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ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival 2018 to feature dazzling Heritage Evenings to celebrate the city’s iconic monuments in partnership with Rajasthan Tourism

  • In association with Rajasthan Tourism, the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival will feature two Heritage Evenings at iconic heritage locations in the city – Amber Fort and Hawa Mahal
  • Details of the Heritage Evenings
    • Under the Stars @ Hawa Mahal – The Troth-Usne Kaha Tha, a multimedia dance theatre performance, presented by Akademi. Friday, 26th January, 7:30 pm
    • A Majestic Evening @ Amber Fort – Sarangi maestro Ustad Kamal Sabri followed by Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi – A Tribute to Jagjit Singh by Shekhar Ravjiani. Sunday, 28th January, 7:30 pm

Music, theatre and cultural performances will captivate audiences at the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival 2018 during two glorious Heritage Evenings. In association with Rajasthan Tourism, the Festival will host these grand events at Jaipur’s iconic Amber Fort and Hawa Mahal. Being held on the evenings of January 26th and 28th, these events will showcase spellbinding performances against the exquisite backdrop of monuments that celebrate the city’s rich cultural heritage.

 Under the Stars at Hawa Mahal features The Troth-Usne Kaha Tha, a multimedia dance and theatre production presented by Akademi, the UK’s leading producer of Indian dance, marking the centenary of World War I. It tells a story of love, loss and sacrifice against the horror and conflict of World War I. Inspired by film noir and the era of black and white films, The Troth will recount the story with use of film and subtitles and unfold the poignant narrative through interplay between image, music and dance. Award-winning choreographer Gary Clarke (winner of a UK Theatre Award 2016 for Achievement in Dance) leads the creative team. Through an intense experience, akin to silent films, audiences travel from the repose of rural Punjab in late 1800s to the strife-torn bloodied Belgian trenches. Part of the Reimagine India programme (Arts Council England/British Council) and the UK-India Year of Culture, The Troth features some of the UK’s most exciting and versatile young dancers.

On January 28th, audiences can look forward to A Majestic Evening at Amber Fort, which will begin with a sarangi recital by Ustad Kamal Sabri. Ustad Sabri Khan is the son of sarangi legend Ustad Sabri Khan and is carrying forward the rich legacy of the Sania gharana of Moradabad with single-minded dedication. Kamal, who is from the seventh generation of a distinguished family of traditional musicians, has demonstrated profound versatility in playing the sarangi.

This will be followed by Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi… a tribute to the late ghazal maestro Jagjit Singh by singer, songwriter and composer Shekhar Ravjiani. The show first premiered at the Esplanade Concert Hall in Singapore to a standing ovation and brought back to life some of Singh’s legendary ghazals including, ‘Hothon se Choo Lo Tum’, ‘Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi’, ‘Tumko Dekha’, ‘Jhuki Jhuki Si Nazar’, ‘Tum Itna Jo’ and ‘Yeh Daulat Bhi Le Lo’. It has since gone to Jakarta, Indonesia and after running its U.S. tour in August 2017, it will now enthrall audiences at the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival 2018.

Sanjoy Roy, Managing Director of Teamwork Arts, Producer of the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival said, “The ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival’s Heritage Evenings celebrate the built heritage of the state of Rajasthan and highlight its rich cultural and architectural legacy through performing arts showcases. With support from Rajasthan Tourism, we will present some of the best music and theatre performances against the backdrop of over 1000 years of Indian architecture and heritage. These events are exclusively curated to bring our audience closer to Rajasthan’s spellbinding spirit and landscape.”

Entry to the Heritage Evenings are by invitation only. Guests can collect invitations from the Information Desk at the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival on the days the events are held.

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Women Career Restart and Networking

A strong woman stands up for herself. A stronger woman stands up for others.

After a long sabbatical, I have started our Women Networking Events again. Let’s make 2018, the year to reap the harvest !

Join us on 15 January 2018 from 11am to 1pm for a FREE to attend Career Guidance Talk by Shirrin S Patwa, a Clean Water & Healthy Lifestyle Demonstration by Maria. Please bring your business cards, we have 5 discount vouchers from Allure Collectives for 5 lucky ladies names picked from the business cards drop box. Also, our Venue sponsor – MAD Dance Studio will be giving AED 100/- vouchers from MAD to use against 2 free sessions with them. The MAD vouchers are for every participant.

