proud of my accomplishments. I too am very careful and try not to hurt him. Everything naturally fell in place. That doesn’t mean that we don’t have differences. But scratch the veneer, you nd us very similar. red | march 2016 | 38

Advice to the Aspirants Serving in an organisation which interfaces with 2.5 crore people on daily basis itself is an honour. The enormous workload opens a plethora of opportunities for employment. The youth can make a difference because there is a scope for improvement in this time-tested system. Some times even a minor change can add to the comfort of passengers. Right from a small thing like the size of the font on the reservation chart to the humongous task of keeping the platforms and trains clean, there are innumerable issues to attend to. Need of the Hour Introducing semi high-speed trains and promoting economic and environment-friendly travel are the thrust areas. We already have many grievance cells and feedback systems in place to set right lacunae Sops for Female Passengers Yes, on two counts, women need special treatment- they are physically weak and are vulnerable. Railways have introduced a number of measures like reserved lower berths, separate ticket counters, waiting rooms and halls, toilets, coaches and even trains besides security helpline 182 for female passengers. But the biggest comfort for woman is to have a considerate co-passenger. Dream for the Region

AS A GIRL IT MIGHT TAKE A WHILE, BUT ONCE YOU ARE ACCEPTED

YOU ARE ONE OF THE BOYS

One Vistadome coach (glass coach) has been sanctioned to be added to the Araku train very soon. I am trying to get one more. Personal Journey My father the late Mr.M.N. Choudhuri was an IAS ofcer and my mother


Mrs.Sandhya is a writer. Working for Children’s Book Trust and Sahitya Academy, she translated many books from Hindi to Bengali. My studies were done partly in Kolkata and partly in New Delhi. I married Dipanker in 1988, just 15 days before I joined the service. My father-in-law Mr.G.B.Mukherjee was an electrical engineer with railways and my mother-in-law Mrs.Rekha has been active in many women’s organisations. Both my parents and parents-in-law played a very big role in bringing up my only son Soham. Professional Journey I got the opportunity to work in two crucial and sensitive departments Defence and Railways. The Ministry of Defence, where I was on deputation, helped me gain some great insights. I feel proud that I was a part of the machinery which helped in getting women permanent postings in Armed Forces, a facility denied to them earlier. I was also involved with the setting up of Armed Forces Tribunal. The present Army Chief and Air Chief were my batchmates in NDC. This exposure to the best people and assignments are a few things I can write home about with great delight. ONE LINERS Inspiration My mother Success Mantra Hardwork, preparation, planning and blessings of elders and God Definition of power To be able to make a difference

The best compliment ever got My boss asked me- “Don’t you ever give up?” What makes you -happy? Happy people around me - sad? Economic disparity -angry? Lack of transparency. My friends call me Transparency International. Hobbies Reading and watching lms. Health regimen I plead guilty Planning the day Every morning I write it down. The unfullled tasks are carried forth to the next day Spots of holiday Cool mountains. I nd Andhra Pradesh is also a God’s own country Any unfulfilled dream? To write a hand book for young adults. One thing you like to change about yourself? I want to be more focused on my health

Despite the fact that we have other siblings, most of us have equal access to education. This is something for which we have to thank our parents.

Today our role, as empowered women, reects in loving and caring of our parents in their declining years. Now everyone prefers a daughter.

Economically independent women are more condent about lives and choices

HER THOUGHTS •

Future Targets I want to be of help to people all through. Idea of relaxation Chatting with my son, who is my best friend.

Women are no longer hesitant and apologetic about claiming their share and visibility within the family, at work, in public places and in public discourses. And most women are doing it without losing their feminity and family bonds. Empowered women respect others and themselves.


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E G A T S T WHA R

By V. Sarada & Ranita Ray Shoot by Dhana Vijay

amakrishna Paramahamsa said Natok e lok sikha hoy (loosely translated: Theatre educates people), stressing on the critical role theatre plays in shaping society. If this genre withstood the onslaught of ďŹ lms and TV, it is only because of the efforts of those magniďŹ cent men and women who are carrying forward this rich tradition with dedication and commitment. We turn the spotlight on a few of them to mark the upcoming World Theatre Day on 27th March. Addressing both ends of the spectrum, we met the veterans who are keeping the arc lights of Telugu theatre burning and trainers who are igniting spark of interest in young minds through their English theatre camps and record their views.

Misro

Satyanand

BVA Naidu

Shyla Kumar

Sangeeta Sehgall

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Satyanand

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orld calls him a Star Guru/Star Maker for he has made 150 aspirants silver screen-ready till n o w. M r. S a t y a n a n d , f o u n d e r o f Kalajyothsna Theatre Group and Satyanand Acting Institute can slip into any role- actor, director and teacher with great élan. With super stars like Pawan Kalyan and Mahesh Babu emerging out of his institute, it is only natural that he receives paean for his contribution to the populist cinema rather than his celebrated theatre journey. The innumerable trophies lined up for display in his institute tell a different story as they were won during his 5 decade-long stint with theatre.

He climbed the stage as a five year-old; was adjudged the best director 98 times and best actor as many times. He may talk of his struggles in the underprivileged theatre world but feels blessed to have followed his inclination. Friends! ‘lend him your ears’, the maestro takes the central stage. EXCERPTS Tell us about your journey? I was brought up in a house steeped in pre-production theatre activities like story selection, casting, rehearsals etc., thanks to my actor-uncle. However, my own arrival on the scene was rather by accident for I substituted for an artiste who failed to show up on time. My life might have taken many dramatic twists, but they eventually led me to my destinationtheatre. I floated my own group Kala Jyothsna in 1975 and never looked back.

What were the hurdles? Like charity, the resistance began right at home for me. People dismissed me off as a ‘wastrel’. My engagement was called off as the girl’s parents doubted my ability to support a wife. Undaunted, I have gone on, performing even on the day of my father’s demise. Theatre as vocation, your take All art forms, except theatre, have turned into vocations. Then dawned on me that this would not work. I converted the play we were staging free, into a commercial one. By closing the doors and attaching a price tag to it, I enhanced its value and have provided livelihood to the people involved. There was no electronic media at that time and the print media turned a Nelson’s eye to us. We did our own promotion through poster- drive and survived.


Status of theatre, your take The theatre is relegated to backstage because the electronic media has gate-crashed into our homes. Handing over the remote, it offered us the luxury of entertainment at our beck and call while theatre remained outside, beyond our comfort zone. When the survival itself is a struggle, what development can we expect? Secondly, while dance and music find ready patronage and sponsors, theatre lacks takers. States like West Bengal, Kerala, Karnataka, Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu are utilising the every available source to encourage theatre. Here we fail to tap our sources like Department of Culture and Sangeet Natak Academy. For instance, in Karnataka veterans like B.V.Karant, Anant Nag, Shankar Nag, Girish Karnad spared no efforts to keep the theatre alive. Show me one such leader here. In Mumbai, Tatas established the National Centre for Performing Arts

housing eight auditoria dedicated to theatre alone. Here we don’t even have the basic infrastructure. What are your efforts? We did have a union through which we knocked at the doors of government and various organisations several times, to no avail. The union remained a forum for casual chit-chats and the theatre a means to satisfy artistes’ fancy. What genre is acceptable now? Puranic plays garner perennial patronage because of their emotive appeal. The modus operandi is simple- each actor gets his lines and verses by heart. A go-between contractor organises the show. They converge at the venue a few hours before the show to rehearse together. The actor’s remuneration is as high as Rs.25,000 per performance. Reviving the theatre with social themes can be done only if it is done on war-footing. What is ailing the field? For those who set out with a great ambition to restore theatre’s glory, there are hurdles all the way. We neither have the theatres nor

the infrastructure and technical support. Neither writer nor the producer nor the actor nor the audience has the much needed discipline. What are the remedial measures? Here I must recall the 15-day Nehru Shatabdi Natya Samaroh, organised in the 632-seater Kamani Auditorium, a unit of the Bharatiya Kala Kendra Trust, in New Delhi. I took part in it as a resource person and it was a treat as I witnessed many veterans performing. That kind of exercise is the need of the hour. We should have state-wise Sangeet Natak Academies to encourage theatre activities. Now they are re-introducing the contest culture by setting up Nandi Natakotsav. I feel these contests are detrimental to the theatre’s progress. Instead of spending lakhs of rupees on them, the government should appoint an expert committee to invent efficacious measures to revive theatre. Earlier, theatre at least used to serve as a stepping stone to films. But now the short film has become a conduit to commercial films. The ultimate goal of the people is to become either film actors or directors.

THE THEATRE IS RELEGATED TO BACKSTAGE BECAUSE THE ELECTRONIC MEDIA HAS GATE-CRASHED INTO OUR HOMES.

Suryavilla, 54-15-11, KRM Colony, Sithammadhara, Visakhapatnam 530013 Ph. no 9246 623373 Next show: A new play for theatre festival in August

Tell us about some unforgettable incidents in your life There are innumerable incidents to recall but off the cuff I can talk of these - a boy from Telugu university was awarded M.Phil for his research workSatyanandgari darskatva saili-oka parichayam. I received the honours bestowed by Kala Sagar Cultural Trust sharing the stage with my mentor Sri A.Krishna Rao. Third one was rather personal- the girl who broke off engagement with me came to me along with her husband years later, seeking admission for her son in my institute. Isn’t it divine attrition?

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Shyla Kumar

ENLIGHTENING

GURUMA H

er eyes speak as expressively as her lips do, giving away that she is a trained dancer. Her command over English comes from her immense love for the language. An extremely vibrant person, Shyla Kurma, is vivacious and charismatic. These ingredients put together, steered her to become one of the most sought after trainer in theatre art for children in the city. With her guidance, she has been transforming uninitiated souls into chirping spirits at her gurukul, which rightly justifies its name –Ashvattha, i.e. Peepal tree, the symbol of Budhha’s enlightenment.

Theatre – how did you land here? Going by my present personality, it is hard to believe that I used to be an extremely shy girl. But I knew I had to get out of my shell. I founded the Hindu College Public School in Hyderabad, a branch of Hindu College Machilipatnam. The trials with theatre started as weekend projects. I started designing plays for students adopting various English stories from their curriculum as well as some classics.

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The students were mostly from middle class background, with almost no exposure to English literature, but their performances were outstanding. I ran the school for 13 years. How did you take it to the next level? I moved to Vizag by the end of 2007. Not being sure what to do here, I joined Genpact as soft skills trainer. After a couple of years when they shut

down, I felt I must go back to handling children, which is my all-time favourite. In 2010, I founded AshvatthaPeople Skills Training... Redfined. Here, besides theatre I also hold workshops on storytelling and language skills. I am a corporate and business communication trainer. I am a certified English language trainer and conduct Trinity College London English (GESE programme) from July to February, open for adults too.


How do you design your theatre workshop? For one batch, I restrict the strength strictly to 30 children between 8- 16 years. There are two 15-days workshops in the month of May. Each workshop is of 45 hours of training. I don’t give them a mike, it is all through voice throw. My audience is around 100-150 in numbers, so I emphasize each student to be audible enough to the person sitting in the last row. There are exercises which train how to project voice from stomach, not vocal cords and by breathing deeply and speaking from diaphragm. Sashank Dutt, a good friend, helps me in this regard; he is brilliant in voice training. I call the activities ‘games’ to keep up kids’ interest. There are games for time management, memory and team building etc. One day I take them out and ask them to observe the surroundings and they perform impromptu street plays. At the workshop, they are made to pick up chits and as a team are given 30 minutes to write the script, 10 minutes to practise and 3 minutes to perform the skit on the spot. I am not commercial nor do I ask students to spend on costumes. Even to depict characters, I use symbolic props or mediums. Every year there is a theme. First year it was fairytale with a twist. One of the years, I introduced them to Shakespeare, and the last year it was about history of unsung heroes. Did you obtain any training in this art form? I have a strong English literature background and I watch a lot of plays. I got trained in storytelling at Kathalaya, Bangalore, a centre run by Geeta Ramanujam. There, I also attended a 10-day theatre workshop conducted by an expert from the North East. It taught me a lot of

“THEATRE IS LIFE ON STAGE. IT IS VERY THERAPEUTIC. IT BRINGS OUT MANY EMOTIONS WHICH ARE BOTTLED UP INSIDE.”

excellent techniques. My being a Kuchipudi dancer helps me with body movement and expressions. What are you aiming at with theatre workshop? English is a beautiful language and my theatre workshops aim at correcting pronunciation, improve the language and its rhythm. Besides this, they also let the kids express themselves. Kids are like tabula rasa, the better exposure you give them at younger age, the brighter they become in years to come. I am not aiming at making them actors. Why children must take up theatre? From the beginning I have been picking up shiest of the shy children. Theatre helps children shedding their inhibitions taking them out from their comfort zone and brings out the best in them. Their speech gets polished and they learn voice throw. They gain tremendous confidence. Many kids have picked up reading habits shunning staying glued to TV, cell phones or computers.

