30व्या पुणे फेस्टिव्हलचे अभिनेत्री हेमामालिनी यांच्या हस्ते उदद्घाटन

जगभरात गणेश फेस्टीव्हल साजरा होण्यात पुणे फेस्टिव्हलचेही श्रेय्य – हेमामालिनी

पुणे – आखाती देशात बॅलेचे कार्यक्रम करताना आम्हा कलाकारांना डोक्यावर मुकुट घालून देण्यात आलेला नव्हता. त्याच आखाती देशांसह जगात अनेक देशात आज गणेशोत्सव साजरा कऱण्यात येत आहे. या गणेशोत्सवाची दुबईमध्ये सुरू असलेली तयारी बघून मलाच धक्का बसला. आज जगभरात गणेशोत्सव साजरा केला जात असून हा उत्सव जगभर पोचवण्यात पुणे फेस्टिव्हल व सुरेश कलमाडींचाही सहभाग आहे असे गौरवोदगार खासदार अभिनेक्षी हेमामालिनी यांनी आज येथे काढले. दरम्यान, गेल्या 30 वर्षात 27 वेळा आपण या रंगमंचावरून कलाविष्कार सादर केला असून पुढील वर्षी आपण या मंचावर शंभर टक्के कलाविष्कार सादर करणार अशा शब्दात हेमामालिनी यांनी पुणेकर रसिकांन आश्वस्त केले.

३०व्या पुणे फेस्टीव्हलचे उदघाटन अभिनेत्री, नृत्यांगना खासदार हेमामालिनी यांनी आज सासंकाळी श्री गणेश कला क्रिडा रंगमंच येथे दीप प्रज्वलन करून आणि श्री गणेशाची मंगलमाल आरती करून केले. त्यावेळी त्यांनी त्यांच्या भावना व्यक्त केल्या. वेदमूर्ती धनंजय घाटे यांनी पौरोहित्य केले. याप्रसंगी महाराष्ट्राचे अन्न व नागरी पुरवठा मंत्री व पुणे जिल्ह्याचे पालकमंत्री गिरीष बापट प्रमुख पाहुणे म्हणून उपस्थित होते. यावेळी समाजकल्याण राज्यमंत्री दिलीप कांबळे, जलसंपदा राज्यमंत्री विजय शिवतारे, पुण्याचे उपमहापौर डॉ. सिद्धार्थ धेंडे, माजी सहकारमंत्री हर्षवर्धन पाटील, पुणे शहर जिल्हा काँग्रेस कमिटीचे अध्यक्ष रमेश बागवे, एनडीएचे कमांडंट एअर मार्शल आय. पी. विपीन, महाराष्ट्र पर्यटन विकास महामंडळाचे कार्यकारी संचालक सुहास दिवसे, अभिनेत वरूण शर्मा यांसह पुणे फेस्टीव्हलचे अध्यक्ष सुरेश कलमाडी, मीरा कलमाडी, मुख्य संयोजक कृष्णकांत कुदळे, उपाध्यक्ष कृष्णकुमार गोयल आणि सुभाष सणस आदी रंगमंचावर उपस्थित होते. तसेच आमदार मेधा कुलकर्णी, माजी आमदार उल्हासदादा पवार, माजी आमदार मोहन जोशी, राजकीय, सामाजिक, सांस्कृतिक क्षेत्रातील अनेक नामवंत उपस्थित होते. प्रेक्षागृह रसिकांनी तुबुंड भरले होते.

या उद्घाटन सोहळ्यात विविध क्षेत्रांमध्ये उत्तुंग कामगिरी केलेल्या बिहारचे माजी राज्यपाल डॉ. डी.वाय. पाटील आणि सिक्कीमचे माजी राज्यपाल श्रीनिवास पाटील यांना हेमामालिनी यांच्याहस्ते तर बीव्हीजी ग्रुपचे अध्यक्ष व व्यवस्थापकीय संचालक हणमंत गायकवाड आणि अभिनेते विक्रम गोखले यांना पालकमंत्री गिरीष बापट यांच्या हस्ते पुणे फेस्टीव्हल ऑवॉर्डने सन्मानीत करण्यात आले. परंपरेनुसार यंदा शताब्दी वर्ष साजरे करणा-या साखळीपीर तालीम राष्ट्रीय मारूती मंदीर (गणेशोत्सव मंडळ) चा विशेष सन्मान मंडळाचे अध्यक्ष रवींद्र माळवदकर आणि सहका-यांनी स्वीकारला.

गेली २७ वर्षे आपण या पुणे फेस्टीव्हलमध्ये कलाविष्कार सादर करत आहोत याचा अभिमान आहे असे सांगून हेमामालिनी म्हणाल्या, मी फक्त अभिनेत्री असते तर हे शक्य झाले नसते. परंतु मी अभिनेत्री बरोबरच एक कलाकारही आहे. पुणे फेस्टिव्हलमध्ये कलाविष्कार सादर करण्याला फार महत्व दिले जात असल्यानेच आपण या फेस्टीव्हलमध्ये नवेनवे बॅले सादर करू शकलो. नुकतेच दुबईमध्ये कार्यक्रमाच्या निमित्ताने गेले असता तेथे सुरू असलेली गणेशोत्सवाची तयार बघूनच मला आश्चर्याचा धक्का बसला. कारण सुमारे १० – १५ वर्षापूर्वी आबुधाबीत मला दुर्गा बॅले सादर करताना कोणीही देवतांनी मुकुट घालायचे नाहीत असे सांगण्यात आले होते. त्यानंतर देवदेवतांचे बॅले तेथे कधीच केले नाहीत. आज त्याच आखाती देशात देवतांची मंदीर बांधली जात आहेत. गणेशोत्सव साजरा केला जात आहे. याचे श्रेय्य पंतप्रधान नरेंद्र मोदी यांना जसे आहे तसे गणपतीचा उत्सव साजरा होण्याचे काही श्रेय्य पुणे फेस्टीव्हललाही आहे. आज महाराष्ट्रात जसा दहा दिवस गणेशोत्सव घरोघर साजरा केला जातो तसाच सर्वच राज्यात तो घऱोघरी साजरा केला जात आहे.