RSVP with your full name and contact number to barkha@redorangevents.com

PLEASE BRING YOGA MAT OR CUSHION FOR YOURSELF AS WE HAVE LIMITED SEATING ARRANGEMENTS !

 

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Project Doopti : Purpose is to Sustain

Uplifting people just by mere words is not enough, until they are backed by actions. Meet my dear friend, Cynthia Fernandes, an inspiration and motivational Social Entrepreneur.

Cynthia Fernandes | Social Entrepreneur & Cottage Industry Owner | Project Doopti

Cynthia has always been a quiet Samaritan to take up causes and initiatives which would look challenging for any one but not for this woman. Cynthia has lived in the Middle East for most of her life, where I had the privilege of meeting her through her social work of helping people get jobs through her job posts, women networking events and many more. When she moved back home to India, she saw the challenges faced by the low income and under privileged women in her neighboring village, a few kilometers from where she lives.
Where most people who look at such a need of upliftment for the under privileged , Cynthia backed her words of motivation with actions ! That is when Project Doopti took birth !

Women working on their orders

Doopti is a small cottage enterprise in Belgaum, where in they employ below poverty women and encourage them to make cotton quilts and at the same time earn a decent living for themselves. These quilts are personalised quilts as per the clients wish or requirements.
Cynthia started this cottage industry in 2015 with one lady, one sewing machine. And today She has 5+ ladies and 7 sewing machines. They manufacture handmade quilts, petbeds, table accessories, goody bags, curtains, bedspreads and pillows.
They have received quite a phenomenal response from friends who are using this opportunity to gift their loved ones as these unique quilts are not easily available in the open market. As we are in the winter season, this is the right time to act upon. As they are dependent on word of mouth and personal references, you can be part of this initiative and help her to spread the word. Your inquiries will be appreciated.
You can contact Mrs. Cynthia Fernandes, Social Entrepreneur and owner of the cottage industry who has been a helping Samaritan towards so many families for their basic survival through her cottage handicraft business
The products ordered are delivered for free within India as well as UAE.
Please follow their page on Facebook – DOOPTI 
Cynthia Fernandes 00919008378123
Media Inquiries – write to – barkhamahesh@gmail.com

 

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ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival 2018 programme goes live

The ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival 2018 is scheduled to take place from 25 –29 January, 2018 at the Diggi Palace Hotel, Jaipur Rajasthan.

The much-awaited ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival 2018 programme is finally out and can be found on the Festival’s website. The 11th edition of the Festival features 200 sessions spanning a multitude of topics, trends, ideas and genres ranging from fiction, poetry, nonfiction, gender, environment, science, history, liberal arts, journalism, economics, travel and cinema. The programme is a coming together of diverse literary, artistic, and discursive forms and a celebration of perspectives in Indian and global literature.

This year’s marquee sessions include British playwright Sir Tom Stoppard, winner of an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for Shakespeare in Love, discussing his life and work in a fascinating free-flowing session called The Real Thing; a discussion aptly titled The Great Survivor where Hamid Karzai, former President of Afghanistan, and William Dalrymple discuss his life, legacy and leadership through the country’s recent turbulent times, his views on India’s role in Afghanistan past and present and his predictions for the future of his country. In The Bridget Jones’ Diaries, novelist Helen Fielding speaks with publisher Meru Gokhale of the comic and the tragic, film and fiction and Bridget Jones’ bumpy ride to motherhood. In Conspiracy of Bones, which combines crime with popular science, Kathy Reichs, an American crime writer, forensic anthropologist, academic and producer of the TV series Bones (loosely based on Reichs’ works), speaks of her writing, popular science and communication, crime and punishment, gender and equity. Writer Akhil Sharma in a session called A Life of Adventure and Delightwill be in conversation with Chandrahas Choudhury on his writing and the astonishing intensity and emotional precision he brings to his craft. In The Joy Luck Club, celebrated novelist Amy Tan will speak to Siddharth Dhanvant Shanghvi about her extraordinary life and her emergence as a writer of stature against many odds. In The Art of Stillness, British-born Indian origin essayist Pico Iyer, who leads a nomadic life between a Benedictine hermitage in California, Nara in Japan and international airports around the world, speaks with writer and historian Patrick French about his life and work, movement and stillness, changelessness and change.