Theatre – its impact on you I have grown with children by leaps and bounds. My confidence level has gone up. Now I can train so beautifully. I knew I was born to be a teacher, but theatre has made me a real creative person. Today, I read a book, take the gist of it and can script a story taking a part out of it. Of course, I never tried acting, as I feel I am good at backstage. However, once the ‘shy’ me has transformed into a person having no qualms of making faces, noises or voices, or miming. What are you offering this year? It is going to be just one workshop. I am planning to include puppetry. I also want to do storytelling with mudras and abhinayas. I would love to take some adults in the theatre, but only the committed ones. We have exercises which ask them to scream in anger or laugh or just cry and they alleviate stress. Trust me, after 15 day-workshop- I feel so light, that I am ready to fly.

SHYLA KURMA, Ashvattha- People Skills Training... Redfined 11-2-18 Daspalla Hills, Near the Navy House Visakhapatnam. M: 9866 966681

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Misro

EDUCATE AUDIENCE K

amal Hassan might have immortalised the lead role in ‘Sagara Sangamam’, but the two-scene actor who played the decadent dance director in the film, is even now remembered for his natural flair and flourish. Yes, he worked with superstars, acted in 50 films, assisted the legendary K. Balachander, acted in TV serials, directed five Telefilms and acted in 50 plays, most of them written and directed by him. Yet actor, director, producer and writer Mr.Suseel Kumar Misro, just Misro for his innumerable fans and friends, prefers the stage to silver screen and tells us why so.

Tell us about your journey My theatre journey from 1958 till now is marked by many milestones- sharing the stage with veterans and winning innumerable competition and awards, floating Navya Bharati Kalamandiram and taking over Bahuroopa Samaikhya, the group floated by my mentor the late Mr. K.Venkateswara Rao. I even earned my job in the Port by dint of my acting talent. What is the relevance of the theatre today? Theatre is here to stay. Even satellite invasions failed to push it into oblivion. If cinema is corrupting the youth, TV is

ruining the entire family. But I am sure they will crumble under their own negative weight. Commercialised media is serving us a lot of bad. For example, hero bashing up goons twice his size gives a signal that the wrong can be set right only through violence. But theatre comes up with a message and plausible remedies for societal ills. Lack of Facilites Karnataka allocated Rs.800 cr. in budget for cultural wing where as we have a mere Rs.100 cr. That explains the encouragement given to us. To start with, we don’t even have proper auditoria. It is the time we built auditoria

dedicated to theatre. Otherwise, we may not find space in these growing concrete jungles in future. Right from procuring the story, venue and audience to enact the play- the beleaguered troupes have to do everything themselves. Technicalities I was amazed by the technical excellence of a theatre in New Delhi. The stage was clearly demarcated by using spotlights. But for the area of action, everything disappears into darkness. This gives ample space and time for the backstage support to change the settings.


Here we work under flat lights that flood the entire stage. We have technical knowledge, but can’t afford to use it. However, we make our own efforts to bring in some change. I staged a play adopting the multi-staged facility. We created four areas of action and by a slight turn of the head, the spectator can witness all of them.

of their social responsibility, they can rescue the Telugu theatre from the grim state it is in at present.

Modern theatre A lot of experimentation is going on. I witnessed a play in which the actor reads out an entire novel for two hours. That made no sense to me. In another mono-act, the actor playing Kabir moved us to tears with his performance. Some plays are so cryptic that they go above our heads. Street plays carrying a social message too are catching up.

Unforgettable incidents I was married in the morning and in the

What genre do the present audience choose? Comedy is the in thing. A Vijayawada group specialises in this genre. Pure comedy cannot be a wholesome entertainment. In an attempt to keep the audience in splits all through, the play may turn farcical. That reminds me of my wife’s raving over a film, “Wow, it was a tear-jerker right from the word go.” That gave me a message that even sorrow attracts. Comedy should be used as a subtle interlude. What are the measures you suggest? Thanks to parishath contests including the government’s Nandi Natakotsav, we get to see a lot of plays. But these fora are fighting arenas for competing groups but not platforms to propagate theatre. Post-performance interactive sessions between the performers and audience might help us in diagnosing the real ills. Any feedback helps the troupes to learn and rectify lacunae and improve their acts. I feel corporate houses can be of great help and play a crucial role. By adopting troupes or by sponsoring socially relevant and well-meaning plays as part

Your take on the audience role I have only one word to describe our audience- they are sick. Their hero worship and wild adulation for film stars are beyond my imagination.

performs. Please refrain from passing nasty comments.” The shell-shocked audience filed out in absolute silence. Later, he prostrated at my feet and begged my pardon for having made me come on to the stage that day. The flood of tears I held back till then, gushed out that moment. People may call it my commitment to stage, but I say it is my call because that is where lies my heart.

Address: Mr. S.K. Misro, 31-32-12/3 Ghantasala Road, Near Hotel Jaipur, Allipuram Junction, Visakhapatnam- 530004. Next show: Ravana maranam tharuvata in June. Contact No: 9848133110

evening I was on the stage. The second incident was when my second son was born only to live for a few hours. I carried his mortal remains to the burial ground and that evening I was back on the stage and my performance was said to be at its best that day. However, an incident marred the day. Someone from the audience passed an unsavoury comment on the female artiste. The director taking the stage said, “You don’t know against what odds an actor

How do you view the future of theatre? I have no doubts about the survival of theatre. Maybe the glow is a little dim now but certainly it cannot be extinguished. Driven out of their homes by the depraved TV shows and films, people have to go back to clean theatre. Of course, the onus of keeping it alive till then lies with us.

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Sangeeta Sehgall

LAUNCHING

TALENTS From

LINGUISTIC PAD

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ith 30 years of experience in teaching, Sangitaa Sehgall could have settled for a high-paying job, that of a principal of an international school or college. But, she believes that one works to earn money. After reaching a certain stage, it’s about satisfying your inner self which can be derived only through a meaningful job. She has been serving as the Launch Pad for many to discover their unknown selves. Giving a new definition to teaching, she has picked up the fading art form- theatre as a tool to impart English knowledge in the summer camps she holds for children.

Training – from where did it start?

corporate and thus, in 2009, opened

programmes and storytelling

I have always been a teacher and

my own institute- Launch Pad. I was

techniques. We are the first one to

taught English in convents. Then,

a trainer for IT companies and have

conduct Storytelling Festival in the

I worked as a senior recruiter in

been an external faculty with GITAM.

state and roped in European

an American company in Dehradun. After a year, I moved to Vizag and joined Genpact and taught soft skills and spoken English to fresh graduates to be absorbed by the company. Soon, a group of senior officials quit Genpact and floated a firm and I was made the head of its Vizag branch. However, I couldn’t accept a few of their policies and stepped out. I wanted to bridge the gap between college students and

What next? Launch Pad came into existence aiming at the adults, never intending it to be for children. However, the casual attitude of the adults in the classes left me disillusioned. I can give life to teach a person who is interested in the subject, but if I have to catch hold of the students and teach them, I am not for it. Hence I switched to teacher-training

storytellers. I started conducting summer theatre workshops for children (each lasting for 15 working days). We began with two batches and now it is three. There are four trainers, including me. The classes are for three hours-a-day and sixdays-a week. On the 15th day we present a play for the parents mostly in The Park Hotel or in Waltair Club.


Did you obtain any professional coaching in theatre? In 2010, I got trained in storytelling and theatre techniques, which I apply in spoken English and soft skills training. It worked fantabulous. In 2013, I started training for Trinity College, London, Spoken English Training (GESE programme) and have become their Examiner on India Panel from 2015.

How do you choose a play theme? Every year, I write different scripts, based on themes with distinct messages for children. The plays are of one hour duration. First year, it was ‘Life of a Butterfly’ - there is reason for everything that happens to you. Another year it was on Legend of Lord Buddha - teaching importance of compassion. Even though every child has a specific role to play, all of them are taught the meaning and the correct pronunciation of each and every word in the script. What kind of positive transformation theatre brings in them? They learn how to use voice, speak with clarity at right pace and correct pronunciation, without mumbling. It enhances their confidence and they discover their talents, which leads to

“THEATRE CAN BE VERY DRAINING, EMOTIONALLY AND PHYSICALLY. BUT IT IS ABSOLUTELY WORTH IT.”

How do your theatre workshops run? We take children between 8 to 16 years. First one week is about trust games, opening up and gelling as a group. Their creativity is built as they are made to conceptualize a complete tale over a tiny hint given on the spot. Or they are divided into groups and are asked to make a formation depicting an object, animal or a scene, like a still picture sans any speech or sound. If the other groups identify them correctly, they get a score. Leadership qualities can be identified in children, who

take the lead and delegate roles to others. Coordination is built as they work as team.

SANGITAA SEHGALL S-6, The Landmark, Uplands, Visakhapatnam, Phone- 0891- 6466681, 9490417053 Email: thelaunchpad.vizag@gmail.com

development in their personalities. Their inter-personal skills, too improve. What is at offing? Last year we tied up with an international, US-based NGO called Humane Society International and staged a play on Animal Welfare. The NGO was glad to witness a training center, sensitizing young minds about the subject. This year I am planning plays with the theme of Stray Dogs, taking cue from the recent unfortunate incidents when toddlers were torn to pieces by stray dogs. I would like to clarify here that I am not building a case against or for anyone. FYI, dogs by nature are not cannibals. Hunger makes even humans sell their babies, why blame dogs who are left to starve due to plastic wrapped waste food? I would be trying to present a non- confrontational situation between humans and dogs. Your prediction on Children Theatre in Vizag My theatres are not typical ones. I have made it very clear that this workshop is to improve spoken English, communication and personality development. Yes, I proposed to schools like DPS that they should introduce storytelling and theatre as paid hobbies from the fourth class onwards. However, I am not thinking of professional theatre for them. My personal opinion is that as it is they are prematurely exposed to a lot of things. Childhood is about innocence, and imagination. All that have been largely taken away. I hope professional theatres don’t suck up children and overambitious parents don’t give in to such trends.

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BVA Naidu

FAMILY

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r.B.V.A.Naidu is a protagonist on the stage and the patriarch of the family that eats, ‘plays’ and obviously lives together. The septuagenarian, actively involved in theatre, is a contented man, settled in the serene foothills of Simhachalam, with his two sons and a daughter and 5 grandchildren. Cross the threshold and you find symbols of his more than 5000 repeated performances of puranic plays, 100 social dramas, five Nandi awards and Visista Ugadi Puraskaram vying to catch your attention from all corners of the house. The oversized portrait of handsome Naidu in the costume of Ravana hits your eye. “The set of ornaments I was wearing was one of the three gifted to me by NTR,” says he.

The most lustrous of the Nandis, was recently won by his grandson 6-year Ritesh Chand, who sings tongue-twisting verses of epic writer Pothana with great ease. Naidu’s happiness doesn’t emanate from keeping the family together, but from his unique ability to motivate all its members to get connected to theatre- one way or the other. While all the male members act, female members lend support in makeup, costumes and rendering music. He narrates his life story which seems to have all the ingredients of a stage play well enacted.

