Pastel pink dominates Lakme Fashion Week’s third day

Lakme Fashion ShowMumbai, Apr 1: The third day of the Lakme Fashion Week (LFW) 2008 in the showbiz capital Mumbai saw designers playing with different shades of Pastel pink colour.

Designer Narendra Kumar Ahmed bowled the audiences over at the Lakme Fashion Week with a fusion line inspired by the pink city of Jaipur.

Ahmed used a profusion of pink in his ensembles and tuned the pavilions and mazes of Jaipur's forts and houses into his prints.

The designer showcased structured jackets, trousers and dresses in taffeta, silk and lurex with a rich colour palette of peach, fuchsia, silver, wine and burgundy splashed on dresses.

Yesterday's taxi driver is today's artist in demand

GurjratAhmedabad, April 1: A taxi driver in Ahmedabad who lost his source of livelihood during the Gujarat riots, has today reinvented himself as an artist of some repute.

Surviving as an unknown tourist taxi driver, Munnavvar Hussein, 46, used to sketch monuments during his idle time.

He used stippling art, a technique of using small dots to simulate varying degrees of solidity or shading.

But after riots, he was left with no work and took to sketching seriously.

Malin Medhi of Assam can sing 10 songs without moving his lips!

Guwahati, April 1: Assam MapBelieve it or not, Malin Medhi, a marginal farmer
from Balapara Chuba in Assam’s Nalbari District, has the ability to
sing 10 songs on trot that too without opening his lips!

Malin Medhi started singing in this fashion about 19 years ago but regrets failing to gain popularity for his feat despite being touching 28. years of age.

Today, he can sing melodies of famous Assamese singer Bhupen Hazarika to the pop style of Zubin Garg of “Ya Ali” fame. But his wish is to find a place in the Limca as well as Guinness Book of World Records.

Malin Medhi has opted a style that is never preferred by singers.

Rare first edition of Oliver Twist expected to fetch £150,000 at auction

Rare first edition of Oliver Twist expected to fetch £150,000 at auctionLondon, Apr 1: A rare self-signed first edition copy of Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist is expected to fetch 150,000 pounds in an auction on April 2.

This three-volume tome makes part of a collection of around 200 Dickens treasures owned by Hollywood TV mogul William E Self.

The book is signed: "William Harrison Ainsworth Esquire, from his sincere friend, Charles Dickens," reports the Mirror.

Ainsworth met Dickens in Manchester in 1834 and the duo became very close friends soon after.

They worship donkeys on All Fools Day

April Fool DayKada Dham (Koshambi Janpad) Uttar Pradesh, April 1: It could appear strange to many but several people in Uttar Pradesh’s Kada Dham in Koshambi Janpad assemble to worship “Donkeys” on the first day of April to invoke divine blessings and prosperity!

Devotees of Sheetla Mata, a local deity at popular pilgrimage center Kada Dham, arrive here from far off areas to worship the beast of burden every year. They bring their donkeys to sell them during a special fair held under the auspices of the temple.

Rajasthani puppetry undergoing renaissance

Map of Rajasthan.Jaipur, March 31: Rajasthan’s puppetry shows despite facing a difficult phase for a long time due to modernism have held on to their traditional style of spreading social messages and entertaining people beyond age. It was visible here during the Rajasthan Diwas festival.

The festival, which was a gala event of variety entertainment and exhibition of traditional arts and crafts at various venues, attracted everyone’s attention for its puppetry show, staged at the Pink City’s popular Jawahar Kala Kendra.

Shigmo festival celebrated in Goa

Shigmo festival celebrated in GoaPanjim, March 31 : People in Goa celebrated the popular Shigmo festival this past week, marking the onset of spring. It is one of the eagerly awaited events in the State.

This fest was marked by colourful processions of dancers who waded through the streets to the tunes of traditional music, which echoed in the air of this coastal state.

The festival is generally celebrated by organizing large fairs and parades in Goa.

BAG Films launches Country’s first entertainment news channel ‘E24’

BAG Films and Media Ltd has announced that the company has unveiled a 24-hour news channel on entertainment and lifestyle, christened ‘E24’.

The channel will carry news on the entertainment industry, especially the television industry and Bollywood and its editorial team is headed by Bindu Sharma.

The company claims that the channel will be the country's first entertainment news channel, targeted at all Bollywood fans.

The channel will be available across all over world through platforms such as Cable, DTH, mobile TV and web streaming.

The company already running two other channels named News24 and Dhamaal 24.

April Fool gags are good for office staff

April Fool gags are good for office staffLondon, Mar 24 : Pulling an April Fool’s Day prank in the office may not be such a bad idea after all, for it not only boosts staff morale but also cuts stress.

According to a report by executive jobsite TheLadders. co. uk, playing a prank on a colleague on this day can “encourage creativity and teamwork”.

Some favourite pranks are unplugging a keyboard, moving the contents of a desk, and fibbing it’s “daft shirt day”.

Aamir Looks ‘Hot’ In His New Look, Says Kiran Rao

Ace Bollywood actor Aamir Khan has revealed his new look for director Aamir KhanMurgadoss’s Tamil remake ‘Ghajini.’

Aamir, who directed the latest Bollywood hit ‘Taare Zammen Par,’ shocked everyone with his new look at the premiere of Race, the latest offering of the ace Bollywood director duo Abbas-Mustan.

After making his first public appearance with his new look, Aamir stated, “This is how it's gonna look and I'm going to keep it like this till the end of the film.”