Attendees can look forward to spirited sessions in poetry such as Jan Nisar and Kaifi with Javed Akhtar and Shabana Azmi in conversation with Rakhshanda Jalil; Girls Are Coming Out of the Woods with Tishani Doshi introduced by Jeet Thayil; Nude: The Poet Within in which Vishal Bhardwaj is in conversation with Sukrita Paul Kumar; and a Rajasthani bhasha session Rajasthali: Dharti Ri Koonkh with Bulaki Sharma, Abhimanyu Singh Arha and Reena Menaria in conversation with Arvind Singh Aashiya.

The programme also celebrates the diversity of languages, their enigmatic roots and multifaceted trajectories. In Lok Bhasha: The Oxford Dictionaries Hindi Word of the Year, the announcement of the first ever Oxford Dictionaries ‘Hindi Word of the Year’ will be made at the 2018 edition of the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival followed by a panel discussion with Ashok Vajpeyi, Pankaj Dubey, Saurabh Dwivedi, Vinod Dua and Yatindra Misra in conversation with Anu Singh Choudhary on new trends in Hindi usage and writing. In Hindi Medium: Language and Elitism, Annie Montaut, Avinash Das, Satya Vyas and Satyanand Nirupam will examine the value of Hindi, its position as a common language in a multilingual nation, a language steeped in deep literary traditions as well as one that is familiar within both popular culture and the marketplace. In a linguistic leap of faith, the session Shalom: Indian Jewish Fiction, writers Esther David and Sethu speak of ethnicity, community, belonging and the legacy of shared stories.

Intrepid reportage and commitment to bare facts makes journalistic writing a force unto itself. Exploring the many challenges and triumphs from the world of media writing, the programme features sessions like Spotlight: The Hunt for Truth where Portuguese-American journalist Michael Rezendes, who won a Pulitzer Prize for his investigative work as a member of The Boston Globe’s legendary Spotlight Team, speaks of the power of traditional and local reporting, the values, veracity and commitment required for investigative journalism as well as the changing definitions of news in the current media landscape. In Undercover in North Korea: Facts and Fictions, writer Suki Kim is in conversation with Michael Breen about her rare encounter with one of the world’s most secretive countries, North Korea, and of the privileged young men she calls ‘soldiers and slaves’. Manhunt: Pakistan and the Search for Bin Laden brings together three of the world’s greatest experts on Bin Laden. Peter Bergen, author of Manhunt, met and interviewed the man and later was the only journalist to gain access to bin Laden’s Abbottabad compound before the Pakistani government demolished it. In conversation with him are Adrian Levy and Cathy Scott-Clerk, authors of The Exile, a landmark work of investigation and reportage on the Islamic world.

Environment and climate change take new shape in River of Life, River of Death: The Ganges and India’s Future, former India correspondent for the Financial Times, Victor Mallet traces the holy river from source to mouth and from ancient times to the present day when it is choked with sewage and toxic waste. In Conflicts of Interest: Betrayals of the Earth, a session that addresses the cause and consequence of climate catastrophe, Sunita Narain, Jairam Ramesh and Jeffrey Gettleman are in conversation with Amita Baviskar. Finally, in Waters of Contention: Asian Faultlines, a session that navigates the troubled waters of political geography between India, Pakistan and China, Brahma Chellaney, Michael Buckley, Humphrey Hawksley and Manoj Joshi are in conversation with writer and journalist John Elliott.

The cinema line-up is particularly exciting with Adaptations in which Tom Stoppard, Michael Ondaatje, Vishal Bhardwaj, Nicholas Shakespeare, Mira Nair, Nandita Das and Amy Tan come together in conversation with Chiki Sarkar. In The Perils of Celebrity, Soha Ali Khan and Sharmila Tagore speak with Sanjoy K. Roy and in Mira Nair: The Personal and the Political, the indomitable filmmaker is in conversation with Vir Sanghvi. Travel writing gets fleshed out in The Travel Session with the best in the business: Redmond O’Hanlon, Hugh Thomson, Pico Iyer, Raja Shehadeh and Robert Dessaix in conversation with William Dalrymple.