पालकमंत्री गिरीष बापट म्हणाले, आज गणेशोत्सवाचे जे चांगले स्वरूप होत चालले आहे. गणेशोत्सवाचे चांगले स्वरूप होण्याला गेली ३० वर्षे सातत्याने आयोजित होणारा पुणे फेस्टीव्हलही कारणीभूत असल्याने या फेस्टीव्हलसाठी सरकार सर्व सहाकार्य मदत करत आहे. पुणे फेस्टिव्हलचे अध्यक्ष सुरेश कलमाडी यांनी गेली 30 वर्षे पुणे फेस्टिव्हलला दिलेल्या भरभरून प्रतिसादाबद्दल पुणेकर रसिकांचे “थँक्यू पुणे” अशा शब्दात आभार मानले. ते म्हणाले, सन 1989 साली शहरात धार्मिक, जातीय सलोखा टिकून रहावा आणि पुण्याचे नाव आंतरराष्ट्रीय नकाशावर न्यावे या उद्देशाने पुणे फेस्टीव्हल सुरू करण्यात आला होता. तो 30 वर्षे अखंडपणे सुरू राहिला याचे श्रेय्य पुणेकरांनाच आहे.

यावेळी हर्षवर्धन पाटील, सुहास दिवसे, विजय शिवतारे, दिलीप कांबळे यांची समयोतित भाषणे झाली. त्यानंतर पुणे फेस्टीव्हल ऑवॉर्ड मिळालेल्या सर्वांनीच त्यांच्या भावना व्यक्त केल्या.

पुणे फेस्टिव्हलचा उद्घाटन सोहळ्याचा शुभारंभ जेष्ठ सनईवादक तुकाराम दैठणकर यांच्या मंगलमय सनई वादनाने झाला. त्यानंतर प्रख्यात कथ्थक नृत्यांगना ऋजुता सोमण व भरतनाट्यम् नृत्यांगना अरुंधती पटवर्धन यांनी सहका-यांसह गणेशवंदना सादर केली. ज्येष्ठ कवी ग.दि. माडगूळकर, ज्येष्ठ गायक व संगीतकार सुधीर फडके आणि साहित्यिक, अभिनेते पु.ल. देशपांडे यांच्या जन्मशताब्दी वर्षानिमित्त त्यांना जय जयकार करा….., सेतू बांधा रे…… आणि वंद्य आम्हा वंद्य वंदे मातरम……या त्यांच्या अजरामर गीतातून ‘स्वरांजली’ भाग्यश्री अभ्यंकर, सोनाली नांदुरकर, ऋषिकेश बडवे आणि हेमंत वाळुंजकर यांनी अर्पण केली. याचे संयोजन प्रकाश भोंडे यांनी केले होते. योगाचे महत्व सांगण्यासाठी महाराष्ट्र मंडळाच्या 15 मुला – मुलींनी आकर्षक योगा प्रात्यक्षिके करून दाखवली, त्यांच्या प्रशिक्षक डॉ. पल्लवी कव्हाणे आहेत. पोवाड्यातून रजनीश कलावंत आणि कोरिओग्राफर तेजश्री अडिगे यांच्यासह १८ महिला कलावंतानी स्त्री शक्तीचा जागर केला. होळी धुलीवंदन नृत्य, पंजाबी भांगडा, गुजराती गरबा नृत्य, महाराष्ट्राचे कोळी नृत्य व नारळी पौर्णिमा यांचा समावेश असलेला नृत्याविष्कार गाण्यांसह ‘फेस्टिवल्स ऑफ इंडिया’ व्दारे दाखवण्यात आला. याचे नृत्य दिग्दर्शन प्रख्यात कथ्थक नृत्यांगना ऋजुता सोमण, नृत्यदिग्दर्शक कुणाल फडके व शिल्पा जोशी यांनी केले होते. ‘डान्स मंत्रा ग्रुप’च्या 11 मुले, 11 मुली आणि ऋजुता सोमण कल्चरल अकॅडमीच्या 7 मुलींनी हा नृत्याविष्कार सादर केला.

उदघाटन सोहळण्याची सांगता हिंदी चित्रपटसृष्टीतील प्रख्यात संगीत दिग्दर्शक सी. रामचंद्र, नौशाद व जयदेव यांच्या जन्मशताब्दी वर्षानिमित्त ‘ट्रीब्यूट टू बॉलीवूड म्युझिक लिजंडस्’ या विशेष नृत्य व संगीताच्या कार्यक्रमाने झाली. त्यामध्ये नृत्यांगना अभिनेत्री प्राजक्ता माळी, प्रिया मराठे, चेतन चावडा आणि मयुरेश पेमसह पुणे फेस्टिव्हलच्या सुमारे 25 कलावंतांनी नृत्याविष्कार सादर केले. या कार्यक्रमाची संकल्पना व नृत्यदिग्दर्शन कोरिओग्राफार तेजीश्री अडिगे यांनी केले आहे. या उदद्घाटन सोहळ्याचे मराठीतून योगेश देशपांडे व इंग्रजीतून दूरिया शीपचांडलर सूत्रसंचालन केले.

