The IFP challenge this year had over 23,600 filmmakers making 1200+ films in 50 hours. 20 countries and 262 cities in India have participated in the festival.

The audience will see varied perspectives of the participants in the form of motion pictures which will revolve around the theme ‘Top of the World’ in genres of Humour, Drama, Adventure and Experimental.

The event will see workshop by:

Culture Machine, Comedy Factory, Screenpatti on ‘How to go Viral’
Kanan Gill on ‘Pretentious Short Film Reviews’
The Viral Fever, Y-Films and The Film Companion on ‘Anatomy of a Web-Series’
East India Comedy in conversation with Raja Sen on ‘Importance of giving Offence’
All India Bakchod team in conversation with Vasan Bala on ‘AIB vs the movies’ from 4pm to 5pm.
Workshops by Terribly Tiny Tales and Adhiraj Bose on ‘Telling a Short Story’
The Logical Indian team with Omung Kumar, Ananth Mahadevan and Anand Pandit on ‘How to make a sincere statement in a world of cynicism and sarcasm’ and
Bollywood Gandu and Anisha Rickshawali in conversation with Raja Sen on ‘Split Personality’.
What: India Film Project
Date: Saturday, 1st October
Time: 11.00 am onwards
Where: Nesco, Goregaon
Event: Free requires RSVP on Bookmyshow:

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The Diwali Bazaar @ Amanora Mall!

With festivities are just around the corner, Amanora Mall is the right destination for you to drop in , at this time. Get all your festive necessities at the Diwali Bazaar that is being organized by Amanora Mall. Not only will you get all your Diwali related articles such as beautiful Dias, Gift articles, cards and Handmade products but also a bunch of entertainment is arranged. Popular city band ‘Fiddlecraft’, will deliver a live performance at the venue along with a Street Magic Performance, a Salsa performance by Salsa Mania India, live performances by the Band RDX and Aura, stand up comedy and much more, in store for you! So drop by this festive season at Pune’s all day destination Mall and make your festive season a jovial, pleasant and one, full of beautiful memories!

DATE: Friday, September 30- Sunday, October 2, 2016
Friday, October 7- Sunday, October 9, 2016

TIME: 12:00 Pm- 10:00 Pm

VENUE: Oasis @ Amanora Mall

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Get grooving with DJ Shree and DJ Sohel @ Classic Rock Coffee Co.

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Get grooving with DJ Shree and DJ Sohel @ Classic Rock Coffee Co.

Whether you got any Friday night plans or no, worry no more as Classic Rock Coffee Co. has got it all covered for you! This Friday, two DJs DJs will set the dance floor on fire with retro dance, deep house, hip-hop, commercial music to get you dancing the night away. Not just that but couples stand a chance to win free entry tickets for the Akbar Sami show which will take place on October 14, 2016! So drop by this Friday and dance the night away with DJ shree and DJ sohel and make your Friday night full of fun and memories with your pals!

DATE: Friday, September 30, 2016

TIME: 10:00 Pm Onwards

VENUE: Classic Rock Coffee Co. Kalyani nagar, Pune

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HandsOfIndia annual exhibition showcased a wide range of talent once more!

HandsOfIndia, was back with its annual exhibit for the third time in a row. HOI’s handcrafted apparels sure have a great fan following all around Pune and as the love for handmade ethnic apparels is progressing day by day, this NGO which works towards the upliftment of artisans across India, this time as well witnessed crowd in huge numbers. A brand new range of handcrafted western wear designed by design students from NIFT, Kurtas made from fine handwoven fabrics from Assam, A special range of Phulia cotton and silk- cotton sarees cotton were displayed at the exhibition. A wide range of products for daily wear such as the Single count cotton Sarees from Nuapatna, Orissa, were also available at the exhibition. This time HOI introduced its limited edition handwoven kurtas made from mekhela chador woven by its women artisans from Assam. All in all it can be said that the exhibition was a boon not only for the artisans of this NGO but also for those who visited the exhibition.

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British Council Pune invites you to a screening of Romeo and Juliet.

