18th Shaniwarwada Dance & Music Festival

महाभारत रीइंटरप्रीटेड – अतित की परछाईयाँ’ या नृत्य व संगीत यांचा सुंदर मिलाफ असणार्‍या नृत्य संरचेनेत सादर झालेले नृत्य अविष्कार

शनिवारवाडा नृत्य आणि संगीत महोत्सवाचे पद्मनी कोल्हापुरे यांच्या हस्ते शानदार उद्घाटन

नृत्य आणि संगीत यांचा सुंदर मिलाफ असणारा शनिवारवाडा नृत्य आणि संगीत महोत्सवाचे शानदार उद्घाटन रविवारी संध्याकाळी प्रख्यात अभिनेत्री पद्मनी कोल्हापुरे यांच्या हस्ते शनिवार वाडा प्रांगणात झाले.

पद्मनी कोल्हापुरे यांच्या हस्ते दीपप्रज्वलनाने महोत्सवाचे उद्घाटन झाले. ऐतिहासिक शनिवारवाड्याच्या प्रांगणात संपन्न झालेल्या या महोत्सवाचे यंदाचे १८ वे वर्ष आहे. या प्रसंगी संयोजन समिती सदस्य प्रसिध्द अभिनेते जॅकी श्रॉफ, सबिना संघवी,गायत्रीदेवी पटवर्धन, वर्षा चोरडीया, मनिषा साठे, नीलम शेवलेकर,पारुल मेहता, रेखा क्रिशन, राधा शेलाट, शमा भाटे, स्वाती दैठणकर, महेश मल्होत्रा, श्री रामचंद्र राव व समन्वयक विनेश परदेशी मंचावर उपस्थित होते. या कार्यक्रमास रसिकांनी मोठी गर्दी केली होती. गर्दीचे व्यवस्थापन व्यवस्थित करण्यासाठी पोलिसांनी सहकार्य केले.

यावेळी बोलताना पद्मिनी कोल्हापुरे म्हणाल्या, शनिवार वाडा महोत्सवाला उपस्थित राहता आले याचा मनस्वी आनंद आहे. संजय लीला भन्साळी यांच्या पानिपत चित्रपटात मला काम करता आले आणि आज शनिवार वाड्याच्या साक्षीने होणाऱ्या शनिवारवाडा महोत्सवाला येता आले हा योगायोगच म्हणावा लागेल. असे सांस्कृतिक महोत्सव सातत्याने व्हायला हवे. हा सांस्कृतिक महोत्सव पुण्याचे वैभव आहे असेही त्या म्हणाल्या.

अभिनेते जॅकी श्रॉफ म्हणाले, पुणे ही सांस्कृतिक नगरी आहे. दरवर्षी होणारा शनिवार वाडा महोत्सव गेली १८ वर्षे सुरू आहे. पुणेकर रसिकांचा प्रतिसाद पाहून आमचा उत्साह अधिक द्विगुणित होतो.

महोत्सवाचे उद्घाटन झाल्यानंतर ज्येष्ठ भरतनाट्यम् नृत्यांगना डॉ.स्वाती दैठणकर व त्यांच्या ‘नुपूरनाद’ च्या आदिती द्रविड, स्पृहा कुलकर्णी, सुकन्या कुलकर्णी, अनुजा चव्हाण, अनुजा बाठे, सानिका पोफळे, श्रुती अंबापकर,गौरी बुरडे, वैष्णवी पुणतांबेकर, राजलक्ष्मी बागडे व विवेकानंदा या ११ शिष्यांनी ‘गणेशवंदना’ सादर केली. याचे संगीत डॉ. धनंजय दैठणकर यांचे होते तर गायन पं. रघुनंदन पणशीकर यांनी केले होते.