पुणे फेस्टिव्हलचे प्रायोजक महाराष्ट्र पर्यटन विकास महामंडळ, जमनालाल बजाज फाउंडेशन, भारत फोर्ज, येस बँक, एनईसीसी, एलआयसी, पंचशील व कोहिनूर ग्रुप हे आहेत.

३० व्या पुणे फेस्टिव्हलचे उद्घाटन १४ सप्टेंबर रोजी होत असून त्याची संपूर्ण रंगीत तालीम आज श्री गणेश कला क्रीडा रंगमंच येथे संपन्न झाली.

याप्रसंगी पुणे फेस्टिव्हल चे अध्यक्ष सुरेश कलमाडी,मुख्य संयाजक कृष्णकांत कुदळे,पुणे शहर जिल्हा कॉंग्रेस कमिटीचे अध्यक्ष रमेश बागवे,सर्व कमिट्यांचे प्रमुख व सुमारे ५०० कार्यकर्ते उपस्थित होते.

याप्रसंगी आसनव्यवस्था,पार्किंग,व्ही आय पी व परदेशी पाहुण्यांची बसण्याची व्यवस्था ,सुरक्षा आदींची रंगीत तालीम घेण्यात आली.याप्रसंगी उद्घाटन सोहोळ्यात सादर होणाऱ्या सांस्कृतिक कार्यक्रमांची देखील रंगीत तालीम घेण्यात आली.

पुणे फेस्टिव्हलच्या या रंगीत तालमीचा प्रारंभ प्रख्यात कथ्थक नृत्यांगना ऋजुता सोमण व भरतनाट्यम् नृत्यांगना अरुंधती पटवर्धन सहकलावंतांसमवेत गणेशवंदनेनेझाला..

यानंतर महाराष्ट्र मंडळाची 15 मुले व मुली यांनी आकर्षक योगा प्रात्यक्षिके सादर केली.

स्त्री शक्तीचा जागर असणाऱ्या 18 महिला कलावंतांनी सादर केलेले ’पोवाडा फ्युजन’ला मोठा प्रतिसाद मिळाला..

राजनीश कलावंत यांची संकल्पना, संहिता व संगीत असणार्‍या पोवाडा फ्युजनचे नृत्यदिग्दर्शन कोरिओग्राफर तेजश्री अडिगे यांनी केले आहे. ‘फेस्टिवल्स ऑफ इंडिया’ हा होळी नृत्य, पंजाबी भांगडा नृत्य, गुजराती गरबा नृत्य, महाराष्ट्राचे कोळी नृत्य व नारळी पौर्णिमा यांचा समावेश असलेला नृत्याविष्कार गाण्यांसह सादर झाला.

प्रख्यात कथ्थक नृत्यांगना ऋजुता सोमण, नृत्यदिग्दर्शक कुणाल फडके व शिल्पा जोशी यांनी याचे नृत्यदिग्दर्शन केले असून त्यांच्या ’डान्स मंत्रा ग्रुप’च्या 11 मुले व 11 मुली आणि ऋजुता सोमण कल्चरल अॅकॅडमीच्या 7 मुलींनी याचे सादरीकरण केले. यानंतर हिंदी चित्रपटसृष्टीतील प्रख्यात संगीत दिग्दर्शक सी. रामचंद्र, नौशाद व जयदेव यांच्या जन्मशताब्दी वर्षानिमित्त ’ट्रीब्यूट टू बॉलीवूड म्युझिक लिजंडस्’ हा विशेष नृत्य व संगीताचा कार्यक्रम सादर झाला.या कार्यक्रमाचे सूत्रसंचालन मराठीतून योगेश देशपांडे व इंग्रजी मधून दूरिया शिप चांडलर यांनी केले.

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1) प्रख्यात कथ्थक नृत्यांगना ऋजुता सोमण व भरतनाट्यम् नृत्यांगना अरुंधती पटवर्धन सहकलावंतांसमवेत गणेशवंदना सादर करताना
2) महाराष्ट्र मंडळाची 15 मुले व मुली आकर्षक योगा प्रात्यक्षिके सादर करताना.
3) स्त्री शक्तीचा जागर असणाऱ्या 18 महिला कलावंत ’पोवाडा फ्युजन’सादर करताना.
4) हिंदी चित्रपटसृष्टीतील प्रख्यात संगीत दिग्दर्शक सी. रामचंद्र, नौशाद व जयदेव यांच्या जन्मशताब्दी वर्षानिमित्त ’ट्रीब्यूट टू बॉलीवूड म्युझिक लिजंडस्’ हा विशेष नृत्य व संगीताचा कार्यक्रम सादर करताना

National Film Archive of India acquires piano belonging to Shankar-Jaikishan Shankar-Jaikishan were one of Hindi cinema’s most prolific music composing duos.