EXCERPTS How did it all begin? Theatre is our DNA as my father and three uncles too were actors and had vastly contributed to the stage. Hailing from Vopivada Venkamma Peta, Burja Mandalam, Srikakulam, I set foot on the stage when I was 11 years old. While the port job gave me livelihood, theatre gives me life. I established Sri Sai Kala Niketanan and nearly 150 artistes are associated with us. For the past 20 years, we have been presenting one Padya Natakam on every second Friday at either Prema Samajam or Kalabharati. Presenting

these free shows is my endeavour to give something back to society that keeps the theatre going. After 30 years of service, I took voluntary retirement to be involved with theatre 24/7. With my group, I have travelled extensively and won many contests. What is the difference between your group and Surabhi, the theatre family? Surabhi is very advanced in stage techniques. They use a lot of props and can change settings in a jiffy.


What is the difference between social and Puranic genres? Puranic theatre is forever, whereas the social theatre is ever changing. For instance, I have been playing epic roles for decades and people still lap them up with unfailing enthusiasm. The social characters have a short shelf life. I portrayed the role of Ravana 5000 times and the role of Captain Sundaram in Raavi Sastry’s Nizam only a mere 100 times. Look at the vast difference.

are very unique to Telugu states. You will not find them anywhere else. What are the challenges you face? The biggest challenge is to gather artistes, spread across the district, for rehearsals. The cost of production is prohibitive because our genre demands expensive costumes, ornaments, special make-up and complicated stage props. Finding female actors is yet another task. What is the encouragement you get? With great dismay, I must say that groups are not selected for contests or shows because of their calibre. I am bound to be invited if I have contacts in high places. For instance, I should have been flooded with

MOVIES AND TV MAY MAKE YOU FAMOUS AND RICH, BUT THEATRE MAKES YOU HUMBLE AND GOOD.

One area where we score over them is the selection of actors. They cast actors from their own group, not bothering if he/she suits the character or not. I do not cast the actor in a particular role unless I am sure of his/her capacity to fit into it. However, as far as technical support is concerned even we go to Surabhi group to hire their props and techniques.

What do you do to attract the contemporary audience? We are unable to attract the youth. Though there is a decline in the audiences’ interest in the theatre in general, our genre still attracts. The fact that there were as many as 70 entries in our category in the recent Nandi Utsav, speaks for its popularity. We entice the audience by including some contemporary elements like a dance here or a song there. We have brought about a lot of changes in our rendition too. We have considerably cut short the length of the ragam at the end of the verse. People neither have time nor patience to sit through such protracted exercises. Lofty settings, technical props and resplendent and colourful costumes are our main attraction. Padya Natakalu

offers, after receiving Nandi awards. But it is not so. Can theatre be pursued as a vocation? We used to have ticket performances to earn a few bucks. There are no takers for that now. Only a few can eke a living out of theatre pursuing it full time. We spend lakhs of rupees to stage one show. What is the best way to keep the theatre alive? Nothing can make the theatre fade away. Like me, there are many avowed torchbearers to keep this tradition alive. Yet another effective way is to introduce theatre as part of school curriculum and inspire the gen-next to take it up in a big way.

ADDRESS: B.V.A. Naidu, DoorNo.18-7, Sri Satya Sai Colony Prahlada Puram, Visakhapatanam-530027 Ph.no.0891-2508854 / 9291485918 / 9292464782 Next show:Satyaharischandra on 20 March

What are the changes you observed over the years? We have come a long way during this journey from the time when I entered the stage in 1950s. We didn’t have any facilities like lights, mikes and stage props. Today we are technically so advanced that we can practically show anything on the stage.

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Frolic

By Ranita Ray

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hat time of the year is coming when you don’t mind turning black and blue! No… no…certainly not the way the idiom goes! But drowned in hues of Holi! This is one of those few festivals which unites the entire nation and age, creed or status no bar. All that you have to do is wear old clothes, gather up with pals, sip thandai and equip yourself with loads of colours- you are ready for the bash. Need that push to shed inhibition? There are masters who can awake the carefree soul within you with their euphoric tunes. Are you still fretting over the post-Holi woes? Of course we know there are one too many- from skin irritation to attending office next day with pink face, purple ears or green limbs! Drop it – here we splash some solutions, expert tips on skin care. Chuck fear and gear up for a variegated shindig.

THE PARTIES & THEIR ORGANSIERS

SRINIVAS REDDY AKA SRINU, Event organizer Repeating the feat of our successful events on Holi, Chrome Outdoor is ready to host Holi Hai- Season 7. Our event is known for its incessant rain dance, energizing dhol beats and well-organised set up with stalls of colours, food, drinks, bhaang and holi accessories. I have always received great feedback that my event ensures the safety to women revelers who come as all-girls-gang. Our bouncers see to it that nothing untoward happens as the scene hots up with people going heady. This year I am roping in two DJs from outside Vizag and they are maestros of Bollywood remixes, the genre loved in this festival. Even though Chrome is shutdown, it has its ardent fans and Holi gives us a chance to re-unite. I feel it is the only festival which brings people of all ages under one roof and serves fun doses for everyone.

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ANUPAMA GOYAL, Event Manager Keeping up its two year-old tradition of organizing organic Holi, Rotary Central (RCVC) Dist 3020, is making arrangements for ‘Rang Barse’, at Grand Bay Hotel (Deck) on 24th March. Being a Rotarian myself, I feel fortunate to be a part of this eco-friendly celebration and it’s an honour for me to manage the event. We are expecting 500 revellers to take part and enjoy the event to their hearts’ content. To raise the tempo of fun, we are organising rain dance and DJ who will deliver best music. We will use only organic colours and flowers to play Holi. This way we can demonstrate that the fest can be hassle-free celebration if we use the good quality colours that cause no health harm. There are other attractions like exciting games, photobooth with props, prizes etc. Along with all the fun and frolic we will be offering unlimited food and will be charging Rs.1,200 per adult and Rs.700 per children below 10 years. All the proceeds will go to our Cancer Awareness Programme. For passes call 9959811010/ 9989165695

NAREN AKKINA, Event Organiser & Manager This is my first Holi event and I am pretty excited about it. Called as ‘Dhol Baaje’ as the name suggests, its main attraction will be huge Punjabi dhols which will pump in immense energy in the air. There will be special juggling acts by artistes. The shindig will start as early as 8.00 am and will go for nine long hours. DSR Garden, MVP Double Road is the venue. DJ Govind, DJ Siddhart, DJ Vnky will be taking care of the music dose. Don’t miss the surprise opening act. Another striking feature is our 36X36ft dance floor. We too will have rain dance. We are expecting around 1000-1200 crowd. There is a discount coupon of Vizag Central on every entry pass. We are charging Rs.600 for passes (Single entry) and it includes pint beer. For passes contact: 9704567879/ 9533802067/ 7337019857

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DJ BOBSY I have been playing for Holi parties since 2000. This year I will be playing for three parties, Holi Bash 2016 at Sandy Lane, Rotary Party at Grandbay and at Naval Officers Institute. Bollywood music always dominates this festival. So it will be purely Original Sound Tracks of popular Hindi numbers. Remixes aren’t enjoyed much by people. Not to miss the Punjabi tracks which infuse the crazy zest in the crowd. The Holi Bash is going to be the biggest on the beach. I am all set with my playlist which will be a mix of retro, popular dance numbers.

A few must in DJ Bobsy Playlist | Rang barse | DJ babu wale (one of the popular demand) Balam Pichkari

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DJ RAHUL I generally avoid playing for Holi parties as my style of music is more suited to clubs. But this year I have something special lined up for the festival. It will feature Bollywood hits mixed up with my style of Club music to give a unique experience. I have some surprise guests who will join me on stage to make my performance a visual treat too. Come and hear me at two parties, one at Vihar and the other at Sandy Lane.

This is 5th consecutive year, I am playing for Holi. This time at MGM grounds in tie-up with VH1 & Vihar. I am playing an Exclusive Audio Visual house set with some Bolly samples. My play list includes Eric Prydz – Generate, deadmau5 Right This Second, Sander van doorn white rabbit, Redondo & CamelPhat – Paths, Dr. Kucho! vs Gregor Salto vs Lucas & Steve - Love Is My Game, Tiësto & Oliver Heldens - Wombass.

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Greet your near and dear ones with sweets. Ladoo Gopal, Sweet India are best for Holi special delicacies.

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I can assure you those who follow these easy tips can protect their skin, hair as well as nails from the post Holi stains and damages. For nails go for the brightest shade of paints, preferably dark ones and apply 2-3 coats. Men too can save their nails by applying colourless coat, apply in the inner corners too. To save your mane from colour menace, you must soak hair in oil at least two hours before you head to play. Tie a top knot, even use bandana; it will give a funky look besides protecting hair. For your body and face, apply any oil

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The colour can cause some reactions on skin, especially for those who are allergic to them. The symptoms are itching, burning sensation, pain, oozing and scaling. When eye gets exposed, it produces redness, and watering, Colours contain chemical. Mica dust added to dry powders causes multiple microtraumas of skin predisposing to

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talks of all that happened off screen while acting and ‘living’ the Kshanam. Fast moving images and larger than life characters are preferred today. Yes, the reference is to films and TV shows. We know that the theatre has been the launching pad for many stars shining on the silver screen now. Here we don’t go into the issue- whether the actors ever turn back to take a look at the line they just crossed or not. Instead, we focus on some committed people, who are silently contributing to the ancient art formtheatre. They tell us what they are doing to enhance the number of footfalls in auditoria. The scene looks brighter in Hyderabad compared to Vizag. The show goes on as we mark the World Theatre Day.

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our country—PM, CM and DM (District Magistrate).” Young Mrs.Smita Sabharwal, through the third seat of power, has made a difference to many lives with her innovative initiatives. Her present assignment with Telangana Chief Minister’s Office might have distanced her a wee bit from the grassroots, but she stresses serving people is the most fulfilling experience. Adah Sharma seems to be the star of the moment with her recently released Kshanam breaking the BO records. It is only natural we chose her for our cover story. She

Holi may be a festival of North, but in South too it is celebrated with great gusto. We share information about the venues in Vizag, where you can smear your friends with myriad colours. The event managers talk of the fun they are lining up for the day. To be on the safe side, we include some dos and don’ts, taking the cue from a leading beauty expert and a doctor. Have loads of fun using organic colours. From Hyderabad we have two eminent homes, where special delicacies are cooked for Holi and the soon-to-follow Ugadi, giving the recipes. Wish you all a great Holi and equally great Ugadi.

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What is the difference between the audiences of these two industries? After Kshanam being super successful in Tollywood, I have to say that language isn't a barrier. A good lm will be accepted even if it releases along with another eight lms. The Telugu audience is extremely intelligent and are waiting for lms with different content. They are bored of the same stuff. We have heard that you are going to debut in Tamil industry, can you throw more light on it? Yes, I am, very soon. I would wait till my producers throw light on it! What kind of roles do you prefer now? From the beginning of my carrier, my fans

have been extremely supportive. Be it my Bollywood debut 1920 - a horror lm or my Tollywood debut Heart Attack, or my debut in Kannada opposite Puneeth Rajkumar in Rana Vikrama - all have been different roles. I try to be a new person in each lm. I have two types of audience - one who wants to watch me in performanceoriented roles and the other my dance skills. With Kshanam and Garam releasing in the same month, now I am condent that I can do masala as well as offbeat stuff. INSTANT REACTIONS

What is that one role you like to act if it is remade. Why? Sonam Kapoor in Sawariya. My wishes don't have reasons (beams). With which actor you would like to get locked in a lift or lost on an island I am claustrophobic so I wouldn't like to get locked in a lift ever! I don’t mind getting lost in an island. Ranveer Singh seems entertaining company on an island or Hritik Roshan because he has the experience of what to do, after his lm Kaho Na Pyar Hai, in which he was lost on an island. whom you crush Ravi Teja in the Chintata song from Vikramar kudu.