त्यानंतर ‘महाभारत रीइंटरप्रीटेड – अतित की परछाईयाँ’ या नृत्य व संगीत यांचा सुंदर मिलाफ असणार्‍या १०५ मिनिटांच्या नृत्यसंरचनेने प्रेक्षकांना तृप्त केले. याची संकल्पना व नृत्य दिग्दर्शन नृत्यगुरू पं. शमा भाटे यांचे आहे. एकून ७ नृत्य शैलींपैकी नाट्यमय ‘कथ्थक’मधून द्रौपदी – अमीरा पाटणकर, ‘कथकली’तून भीष्म – डॉ. कन्नन, ‘छाऊ’तून आक्रस्ताळा आणि शीघ्रकोपी दुर्योधन – राकेश साई बाबू, ‘कुचिपुडी’तून सहनशील कुंती – वैजयंती काशी, ‘मोहिनीअट्टम’ मधून गांधारी – गोपिका वर्मा, ‘ओडिसी’तून धोरणी युधिष्ठिर – रामली इब्राहिम आणि ‘भरतनाट्यम’मधून कर्ण – वैभव आरेकर या व्यक्तिरेखा वेशभूषा आणि संगीतासह वैविध्यपूर्ण शैलीतून महाभारताच्या कथानकाचा पट मांडण्यात आला. ‘नादरूप’ या संस्थेच्या शिष्या भरतनाट्यम पूर्वा सारस्वत, स्वरदा दातार आणि इशा पिंगळे यांनी भरतनाट्यम, छाऊ नृत्यामध्ये झहीद परवेझ, रजनीकांत मोहंती आणि फिलीप केविन यांनी तर कथक मध्ये विदुला हेमंत, अवनी गद्रे, रागिणी नागर, शिवानी करमरकर, अनुजा क्षीरसागर, शांभवी कुलकर्णी, आर्या शेंदुर्णीकर आणि भार्गवी सरदेसाई या सहकलाकारांनी मुख्य नृत्य विशारदांना साथ दिली.

अतिशय तालबद्ध नृत्य, श्रवणीय संगीत आणि एकरूप झालेल्या भावमुद्रा या आधारे सादर झालेल्या या नृत्य व संगीत कार्यक्रमात, यातील भिन्न नृत्यशैलींना वेगवेगळे संगीत देण्यात आले होते. नरेंद्र भिडे यांनी संगीतरचना तर अनुरूप प्रकाशयोजना हर्षवर्धन पाठक व सचिन लेले यांनी केली होती.

मानवी जीवनातील गुंतागुंतीचे, सर्वार्थाने वेध घेणारे महाभारत हे खर्‍या अर्थाने महाकाव्य आहे. पराकोटीचे दुःख, औदार्य, सूड, सहानुभूती, विफलता आणि शांतता या सार्‍यांचा अनुभव या सादरीकरणाद्वारे रसिकांनी घेतला. या नृत्यसंरचनेमध्ये महाभारतातील काही महत्वाच्या व्यक्तिरेखांना एकत्र गुंफण्यात आले आहे. या व्यक्तीरेखा त्यांच्या जीवनातील अखेरच्या टप्प्यावर आहेत. त्यांच्या जीवनात प्रचंड मोठी उलथापालथ झाल्यानंतर आपल्या सर्व प्रिय व्यक्ती आणि संपत्तीचा नाश झाल्यावर ते मागे वळून पाहत आपल्या जीवनाचे तटस्थपणे परीक्षण करीत आहेत. अचानकपणे त्यांना तो विजय निष्फळ आणि पराभव निरर्थक वाटू लागतो. “येवढा महाविनाश होण्यास मी कारणीभूत झाले आहे काय? आणि हा असा महाविनाश टाळता आला नसता काय?” असाच प्रश्न यातील प्रत्येक व्यक्तीरेखा विचारत राहते. या एकाच कथानकात भिन्न नृत्य शैलींचा एकत्रित अविष्काराने रसिकांच्या मनाला मोहित केले. टाळ्यांच्या कडकडाट नृत्य संरचनेची सांगता झाली.

यंदाच्या महोत्सवाचे मुख्य प्रायोजक इंडो स्कॉटले अ‍ॅटो पार्टस प्रा.लि. होते. झाला ग्रूप, फाईव्ह एफ वर्ल्ड, वेकफिल्ड, रेडिओ वन आणि प्युअर गोल्ड फाईन चॉकलेट हे सहप्रायोजक होते.

फोटो ओळ- १ व २) –१८ व्या शनिवार वाडा नृत्य व संगीत महोत्सवाचे दीपप्रज्वलनाने प्रसिध्द अभिनेत्री पद्मिनी कोल्हापुरे यांच्या हस्ते उद्घाटन झाले. याप्रसंगी डावीकडून राधा शेलाट, सबिना संघवी, गायत्रीदेवी पटवर्धन, नीलम शेवलेकर, जाकी श्रॉफ, पद्मिनी कोल्हापुरे, रेखा क्रिशन, वर्षा चोरडिया, श्री रामचंद्र राव, महेश मल्होत्रा.

फोटो ३ व ४–जेष्ठ भरतनाट्यम नृत्यांगना डॉ. स्वाती दैठणकर व त्यांच्या नुपुरनाद संस्थेच्या ११ शिष्यांनी गणेशवंदना सादर केली.