National Film Archive of India acquires piano belonging to Shankar-Jaikishan
Shankar-Jaikishan with the piano |

National Film Archive of India
The National Film Archive of India has added to its collection the personal piano of Shankar Singh, one half of the prolific Hindi film composer duo Shankar-Jaikishan.

Santosh Kumar, the grandson of Shankar Singh, donated the piano to NFAI.

The Schiedmayer piano, manufactured from Germany, is estimated to be between 90 and 100 years old.

“Piano has been beautifully used in many of their popular songs,”

“Therefore, it is a very precious piece of musical history that will now be part of NFAI collection.”

Shankar-Jaikishan began their career through a close association with Prithviraj Kapoor and his Prithvi Theatre in the 1940s.

They made their debut as film composers with Raj Kapoor’s Barsaat (1949).

Along with lyricists Shailendra and Hasrat Jaipuri and singers Mohammed Rafi, Lata Mangeshkar and Asha Bhosle, the duo provided the hit music for films such as Awaara (1951), Daag (1952), and Shree 420 (1955).

Shankar-Jaikishan went on to win nine Filmfare Awards for Best Music Direction, including for Pehchaan, Mera Naam Joker and Be-Imaan.

In 1968, they were honoured with a Padma Shri.

Awaara Hoon, Awaara (1951).

Their discography includes the non-film album Raga Jazz Style (1968), which features raga-based songs performed with a combination of Indian instruments such as the tabla with the saxophone, trumpet and drums.

India Film Project discourses 3C’s of Content – Creating, Collaborating and Celebrating!

Season 8 to be paneled by R S Prassana, Sudhir Mishra, and Milan Luthria; festival expands horizons in Literature, Music and Content Creation

Filmmakers! It’s the perfect time to gear up as India Film Project deemed as the largest creative collaborative activity across the globe is here with mind blowing themes and hair-raising challenges. With the flagship 50-hour filmmaking challenge slated to be held from September 28, 2018, 8pm to September 30, 2018 till 10pm, the grand event of India Film Project for 2018 will be held on October 13-14, from 10am to 9pm, across six stages, at NSC, Worli in Mumbai.

Every year, a common theme for all participants is announced, and within the duration of 50-hours, each team has the liberty to create a short film based on the said theme, with zero restrictions on choice of locations, equipment and actors. The team in a spell of two days and two hours writes a script, shoots the film as well as edits it. A panel of judges then picks the winner who is adequately awarded.

For the current year, the fest will center its attention on two formats, one is the well-regarded 50-Hour Filmmaking Challenge which is expected to have over 35,000 filmmakers and a fabulous 10,000 minutes of short story content generation; the second format is the India Film Project Festival which includes pondering over 3C’s of content creation that is Creating, Collaborating and Celebrating.

The 8th season of India Film Project is certainly about filmmaking but with an added enthusiasm of literature, music and content creation. A community for likeminded folks, passionate about content generation through creative art forms of writing, designing and storytelling, India Film Project is allows assorted filmmakers to converse and collaborate; learns and grow.

The jury at India Film Project 2018 has been set and it includes the likes of renowned Film Directors R S Prassana, Sudhir Mishra, and Milan Luthria, who have the taxing job of picking out the best short film from the wonderful creations by several thousand participants. RS Prassana, who directed films like Kalyana Samayal Saadham (2013) and Shubh Mangal Saavdhan (2017), feels that the mantra of ‘Just Shoot’, always works. He believes that the best stories emerges under pressure, that deadlines are real and while the whiners whine about no budget, bad light, bad equipment, poor resources, the doer has already shot the film and is onto his second draft of the sound mix!

On the other hand, Sudhir Mishra who has biggies like Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron (1983), Chameli (2003), Traffic Signal (2007), Yeh Saali Zindagi (2011) and Daas Dev (2018) to name a few, under his kitty, says, “You will never be in that ideal situation you are looking for. You will only get better with each film you make, so don’t wait for the correct timing, correct project or correct circumstances, just make a film.” He is eager and excited to see what these new generations of budding filmmakers have to offer.

Milan Luthria who directed movies like Kachche Dhaage (1999), Chori Chori (2003), Deewaar (2004), Taxi No. 9211 (2006), Hattrick (2007), Once Upon a Time in Mumbai (2010), The Dirty Picture (2011), Once Upon a Time in Mumbai Dobara (2013) and Baadshaho (2017), is expecting a participation at a feverish pitch owing to the incredible social media reach. He comments, “The deserving talent just needs an opportunity. In the age of internet and smart phones, the world has changed and become a smaller place for aspiring filmmakers to showcase their work. But with cut throat competition, he affirms that opportunities like India Film Project aren’t the ones to be wasted but something that one should make the most of.”

The festival this year will see some of the prominent figures from the film, music and content industry such as Bhuvan Bam, India’s popular YouTuber; Ashwin Sanghi, eminent Author; Vikramaditya Motwane, talented Filmmaker; Rajeev Masand, witty Film Critic; Raghu Dixit, gifted Musician, Juhi Chaturvedi award-winning Screenplay Writer and Aseem Chhabra, a popular columnist.

Nikhil Taneja, Creative Festival Director, India Film Project, comments, “I have witnessed the event unfold twice before and assure you that this festival sustains those who share its infinite passion towards content creation; and it partners with those who believe that good content can come from anyone, anywhere, and at any time. I have also admired its ability to become a one-stop festival for anyone on the lookout for like-minded, passionate collaborators. For the first time ever, it is presenting the three stages as the 3Cs of Content Creation – Create, Collaborate and Celebrate. I truly hope this kind of tailored programming will bring in even more participants this year.”