How do you chill out in Hyderabad and Mumbai? My hotel room in Hyderabad. Because usually when I am in there, it is so hectic that I just want to come back to the room and chill alone with a book. And whenever I am in Mumbai, you would nd me at any theatre. I watch back to back movies with friends.

An actor of yesteryear you wish you were paired with? Denitely, Chiranjeevi garu. He isn't yesteryear; as he is so popular even with the current generation. I think he will be evergreen.

A movie you can watch ‘n’ number T’wood actor on of times, and why so? have Titanic .. 100 reasons - Leonardo S TOLD and Kate Winslet, ECTOR NY DIR ION the ship, the AM, MA F FASH R ING GA E BAR O EW romance, the WATCH ISED TH A VER KN AFTER FELT I R HEY NE joy or the T THEY SAID T N ME THA ME EVE tears etc. OD. SO M. IN T'WO SO GLA I can watch it D LOOK I COUL more than 100 times. Your strength as an actor My madness. I think all actors are good looking and hardworking but I don't think anyone is as crazy as I am. Your weakness as an actor Sometimes when I get too involved in the role, I don't get sleep. I keep thinking, I could have done this better or I should have done that better and next day I go to the set without any sleep. A director you wish to work with Sanjay Leela Bhansali

Your idea of relaxation- how and where it would be Just be at home, lazing out in front of the TV, eating pizza!

You can’t leave house without 3 bottles of water

Your go-to outfit? Shorts and a tee.

The craziest thing you have done till now Decided to be an actress and do movies! I don't know what was wrong with me (bursts into laughter).


Congratulation to you for the thumping success of Kshanam. How do you feel? Feels great! Mostly, because this movie was like an experiment. Something like this hasn't been done in Telugu lms. Also I hadn't done a role like this before. I was eagerly waiting to see the audience reaction. Now, I feel I can take such risks.

How did you land in this project- the toughest part of your role? Ravi and Advi Sesh narrated the script to me. I loved it and felt my character was amazing. I was worried about how it would be marketed. PVP sir spoke to me and ensured that the lm would get a wide release and his faith in the lm and in me gave me a lot of condence to sign it.

How was it working with Sesh? Sesh is wonderful and super talented. When he narrated the story to me, I could see it unfolding in front of my eyes and that was one of the main reasons to do this lm. He has written and acted in this lm. I think he has pulled off both jobs immaculately.

Can you share some interesting event on the sets of Kshanam? I had lots of fun when we did the ashbacks. There I am 16, a carefree college girl. I sort of identied with those portions. We shot them in Vizag and after shoot every day I would wear a scarf over my head and cover my face and go to the beach for two hours and run with my team. We were three mad girls- my stylist Ajab, makeup artiste Chitra and me. The boys used to get worried about us and sometimes come to check on us.

Puri Jagannadh? Puri sir rst watched the trailer on a low resolution copy on actor Satya's phone. Even then he said this was a winner. Positive as they are, Puri sir and his family always wish me the best. He couldn't watch the movie as he wasn't in town. But his son Aakash, who is always honest with me, loved the lm. After Heart Attack, we thought it would be difcult to beat Hayathi. But with Kshanam, he and many friends thought I have upped the performance further.

Which industry are you focusing on- T’wood or B’wood? I am focusing only on being happy. What makes me happy is what I do. For now, working in all languages gives me creative satisfaction. But my next lm is a Hindi one.

What are your upcoming movies? I am a bit superstitious. So, I want to complete at least 75% of a lm and then speak about my role, character or even name of the movie etc.

Your comment on your Garam? Garam was an out and out commercial masala entertainer. The feedback I got from the industry and my fans is heartening. Directors told me that they felt I raised the bar of fashion in Tollywood and some even said they never knew I could look so glam. I still get messages for Sahara and Chilakapapa songs.

Which is your favourite song from the movie? Cheliya! The song, of course, is romantic. The moments in the song are beautiful, the montages are funny and cute and I have very fond memories since I love the beach.

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What do you think are the reasons behind its smashing success? Finally only a good lm works. Yes Kshanam has good content. A lm is successful because the characters connect with the audience. People in Bangalore, Mumbai and Chennai are watching the lm and are identifying with it.

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What exactly do you need to form a group of theatre and what are the financial issues involved? Primarily you need motivation – lots of it! Financially, theatre is very flexible; you could put up a ‘low budget’ production at a supportive venue like Lamakaan for a few thousands of rupees or you could plan a major production in Ravindra Bharathi or Shilpa Kala Vedika, which may run into a few lakhs of rupees. DCH does both. Corporate sponsorship definitely helps. For several years, DCH was sponsored by ‘Charms’, till cigarette advertising was, unfortunately for us, banned by law. Now we have to scrounge for every big production! What is the relevance of theatre in today’s electronic world? Theatre is different. As it is ‘Live’ art, and will continue to flourish despite the growth of the digital media because of the direct ‘Live Vibe’ with the audience. It is very similar to watching a live music concert or cricket match vs watching it on TV or Youtube.

have audiences who are increasingly knowledgeable, appreciative and critical of the technique and the art. This is for all genres. What was your best performance? DCH has over a 100 performances under its belt so there are many very good ones and some ‘very forgettable’ ones too! Of the major productions directed by me, I enjoyed Peter Shaffer’s Equus, Michael Frayn’s Noises off, and an adaptation of Farrukh Dhondy’s short story Bollox the most. Can theatre be taken up as career? Frankly, I wouldn’t advise it! It’s a very tough environment and difficult to make a ‘decent living’ out of it as a stand-alone career.

Theatre skills being imparted in colleges and universities, your take on it Some colleges/universities have theatre as a course and a few have as an ‘elective’ in another course. For example, I am a visiting professor at BITS, Pilani, Hyderabad, which offers theatre arts as a credited elective. I find that by the end of the course, as a by-product of theatre training, the students gain, apart from love for theatre, much higher self-confidence, public speaking and presentation skills. I am sure this acquired proficiency will be of invaluable help in their professional lives in later years.

What kind of plays/themes attracts today’s audience? Of course, comedies continue to be the most popular genre and they are the highest revenue earners too. Hence, the most of productions is comedy. However, with the growth in the theatre-going audience in Hyderabad and ‘good’ theatre groups, we get to see a lot of other genres and some serious themes too. How do you pull the audience away from home entertainment? Simple, produce better plays! Of course, good media coverage helps. Social media is now also a very powerful tool. What are the changes you noticed in the audience profile? Thirty years ago, the audiences for English Theatre in Hyderabad was fairly small – and for ‘serious’ plays even smaller. With the increase in the audience numbers and theatre groups, there is a greater exposure. We now

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CANCER

Lucky for you: 20, Red

(July 21- Aug 22) You will discover new talents in you. In business you will be fairly profitable in the current projects and will be ready to take up new, even more ambitious targets. Set the bar as high as possible without overestimating yourself. Be careful, make decisions only when you are in a favourable mood. Love life is unlikely to surprise you with any exceptional moments. Avoid planning a wedding or any other major event.

LEO

(May 23- June 20) New obstacles may arise on your way. To overcome them, pay attention to the detail. You still will attain the desired goals and have quite a peaceful time. Accept the situation. This will help you save life energy and resources. In love you need to display dynamism. Do not hesitate to implement creative ideas that spring in your mind. If faced with a challenging situation, turn to your friends and relatives.

Lucky for you: 9, Yellow

GEMINI

(June 21- July 20) You will strike gold in many respects and will be able to implement all projects. It is a successful time in business. Do not slow down the pace of your work. Your energy should be geared to implement the tasks that are vital for you. In personal relationships your vitality will be overwhelming . But this won't apply to your partner. So aspire for harmony. Friends will support you. Take a leadership role.

Lucky for you: 6, Magenta


Lucky for you: 5, Olive green

(Oct 23- Nov 21) At work place your current projects will be carried out much faster than expected, but don't get fooled by all these positive moments and overestimate your strengths. Be goal-oriented and uncompromising. In love life your energy will manifest itself to the greatest extent and your life will be so enchanting that even your close friends are likely to envy you. You will be blessed with an unusual and true stroke of luck.

SCORPIO

Lucky for you: 7, Royal blue

(Sep 23- Oct 22) Quite an interesting and dynamic time! At work, you are provided with unique opportunity. Learn to distance yourself from other people's problems and don’t lower the level of your concentration and attention to detail. Stay true to yourself and do not rush to accept someone else's point of view, even if you think really highly of this person. Love life will be much more stable, you are in total control of all situations.

LIBRA

CAPRICORN (Dec 21- Jan 20) Don't even think about carrying out any major advertising campaigns, getting engaged in modernization or signing a profitable deal with a partner. It is better to move all these to the next month. But getting involved in charity work will be very beneficial; it will allow you to get some "bonuses". In love life, your aspirations can be inappropriate and their implementation will lead you to nothing. You are sure to end up with a couple of "head bumps."

Lucky for you: 4, Pink

SAGITTARIUS

Lucky for you: 16, Brown

(Feb 18 –Mar 20) At work place, it is better to move a bit slower, but steadily in several directions. Do not run away from opportunities. Personal relationships: your impulsiveness may prove to be a complete failure. Fortunately you will realize it quickly enough to adjust your course of action. Try to maintain a balanced lifestyle, don't jump at new opportunities. This will allow you to allocate your resources more wisely.

PISCES

(Jan 21- Feb 18) No problems with finances whatsoever; in fact, they will be better than ever. You will significantly increase the pace of work as well as its quality and dynamics. Try to be gentle with your significant other. Try very hard to give him/her the right amount of time and attention. Do not put your personal interests above the interests of your family. It will be necessary as this is the key to your success.

Lucky for you: 2, Silver

AQUARIUS

(Nov 22 –Dec 20) You are unlikely to implement any planned projects. Do not waste your resources and save them for better times. Take it easy if something does not work the way you want it; pull back and regroup. Personal relationships: things will develop much better now, so it makes sense to focus more on this area. Don’t dwell on problems that you fail to solve. Leave them and come back to them later. Love life will be a little brighter.

Lucky for you: 11, Lilac

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COURTESY:

ith its strong presence of over 90 years in the market, Kameswari Jewellers is known for its authenticity, genuineness, fair pricing and high quality of its products. Originating from Srikakulam, this classic house of trinkets has been meeting the ornament needs of Vizagites for the past 25 years. All the pieces here are unique, as they are designed and crafted in-house. This adds to their pricing which is 4% to 8% cheaper than the market rates. It can be rightly counted as one of the best spots for harams, necklaces and from tresses-to-toe trinkets for bride. Step in, discover their array of offers.

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THE HOUSE OF TRADITION TRENDS

A winner at the South-Zone in 2015 Jewellery Exhibition (national level), you can’t miss out this outstandingly beautiful choker set. It is from Sri Krishna Brundavanam collection. Purely handmade, it impresses onlookers with 3D figurines of Srikrishna and his Gopikas. The elegant meenakari infuses rich hues to this piece.

DIVINE AURA

200 gm

Shoot by Dhana Vijay

Gold Wt: Price on request


Gold wt: Stones: Price:

Gold Wt: (with earrings) South Sea pearl: Ruby & Emerald : Cz: Price:

31 carat 9.6 carat 25 carat Rs.3, 30,000 (Aprox)

100 gm

Assuring a touch of tradition, this paachi and nakshi work haraam can be a pick for woman of any age. As many as eight brilliantly crafted peacock motifs in oxidized look are made parts of this handmade Junagarhi-worked neckpiece. Lavish use of cz stones, emeralds, rubies and south sea pearls makes it a royal possession.

TRADITION HOLDER

50 gm 28 carats Rs.1,50,000

Called as diamond work neckpiece, this flexible choker can turn you as the showstopper at any event. Sparkling Swarovski stones are studded in a cluster setting as it is seen in diamond jewellery and a scarlet shine is added with pure rubies in the centre.

