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Manushi Chhillar wins Miss World 2017 -celebrating a six time win for India at this pageant!

18 Nov
“The feeling is still sinking in and am very excited of doing India proud.   I’m looking forward to the year ahead.” says India’s Manushi Chillar winner of the coveted Miss World 2017 pageant.  manushi-chhillar-parents-
Manushi further expressed, “My parents have  been a constant pillar of support and having them here tonight has only brought me more strength and joy.  My final answer came instantly as an ode to my loving mother who has stood her ground with  her unwavering belief in me!”

This svelte Indian beauty is the sixth  winner  of the title since Priyanka Chopra won it in 2000 and previous to that Yukta Mookhey, Diana Haydon, Aishwarya Rai and Reita Faria were the winners of the title.  All of who and other dignitaries and celebrities came forward to express their delight and congratulate Chhillar on her win.

Chhillar 20, is a medical student from Haryana.  She is born to doctor parents and has  studied in St. Thomas School in New Delhi and Bhagat Phool Singh Government Medical College for Women in Sonepat.

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Chhillar competed against 118 contestants from various countries at a glittering event held at Sanya City Arena in China.

Chhillar was handed the crown by last year’s winner, Stephanie del Valle of Puerto Rico, at the ceremony. Stephanie Hill of England and Andrea Meza of Mexico finished as runners-up.

According to Chhillar’s profile on the Miss World website, she aims to be a cardiac surgeon and wants to open a chain of non-profitable hospitals based in rural areas.
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Mumbai to host first ever India Intimate Fashion Week !

5 Mar

The 1st edition of India Intimate Fashion Week (IIFW), conceptualised to bring together the Indian intimate apparel industry is set to emerge as the largest platform for intimate fashion. The landmark event will bring together leading premium Indian and International Lingerie Brands, Lingerie Designers, Lingerie E-Commerce, Lingerie Stylists and Experts, Next-Gen Lingerie Talents, Intimate Wear Bloggers, Sponsors and numerous unique visitors from diverse fields under one roof.iifw-logo

India’s first fashion week (IIFW) dedicated to showcasing the Lingerie and Intimate wear apparel category in India has announced its event  dates . The 1st edition of the coveted fashion extravaganza, IIFW is set to take place from 18th to 19th March at Hotel The Leela in Mumbai.

Niraj Jawanjal, Founder and Director of IIFW, said “The intimate wear industry is amongst the largest industry’s across the world and has grown tremendously in last few years. However, in India, we still consider talking about lingerie and intimate wears as ‘Taboo”. While we are bringing  a revolution  in the field of fashion through IIFW, we would urge people to open about their choices in this segment and ‘#BooTheTaboo’ in India.”

Talking about the opportunity for the Indian intimate  wear industry in a global landscape , he further added “India is undoubtedly amongst the largest potential Intimate apparel market in the world but we still do not have any worthwhile fashion platform that promotes, showcases intimate wear and its related talent. The concept of The India Intimate fashion Week is to provide  a powerful and decisive platform to connect all potential stakeholders – Brands, customers, designers etc. in one place.”, Niraj added.

Amit Pandey, Media Head and Associate Partner, IIFW said “With India Intimate fashion Week, we intend bring alive the most elegant yet unexplored segment of fashion in India. IIFW has already gathered much appreciation from Industry stalwarts’ since it was announced. We are looking  at delivering on the superior expectations through a high impact awareness campaign and stunning event. We look forward to some great participation from the industry this year.”

Speaking about the  thought behind the social media campaign , he further added “Intimate wear and Lingerie fashion is still in its nascent stage in India with communication being limited and constrained. Our social media campaigns #BooTheTaboo and #TheRightCup will be focussed on breaking the mindset barrier and facilitating open conversations around the category.”

To add more to the elegance of IIFW, the 1st edition of India Intimate Fashion Week will be opened by internationally acclaimed designer Mona Shroff and the glam and glitz of the event will be further added by ace designers like Nidhi Munim, Karishma Jumani, Keith Jackson.

Moreover, apart from ramp walk and fashion shows, IIFW will also witness in-depth analysis of Indian Intimate apparel industry from experts from Fibre2Fashion, who is the official Knowledge and Trade partner for IIFW. In addition to that, internationally recognised Fashion and beauty expert Ramez Basmaji will share some great fashion with to the Fashionista’ as an official Fashion consultant.