Day and Date: Saturday, 24 September 2016
Timing: 6.00 pm to 8.30 pm

Parental guidance is recommended for under-18s

Venue: National Film Archive of India, Jaikar Bungalow, Law College Road, Pune 411004

Entry Free and Open to All - the seating will be available on first come first served basis.

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22nd Pune Navratri Mohotsav to be inaugurated by former Maharashtra Chief Minister Shri. Prithviraj Chauvan on 1st October at 5pm at Ganesh Krida Ranga Manch.

Film actress: Vandana Gupte, Sai Tamhankar, Sonali Kulkarni, Shweta Shinde, Bhargavi Chirmule, Girija Joshi, Radha Sagar, Gauri Nalwade will grace the occassion.
Smt Jayashri Bagul and Shri Aba Bagul earlier in the day will perform the ghatasthapana and the Laxmi Mata Puja at morning 8.15am at Shivdarshan.
Dr. Mohan Agashe, Senior Editor Shri. Anant Dixit, Lavani Samradhini Mangala Bansode, Famous Lyricist and Poet, Shri. Jayant Bhide and Social worker Shri.Santosh Verma will be honoured with Life time achievement award of Rs. 11,000, shwal and shriphal, citation.

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Indian Television Academy School of Performing Arts opens its doors to Pune

David Dhawan, and Shashi Ranjan inaugurate the new Academy


Wish to step into the industry of Bollywood? Worry no more as the Indian Television Academy School of Performing Arts (ITA SPA) has got this dream of yours achievable and all covered for you. ITA School of Performing Arts is a premier institute for providing education in performing arts in India which was conceptualized by Mr. Shashi Ranjan and Mrs. Anu Ranjan in 2011.

Today, the Pune centre was launched at the hands of David Dhawan, and Shashi Ranjan in the presence of Nandan Gijare & Shruti Gijare, Directors for the Pune centre and Maithili Page Centre Head for Pune centre and other guests and dignitaries.
ITA School of Performing Arts has now expanded its horizons in five more cities, Pune being the prominent one. Pune centre is spearheaded by Mr. Nandan Gijare who is confident that the centre will do extremely well.

Speaking at the occasion Mr. Nandan Gijare said, “Pune has a tremendous student population and is popularly known as the Oxford of the East. History has it that great Bollywood actors have come to Pune at the iconic FTII to graduate and make a mark for themselves and Pune is the preferred destination for acting and theatre.”

“Talent is in abundance in Pune which is a great city with its rich culture and theatre influence. We are confident that with the inflow of students and talent, we will have students who will make a mark for themselves.” He further added.

The Indian Television Academy’s roots deeply grounded in Industry our esteemed Governing Council Consists of Mr. J P Datta, Mr. David Dhavan, Mr. Gulshan Grover, Ms. Raveena Tondon, Ms. Mahima Chaudhary, Mr. Roop Kumar Rathore and Ms. AlkaYagnik.

“The Institution takes it a notch higher as they have some of the finest and renowned Indian masters of various performing arts to impart training in the streams of Acting, Dancing, Singing, Modelling and Image Grooming. A school solely dedicated to honing such talent, and guiding them thereafter is surely a dream come true for many aspiring artists out there,” said Maithili Page.

Maithili Page further added saying, “The Institutes Vision and Mission include providing ideal launch pads for young aspirants into the TV and Bollywood verticals. Their emphasis is on providing practical knowledge to their students and make opportunities available to them required for proving their talent.”

We understand and value the worth of dreams of thousands of aspirants and therefore we want to make sure that our courses with in-depth curriculum are well facilitated by our Mentors. The mentors at the Institute are- Mr. Sandeep Dharma for Modelling, Mr. Kunal Phadke for Dancing, Mr. Ali Hussain for Singing and Ms. Maithili Page for Acting.

So the stage is set for all those who want to make it big in field of Performing Arts; As ITA School of Performing Arts is, “Your Gateway To Bollywood” said Shruti Gijare.