फोटो ५–११ ‘महाभारत रीइंटरप्रीटेड – अतित की परछाईयाँ’ या नृत्य व संगीत यांचा सुंदर मिलाफ असणार्‍या नृत्य संरचेनेत सादर झालेले नृत्य अविष्कार

Renu Gupta awarded ‘She The Change Nari Udyami Award’

Renu Gupta, second from right, receives the award from Tara Gandhi, grand daughter of Mahatma Gandhi, seated, and Baby Rani Maurya, Governor of Uttarkhand, third from right.

Renu Gupta awarded ‘She The Change – Nari Udyami Sanman 2019’ for her lifelong efforts in bringing about a positive change in the lives of people in India and the US.

On 23rd January 2019, The award, conferred by the Beti & Shiksha Foundation in Varanasi, India was presented by Tara Gandhi, granddaughter of Mahatma Gandhi and Baby Rani Maurya, Governor of Uttarakhand.

Renu, 61, spent her growing years in Rajasthan where she completed her studies in Sanskrit and English.

Marriage to Dr. Arun Gupta, a scientist, brought her to the US where she plunged into a job, studies and community activities.

A member of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad America for the last 36 years and now serving as VP of Seva in VHPA, Renu spearheaded a group of 15 likeminded women for “Seva, Shakti and Sadhana.”

Five years ago she took up the “Support A Child” project – a VHPA initiative that was languishing for want of attention. The initiative raises funds for the education and boarding of under privileged children in India and her efforts helped the support grow from 700 children to 2500 children.

All activities are geared towards this mission such as organizing spiritual retreats, workshops and serving the community.

The initiative raises funds for the education and boarding of under privileged children in India and her efforts helped the support grow from 700 children to 2500 children.

Renu makes it a point to visit the Ekal schools and the SAC hostels every year to supervise its operations personally.

Plans for the future include increasing the number of children in the program from 2500 to 5000.

One of the original volunteers of Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation of USA, Renu was elected as the first woman to become the chairperson of the Board.

Renu’s husband Dr. Arun Gupta, is equally engaged in Ekal and serves as a Board Director.

Renu also spends time teaching Hindi and Hindu culture to children in Cincinnati, Ohio where she is based.

Role models, for our children, must be characters like Mirabai, Shivaji, Maharana Pratap and Laxmi Bai.

Playing on the word “Hindi medium” she enjoins Indian American parents to “raise their children through the Hindu medium and teach them values of Hindu dharma.”

Growing up, Renu was often buried in books thanks to a friend’s father who owned a bookstore.

Writing came naturally and she has several books to her credit.

Her experiences and observations in America served as fodder for her books.

Close to her heart is “Mrityorma Ma Amritam Gamay” and deals with a friend’s battle with cancer while her latest book “Sansari Sanyasi” is a biography of Hanuman Prasad Poddar, a saintly personality who played a key role in her spiritual journey.

Renu, along with her husband and son is also actively engaged in running the dozen franchisees of Great Clips – the hair salon chain they own.

Dr Reena Johar
conferred with the
“Nari Udyami award”
2019

She The Change – Nari Udyami Sanman 2019’ for her lifelong efforts in bringing about a positive change in the lives of people in India and the US.

On 23rd January 2019, The award, conferred by the Beti & Shiksha Foundation in Varanasi, India was presented by Tara Gandhi, granddaughter of Mahatma Gandhi and Baby Rani Maurya, Governor of Uttarakhand.

Reena has been working for NGO Disha Darshan foundation in California for helping young Asian abused women and Destitute women set up their micro level business.
In august presence of-
Sadhavi Pragya
Renu Sarin &
Dr. Rajani Sharma PBD Varanasi

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– Dr. R.A. Mashelkar giving the convocation address at AIT, Punermy Institute of Technology Conducts 4th Convocation Ceremony


AIT’s 4th Convocation Ceremony. Padmavibhushan Dr. R.A. Mashelkar, National Research Professor and Former Director General of Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), was the chief guest.

Army Institute of Technology (AIT) recently conducted its 4th annual convocation ceremony at its Dighi campus. A total of 280 graduates were conferred degrees this year.