Krazybee to put Pune College Students on their Entrepreneurial Journey at Hednxt Startup Fest 2018

HedNxt is India’s first ever student-centric Startup Fest where ideas will be nurtured into successful business plans

11 th September 2018, Pune: ‘’KrazyBee” India’s largest micro-lending platform, plans to provide an enabling platform for Pune college going students to embark on their entrepreneurial journey during HedNxt Startup Fest 2018. This is a student-centric start-up fest, where KrazyBee & WPS have joined hands to encourage the entrepreneurial aspirations of college-going students. HedNxt, conceived as India’s first student-centric Startup Fest, is an initiative by KrazyBee, which is India’s leading E-commerce platform and first Online Instalment Store for students. HedNxt is sponsored by Mi-Incubator and Kingsoft (WPS) who are KrazyBee’s Program and Technology Partners and the official media partner of HedNxt is Welike. HedNext is a national competition which also covers over 480 colleges in Pune and
Mumbai.

KrazyBee has been providing its services for more than 1500 colleges in the West India. In Pune and Mumbai, it offers its services to over 480 colleges covering 3.5 Lakh students. The HedNxt Startup Fest targets Pune as the key student hub.

This competition is open to both college-level students as well as entrepreneurs from across PUNE who have just begun their entrepreneurial journey. KrazyBee aims to bring all aspiring entrepreneurs to come under one umbrella and showcase their ideas which have the potential to create a change for a better tomorrow. It will also provide a special platform for college students to showcase their entrepreneurial ideas, and the best idea even stands a chance of getting funding.

Announcing the HedNxt fest, Mr. Madhusudan E., Founder & CEO of KrazyBee said “At HedNxt 2018, participating college students will get a chance to interact directly with, and pitch their business idea to mentors and VCs and even raise funds for their start-up. The
student start-up ecosystem in India currently lacks structured business planning abilities.

There is a need to arm these ideas with proper project management & pitch capabilities for the purpose of properly presenting their business idea for funding. We have tied-up WPS (Office) to provide these students with various learning tools including Business Project
Planning Templates so that they can pitch their ideas successfully. We plan to leverage our partnership with Startup India for the HedNxt Start-up Fest 2018 to offer these students a platform to get their pitch right.”

Addressing at the occasion, Mr. Billy Cheng, VP of WPS Global Business said “As one of the leading office application providers in the world, WPS is dedicated to offering easy-to-use products and services to its users around the world. It is inspiring to know that WPS has
more than 15 million monthly active users in India, which strongly encourages us to bring more cutting-edge innovation to our audience here, particularly to the young generation.

Additionally, WPS believes that entrepreneurship is the key to the future of technology, and we are confident to contribute to the success of the Startup Fest through the platform of HedNxt. “

Adding to that, Manav Jain, Director, Marketing & BD from Welike said, “Welike is honored to be a part of HedNxt, through which we try and enable young startups to fulfill their dreams. On our part, Welike is giving 3 cash rewards of Rs. 1 Lakh each to the three teams who will use and showcase their Social Media Skills in building a follower base and getting the maximum number of votes for themselves. It is a wonderful opportunity for youngsters to turn their dreams into reality, and we at Welike would like to help each and every participant at HedNxt to grow and achieve success. If the teams need any help from us to grow their Social Media presence, they can get directly in touch with us. We will be more than delighted to guide and help them.”

Welike, or Desh ka Social Media as it is fondly called, is an interest-based app which allows you to discover & share Interests with like-minded people. Welike allows one to grow and build on their followers and become influencers in their respective field of interests. All
important updates, announcements and the declaration of the shortlisted finalists will be made on the Welike app.

For details on how one can participate in the Social Media Impact Awards being presented by Welike, download the app and follow @KrazyBee as well as the hashtags #Social Media Awards and #HedNxt to stay updated on all the developments. Happy winning, keep
Weliking!

The Hednxt has a three-layered approach:
1. NexTalk: It is a communication and collaboration platform where upcoming entrepreneurs at the college level get to interact with successful startup founders and learn from their journey.

2. Startup Hunt: The students then get a chance to present their startup idea to an eminent panel of successful founders, mentors, and angel investors.

3. Recognition: The ideas with the maximum potential get awarded for their efforts across various categories.

The registration for college students is open until 30 th September 2018. The first list of selected startups will be released on 5 th October 2018, post which the selecting committee will meet these startup owners in their respective cities. On 20 th October, the final list of the
top 30 startups will be released. The Finale is scheduled to take place in Bangalore from 26 th – 27 th October. Interested students can follow KrazyBee’s Facebook page for updates.

The top 3 startups will be rewarded with prize money of Rs. 3 Lakh each from WPS and ten startups handpicked by Xiaomi will be incubated by Mi-Incubator for 16 weeks. The three best startups under the ‘Social Impact’ category will get prize money Rs. 1 Lakh each from Welike as well.

Actress Hema Malini to Inaugurate 30th Pune Festival on September 14

Pune Festival, a confluence of music, dance, drama, art, singing, instruments, sports and culture is celebrating its 30th year. It will be held during the Ganeshotsav Period from 13th September to 23rd September this year.

The inauguration function will be held on Friday, September 14th at 4.30 pm at the hands of veteran actress and danseuse MP Hema Malini at the Ganesh Kala Krida Rang Manch.