Glamour is the key quotient of any Fashion show. While the best models in the business will be setting the ramp on fire at IIFW, they will be styled by IIFW’s official style partner ‘Makeup Revolution London’ and promoted by leading Fashion and Lifestyle network ‘ROPOSO’ as official Social Media Network Partner and A&B Digital Marketing as an official Digital partner. Leading online e-commerce ‘Ekatrra’ is the official online fashion partner of IIFW.

Intimacy has always been a part of India since ages, whether it is Khajuraho or the Kamasutra, India has a rich history of Intimate art. To exhibit the same, India’s leading online Art Gallery Artspread.com, will showcase the finest of the Intimate Arts from some of the best artists across India as official Art Gallery partner of IIFW.

OXXY, India’s Largest Healthcare Network which recently launched its Girl Child Development Program where every girl born on OXXY Network will get Rs. 11,000 FD on the name of the Girl Child has associated as the official healthcare partner for IIFW in order to support IIFW and its initiative toward women empowerment.

India Intimate Fashion Week will capture and showcase all segments of the category including lingerie, loungewear, sleepwear, legwear, lingerie accessories, and more for both men and women. The event is scheduled to be held from March 18th to March 19th, 2017 in Mumbai.

About India Intimate Fashion Week (IIFW):

India Intimate Fashion Week (IIFW) is a platform designed to shed a powerful spotlight on all facets of the intimate apparel and personal care industry. The event exposes both emerging and established brands and designers, manufacturers and distributors from India and around the globe, spanning market categories of lingerie, loungewear, sleepwear, legwear, lingerie accessories, men’s underwear, swimwear, beachwear, shapewear and more.

India Intimate Fashion Week is also taking immense endeavours to let India speak it’s mind about this world largest industry and become shy-away so that we can involve and nurture the emerging talent in this massive industry to command a bold stand.

For more information on IIFW, visit: http://www.iifw.co.in/

Social Media:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/IIFWIndiaOfficial/

Twitter : @IIFWIndia

Roposo: @iifwindiaofficial

Linkedin : https://in.linkedin.com/in/iifw-india-291612109

Instagram : https://www.instagram.com/indiaintimatefashion/

Pinterest : https://in.pinterest.com/indiaintimate/

Singer Amika Shail and Actor Dishank Arora launch new season of Diamond Jewellery for LJOW !

20 Feb

This Valentine’s Day Leading Jewelers of the World (LJOW) launched an exciting and exquisite Season of Love Diamond Jewellery collection exclusively at Shoppers Stop’s outlets in Mumbai. The collection of stylish and lightweight designs in gold and diamonds was unveiled at a fashion show this evening at Shopper’s Stop, In Orbit Mall, Malad.

Each piece looks large and solid, but is actually extremely light and easy to wear. The secret? Hollow interiors that are not apparent to the viewer due to special techniques used in crafting. Stylish and lightweight, the pieces are also extremely affordable.

The famous fashion designer Nidhi Jain Kumar – famous for her Indo-Western blend, designed a special collection for the launch. Speaking on the occasion Nidhi said “Valentine is the day of love and truly nothing expresses love better than a diamond.  LJOW wished to commemorate the season with this special collection. The specially designed gowns for the collection are all inspired from the love, passion and talent that have gone in the making of this new collection.”

Singer and actress Amika Shail presented the collection in her melodious voice humming the tune of her song ‘Ittefaqan’ from the upcoming movie Wedding Anniversary. Amika who was the show-starter for the collection said, “The quality of the product is a direct reflection of the quality of the excellent team that LJOW has and I must say that it’s unparalleled and excellent.”

The show-stopper of the evening was the handsome TV star Dishank Arora. Speaking on the occasion Dishank said, “It is a great pleasure to be a part of the collection launch on this special day. The collection is so vibrant and lively that each piece of jewellery speaks to you. I am sure with the new collection and the visually charged up campaign the brand will have a high engagement level and a large tribe of fans.”

Premlata Bagaria, Founder, Proton Communications commented, “Distinguished designs at attractive prices have always been preferred by the discerning Indian customer; the brand has its ear to the ground to understand the pulse of the consumer and convert it into a collection that can satiate this need. Proton communications is proud to partner with this collection launch that is sure to create a buzz. After the festivals and the Wedding Season, Valentine’s Day is yet another important day in our lives. In the US, the day sees maximum sales of jewellery, second only to candies. This can be repeated in India too!”

All India Digital Skill Mission: Kashmir to Kanyakumari

12 Feb

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The mission was launched by Union Minister of Urban Development, Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation and Information & Broadcasting, Shri M Venkaiah Naidu with an aim to promote Internet based careers.