Brig. Abhay Bhat, Director, AIT, welcomed the chief guest Padmavibhushan Dr. R.A. Mashelkar. Director presented elaborative report of performance and achievements of graduating batch of 2018. He informed that more than 90% of the students from graduated batch have been placed in top notch industries like Microsoft, Deloitte, Bosch, HSBC with the average salary of 6 Lakh and highest of 39 Lakh. He concluded the speech with the quote “Success isn’t about how much money you make; it’s about the difference you make in people’s life.”

Dr. R.A. Mashelkar, National Research Professor and Former Director General of Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), spoke about need for including sustainable technologies in engineering education. The theme of his speech were “The 3Ds” as he mentioned – that will drive future society. The 3Ds are digitalization, decarbonization (Sustainability of environment), and democratization of access (Sustainability of society). He further said “With evolution of digital technology; artificial intelligence and machine learning will play a significant role in academics as well as in corporate field.” At the end, He shared with the students 5 Mashelkar Mantras which helped him immensely in his life “Aspirations are possibilities. Always keep aspirations high. There’s instant coffee but no instant success. Perseverance pays don’t quit, Create your own opportunities, there’s no limit to your achievements excepting the limit that you put on your mind; so go limitless.”

Maj. Gen. Pritam Bishnoi, VSM, Chairman AIT proposed the vote of thanks on behalf of management and governing body of AIT. He complimented the graduates for turning out in such a large number for the ceremony. He advised the students to keep moving and avoid status quo.



ISHARYA DEBUTS IN PUNE WITH TWO BRAND NEW COLLECTIONS
Store launched at Phoenix Market City Mall on February 8th marking Isharya’s foray into the city of joy, Pune!

Pune: The new year brings in new forays for the international fashion jewelry label, ISHARYA, as they venture into Pune with a store at Phoenix Market City Mall! To celebrate this debut, Isharya hosted a plethora of influencers at the store over an evening of sparkle and sizzle!

Those planning to step up their jewelry collections this year can now shop on trend, new, high quality costume jewelry that is sophisticated, yet available at accessible price points.

The launch event of ISHARYA’s debut store in Pune was hosted by Rasika Wakalkar.

The new store showcases the brand’s latest collections which are Indian-inspired but made for a global audience. The two collections, namely, Fool’s Gold and Gypsy Soul indeed showcase the brand breaking traditions and making some extraordinary designs available to their customers.

“Fool’s Gold” chronicles an inward journey of discovery and ultimate self-affirmation. Made with muted brushed gold motifs in spirals and folds teamed with the contrasting Pyrite and brushed cotton pearls, Fool’s Gold inverts tradition and challenges you to value from a different perspective. Moreover, ISHARYA’s “Gypsy Soul” is inspired by Kashmir which is rich in heritage, craft art and culture. The collection celebrates ornate and detailed hand-carved architecture and intricate Persian motifs and patterns. The Gypsy Soul collection is fashioned in gold-plated filigree brass, Japanese cotton pearls, ISHARYA signature hand-cut polki mirrors and smokey topaz stones.

The new store has been designed to make accessorizing simple, easy and accessible.

Pilates Festival India Hosted by Yasmin Karachiwala’s Body Image
This Valentines weekend love yourself and sign up for your steps on the journey of
fitness and indulge yourself in an unforgettable experience!

Pune, 9th Feb 2019: Yasmin Karachiwala in association with her fitness studio Body Image presents The Pilates Festival India from 14th February 2019 to 17th February 2019.
Venue: Atmantan Wellness Center,Pune. (Village Palse, Tamhini Ghat Rd, Mulshi, Maharashtra 412108)
For registration please contact: pfi@bodyimage.in or 9769030371.
Register by February 2nd 2019, for early bird discounts.

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“Our aim is creating the first of its kind Pilates festival in India so that all ages, sexes embrace this exercise form and make it a lifestyle. We invite you to have this extraordinary experience with the pioneers of internal Pilates, all whilst being close to nature in a beautiful environment to begin a transformation for one’s own body in tandem with the mind.”, says Yasmin Karachiwala, the first master celebrity trainer for Pilates in India.

Yasmin has trained people like Katrina Kaif, Deepika Padukone, Alia Bhatt, Bipasha Basu, Huma Qureshi, Kriti Sanon, Jhanvi Kapoor, Sophie Choudhry, Aftab Shivdasani, and many other well known celebrities and sports personas.

Sign up for 4 days of an unforgettable experience that will introduce or deepen your Pilates practice and push you beyond your limits with experienced trainers. The Pilates Festival India brings together the leading international Master Pilates Trainers such as M Valentin, Portia Paige, Ann Toran, Erika Quest and Errol Toran from around the world, who are coming to India to give you an insight into correct Pilates method, irrespective of your prior experience in the art. There will be 5 levels of classes ranging from beginners level to senior level or trainer level.