Maharashtra’s Food and Civil Supplies Minister and Guardian Minister of Pune District Girish Bapat and State Tourism Minister Jay Kumar Rawal will be present as the chief guests at the occasion.

Besides them, Maharashtra’s Minister of State for Social Welfare Dilip Kamble, Minister of State for Water Resources Vijay Shivatare, Former Co-operatives Minister Harshvardhan Patil, Deputy Mayor of Pune Siddharth Dhende, Managing Director of Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation Suhas Diwase will be present as the guests of honor.

The Pune Festival is organized jointly by Pune Festival Committee, citizens of Pune, Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation and Government of India – Tourism Department.

The installation of Pune Festival’s Ganesh will take place with full rituals at the hands of Air Marshal I P Vipin (VM) Commandant, NDA at Hotel Saras Nehru Stadium at 10.00 am on September 13th. Metropolitan Commissioner and CEO of PMRDA Kiran Gite (IAS), Actress Prajakta Mali and Mrs. United Nations Shraddha Kakad will be present on this occasion. Vedamurti Dhananjay Ghate Guruji will officiate the installation ceremony.

The individuals from various fields with outstanding achievements are honored with the ‘Pune Festival Award’ during the inaugural ceremony.

This year, former Governor of Bihar Dr. D.Y. Patil, former Governor of Sikkim Shrinivas Patil, BVG Group Chairman and Managing Director Hanmant Gaikwad and Actor Vikram Gokhale will be felicitated with this honor.

Every year the Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav Mandal in Pune celebrating their centenary are felicitated at inauguration function.

This year, the Sakhlipir Talim Rashtriya Maruti Mandir (Ganeshotsav Mandal) will be honored.

Opening ceremony of Pune Festival is also going to be very spectacular affair.

The program will start with Shenai by Tukaram Daithankar.

Renowned Kathak dancer Rujuta Soman and Bharatanatyam dancer Arundhati Patwardhan will present Ganesh Vandana with their co-artist.

It will be followed by demonstrations of Yoga postures by 15 boys and girls of the Maharashtra Mandal. Pallavi Kavhane is the coach for these boys and girls. Dhananjay Damle has coordinated this.

A program on the occasion of birth centenary year of renowned poet Ga. Di. Madgulkar, writer and singer Sudhir Phadke and writer and actor Phu. La. Deshpande will showcase their songs by Bhagyashree Abhyankar, Sonali Nandurkar, Rushikesh Badwe and Hemant Valunjkar. They will be accompanied by Parag Mategaonkar (Harmonium) and Rajendra Hasabnis (Tabala). Prakash Bhonde is the coordinator.

The ‘Povada Fusion’, which is presented by 18 female artists in special attire and invoking women power, will be an added attraction for the inauguration ceremony.

The concept, script and music of Povada Fusion is of Rajneesh Kalawant while Tejashree Adige has choreographed the Povada Fusion. Supriya Tamhane is the coordinator.

A dance performance ‘Festival of India’ will be presented with songs including Holi dance, Punjabi Bhangra dance, Gujarati Garba dance and Koli dance of Maharashtra.

Renowned Kathak dancer Rujuta Soman, renowned choreographer Kunal Phadke and Shilpa Joshi have choreographed it while it will be presented by 11 boys and 11 girls from ‘Dance Mantra Group’ and 7 artists of ‘Rujuta Soman Cultural Academy’.

It will be followed by Tribute to Bollywood Music Legends, a special show of dance and music, on occasion of birth centenary year of Hindi cinema’s renowned music directors C. Ramachandra, Naushad Ali and Jaidev.

It will be presented by renowned actress Prajakta Mali, Priya Marathe, Chetan Chavda and Mayuresh Pem with about 25 artists of Pune Festival.

The concept and choreography of the program is of Tejashree Adige.

The compeering of the inaugural ceremony will be done by Yogesh Deshpande in Marathi and Durriya Chipchandler in English.

After this inauguration ceremony, an evergreen entertaining program the ‘Sufi Music Darbar’ (Qawwali) will be presented.

The President of Maharashtra Cosmopolitan Education Society P. A. Inamdar and Chairperson of Deccan Minority Library Abeda Inamdar have convened this.

The nationally famous artists like P. Srikanth Naik (lead singer), Kalyan Murkutte (harmonium and singing), Narsing Desai and Pankaj Naik (harmonium), Smita Rana (Satar), Kuldeep Chavan (Benzo), Harshad Bhave (Tabla, Jembe), Gopinath Varape (Pakhwaj), Vishwajeet Kulkarni (Tabla) and in chorus Vijay Jadhav, Dr. Rizwan Shaikh, Navaratna Verma, Sanket Gandhi, Avinash Tijore, Harish Kute, Pawan Talekar, Uddhav Mhaske, Bhalchandra Jadhav, Radhika Pardeshi, Mulanshu Pardeshi, Shreyas Kshitre are participating in it.

A total of 22 artists will be presenting the program and Veena Dighe will compere the program.

The other main programs in Pune Festival will take place at Ganesh Kala Krida Rang Manch in which programs like Miss Pune Festival contest on September 15th, the program The Golden Era of Music presented by the renowned singer Jitendra Bhuruk and co-artists on the same day, Hindi humorous poet meet on September 16th and renowned singer Rani Verma’s Jashn-e-Husna on 17th September will be presented.