SPARKLING FLORA

Gold wt: Rubies: South Sea pearl: Price:

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50 gm 10 carats 5 carats Rs.1,50,00

Lined neckpieces are in vogue. So you be in sync with trend with this three-line necklace designed with real Burmese rubies and South Sea Pearls. The top layer flaunts the line of emeralds and Swarovski. The bottom line is done with leafy motifs in oxidized polish.

LAYER PLAYER


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Enhance your beauty with this oxidized and kundan worked chaandbaalis. It has an arresting antique appeal. The combination of red, white and green kundan stones give splash of colours to it.

ETHNIC ELEGANCE

27 gm 3.6 carat Rs. 80,000

Gold wt:

Kundan:

Price:

Gold wt: Moissanite Price:

18gm 7 carat Rs. 60,000

Gold Wt: Swarovski: Price:

Gold wt: Moissanite: South sea pearls: Rubies: Price:

Gold wt: 65 gm Diamond: 3 carat Rubies & emeralds: 4 carat Price: Rs. 1,80,0 00

Get wowed with this fusion worked earrings. Glittering moissanite stones are studded complementing the crimson charm of rubies. This piece showcases brilliantly handcrafted work at its best. Tiny south sea pearl droplets add to its beauty.

FUSION CONNECT

Studded with rubies, emeralds and uncut diamonds, this choker marvelously depicts the national bird, peacock as its centre of attraction. Taking its charm to the next level, are those pearls dangling at the bottom. It is a perfect trinket for a Bengali bride. Don’t miss the matching jhumkis.

CLASSY CHOKER

Who doesn’t fall for chaandbaalis? Their arresting appeal can mesmerize any woman. Cast your spell, flaunting this ultimate earrings crafted with numerous tiny Swarovski stones. It suits for any attire and occasion.

SIZZLING SHINE

50 gm 17 gm Rs.1, 60,000

Another striking creation from the fusion collection, this necklace is subtle two-line jewellery. The top line is finely designed with floral motifs studded with moissanite stones. The bottom line completes fusion with Lakshmi motifs in oxidized appeal.

MOISSANITE MUSE

24 gm 9 carats 10 carats 5 carats Rs.70,000


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10-12 chopped 15-16 nos 3-4 optional 1/4 cup (or to taste) 2 teaspoons 1/4 cup

Cardamom Powder Cashew Nuts Raisins Saffron strands Sugar Ghee Sweet Condensed Milk

PROCEDURE: Take a small pan and heat ghee in it. Roast cashew nuts until light brown and transfer them to a plate. Roast raisins until uffy in the same pan and transfer to a plate. In a heavy bottomed saucepan, boil milk over medium ame. When it comes to boil, reduce the ame to low, add sugar and cardamom powder and stir well, until the sugar dissolves completely. Slowly add the roasted vermicelli and stir continuously. Let this mixture boil over medium ame. Cook until the vermicelli becomes soft and mixture starts to thicken. It takes around 10-12 minutes. It will get thicker as it cools, because vermicelli keeps absorbing milk. Hence, cook until it reaches semi liquid consistency. Add condensed milk and saffron strands; mix well and cook for 2-3 minutes. Check the sweetness and add more if required. Remove pan from a ame and transfer semiya payasam to a serving bowl. Garnish with roasted cashew nuts and raisins and serve warm or chilled.

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A SWEET UGADI

gadi, the New Year's Day for the Telugu people, marks the beginning of a new Hindu lunar calendar with a change in the moon's orbit. Since it is the season of raw mangoes, fresh jaggery, and neem blossoms– the traditional pachchadi having all these ingredients is made in every household. But festival in Chowdary household is incomplete without gulab Jamun, pulihora, hot pongal and kheer. Gulab Jamun, of course, has the name saying it all for it. Made with khoya or powered milk and sugar, this dessert is almost every Indian’s favourite. There is no escape from ubiquitous Pulihora for Telugus, whether it is at home or at temples, it needs no special mention at all. Kheer, however, rules their dessert scene and here is Shilpa Chowdary sharing her secret recipe.


FOOD By Anahita Ahuja

MOTICHOOR KA LADDOO

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1/2 kg 1/2 kg

Sugar Bengal gram our

PROCEDURE: Sieve gram our and mix in 2 tblsp of melted ghee and enough water to make a batter of thick consistency. Heat up ghee in a kadhai and with a perforated (holes) spoon drop boondis in ghee. Rub the batter on the spoon with holes (slotted spoon) so that small drops of batter drop in ghee, simultaneously tap the spoon on the rim of kadhai also. Fry boondis till golden brown, remove and keep aside. Meanwhile, make three-string (3 tar ki chashni) consistency sugar syrup. If you wish add a pinch of colour. Soak the fried boondis in this syrup, mix in the raisins and cut pistachios. When mixture cools down slightly, make small ladoos using buttered hands.

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e went into the household of Deepali Bhutada to ask her what she is serving in the upcoming Holi. Here she shares her kitchens secrets. Kanji vada, Moti choor ka ladoo and samosas are usually on the menu every year. Kanji vada is a Marwadi delicacy. In this preparation, Moong dal vadas are soaked in mustard flavoured kanji. Kanji is a liquid extract of a food - usually rice, black carrots or mustard. Samosa, on the other hand is one snack that needs no introduction. However, the most special dish is the motichoor ka laddoo . Though it might look a bit difficult to prepare, but it’s the simplest of the lot. She share her recipe here.

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asking in the glory of her latest release Kshanam, Adah Sharma is on the cloud nine. She has all the reasons to do so. The movie is earning rave reviews and is being touted as a new change harbinger in the T’wood. Owner of porcelain skin, contemporary looks, she captivates audience. Her sharp acting prowess, strong screen presence and lively expressions offer the rest of the required effects. She is rising on the horizon, as one of those few actors who can take the load of the movie all alone. With her presence in B’wood, T’wood and Sandalwood, she also proves her versatility with elan. Here we have the awesome Adah, chitchatting about the success of Kshanam and more.

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We are blessed with two children Nanak and Bhuvis. ONE LINERS Who is your inspiration? My parents Definition of power A platform to be able to do good work Success mantra Passion for work and perseverance Idea of relaxation I have just a handful of friends with whom I spend time. The best compliment ever recieved My children telling me that I am the best mom. What makes you -happy? Being with people I love - sad? Unable to help the needy despite best of my intentions -angry? People misusing their position Hobbies I used to read a lot of ction and romance. Listen to a lot of music and I am a Lata fan. I was trained in classical music. But now it took a back seat. Defence mechanism I am a very romantic person. That is what saves me from turning cynical. Health regimen Nothing special. I don’t overeat. I see to it that I get adequate nourishment on time. I used to play badminton. That too is relegated to background now. Then what do you owe your perfect figure to My genes. Thank God, I don’t need to work on that front. Planning the day That is difcult for us who are on 24 hours call. But the last hour of the day is ‘me time.’ Spots of holiday Kufri, Manali. I am a mountain person

and connect with snow-capped hills. Recently, I went to Pahalgam to relive childhood memories. Any unfulfilled dream? Many. I wanted to obtain a post-graduation degree. Maybe after two years I will take it up and it will be relevant to my work- something like public policy. As a fauji child, I had travelled extensively and lived in a number of places, imbibing divergent cultures. Yet I still nurse the wander lust. One thing you like to change in yourself? I am short tempered. I realised that it doesn’t help. I am trying to get a hold on it. Don’t we all mellow with age? Her thoughts •

We women tend to be too harsh on ourselves. We should not do that because things are not always under our control.

Don’t try to be a man. Be proud of being woman.

People should perceive you by your attitude, not by looks.

The period between 25-35 years is the toughest for woman as she has to simultaneously build her family and career.

Finally, be part of the change you want to see in the world.

Awards & Rewards •

Indian Express Devi Award - 2015, for Innovation and Dynamism

e-India (e-Health Category) Government Digital Initiative – 2013

Chief Minister’s Award for best district in 20-Point Flagship Programme in 2011-12 and again in 2012-13.

Recipient of “Platinum Award” by Information Technology & Communication Department for the best e-Governance initiatives taken up in 2012-13

Nominated for Prime Minister’s award under individual category for excellence in public administration in best district initiative “Amma Lalana” programme.

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By Anahita Ahuja Shoot by Dinakar Pamu

udiences, actors, curtains, an open stage and bright lights are just some of the aspects that make the world of theatre as vibrant and compelling as it has been. Once you’re in it, the chances of your returning are bleak. Being on stage is not just a passion, but an addiction. The Hyderabad theatre, which seems to have gained quite a lot of prominence in the past few years comprises of a handful of extremely talented people, who are here to show the world what they believe in. We, with them, celebrate the World Theatre Day on 27th March. Clearly, there is no dearth of talent as more and more people are leaving the comforts of their lucrative job and opting for a full time career in theatre. Read ahead to know more about them…

Qadir Ali Baig Theatre Foundation

The Lord Chamberlain’s Men Dramatic Circle Hyderabad

Sifar

Sutradhar

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A TRIBUTE TO THE SPIAN

HYDERABAD

Mohammad Ali Baig

The Foundation boasts of having staged over 400 shows across the world. Some of the feathers in their cap are a Padmashri for Mohammad Ali Baig in 2014, an Award for Global Excellence in Theatre in Toronto, Canada (2014), French Honour in Paris (2010), ‘Delight of the Festival’ in Lahore, Pakistan (2008) and Amir Khusro Award (2012). When did you launch the group and what was the inspiration? Qadir Ali Baig Theatre Foundation was formed by the Ministry of I&PR

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ne of the most revered theatre institutions in the country, the prestigious Qadir Ali Baig Theatre Foundation has set unprecedented benchmarks in professional theatre production and management in the country. It was set up as a tribute to great Hindustani theatre artiste late Qadir Ali Baig by Begum Razia Baig and Mohammad Ali Baig and with an objective to revive theatre in Hyderabad in 2005. It’s plays are landmark productions in the international theatre arena and featured topnotch actors like the late Farooque Sheikh, Shabana Azmi, Anupam Kher and Lillete Dubey.

and the country’s performing arts stalwarts as a tribute to Baig sahib. He was one of the pioneers of serious, meaningful theatre in the country. It was not a theatre group, but a platform to promote and produce world-class professional theatre. It was formed with the mandate of reviving theatre in Hyderabad and to bring in the vibrancy that was prevalent in 1970s and early 80s during late Qadir saheb’s time. Touchwood, in the past decade, its movement brought about vibrancy in the city while getting the

revivalist Mohammad Ali Baig unprecedented awards, accolades, and global honours. Its revival model was a part of the cultural exchange among India, Europe and Turkey. What was the encouragement you received/ hurdles you faced? Any such journey will not be free of hurdles. The encouragement came in from every quarter- the state, corporate sector, media and the 350 plus loyal audience which we inherited from Qadir sahib.


This asset we have gradually turned into1,500-strong audience who are regular at our shows. This speaks of the concerted effort that was needed to revive theatre and to bring back audiences who were starved for quality theatre. What is the relevance of theatre in today's world with films and TV soaps dominating the scene? It’s like asking the importance of home-made Dum ki Biryani when you can order pizza on your app to serve your valued guests. What kind of plays/themes attracts today's audience? Audiences across the country are growing tired of the same work of a few playwrights over and over. They would like to see fresh content and the latest techniques on stage. How do you pull the audience from highly addictive home entertainment? As mentioned above, there is no comparison. People who like to watch theatre will continue watching it, irrespective of conveniences and trappings of modern technology and media. There is a cyclic pattern to it. And every time a new technology takes birth, an obituary is prepared for theatre. But it is immortal. Today people buy a Rs.1,000 ticket and flock the venue in hoards despite the logistical hassles of traffic snarls, parking. They have

entertainment at the feather-touch of the device they have in hand, yet they prefer come to the theatre. This goes to prove that there is a future for it. Theatre that we promote and produce is for audiences, not for our own creative satiation and maybe that’s why whether it’s a Rs.1,000 ticket in India or a $100 in the US or Euros 20 in Europe, audiences go to watch a Baig theatre production. What are the changes you noticed in the audience profile? Today’s audience is more exposed to world theatre. In Hyderabad, 10 years of the annual Qadir Ali Baig Theatre Festival has exposed them to the best of world theatre. They can witness everything- right from watching some of the most internationally-respected actors to both classical and contemporary content, to design and stagecraft. It’s not just the audience but also the local amateur performers who have benefitted from this benchmark festival.