Photo Caption:
1) – Shashi Ranjan( Director- Producer)

2) – David Dhawan (Director- Editor)

3) – Inaugration of the Institute at the hands of David Dhawan

4) ( L-R)- Ali Khureshi(H.O.D Singing), Shruti Gijare( Director at ITA SPA), Nandan Gijare (Director at ITA SPA), David Dhawan (Director- Editor), Shashi Ranjan (Director- Producer), Sandeep Dharam( H.O.D Modelling), Maithili Page( Centre Head for Pune and H.O.D- acting), Kunal Phadke(H.O.D- Dancing)

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हरियाणामध्ये वनराई संस्थेला ;मधू भसीन स्मृती पुरस्कार; प्रदान

वनराईला नुकताच हरियाणातील ‘गुरु जम्बेश्वर युनिवर्सिटी ऑफ सायंस अँड टेक्नॉलॉजी’ चा मधू भसीन अवार्ड मिळाला.

;गुरु जम्भेश्वर युनिव्हर्सिटी ऑफ़ सायन्स अँड टेक्नॉलॉजी, हिस्सार (हरियाणा) च्या वतीने ‘वनराई’ संस्थेला नुकताच ‘मधू भसीन स्मृती पुरस्कार; प्रदान करण्यात आला.

विद्यापीठाचे कुलगुरु डॉ. तानकेश्वर कुमार यांच्या शुभहस्ते ‘वनराई’चे अध्यक्ष श्री. रवींद्र धारिया यांनी हा पुरस्कार स्वीकारला. हिस्सार (हरियाणा) येथील विद्यापीठाच्या सभागृहात पार पडलेल्या या समारंभास कुलपती तथा हरियाणा राज्याचे राज्यपाल प्रा. कप्तान सिंग सोलंकी, केंद्रीय रेल्वे मंत्री श्री. सुरेश प्रभू, आयआरएस अधिकारी सरोज बाला, अॅकॅडमिक अफेअर्सचे अधिष्ठाता डॉ. राजेश मल्होत्रा यांसह अनेक मान्यवर उपस्थित होते.

हरियाणाचे राज्यपाल प्रा. सोलंकी यांनी आपल्या भाषणातून ;वनराई;च्या कार्याविषयी गौरवोद्गार काढून वनराईला हरियाणामध्ये शाश्वत ग्रामीण विकासाचे कार्य हाती घेण्याचे आवाहन केले. ते म्हणाले,;पर्यावरण आणि शाश्वत ग्रामीण विकासाच्या क्षेत्रात वनराईने केलेले कार्य अतिशय मार्गदर्शक असून हरियाणामध्ये अशा प्रकारच्या कार्याची गरज आहे.

याकामी मी वनराई संस्थेला हरियाणा राज्यात आमंत्रित करतो.” या कार्यक्रमाला उपस्थित सुमारे पाच हजार विद्यार्थ्याना संबोधित करताना राज्यपाल प्रा. सोलंकी पुढे म्हणाले,;सर्व तरुण विद्यार्थ्यांनी वनराई संस्थेचा आदर्श घेऊन पर्यावरण संवर्धन व ग्रामीण विकासासाठी आपले योगदान दिले पाहिजे.

; पर्यावरणाच्या क्षेत्रात मुलभूत अथवा नाविन्यपूर्ण संशोधन करणे, पर्यावरणाशी निगडीत शास्त्रीय ज्ञानावर आधारित साहित्य प्रकाशित करणे, पर्यावरणाच्या ढासळत्या समतोलाबाबत जनजागृती करणे किंवा पर्यावरण संवर्धनाच्या मुद्यांवर तळागाळात काम करणे अशा प्रकारचे कार्य करणाऱ्या संस्था अथवा व्यक्तीला विद्यापीठाच्या वतीने हा पुरस्कार देण्यात येतो.

गुरु जम्भेश्वर युनिव्हर्सिटी ऑफ़ सायन्स अँड टेक्नॉलॉजी;, हिस्सार हे तंत्र शिक्षण देणारे भारतातील प्रथम क्रमांकाचे विद्यापीठ आहे. हरियाणा राज्यातही या विद्यापीठाचा प्रथम क्रमांक लागतो.