This mission is the brainchild of its core team members: Kapil Anand, Sai Ramesh, Jay Paudyal, Pawan Kumar, Yogesh Mankani, Sachin Bharadwaj and Vinay Mehra who joined the mission from Amritsar. They are all experts in their respective fields and share their passion of imparting knowledge of the digital world to others.

The sole purpose of the All India Digital Skill Mission is to promote internet based career opportunities among the youth of the country. More than 15 workshops, seminars, and talks were held in colleges, schools including NITs, IITs, and IIMs, covering a variety of topics. Some of which include blogging, digital marketing, entrepreneurship, and e-business. Digitalisation and related government schemes were also discussed to empower people and help them understand the importance of internet skills in this day and age.

So far, 20+ bloggers meet is done and have travelled through 26+ cities and hundreds of villages. During the workshops and bloggers meet, the team is also giving away premium tools, hosting and domains, free of cost, worth 4 crore INR.

The mission involves travelling 20,000 kilometers in two months, across the length and breadth of the country in Tempo Traveller by road. Currently, the team has reached Kanyakumari, completing 50% of the journey, and plans to continue to the north-eastern part of the country.

The expedition is going as per schedule and will be completed by 15th March in Delhi after covering more than 50 major cities on the way. Complete schedule is live at –  www.aidsm.in/aidsm-schedule-2017/

The entire journey has been documented by the team and regular updates are posted on their website, Facebook page and Twitter profile:

website – www.aidsm.in
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/allindiadigitalskillmission/
Twitter – https://twitter.com/aidsm17

‘No Shave November’ campaign to benefit cancer patient.

14 Dec

“No Shave November” a campaign with a cause, a movement which is all about saving money from no shaving & the proceedings to be donated to NGO “Access Life Foundation”img_2569

The cause is initiated by MonishChandan, a famous blogger from Mumbai who deeply supports the cause and feels the need to give back to the society in a constructive way. This event aims to help cancer patients and amplifies understanding that one out of ten households has a cancer victim or a survivor. Due to the fast paced & changing lifestyles, there is an ever increasing case of cancer in our society.

To take this initiative forward, an event was organized on 3rd December at Punjab Grill, Andheri West. A panel discussion was held to understand about cancer & how it is affecting our lives.

Our Emcee for the day, Samaira Wallani kept the audience enthralled & made the cancer surviving kids dance & sing during the event.

The panel discussion was led by Maria Vasudevan- Clinical Hypnotherapist, Shiraz Siddique- Cancer Survivor, Ankeet Dave- Executive Director – Access Life Foundation  & Ms. Ritu Gorai – CCO of JAMMS a popular Moms group in Mumbai and moderated by Sayanti Banerjee.

Monish Chandan, Campaign head says “My initiative is to raise funds, educate & research for Cancer & spread the awareness.  If you believe it we can do it, nothing is impossible. That’s what I think one should help and support and give back to the society. The first step to beat Cancer is to accept that it us just an illness and not a death sentence”
While Ankeet Dave , Executive Director , Access Life Foundation says “Access Life is a non-profit organization, committed towards working with children diagnosed with cancer or undergoing cancer treatment and making a difference in their lives. The mission of Access Life is to offer a home-like environment for these families and try to improve the quality of life of these children by providing practical support services, educational resources and recreations programs”

While Shiraz Siddique , Cancer Survivor says ““We feel that cancer is economically, emotionally, physically debilitating disease. It takes entire team of people with the patient to fight the disease. It is important to have such groups and events that can raise funds for pre-post-during the treatment and provide basic amenities like food, clothing and shelter to outstation cancer patients. Such patients find it difficult to find proper places to stay and also have hygienically cooked healthy food to eat due to monetary problems. Other important aspect is that sharing of experience of cancer treatments helps others to remove fear from heart and fight the disease better as well as recover fast.”

Ritu Gorai, CCO of JAMMS says “JAMMs network is a multi award winning support group for mothers in Mumbai… We connect online, meet offline and engage in various charity interventions. NSN was a great initiative and we were happy to associate with this noble cause to create more awareness about cancer”

The panel discussion was followed by live music performance by talented duo performers Vilas Nikam and Ashutosh Virendra from Shankar Mahadevan Academy and closing act by classical fusion dancer Aavinash Payal & famous singer Siddharth Sharma. There was a special performance by Singer Ashar Anis khan who enthralled the audience with his impeccable voice and style.

 

 

Kaveta Chaudhry directs Baba Ramdev in Yog Yatra. To air on Sony TV 1st, May

29 Apr

There is a buzz around  the soon to release  ‘ YOG YATRA ‘, a biopic on the life of Yoga Guru Baba Ramdev and his close friend Acharya Balkrishna.  In this film you will find Baba Ramdev donning  the actor’s garb shooting, rehearsals, riding the bike  enacting  his life journey of before being acknowledged as the Yoga Guru and becoming a global icon.