ADDRESS Qadir Ali Baig Theatre Foundation ‘Sahara’, 12-2-43, Muradnagar, Hyderabad – 5000028 Email: theatrefoundation@baigtheatrefoundation.com Facebook page: Qadir Ali Baig Theatre Foundation Twitter: @HydQABTF Ph no: Anuj Gupta at +91 9391336181 and +91 40 23530791

What was your best show till now? Several…difficult to pinpoint a single one. ‘Raat Phoolon ki’ at the 5000-seater Gaddhafi Stadium at the World Performing Arts Festival in Lahore; ‘Quli: Dilon ka Shahzaada’ saw the gates of Golconda Fort to be locked to avoid gate-crashing; our performance at the European ‘Herisson en Fete’ to an audience of stalwarts of European theatre to ‘Savaan-e-Hayat’ applauded by Turkish, Romanian, Armenian and Bosnian audiences in Istanbul. The recent ‘Spaces’ got a standing ovation in

The next show: Quli: Dilon ka Shahzaada’ on 19th March at ‘Bravia Sadir Theatre Festival’ in Goa. The US tour with ‘Spaces’ and ‘Quli:Dilon ka Shahzaada’ in May 2016.

Mumbai’s NCPA Festival by a packed house comprising the who’s who of Indian theatre. It was also well received in five other cities. Can theatre be taken up as career? Certainly, as long as one doesn’t treat it as a stepping stone to TV or cinema, or as a warm up to the big-ticket entertainment. With the required conviction and dedication, one certainly can eke out a career here. Theatre skills being imparted in colleges and universities, your take on it. How can you teach something that can’t be taught?

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HYDERABAD

Sifar

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What was the inspiration? We came into existence with the single objective providing good entertainment for the audience. What was the encouragement you received/ hurdles you faced? To be honest, it wasn’t as bad as we thought it would be. We received a lot of encouragement from all quarters – the audience as well as the press. So it was actually a good start. The only hurdle we faced was

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In 2009, Feroze Ahmed, along with a few friends started Sifar, a perfect platform to share, create and belong to for all those who believed in the one vision. With their passion and dedication for theatre, they wanted to convert it into a professional art form. They strive for quality production with a meticulous planning and the artistes are involved in all stages of production so that they can learn the ropes. Sifar comprises of theatre veterans and amateur artistes and they know that a lot of their success depends on the audience appreciation and expectations.

finding an ideal space to stage the theatre productions.

about how one overcomes it and moves on.

What exactly do you need to form a group of theatre and what are the financial issues involved? This is a difficult question to answer in a sentence or two. Our aim was to entertain audience with quality productions and that is what we have been doing and hope to do so in future too. Finances and others issues keep coming up but it is

What is the relevance of theatre in today’s electronic world? This situation did exist a few years back. Now, things have changed and everyone is looking for alternatives to TV soaps and same old movies. Theatre was and is relevant and will always be so. It happens right there in front of you. That brings a connect; a connect in a performance and live theatre show cannot be matched by any other form.


So no matter and how far the world advances and what the entertainment scene is dominated by, a person who wants that experience ends up in an auditorium to watch a play. What kind of plays/themes attract today’s audience? Today's audience is rather an arbitrary term. If you meant youngsters, then they want something new and edgy. The fact, the more they are exposed to the world, the more they expect. They naturally demand quality productions. What are the methods and means you adopt to pull the audience? In our experience of seven years, we have realised that we cannot compete with TV, internet and movies. But, theatre is a totally different experience. And, if the production is giving them that experience and is worth watching, then the audience would come on even weekdays, leave alone on lazy Sunday mornings. We had this show a couple of years ago which saw audience sit in an open space through a heavy rain and watch the play. Also, we have repeat audience who come to watch the same play.

as a career and I can proudly say it has not been disappointing. I earn as much as any of the corporate employee. Theatre skills being imparted in colleges, your take on it This is the need of the hour. I believe it has to actually begin from the school level.

IT WASN’T AS BAD AS WE THOUGHT IT WOULD BE. WE RECEIVED A LOT OF ENCOURAGEMENT FROM ALL QUARTERS –THE AUDIENCE AS WELL AS THE PRESS.

What are the changes you noticed in audience profile? In Hyderabad, the audiences keep changing. In every show, we encounter at least 30% of new audiences. But, as most of our plays are in Hindi, a big chunk is from software and other corporates. What was your best performance? The answer to this question is best answered by the audience. Let me tell you why: it is not just performance. We have a rehearsal of one play for about a month and then we have about 10 run-throughs or dry-runs. So, it is not easy to pick one performance. Can theatre be taken up as a career? Yes, it definitely can be. I took up theatre

ADDRESS: SIFAR STUDIO @ ALMOND HOUSE, ROAD NO 12, BANJARA HILLS, HYDERABAD PH NO: 98493 31347 NEXT SHOW: MY WIFE’S HUSBAND ON 13TH MARCH 2016

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he Lord Chamberlain’s Men is an open experimental theatre, fraternity which comprises young artistes with one thing in common: stage and people. Founded by Riyaz Usman with Alok Kesarwani, Laukik Desai, Snehal Hattikudur, Sneha Dua and Srikanth KM, it has become one of the most sought after groups in a very short span of time. Their theatre craziness extends from normal to post-work hours to wee hours, to bring out the charm of storytelling on stage. They specialize in adapting big scale broadway/westend productions to minimal stages with limited actors. Over the last two years they have performed all over the country with their shows like The 39 Steps, The Diary of Anne Frank, The Cmplt Wrks of Wllm Shkspr (Abridged)’, Wonderland/Neverland,‘Gagan Damama Bajyo: The Legend of Bhagat Singh’.

When did you launch the group and what was the inspiration? We launched the group in January 2014 with an objective to create experimental theatre. The name was homage to the original theatre group William Shakespeare written plays for. We, with the last 5 productions of completely different genres tried to bring a certain charm of storytelling on stage. We have tried comedy, drama, history, fantasy and musical, and plan to try many more. The idea

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was to not stick to the conventional methods. ‘Why not’ becomes more important to us than ‘why’. What was the encouragement you received/ hurdles you faced? Riyaz: The biggest encouragement came from my wife. It is not easy to find such a strong pillar that you can comfortably put your weight on. There were a few artistes who came along with me who shared the same level of passion. The biggest hurdle was

none of us was a full time artiste. We had to juggle work, family and theatre. Luckily for most of us, the fine line between some of these never existed. What exactly do you need to form a group of theatre? Have passion, love and enthusiasm. Everything else, including money, will fall in place.


What is the relevance of theatre in today’s electronic world? Well, theatre is the only art form which has been 'dying' for the last 2500 years. The science of entertainment evolves, but the art remains. You find a certain amount of theatre in almost all sort of entertainment. The origin of theatre was the monologue and that is one of most popular performing art forms even today. They call it standup now though. As far the medium of stage goes, it will remain relevant and important as it has always been. Gone are the times, when live theatre was the dominant form of mass entertainment, but I can't see it ever dying. It offers something unique that the other forms simply can't deliver. That is humans transforming in front of you and acting out stories in real time. What kind of plays/themes attracts today’s audience? Most of the time artistes tend to undermine audience and insult their taste

by judging them. There could be a particular genre more popular than the other, you cannot generalize it. Audience likes a good performance, and that's it. What are the methods and means you adopt to attract audience? This is probably not limited to theatre alone, but pulling audience out of their comfort zone is very challenging indeed. In an era where everything comes to you, you need a very compelling reason to go out for it. The artiste has to create this reason. What are the changes you noticed in the audience profile? Audience have become more intelligent and demanding. They demand a certain respect and you need to give it to them. What was your best and performance till now?

THEATRE IS ONLY ART FORM WHICH HAS BEEN 'DYING' FOR THE LAST 2500 YEARS”

THE NEXT SHOW: Currently we are touring the nation with our latest production Gagan Damama Bajyo: The Legend of Bhagat Singh. It is a musical in Hindi based on one of the remarkable part of Indian Independence history. 25-27th March 2016 at Jagriti Theatre, Whitefield, Bangalore. Contact info: thelord@tlcm.in / 9948661033 / www.tlcm.in

It is hard to rate one performance above the rest. Every performance is real and different and is close to my heart. The word 'best' is also subjective as there are many parameters. There are productions I cherish: Business is war was my first production as an independent director, Doubt: A Parable had all my favorite actors, The 39 Steps was the first production by LCM, The Diary of Anne Frank where two young actors amazed all the experienced ones, Gagan Damama Bajyo was the biggest one. I believe The Glass Menagerie was one of the best works I have ever done. I believe this play is where I have achieved a significant progression in how I view a play as a director and actor. Can theatre be taken up as career? Yes, why not? It is risky, probably not as a mainstream. But the world is for the risky ones. Theatre skills being imparted in colleges, your take on it Theatre education stimulates creativity. It can challenge students' perception about their world and about themselves. Dramatic exploration can provide students with an outlet for emotions, thoughts and dreams that they might not have means to express. A student can, if only for a few moments, become another, explore a new role, try out and experiment with various personal choices and solutions to very real problems. This can happen in a safer atmosphere, where actions and consequences can be examined and discussed. This is perhaps the most important reason to teach theatre in schools/colleges.

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HYDERABAD

VIRTUOUSLY CONSISTENT

Sutradhar

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t was a group of young professionals Vinay Varma, Bhaskar Shewalkar and Dr. Adesh Yadav who, while practising as actors and voice artistes, came together to form Sutradhar in early 90s. They went by Erasmus’ thought: “Concealed talent brings no reputation.” They have seen many a milestones. Sutradhar, is a theatre group, a casting house and a voice and acting school all rolled into one and an umbrella of numerous initiatives. The objective is to make sure deserving talents are rightly recognized and nurtured. They perform mostly in Hindi and Urdu and have been lauded at various festivals across the country like Bharat Rang Mahotsav, Kala Ghoda, Yatri’s festival, and the Sunday to Sunday festival .

When did you launch the group and what was the inspiration? Sutradhar was formally launched as a private ltd. co. in 1996 and one of the aims was to hone and promote home grown talent. It was therefore a one-stop destination for actors, voices, writers and technical hands. Back then, it was disheartening to see talent being imported from Mumbai. Training actors through

workshops and doing theatre alongside for the requisite exposure were what we wanted to do. The first play under the banner was Kisi Ko To Jaana Hoga, a play based on clairvoyance. The first workshop we had was in 1999 and thereafter there was no looking back. We were relentless in our approach which made people notice us and also made the press and media aware of our consistency in terms of quality.