The prestigious Miss Pune Festival contest will be held on Saturday, September 15th at 3:00 pm. 20 beauty pageants in the age group of 18 – 25 years among 100 contestants are selected.

In the 1st round ramp walk is organized for these 20 pageants with Khin-Khwab Banarasi Cloth theme.

Hawayian theme is kept for the second round of ramp walk. 10 pageants would get selected for the final round.

In the final round Miss Pune Festival and the runner ups will get selected on the basis of question answer session based on their personality, promptness, general knowledge, confidence and beauty which will be followed by crowning ceremony.

Also Best Hair, Best Smile, Best Fitness Model, Miss Photogenic and Miss Favorite will be nominated on this occasion. Supriya Tamhane is the coordinator of this event.

Jui Suhas is the show director, fashion choreographer and grooming mentor.

The music will be composed by Jugal Chandan.

On the same day at 8:30 pm renowned singer Jitendra Bhuruk and co-artist will perform ‘Golden Era of Music’, a musical tribute to renowned music directors like C Ramchandra, Sudhir Phadke, Naushad Ali, Snehal Bhatkar, Ram Kadam and poet Majrooh Sultanpuri on their birth centenary year.

On Sunday, 16th September at 8:30 pm a Hindi Humorous Poet Sammelan will be held with the participation of renowned national poets like Subhash Kabra, Mahesh Dubey, Navneet Hullad, Rajendra Malviya, Saira Rana Tabassum and Sumita Peshwa.

Renowned poets Subhash Kabra will compeer this poet sammelan.
On Monday, 17th September at 8:30 pm renowned singer Rani Verma daughter of veteron singer Dr. Manik Verma and poet Amar Verma will present ‘Jashn-E-Husna’, a musical program based on the poetic description of a woman’s beauty and grace projected in Hindi films.

Polpular old retro songs like ‘Chaudhwi ka chand’, ‘Chandan sa badan’, ‘Ye chand sa roshan chehra’, Bholi soorat’, ‘Piya aiso jiya me’, ‘Parde me rehne do’ are used to create the mood, projecting on woman’s beauty and grace.

Other cultural programs of Pune Festival will be held at Bal Gandharva Rangmandir and Yashwant Rao Chavan Natyagruh.

Mohan Tillo is the coordinator for these cultural programs.

On Tuesday, 18th September at 5:00 pm renowned classical exponent from Bhopal V. Anuradha Singh will present ‘Bandish’ by performing Kathak dance.

At 6:30 pm Kathak Ballet program ‘Shivtandav’ will be performed by Sukriti Dance Academy.

On the same day at 9:30 pm Ipta Pune will present ‘Shaniwar Wada Vikane Ahe’ the price winning drama of state drama competition written by Pradeep Tungare and directed by Ravindra Devdhar.

On Wednesday, 19th September at 5:00 pm Indian Classical Singer Arati Ankalikar-Tikekar will perform ‘Survandana’.

On Thursday 20th September at 5:00 pm Dr. Shashikala Ravi will present ‘Devi Parvati’ a Kathak dance program. At 6:30 pm a Kathak Ballet ‘Ardha Nareshwar’ is organised by Nupra Dance Academy.

On the same day Purushottam Karandak winning Ekankika will be performed at 9:30 pm. On Friday, 21st September at 5:00 pm ‘Hasyotsav Ekpatrincha’ will be presented by Hasaydan Foundation by renowned marathi one act play artists. Makarand Tillo is the coordinator for this program.

Also artists like Banda Joshi, Dilip Hallyal, Chaitrali Majgaonkar-Bhandari, Srinivas Sapre will be participating in this program. One act play artist Banda Joshi will get felicitated on this occasion for completing his 5000 programs.

On Saturday, 22nd September at 5:00 pm Bengali Association from Pune will present ‘Bengal Mahotsav’ a glimpse of Bengal culture and their different facets along with its iconic Durga Puja performed by 50-60 artists between the age group of 2-78 years.

Mihir Dutta and Samar Roy Choudhary are the coordinator of Bengal Mahotsav. On same day at 9:30 pm ‘Marathi Kavi Sammelan’ is also organised.

Renowned poet Ramdas Phutane will be the compeer. Famous poets from Maharashtra like Arun Mhatre, Mahesh Keluskar, Sahebrao Thange, Prashant More, Suresh Shinde, Anjali Kulkarni, Sudesh Lotlikar, Ramani Sonawane, BK Shaikh and Anil Dixit will also perform on this occassion.

At Yashwantrao Chavan Natyagruh a special audio visual show is organised on Tuesday, 18th September at 5:00 on occasion of birth centenary year of Hindi cinema’s renowned music directors C. Ramachandra, Naushad Ali, Jaidev and poet Majrooh Sultanpuri by Sulbha Teranikar, Vandana Kulkarni and Usman Shaikh. On Wednesday, 19th September at 5:00 pm Dr. Lakshmikant Sahakari from Goa will perform on classical and semi classical sangeet.

At 6:30 pm a sangeet program by Mansingh Milind Kulkarni is organised.

A special tribute program on the occasion of birth centenary year of renowned poet Ga. Di. Madgulkar, writer and music director Sudhir Phadke, and writer and actor Phu. La. Deshpande will be present at Yashwantrao Chavan Natyagruh on 22nd September at 5:00 pm. The participants are Swarna Mategaonkar, Sawani Datar, Chaitnya Kulkarni and Mandar Apte.