However, the actor did not go bald; in its place, Aamir had a small crop with 'marks' in the middle of his small hairline.

Cinemax India signs partnership deal with i-mint

Cinemax India Ltd. has announced that the company has signed a partnership deal with i-mint, an ICICI Ventures funded company.

i-mint is India’s first and truly national multiple partner loyalty and consumer rewards program by Loyalty Solutions and Research Limited (LSRL).

With the introduction of service, Cinemax customers can now earn i-mint points for their spend at the Cinemax properties and at other top brands within the i-mint network consisting of 6 preferred partners like Airtel, HPCL, Air India, ICICI Bank, Lifestyle and Makemytrip.com.

Pyramid Saimira signs MoU with Chinese firm; forms JV Company

Pyramid Saimira Multiplexes Enters China

Indian Multiplex operator, Pyramid Saimira Theatre Limited (PSTL) has announced that the company has finally entered the Chinese market.

The company has signed a Memorandum of Cultural Cooperation with CSMRB, Ministry of Culture, Government of People’s Republic of China to enter the Chinese market.

As a result a new joint venture, “Jiangsu Pyramid Longzhe Group” has been formed to operate theatres and distribute films and engage in other entertainment / arts and cultural activities in China.

Pritish Nandy Communication inks pact with DQ Entertainment

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India’s Pritish Nandy Communications Limited has joined hands with UK-based, DQ Entertainment International, one of the world’s leading animation, game art and film production companies.

Under the deal, both companies will jointly develop and produce six movies in the next 3 to 4 years time within a budget of USD 45 million. These films will be in animation & live action and each project will be separately announced once the global co-production budgets are agreed.

Brit engineer scoops nearly £3m on lottery in first online attempt!

London, March 18 :£3m on lottery in first online attempt! A British electrical engineer is planning to buy a Bentley and a French vineyard after winning a Lotto jackpot of nearly 3 million pounds.

It was the first time that Peter had bought lottery tickets on the web.

The 37-year-old, who has used the same numbers for the past 13 years, said that he was too ill to go out for a ticket.

He said he felt "sick" after seeing his numbers of 1, 13, 26, 38, 41 and 47 drawn in the game after buying his ticket online.

Russian, Greek artists in Punjab to share the cultures

Chandigarh, Mar 17:Punjabi Dhol The tour of cultural troupes of Greek and Russian folk artists in Punjab has been a great success.

Playing the ‘dhol’, a traditional Punjab instrument, was an enthralling experience for the Greek artists. It was exciting experience for them-- the costumes, the language and the dances.

"We meet a different and new culture in India, which is very interesting and rich. We are very happy to be here. We are having a great time,” said Zahirina Bozuka, an artist from Greece.

Pyramid Saimira gets nod to raise $ 400 million

Pyramid Saimira Theatre Limited, country’s leading multiplex operator, has Pyramid Saimira Theatre Limitedinformed that its members at extraordinary general meeting held on 14 March 2008, has approved the raising of additional funds through FCCB / GDR / ADR up to USD 400 million.

The members have approved to increase the borrowing powers from the present Rs 1,500 crore to Rs 3,000 crore.
Chennai-based, Pyramid Saimira operates as a theatre chain company in India. It operates a network of theatres, including malls, multiplexes, cine-plexes, and standalone theatres.

Models stressed out at India fashion week

Models stressed out at India fashion weekNew Delhi, Mar 15: Beyond the chic façade and haute attires, models with hectic jam-packed schedules and back to back shows, are stressed and fatigued, several of them revealed on Saturday at the ongoing Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week in New Delhi.

Models have the toughest time every year at this time of the season because of hundred shows lined up for Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week, running virtually all day from
12.15 p. m. to 9 p. m.

'Laddoo Holi' in Barsana marks the beginning of holisjks

Laddoo HoliBarsana (Uttar Pradesh), Mar 15 : Festival of colours 'Holi' got off to a sweets-filled start in Barsana in Uttar Pradesh on March 14.

Barsana is about 50 kilometres from Mathura and it has the distinction of having the only temple dedicated to Lord Krishna's consort Radha.

Laddoo holi is celebrated because it is believed Lord Krishna came here from his native place (Nandgoan). Laddoos are distributed to mark coming of Lord Krishna to his in-laws home.

Legend has it that on this day Lord Krishna came to Barsana and playfully teased Radha and her friends but was chased away by the girls.

Fashion shows a big hit in Manipur

Manipur Fashion ShowImphal, Mar 15: Insurgency and violence have not been able to suppress the positive and creative facets in the lives of Manipur citizens.

Recently, a fashion show was held by the Blue Ocean Fashion Academy in Imphal, demonstrating the keenness of the people to lead a normal life and enjoy the fruits of peace.

Providing a platform to showcase talent in the field of dress designing and modelling, Blue Ocean, one of the leading fashion designing institutes of Manipur, recently conducted a traditional-cum-handloom fashion show.

Fame India begins its operation in Kolkata

Fame India Ltd, formerly known as Shringar Cinemas Limited has announced that the company has begun operations in Kolkata from March 14, 2008 which consists of total 6 screens and 1426 seats.

The USP of this property is the introduction of 1 exclusive screen consisting 74 seats all with Gold Class Recliners, accompanied by an exclusive Gold Class Lounge with butler service; being the first one in Eastern India.

Mumbai-based, Fame India is engaged in the setting up and operation of a chain of multiplexes under the FAME brand name in India. The company involves in the exhibition and distribution of films, including programming of theatres and owning/managing multiplexes; and operation of food courts and restaurants.

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