What was the encouragement you received/ hurdles you faced? I was working in a nationalised bank as an officer and when the calling came I just put in my papers telling myself that I have just one life to lead and I must live my passion. Savings started drying up and reticent as I am, I couldn’t approach people for work. I didn’t know how to ask for work, so there was just one odd assignment that kept us going and


which kept the home hearth burning. My immediate family was very supportive, but people called me mad for giving up a cushy job. I didn’t care; not then, not now. Whenever you start something new, there is obviously a lot of heartburn and when you bring ethics in your workplace it becomes all the more difficult to climb the ladder. You actually face hurdles, not knowing how and where to start, especially people like me who are not media savvy. People wrote me and Sutradhar off even before we started, saying that we had no future, but I was resolved. Everyone moves to Mumbai to make a career, but my challenge was to create an Eden in desert. What exactly do you need to form a group of theatre? The right intent is needed to form a theatre group, like it is required to form anything new. Forming a group is not important, sustaining it is and that is where your real test lies. Crushing one’s ego, humility, integrity, professionalism, honesty, commitment, punctuality, dedication and discipline (not necessarily in that order) are the prerequisites. Finances are always an issue, but it is the human capital that is the real cash. The latter has to be nurtured. Finances depend on how one wants to operate the group. What is significant is staying rooted and being simple. The moment you try to show off through extravagance the finances start pinching and it takes some real good time to come back. The beauty of theatre lies in consistency. What is the relevance of theatre in today’s electronic world? When did theatre ever become irrelevant? That’s the mother of all performing arts and nothing – no

technology can wish it away. It is a live medium and irreplaceable. It is the cradle in which an actor is nurtured. That is where the actors come from, this is where most of the directors and script writers learn their skills. What kind of plays/themes attracts today’s audience? Anything that can connect with them, establish an immediate rapport, in their own language. Everything sells. What are the methods and means to pull the audience? If someone wants to watch a play, he will come, no matter what is being

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dished out on the idiot box. My experience is that a connoisseur prefers theatre to cinema because he knows that a play can happen at one point in time, is live and cannot have a rewind whereas the digital medium can be played anywhere. What are the changes you noticed in audience profile? That has been the least of my concerns. Just do your job and leave the rest to the audience. Don’t play to the galleries, never. What was your best performance? With every new performance you think you’ve given your best, but it never is. The best is always to come. Each role you play is unique in its own way and therein lies the beauty. Such questions are best answered by film stars. Can theatre be taken up as career? It is difficult to answer stereotypical questions. What do you mean by theatre, what do you mean by career? Theatre as a practitioner? Teaching theatre? Theatre in education? What? One thing is sure that it is not a hard core commercial activity. Do not ever do theatre to make money, because you never will. It is a passion and has to be pursued as one. There is only constant flow of thoughts and ideas and not money in theatre. Theatre skills being imparted in colleges, your take on it “Drama is action, sir, action and not confounded philosophy” – Luigi Pirandello.

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yderabad’s premier not-for-profit theatre group, Dramatic Circle Hyderabad also known as DCH was established in 1964 and is one of the oldest surviving amateur Theatre Groups in the country. Started off by a bunch of youngsters, DCH has been churning out some of the best plays for the past 52 years. Performing only in English, this group has members ranging from 20 to 60-year-olds, all who have one thing in common – the want to express through acting. We caught up with Pranava Singhal, who has been with the group since 1980. He tells us about the inception, current work and issues faced by all of them. When did you launch the group and what was the inspiration? DCH was formed by a group of students from Osmania University and Nizam College. The late Basheer Babukhan, N.Ramesh Reddy, Yezdar Kaoosji Jim Bjorkman, an American exchange student, who rejoined the Group decades later when he got posted as Director of the American red | march 2016 | 48

Studies Research Centre, Hyderabad, and a few others who were interested in English Theatre got together with an objective to continue performing even after graduating from college. A visiting Fulbright exchange Professor Dr.Jay Gurian suggested the formation of a ‘Community Theatre’ and DCH was born as a Registered Society on the 20th Oct 1964.

What was the encouragement you received/hurdles you faced? There was no ‘formal encouragement’ – just the intense desire to perform! Initially, the group was denied the use of the EFLU (then CIEFL) Auditorium for its first show- ‘The Man Who Came to Dinner’ in 1964. But somehow, we managed to get the newly inaugurated Ravindra Bharathi as the venue.


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IN THE LAP OF LUXURY Young entrepreneurs and stylists Anam Mirza and Tanya Rao brought together one of its kind experience for fashion connoisseurs through their maiden foray into designer wear exhibition ‘The Label Bazaar.’ Sania Mirza was the chief guest and she was seen walking around, checking all the products on display. With some of the nest designers from all over India and abroad under one roof, it was a perfect shopping destination. Some of the leading names present were Diya Rajvir, Pipa Bella, Aarti Vijay Gupta, Mishru, Masala Chai, Vedika M, Vaishali, Ridhi Arora, Love Quench, Nisha Sainani, Tenee Designs, Anmol Kakad, Yoube Jewelers, Diosa and Pink Mirror.

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The ‘Cancer Crusaders Invitation Cup - 2016’ was an stupendous success with over 250 golfers participating in the event that concluded with a colourful all-woman ‘Celebrity Playoff’ at HICC. The tournament was organized as a fund-raiser and cancer awareness initiative by Cancer Crusaders of CURE Foundation at Hyderabad Golf Club. Some of the participants included Swathi Lakra, Dr. Christina Z. Chongthu, Sangita Reddy, Shilpa Reddy, Dr P.Shashikala Reddy, Saptala Reddy, Lakshmi Manchu, Rakul Preet Singh and Madhu Shalini. Karan

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Trendz, a South Indian exhibition brand that brings together exclusive designers, featuring their new collections for the upcoming festive and wedding season, presented the Trendz Vivah Collection recently. . The two-day event showcased an array of exquisite daily wear, designer wear, bridal jewellery and gifting items promising a whole new shopping experience for the discerning customers. The lovely Sai Krupa inaugurated the event and was seen posing for the paparazzi along with organiser Santhi Kathiravan. Richa, Bindu, Anu, Sneha, Lalitha, Priya, Prerna, Preeti and Namrata were seen enjoying.

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NEVER TOO LATE Over the last two years, Icchha Vastra has been retailing in different formats mostly via private exhibitions and ď€ nally they’ve found themselves an address, the launch of which was held on 22nd Feb. The event saw ladies making a beeline to the new store in Banjara Hills. The big day also saw an exhibition by Sridevi and Sirisha where they displayed handcrafted fabrics, tastefully done dresses, gorgeous saris, exquisite and exclusive embroideries and lots of tribal chic touches. The label is an amalgam of wonderful fabrics with beautiful embroideries, with precious results. Both the designers were seen mingling with their guests and helping them with their general queries. ONE MORE DESIGNER IS HERE Hyderabad is buzzing with designer studios and welcoming yet another one was the La-Finesse Designer Studio by Payal Agarwal. Its recent launch witnessed a lot of well-known people of the social circle. They were indulging in some chitter-chatter while shopping. Payal welcomed all her guests personally and ensured that everyone was well attended to. Aarti Badruka, Trushna Tibrewala, Pavani Khurana, Rummy Azad, Kashish Anand, Karishma Sathe, Shweta Malpani and Namita Singhvee were seen making pretty pictures.

FOR A BETTER LIVING Organic Hut, a maker of natural and organic food, meals and grocery was founded by Sridevi Nadella and the venture is supported by Sirisha Mulpuru as marketing partner. The launch of these healthy products happened in Madhapur with some of the known people from the city in attendance. Spotted discussing the various facets of adopting a healthier living were Swathi Kilaru, Priya Rajiv, Rajini, Karishma, Bobby and Shilpa Singh.


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FOREVER LAVISH City socialites headed to Taj Krishna to satiate their craving for shopping more at the Lavishh exhibition. Jaya Prada inaugurated the show. And with the onset of summer, it was the perfect time for ladies to give their wardrobe a makeover. With this intention in mind, many of them marched to the venue with shopping bags. After careful consideration, they ď€ lled their bags to the brim with designer attires and accessories. Later, they exchanged fashion tips and caught up with each other over the latest grapevine.

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CELEBRATIONS GALORE The Institute of Indian Interior Designers –Hyderabad Regional Chapter celebrated its 20th anniversary by the name ‘Jashn-E-Design’ that literally translates as a Carnival of Design. The week-long jamboree featured design related events and a plethora of activities. Its Gala Night, held at N-Convention, was a glitzy evening which featured the felicitation of all the past chairpersons and the presentation of awards to the various members. The evening also saw a high powered performance by Bollywood and Oriya lm industry playback singer Krishna Beura.

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PLAY TIME! Paresh Rawal’s play ‘Dear Feather’ presented by Mitr Foundation saw the city’s theatre-enthusiasts turning up in impressive numbers to see the play that has been staged to rave reviews across the country over the years. Written by Vivek Bede and directed by Dinkar Jani, ‘Dear Father’ is a witty take on the generational divide in a family. Rita Sanghi, Bani Singh, Priya, Neha, Padmaja, Sivani Shroff, Vibha and Parul were some seen enjoying themselves and laughing at the humorous dialogues.

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GO GLOCAL To cater to the needs of today’s global local, Glocal Junction, a new-age hangout place was recently opened in the city. It was a glitzy, glamorous launch party in its own unique style where guests were welcomed with a blast of merriment. The ashes from the camera and the glowing ambience led to an unforgettable night. Some captured enjoying the Thai style sabudana wadas, mixed bhajiyas, grills, suyani biryanis, paella biryanis, tandoori chicken I risotto and makhani ratatouille lasgne were Jaya Prada, Sunny Anand, Honey Guha, Mohit Malhotra, Arjun Belliappa, Soya Sujad, Sreedevi Nekkanti, Swati Sanghi and Puneet Arora. Imran

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ShubAvsar is a contemporary, specialty multicuisine restaurant located in Banjara Hills, which offers sweets, bakery products, Indian chaat, Italian, Chinese, South and North Indian food. The restaurant is tastefully done up, with its interiors being comfortable, modern and lavish. Known for the quality of their food, the eatery not only boasts of its service but also of the pure vegetarian menu. They are proud of the fact that their bakery products are also eggless. Looking for gift hampers with a touch of personalization? ShubAvsar caters to that too! They’re extremely good with customizing hampers as per the needs of their clients. The store is spread out over a huge area of 10,000 sqft, which includes a food court, sweets section, bakery section with a live icing room,

confectioneries section and also a ne dine restaurant. The banquets are likely to start shortly – those too, will occupy another 10,000 sqft on the rst oor. Along with its extensive a-la-carte menu, that features various dishes like Chilly Paneer, Dahi ke Kabab, Chinese Sizzlers, Navratan Korma, Aloo gobi Masala and Dal Bukhara, ShubAvsav also offers a lavish buffet throughout the week. Owner R.Sarath Chandrababu promises its guests an experience that they will not forget, thanks to the hygienic food which isn’t compromised on taste. So, whether it’s a quick business lunch or relaxed evening meal, this is the perfect place for good vegetarian food, all served in a comfortable and relaxed ambience.


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he enormous love and demand from their customers has brought Kanchipuram J.S Babu Silks to Hyderabad so that the brides-tobe can save time and make their own customized, dream wedding saris. Their promise is to provide the customers with real, hand-woven and personalized silk saris. The brand doesn’t believe in showcasing their creations online because they want the customer to get the feel of the smoothness of the mulberry silk fabric and relish its intricate craftsmanship. Their genius craftsmen entwine intricate designs using 3 weaving looms and bring life to every yard of tradition. The store is designed with deliberate elaboration. It gives a demonstration of how saris are painstakingly tailored. The intensity in which they connect to their traditional rhizomes is reected in the practice where a pandit does a customary pooja for the bride who buys her wedding sari from them in front of the huge Laxmi statue present in the store.

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he launch of Dew Spa and Salon at Khanapur, gives a whole new meaning to luxury and relaxation. Backed by Bubbles Salon, Dew Spa and Salons are exclusive luxury locations for high-end spa services. Launched by Smita and Shashank Kancharla, founders of Bubbles, Dew aims to be more than just a regular spa, experiential concept for those looking to pamper their mind, body and soul. Launched ve years ago in Vishakapatnam, Dew’s rst location is a beach front property with oceanic views that perfect a tranquil ambiance. After noticing the need for a similar space in the hustle and bustle of Hyderabad, the Bubbles team decided to give the city a getaway that it can relish, basking in rare extravagance.

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Near to Oro Sports Village in Khanapur, Dew aims to cater to the sports crowd that frequents the place as well as the gated communities around the location. Their spa menu has a wide range of services, from aromatherapy, reexology and signature facials to deep tissue massages for sports enthusiasts. Highly trained stylists and technicians not only provide world class professional services but also cater to the customers comfort and transcend them to a state of zen. What makes Dew different from other spas in the city is the package experience it provides. Patrons can spend the day enjoying the luxurious spa services while satisfying their stomach at the Penalty Box Café nearby. “It is important for people to take time out for themselves,” says Shashank K. Sharing the idea behind the concept and the name, he reveals, “We want people to come experience zen in its truest form and leave feeling as fresh as the morning dew”.