Bringing gender issues to the forefront and bursting feminine stereotypes have always been important programming diktats and more so this year with ‘feminism’ making it as Merriam-Webster’s ‘Word of the Year’ for 2017. Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong takes on misogynistic stereotypes and challenges preconceptions about gender and sexual differences. Taking off from Angela Saini’s acclaimed book: Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong and the New Research That’s Rewriting the Story, writer, columnist and feminist Namita Bhandare will be in a charged and powerful conversation with the author and theoretical physicist Lisa Randall to weave a refreshing alternative narrative about women’s bodies and minds. Another equally illuminating session, Indian Women Mystics: From the Rishikas to the Bhakti Poets delves deep into history and looks at the Rigveda in which 27 women poets had their work represented, works which are contemplative, grand and yet resonating with the pathos of the human condition. Translator Philip A. Lutgendorf will be in conversation with Swamini Atmaprajnananda Saraswati, author of Rishikas of the Rigveda, and Arundhathi Subramaniam, poet, author and editor of the anthology, Eating God: A Book of Bhakti Poetry.

In its 11th edition, the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival lives up to its promise of being the grand dame of diversity, magnitude and sheer range in programming – there is something here for everyone, much to explore and to suit every literary palate!

The ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival sets literary conversations, debates and dialogue against the backdrop of built and cultural heritage including curated art installations, world music performances at the Music Stage and cultural evenings at heritage venues like the Amber Fort and Hawa Mahal.

While entry to the Festival is free and open to all, attendees can choose to purchase Festival Delegate Packages, which offer a special experience of the Festival and will take them on a compelling cultural journey. In addition to enjoying the programme, delegates get access to the Delegate Lounge, dedicated sessions, free entry to the Music Stage, invites to the special cultural evenings, official Festival merchandise, lunches and dinners with authors and fellow delegates, a cocktail evening and much more.

Marquee Sessions – Academy Award-winning British playwright Sir Tom Stoppard in The Real Thing, former President of Afghanistan Hamid Karzai in The Great Survivor, novelist Helen Fielding discussing her most popular work in The Bridget Jones’ Diaries, American crime writer, forensic anthropologist, academic and producer of the TV series BonesKathy Reichs in Conspiracy of BonesAkhil Sharma in a session called A Life of Adventure and Delight, celebrated novelist Amy Tan in The Joy Luck Club and award-winning essayist Pico Iyer in The Art of Stillness.

PROGRAMME DETAILS:

Nearly 200 sessions spanning a diverse range of topics, trends, ideas and genres. Themes include fiction, poetry, nonfiction, gender, environment, science, history, liberal arts, journalism, economics, travel and cinema. The programme can be accessed on the website https://jaipurliteraturefestival.org/programme.

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Registrations for Volunteers and Workshops now open !

The countdown has begun to The Jaipur Art Summit !

This year , the Jaipur Art Summit will provide you an unique opportunity to participate in various different styled art workshops. From charcoal painting to fabric art, cartooning, voice modulation, bharatnatyam, zetangle art, terracotta, recycling art and waste fibre paintings.

Explore what you never experienced !! Explore Jaipur Art Summit!!#BeThere 14th to 18th December 2017, Ravindra Manch, Jaipur

Registrations for Volunteers is now open for the Summit – http://www.jaipurartsummit.in/volunteer

Workshops at Jaipur Art Summit

Workshop schedule for Jaipur Art Summit 2017.

Now you can register online for Workshops to avoid onspot registration hassle.

Visit the given link to register:- http://www.jaipurartsummit.in/workshops-reg.html

For Media Inquiries, contact – 91 750 640 3538 or write to barkhamahesh@gmail.com

 

 

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The City with a purpose behind it’s vision

If you would have read my earlier blog about The Future City site visit then you would be able to make the connection to my conversation with Mr. Sharad Mishra (referring to him here as Sharad ji) Director of UKM Group – Trimurty Builders.

Trimurty Builders has a legacy of being in the business of building homes since the last 22 years and the amazing deep rooted values that have been taught by Mr. Udai Kant Mishra – Chairman of UKM group, to his three sons and their families shows in their work and commitment for making lives of others also happier.

The Future City site visit had left me with a nostalgic feeling of not wanting to leave, somewhere in the background I could hear the words, “wow, I am home”. I guess everyone does not feel connected or are able to put a finger at how they feel when they step into a new place. But I guess that is how I connect, it is the energy or urja of the place that makes me want to be there forever or just leave …. So much for being an archer ?

My curiosity grew even more after seeing the expansive area of the project and wondering what was the thought that made a family’s vision come into reality. I always look for a purpose, that is the sign of recognizing a visionary. And that is what Udai Kant ji is and I am sure it is a matter of pride for him and the family as to how the brothers are making his vision into a reality.