फोटो ओळ-गुरु जम्भेश्वर युनिव्हर्सिटी ऑफ़ सायन्स अँड टेक्नॉलॉजीचे कुलगुरू डॉ. तानकेश्वर कुमार यांच्या हस्ते मधू भसीन स्मृती पुरस्कार स्वीकारताना ;वनराई;चे अध्यक्ष श्री. रवींद्र धारिया, समवेत विद्यापीठाच्या अॅकॅडमिक अफेअर्सचे अधिष्ठाता डॉ. राजेश मल्होत्रा

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115 Lila Seniors get a step closer to achieving their dream

21st September 2016, a memorable day for the Lila Poonawalla Foundation.. The occasion, Scholarship Award Function for the Lila Seniors.

These 115 Lila Seniors from 6 schools (The Lila Juniors who have completed their 10th std get an Auto-Scholarship to pursue their Under Graduate Studies, in any of their chosen fields like Commerce, Arts, Science, Engineering (Computer, E&TC, IT etc) Diploma in Engineering, Direct 2nd yr Engineering, Pharmacy, Nursing) . Not just stopping at Graduation, the Foundation will continue to support the girls during their placements as well, advice them about the further course of action. Apart from this, if the Girls wish to pursue their post graduation, then they can re-apply for the Post-Graduation Scholarship. Foundation recently welcomed 361 new Lila Juniors at the recently concluded School Scholarship Award Function. Apart from this, LPF will also welcome the recipients of the UG and PG Scholarship, not just from Pune but from Amravati & Wardha. With this the Foundation now aims to cross the 1000 mark this year alone.

The Award Function, turned out to be quite a crowd pleaser, as not just the awardees, their parents, the LPF Board of Trustees, Committee Members, Staff Members, Counsellors (all dressed in the specially designed Foundation Saree) School Presidents, Principals, Teachers of all the 19 schools that LPF supports and several Luminaries from Pune had gathered to wish the awardees.
From now on the Girls will become the daughters of the Lila Poonawalla Foundation and Mr. & Mrs. Poonawalla will be known as their Mom & Dad.

Tears, Happiness and bouts of Laughter and Joy, such was the scene, one could witness at the recently concluded Lila Poonawalla Foundation Scholarship Award Function, held at Noor- Al-Bassam Hall, Anjuman-I-Islam Complex, Pune.

Chief Guest for the Occasion, Mrs. Gauri Shikarpur (Past President of the club and Director (Women in Rotary) of Rotary district 3131) struck an emotional chord with the audience and the girls, when she passionately spoke about Women Empowerment and the role education plays, in making girls independent both economically and financially. She concluded by wishing the girls, all the best in their studies and urged them to not give up on their dreams.

On this occasion, Padmashri Lila Poonawalla, Chairperson of LPF, said that while the Foundation is developing these girls into young, qualified and empowered women, their parents should allow them to become economically independent, before they decide to take the marital plunge. She exuded a sense of pride, when she spoke about the contribution, her daughters will be making to the economy of India. Mrs. Poonawalla concluded her speech by thanking our Partners for the “2morrow 2gether” School Project Initiative, Biltema Foundation, for their tremendous support.

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Dance the night away with Chickeen Masala @ Classic Rock Coffee Co.

Collaboration of pop with Percussion- Chickeen Masala

This weekend drop in at Classic Rock Coffee Co. to catch a live duo act of Percussion plus DJ. You heard it right, The Chickeen Masala has got an unique way to get you dancing the night away by collaborating Percussion instruments with some interesting pop mash up. So get ready for a night full of fun and dancing. Drop by this Friday at Classic Rock and bring in the weekend with a bang with the Chickeen Masala!

DATE: Friday, September 23, 2016

TIME: 10:00 Pm Onwards

VENUE: Classic Rock Coffee Co. Kalyani Nagar, Pune

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