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he Kargil war broke out. Col.Pranab Das, who was on the last lap of his service, was asked to choose his place of posting. He opted for the front. Bidding farewell, he told his teenage daughter Smita, “You are my son too. Take care of the family, if I don’t return.” Of course, that he returned safe to enjoy a retired life is a different (happy) story. “That moment instilled a sense of responsibility in me. My father’s response to the call of duty, that too when he was on the verge of retirement, was a revelation to me. The same commitment reflects in me as I always put duty before everything else,” says Ms.Smita Sabharwal, Additional Secretary to the Chief Minister, Telangana. That explains why she earned the sobriquet “People’s Officer”.Cracking the UPSC exam, securing All India 4th rank, Smita, a 2001¬cadre IAS officer, took life by the horns at a very young age and redefined the administrative system in various districts of Telugu states. She is acclaimed as an icon of efficiency for her innovative health and education initiatives.

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Leaving the accompanying pictures to speak for her delicate beauty, elegance and grace, I focus on her disposition which is unassuming, articulate and most importantly, compassionate. The two-city-distance between us melts away as an eloquent Smita shares her well-founded thoughts in a telephonic interview with utmost clarity. EXCERPTS Woman at High Places Advantages of a woman being at the helm are many. One – she proves that a woman can be successful, even while operating in a man’s world. Your being woman per se is an inspiration to a lot of other women. Secondly, women are a great mix of personality traits and are very efcient and dedicated. This combination is sure to lead us to success. Hence top positions sit pretty on women. Status of Woman Despite all the tall claims, I don’t think women are getting their due even now. Of course, we traversed quite far from where we began, yet there is a long way to go. A working woman needs a lot of encouragement and support from her father, husband and society. I must admit that all of us, who are doing well in our respective professions, enjoy that facility. I also feel that equality cannot be achieved as long as right to education remains just on paper. It should be implemented in letter and spirit and even the last girl in the remotest place should be educated and given an opportunity to make her decisions. A girl child needs nothing more than education to survive and ght her battles. Parents should encourage her to settle in a career, rather than creating another home-maker. Balancing Act It is impossible to strike a balance between home and ofce, especially for people like us. Unlike many others, who can log off after a certain hour, we are laden with 24X7 responsibilities. I walked into this profession on my volition and that too with my eyes wide open, hence no complaints. At the same time, I make no claims of achieving a perfect work-home balance. Striving hard to come close to that point of balance, I keep every single minute I get out of my

work for my children. Secondly, I ensure that they are in safe hands in my absence. Thanks to my mother (Mrs.Puravi Das), the children are well looked after. She attends to all their needs including academics. Yet, at the end of the day, I have to micromanage, tying up all the loose ends. Special Attention Often bureaucrats’ children get used to being chauffeured around and pampering. To prevent it, I take special care about their basic personality. I try to bring them up like regular kids and make them respect the people who are taking care of them. To me, these qualities are more important than the academic excellence. My effort is to mould them into good human beings. Gender Lens I am sensitive to women’s problems. Especially in our eld, women are put to a lot of hardships- like long ofce hours and extensive travelling. I try to make life of my female staff a little more comfortable and spare an extra thought for the expecting mothers. But when it comes to work, I just drop the gender lens, assign tasks depending on his or her calibre and capacity and assess them purely by their performance. Here I would like to add that we ourselves are not viewed through any special lens. Amma Lalana Karimnagar, where I served as the District Collector, demanded an innovative project like Amma Lalana to encourage institutional deliveries. This project earned me a lot of appreciation. In future, if I am given an opportunity to handle either health or education sector, I would like to take forward many initiatives I started. Security of Women I insist that education and awareness of certain issues should start very early for the girl child. For example, my daughter is 7 years old. But I already started teaching her to differentiate between good and bad touch. This onus lies squarely on the shoulders of the mother. At the government level, Telangana has launched an initiative -She Team -to ensure safety of women. This module proved to be quite efcacious. red | march 2016 | 31


Unforgettable Moments Since I was brought up in sheltered environs, I was in for many surprises and shocks at every twist and turn of the 14 years of professional journey. Many of them can be recorded as unforgettable. Here I recall one. I was barely 23, when I was posted as the Sub-Collector of Chittoor. There was an incident of re in a village and I rushed to the spot. The sight of 20 charred bodies was itself enough to shock me out of my wits and the worst came when the parents of three children, who died in the accident, approached me for monetary compensation. It was very hard to digest that. But it also revealed the desperation of poverty and hopelessness of the bereaved. They could not afford the grief. At that point, their need to survive overrode all other emotions. Yet another fact that came to the forefront

GENDER EQUALITY CANNOT BE ACHIEVED AS LONG AS RIGHT TO EDUCATION REMAINS JUST ON PAPER. was that I was given such a huge platform from where I could help people in dire straits. Gratifying Job Ours is the most gratifying, if not the most paying job because here we get to help people every single moment of the day. There are hordes of aggrieved mothers, fathers, widows and farmers, coming to us seeking justice and aid, reposing uninching faith in us. Anyone who has inclination to serve the public should feel proud and grateful for being in a position to

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help the needy. We can tangibly transform many lives and make a positive difference to them. Most Challenging Task Each assignment comes with its unique challenges. But I perceive District Collectors’ job is the toughest of all because it requires tremendous amount of energy, patience and physical tness to go on 24/7. Besides controlling your temper, you have to keep the team moving with positive energy. At the end of the day, whether something goes right or wrong, it is the collector who is credited with or blamed for it. I had the honour and pleasure of heading two districts Karimnagar and Medak and have very fond memories of love and affection people showered on me. Pressures & Pulls To meet the demands of the politicians, one has to evolve a working equation, functioning within the framework of rules. Being in the public life, they have to deal with all kinds of people. We have our own set of issues and book of rules to follow. However, I have never been in a situation where I had to cross swords with anyone. I must say they all listen to reason. Striking a Chord It is easy to build a rapport with people, if your reputation precedes you. People are very trusting and believe you once they know that you are working for their good. I nd them extremely reciprocal and fair. Advice to Aspiring Bureaucrats There are some misconceptions about civil exams and pre-exam preparations. It doesn’t require long hours of hard study, as people often think it to be. I used to study only for six hours a day. Youth with inclination to serve the country must give Civils a shot. Marital Bliss It was an arranged marriage though Akun, now IGP- Controller of Drugs Administration, was my batchmate.


Red Feature Celebrating the World Theatre Day, we speak of ď€ ve of the most prominent theatre groups in the city, who are out there to pursue their passion.

37 Red Eve Smita Sabharwal, the youngest to crack IAS exam, spares no efforts to get women their due. Her unique initiatives speak volumes for her concern for the underdog.

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With Holi and Ugadi round the corner, we went into the houses of two well-known families to share some of their favourite recipes.

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Aditya Mehta Foundation, a non-prot organisation, renders aid to people with disabilities to pursue sports. Its objective is to provide self-sustenance. The Foundation held a press conference. The chief guests were Regina, Rakul Preet, Sanjannaa, Shilpa Reddy and Sai Dharam Tej. The celebs joined hands to speak about this noble cause so that a large number of the needy can be reached and helped. They promised to lend a helping hand for those who want to bring pride to India through sports.

Diamonds, women’s best friends and a treat to watch for everyone were showcased at Manepally Jewellers at the ‘Designer Diamond Jewellery Collection’ recently. This festival encouraged all the diamond lovers of town to lay their hands on their favourite designer diamond jewellery. Actress Payal Ghosh (Harika) along with models showcased the creative line at the launch. Speaking on the occasion Murali Krishna and Gopi Krishna-Managing Directors of the company said “Manepally Jewellers is a brand which is known for its exclusive designs and great range.”

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Mebaz showcased its creative line of its wedding collection at an exclusive launch by actress Angana Roy, actor Randhir of Happy Days fame, actor Manas, actress Tarunika and Simrath-2nd Runner-Up-Miss Twin City-2016. The celebs, who were sporting some of the nest pieces from the collection, were seen posing for the shutterbugs. Speaking on the occasion Manoj Jethwani, Director said, “Mebaz is proud to announce the unveiling of its exquisite wedding line, which has been given a shimmery touch-the collection features shimmery-glittery ensembles specially crafted for the brides-to-be”.

It was raining stars at the recent launch of another branch of F45 – Rakul Preet Singh, Regina Cassandra, Ravi Teja, Lakshmi Manchu, Raashi Khanna, Navdeep, Rana Daggubati and Sai Dharam Tej, were some of the celebrated actors spotted chilling at the event. To nd all of them unwinding and catching up with one another, that too in their causal sporty outts was quite a delight. Socialites ocked in to interact with the celebrities and were seen taking seles with most of them.

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TRULY TRADITIONAL Gudi Sambaralu, the recent temple dance festival was quite a refreshing change for everyone in the city. The event that was held at the Ammapalle Sri Ramachandra Temple in Shamshabad, saw some of the p3 regulars, getting their dose of the traditional and classical art. Kuchipudi exponent Sandhya Raju presented a solo performance, called the Tales of Love and Hope. She wowed the audience as she performed to the composition of Vempati Chinna Satyam and Kishore Mosalikanti. In the audience were Pranitha Subhash, Shilpa Reddy, Anju Poddar, Bhuvaneshwari, Sasi, Janani and Vennela.

TWO-GETHER CaratLane, India's leading omni-channel jeweller had its collaboration with renowned celebrity jewellery designer Farah Khan Ali, for an exclusive jewellery collection line - Ornati. Speaking at the launch of this exquisite collection, Mithun Sacheti, Co-Founder and CEO, CaratLane said, “We are delighted to collaborate with India’s ace jewellery designer, Farah Khan, for this beautiful line of new-age designer jewellery. Ornati, is a culmination of the shared vision of Farah Khan and CaratLane. This makes beautiful jewellery wearable, more accessible and affordable. And with Ornati, our aim is to bring designer jewellery for everyday indulgences to the modern woman.” IT’S ALL ABOUT THE TIMING Anjjan Srivastav, a celebrated theatre actor, was recently at The Park to talk about the importance of comedy in theatre. He recalled some funny instances from his life onscreen life and what actors go through to achieve perfect comic timing. He was in conversation with theatre revivalist, Mohammad Ali Baig who had enough to ask. Titled `Comic to Cathartic', the conversation was witnessed by some of the theatre enthusiasts in the city. A high tea session followed soon after the talk. The P3Ps were seen ooding Srivastav with questions and sele requests. red | march 2016 | 14


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Karishma

Shradha Nigam Ruchra

SHOPPERS’ PARADISE Season after season, Kamini Saraf’s Fashion Yatra comes to the city to host some of the biggest designers from across the country, whose works the city has never witnessed before. at Taj Krishna. Presenting a fresh whiff of air with new designs, colours, patterns and fashions, were RuVya, Cinderella, Fizzy Goblet, Whimsical by Shica, Myoho, Rose Tree and AM:PM. The exquisite collections encompassed everything that shoppers were looking for and satiated their fashion thirst. It is very appropriate for the extremely busy wedding season ahead. Indulging in some serious retail therapy were Priyanka, Parvathi, Rucha, Karishma, Susheela, Bela, Pavani and Usha.

Divy

Bunty Bajaj

Sasha

Sudha

Deepa

KUNAL RAWAL AT ANGASUTRA Adding to the list of the big designers at the store, Angasutra recently introduced the collection of Bollywood’s ace menswear designer Kunal Rawal. Proud owner, Kamini Saraf said, “We are glad to introduce Kunal Rawal’s collection to our lineup of premium fashion brands and we are certain our customers as well as fashion enthusiasts across Hyderabad will love it.” The designer’s line was displayed over a high-tea with the who’s who of the city in attendance. Some present catching up with each other, while nibbling on the cookies and cake were Bunty Bajaj, Ananya Simlai, Anindita Sudipa, Shweta Keerthi, Nitya Jalan and Deepa. Kunal Rawal & Kamini Saraf red | march 2016 | 16

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