From Left to Right:
Mr. Sharad Mishra (Director), Mr. Udai Kant Mishra (Chairman), Mr. Anand Mishra (Director) and Mr. Abhishek Mishra (Director)

Visiting the Trimurty office at Jaipur, greeted by their team we went to meet Mr. Sharad Mishra. Our small chat and exchanging pleasantries, the conversation did become deep as to what and how the whole project was envisioned.

A very calm and composed Sharad ji, explains how the vision of The Future City started taking shape and their purpose being very clear was to accommodate those living in India and outside to own at least one piece of land.

“The reason for developing a plotting scheme like The Future City is the non-availability of organized land developers in this segment of business. The demand for land which we used to get from all over the world and often having prospects saying that though they don’t live in India, they would want to own at least one piece of land in India by which they feel connected to their roots. Many of them felt it a problem in doing that as they did not feel safe and secure about their investments along with the unfulfilled commitments.”

“That’s when we realized that there is a niche in the market and hence we conceptualized The Future City where the plot investment is not a big-ticket investment and affordable for those wanting to own at least one piece of land in their home country.”

“The Future City is safe in terms of its immunity from encroachment etc., and is surrounded by enough anchors of economic growth in future.”

With many other developments around the same area, The Future City does stand out due of its vision, magnanimous size and its committed development.

Being a person, who has always been a GameChanger, I was truly amazed with their thought process of standing out of the herd of development projects. Sharad ji proudly declares the change that they wish to bring in the community, “We want to build a community of home owners which is more responsible and sensible. Instead of spending their hard-earned money in other luxuries of life, they would have spent in making an investment in land which in turn makes them more stable in life and which will add value to their wealth and 360 degrees of happiness. The ease of payment that we are providing to the home-owners is making a very large community attracted towards investing in The Future City.”

If you are a nature and environment lover, then you will surely be able to connect to the vision of Trimurty’s commitment. “Trimurty as a company is committed to environment and in The Future City our focus is on water conservation and green cover in the scheme.”, explains Sharad ji.

So with good healthy living, sustainability covered and environment conservation as the commitment and driving force….. what else is left for you to take that one piece of land …. Return on investment!! Well, Trimurty Builders has got you covered there too!!

“It is my experience of real estate that any investment in land has always given a good return of approximately 18-19% per annum if the investment could grow for 7-10 yrs.” Says Sharad ji from Trimurty Builders.

Leaving after our conversation, it was nice to know in depth about a development in which making an investment would lead to living in a happier and sustainable environment… and of course the lovely nature by your side !

In UAE, you can see their preview on 30th September 2017,

from 11am – 9pm at Grand Excelsior Hotel, Dubai UAE

Eventbrite - The Future City Jaipur - Preview

For more information contact me on barkhamahesh@gmail.com

Contact : +91 750 640 3538

Website : www.trimurty.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Indian Photography Fest in Hyderabad from 21 Sep 2017

The Indian Photography Festival (IPF) – Hyderabad, a Not-For-Profit initiative of Light Craft Foundation, is an international photography festival, showcasing a wide range of photography from India and around the globe with a series of events, including talks and discussions, portfolio reviews, book launches, screenings, workshops etc. The IPF creates a platform for the professional and aspiring photographers, the photography lovers and the public where the festival promotes the art of photography at the same time address the social issues through the medium of photography. The IPF 2017 will take place at the State Gallery of Art – Hyderabad, from 21st Sept – 8th Oct.

Having various speakers, panel discussions, exhibitions, workshops and gallery displays from different photographers and foundations as well, it is a treat for enthusiasts of photography!

Please visit their website – www.indianphotofest.com or you can drop an email to them –  info@indianphotofest.com

Remember to mention from where you heard about them.

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Inspired to Educate & Support

An interesting evening with friends and art lovers, turned inspiring to see the passion for propagating Indian art put across with such simplicity and humbleness by Mr. Ramachandran, the founder of Ishkraft.
With years of experience in the corporate world, being a trader and lived in UAE, Tanzania and India his thought to give back to the society by way of collaborating with local artisans was ably supported by a friend Mrs. Latha from Chennai who was in her own way enabling small time artists and craftsmen to market their wares. Ishkraft sells these products made with skilled hands to customers within India and abroad.
There are many supporters of art and craft who are part of his journey who give their valuable time to bring a purpose and source of living for these underprivileged people.
Please take a few moments to check their website and show your support by placing your orders to them ! Don’t forget to mention where you heard about them.

www.ishkraft.com