Pilates is a method of exercise and physical movement designed to stretch, strengthen, and balance the body. With systematic practice of specific exercises coupled with focused breathing patterns, Pilates has proven itself invaluable not only as a fitness endeavour, but also as an important adjunct to professional sports training and physical rehabilitation of all kinds. Practiced faithfully, Pilates yields numerous benefits. Increased lung capacity and circulation through deep, healthy breathing is a primary focus. Strength and flexibility, particularly of the abdomen and
back muscles, coordination – both muscular and mental, are key components in an effective Pilates program. One can see the results of Pilates in just 15-30 days of practising.

During the course of the days, these Pilates instructors will share with you their knowledge and insights, gained over years of practice. Their sagacity elevates them to the position of mentors rather than just ordinary instructors. The Pilates Festival India assures that you will leave the festival with new perspectives, wisdom, and a fresh appreciation of Pilates.

In order for you to make the most out of this programme, Pilates Festival India has created a perfect daily schedule that offers a plethora of sessions all day long, interspersed perfectly with learning sessions by our Master Trainers, for you to make the crucial connections between theory and practice. Completing this holistic experience with healthy meals, massage therapies and all facilities offered at Atmantan at exclusive rates to accompany your fitness and healthy routine.

“It’s not all about being thin,” says Yasmin, “being thin is not being fit. It is important to understand that even if you are thin, you need to do something to enhance your fitness.” Yasmin Karachiwala’s Body Image trains people from all walks of life, with Yasmin and her group of certified trainers help people set realistic goals. “You can’t look like anybody else, but you can get to know your own body type, work from the inside out, and with consistency and perseverance you will look and feel your best in no time,” she says for those who dream of looking like a celebrity.
This is the second edition of the Pilates Festival India open to all due to the success of the first year.

This Valentines weekend love yourself and sign up for your steps on the journey of fitness and indulge yourself in an unforgettable experience!

About Yasmin Karachiwala
Yasmin Karachiwala is a fitness expert with more than 25 years of experience in the fitness industry and pioneer of ‘Pilates’ physical fitness system in India. She is the mega-mind behind the personal fitness studio “Yasmin Karachiwala’s Body Image” and is designated as the founder, director and master instructor at the studio. Harnessing all her knowledge and experience Yasmin Karachiwala has already achieved a benchmark for her co-authored book “Sculpt and Shape” The Pilates way which gives you an insight to Pilates and how it facilitates a better posture and
positive approach to life. Apart from Basi Pilates, she is also first ever Balanced Body Master Pilates Instructor and Fletcher Pilates instructor in India.

Lotus Herbals introduces WhiteGlow Matte look all in one DD Crème SPF 20

Lotus Herbals WhiteGlow Matte look all in one DD Crème SPF 20 comes in2 shades of pink beige and natural beige that are suitable for all skin tones. It is priced at Rs. 275 for 30 gm. It is available at Lotus Exclusive Brand Outlets and select premium beauty and departmental stores across the country

शनिवारवाडा नृत्य व संगीत महोत्सव

गणेश वंदना रंगीत तालिम

18वा शनिवारवाडा नृत्य व संगीत महोत्सव रविवार, दि. 10 फेब्रुवारी रोजी शनिवारवाडा समोरील प्रांगणात संपन्न होणार आहे.

या कार्यक्रमाची सुरूवात प्रख्यात भरतनाट्यम् नृत्यांगना डॉ. स्वाती दैठणकर आणि त्यांच्या नुपूरनाद संस्थेच्या 11 शिष्यांनी सादर केलेल्या गणेशवंदनाने होईल.

याची रंगीत तालीम काल शनिवारवाडा समोरील प्रांगणातील रंगमंचावर करण्यात आली.

त्यामध्ये डॉ. स्वाती दैठणकर व त्यांच्या शिष्या. ही गणेशवंदना सुमारे 5.30 मिनिटांची असून याचे संगीत ज्येष्ठ संतुरवादक पं. डॉ. धनंजय दैठणकर यांचे आहे. तसेच याचे गायन पं. रघुनंदन पणशीकर यांनी केले आहे.

For the first time Joanna Broughton; the Executive Director, Truefitt & Hill Global alongwith Katie and Alice Broughton, visited India with an outline of Global and Indian Brand Expansion. Seen here at the Koregaon Park outlet, on 7th February 2019.