The promo has already garnered great excitement and curiosity among the business and film industry for the nature of its biopic. It is a 90-minutes film, but very meticulously showcases the life and evolution of Baba Ramdev and how he aspires to transform the life of people with yoga and ayurveda.

The film is written and directed by Kaveta Chaudhry and will be aired on Sony TV in a special screening on the 1st of May.  Promo link : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HgsE0cMYTcI

Kaveta spent months researching for the film and even while shooting, it was a revelation and rewriting of the scripts to bring to life the real episodes which created the legends.

Yog Yatra Poster 1Yog Yatra came to me with Acharya Balkrishnaji’s call for making a film on their institution, its foray of activities. I convinced them to expand the scope to including the vision behind Patanjali while including their activities. Then began my research in knowing Baba Ramdev and Acharya Balkrishna and revisiting their junctions in life…” says Kaveta Chaudhry.  ” The film showcases through the example of Baba Ramdev and Acharya Balkrishna that how by carving their own path & choosing to be who they are, both achieved global success!   The film also attempts to free us from the prevalent education system from marks orientation to an all round development that gives the strength to deal with different shades of life – with ease, joy and glory !”

Acharya Balkrishna shares ” We had seen Kaveta’s work during the making of a public service spot.  Also her past work profile resonates sensitivity combined with creative intuition which is very important in making a film of such nature.  When we look back, her passion and flair for story telling makes us glad she was a part of our journey forward.”

Kaveta Chaudhry (Writer Director ).pngKaveta Chaudhry gained popularity in the 90s for her TV series Udaan on Doordarshan. Actor-Director-Producer of this series, Kaveta Chaudhry essays the role of  Kalyani Singh who struggles through her journey to be an IPS Officer. The series was widely appreciated by the public, media and film fraternity as it was a first of its kind Indian tv series on woman empowerment.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uTvlSglmGw8

Much before this, her role of the protagonist Lalitaji in the Surf advertisement set her apart as a thinking and independent woman.  To date she remains etched in the memories of the public as a figure to reckon with.

Watch the journey of a Yogi who reached Zenith. Watch some unknown facets of the lives of Swami ji and Acharya ji. A real documentary film on SONY at 7:30 am and 9am on May 1st, 2016.

 

Sanjana Kapoor & brother Kunal Kapoor judge The International Circus Festival at Rambo Circus !

16 Nov

Sanjana-Kapoor-and-Kunal-Kapoor-at-Rambo-International-Circus-FestivalRambo Circus opens The International Circus Festival – Season IV, judged by Celebrity Diva Sanjana Kapoor and Prithivi Theatre’s Kunal Kapoor. The acts are also open for public voting.

The whole circus camp at Rambo was alive with a flurry of activities, their favourite mentors from the Kapoor family were to visit to judge the new season of the International Circus Festival.

Most of the artists who double up as operations in-charge were busy setting things in order at the camp right until the bell rang for the show to begin. Then it’s a quick change into the costume and …. action!

Sujit Dilip, owner and manager at Rambo Circus escorted the guests of honour Sanjana Kapoor and Kunal Kapoor to the judges table and the show began.

Awed and enraptured by some very interesting acts on display this season, Sanjana and Kunal cheered every acts, boosting the morale of the humbled artists and adding fervor to the crowd.

Today, the growing popularity of Rambo Circus around the world and its talked about initiatives has made it a sought after destination for circus artists and enthusiasts to visit. This season, Rambo has artists from Azerbaijan, Ethiopia, Uzbekistan, Ukraine and Colombia besides Nepal and India.

Of course the task of getting permissions, formalities, operation cost still remains as daunting as ever, however, it hasn’t slowed Sujit Dilip, owner of Rambo Circus. In fact he is more determined to overcome all this and is positive that in times to come, Rambo Circus will make history.

Already its website has garnered over 1 lakh visitors and the social media ratings is growing in leaps and bounds, proving how the world is now looking at Indian Circus differently and with more respect.

The Show concluded with a vote of thanks to the judges and offering the public to vote for their favourite act .

The entire circus family gathered for a meet and greet and photo opportunity with their favourite mentors bringing to an end a happy and entertainment evening.

Rambo Circus is running at the Bandra Reclamation Ground, Bandra West. Tickets are available on bookmyshow.com. You can also log onto http://www.rambocircus.in for more details.

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