The script writer and compeer is Arun Nulkar. The music composer is Parag Mategaonkar and Prakash Bhonde of ‘Swaranand Pratishthan’ has presented it.

A special program ‘Voice of Pune Festival’ is organized during the Pune Festival period. The 1st round of program was held at various places like Sasane nagar at Hadapsar, Pyramid Hall at Chinchwad and Lokshahir Annabhau Sathe Natyagruh at Padmavati.

In this competition around 300 singers had participated. Last round of this competition will be held at Yashwantrao Chavan Natyagruh on Thursday, 20th September at 5:00 pm in the presence of renowned singer Sawani Shende.

In this competition there will be 4 groups of male and female of age group 15-40 years and 40 years above in which top 3 performers from each group will get awarded. Anuradha Bharati is coordinator of this program.

Special programs like ‘Ugawate Taare’ and ‘Indradhanu’ for upcoming child artist and young artist is organized in Pune Festival every year.

‘Ugawate Taare’ is organised for child artist from age group of 7 – 14 years while ‘Indradhanu’ for young artist of age group of 15 – 25 years.

300 artists in ‘Ugawate Taare’ and 100 young artists in ‘Indradhanu’ will be participating. ‘Ugawate Taare’ is organised in 3 parts which will be held at Bal Gandharv Rangmandir on Saturday, 15th September at 12:30 pm as ‘Uagawate Taare Part 1’ and at 5:00 pm as ‘Uagwate Taare Part 2’. ‘Ugawate Taare Part 3’ is organized on Sunday, 16th September at 12:30 pm at Yashwantrao Chavan Natyagruh.

On the same day at 5:00 pm ‘Indradhanu’ will be held. Ravindra Durve is the coordinator.

As with every year, this year again Mahila Mahotsav is organised to persuade and motivate Women’s talent and capabilities.

On Thursday, 20th September at 1:00 pm renowned celebrity chef Vishnu Manohar will present ‘Recepi Show’ demonstration at Harshal Hall, Karve Road in which 3 spicy and 1 sweet dish will be presented.

On Saturday, 22nd September at 11:00 am women dance competition is organised at Yashwantrao Chavan Natyagruh. Solo Dance competition for the age group of 20 – 35 years and 36- 50 years and Group Dance competition for the age group of 20-50 years is organised.

Top 3 performers from each group will be awarded with prize. Sanyogita Kudale and Deepali Pandhare are the coordinators.

Like every year Akriti group women painting artists, painting competition and exhibition will be held at Balgandharv Kaladalan on 17th, 18th and 19th September.

The inauguration will be held on Monday, 17th September at 11:00 am. Painting exhibition is organized for all 3 days from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm and is open to all.

There will be 3 groups of age group of 15-30 years, 31-60 years and 60 years above. The topic will be ‘Nature Landscape’ this year.

Top 3 painting artist from each group will be awarded with prize.

Also counsellation prize will be given. Renowned sculpturer and painting artist Pramod Kamble will showcase the sculpture of Phu. La. Deshpande while Sudhakar Chavan, Former Professor of Abhinav College will give Charcoal Landcape demonstration.

On the other hand Mukta Avachat will make water colour painting of Former Prime Minister Late Shri.

Atal Bihari Vajpayee while Supriya Shinde will do the oil painting of renowned singer Late Sudhir Phadake. For the first time the paintings will be sold in this exhibition. Anuradha Bharati is the coordinator for the program.

This year also various sports events has been organized in the Pune Festival. On Saturday, 15th September at 6:30 am ‘Pune Festival Golf Tournament’ is organized at Pune Golf Course, Yerawada.

More than 100 participants have taken part in this tournament. The tornament is organised in gold, silver and bronze sections in the handicap category.

Jaideep Patwardhan is the coordinator. On Saturday, 15th and Sunday, 16th September Pune District Mallakhamb competition for girls and boys has been organised by Pune District Mallakhamb Association at Maharshtra Mandal, Tilak Road from 10 am to 4 pm.

The prize distribution ceremony will be held on Sunday, 16th September at 4:00 pm at Maharshtra Mandal, Tilak Road.

Maharashtra Mandal’s Dhanajay Damle and Abhijeet Bhosale are the coordinators. On Sunday, 16th September at 9:00 am Roll Ball competition is organized by Pune District Roll Ball Association at Mahesh Vidyalay, Kothrud.

Boys and girls from 10 schools each will be participating in this competition. Raju Dabhade is the coordinator. On the same day at 10:00 am ‘Dirt Track’ competition will be held at Suyog Maidan near Gangadham(Market Yard) in different 14 categories.

Vikrant Raut, Anwar Shaikh and Rachana Nanda of Pune Motor Sports Association are the coordinators. Prasanna Gokhale is the convener of the sports committee of Pune Festival.

Maharshtra Tourism Development Corporation, Jamnalal Bajaj Foundation, Bharat Forge, Yes Bank, NECC, LIC, Panchasheel and Kohinoor Group are the sponsorors of Pune Festival.

Mr. Suresh Kalmadi is the President and Mr. Krushnakant Kudale is the Chief Coordiantor of the Pune Festival.

Photo Caption (Left to Right)
Balasaheb Landage, PA Inamdar, Krushnakant Kudale, Suresh Kalmadi, Krishnakumar Goyal and Subhash Sanas

Take your dramatic self to explore the world of expressions

Theatre Master course for kids & adults

Announces Archana Paranjape, granddaughter of Raja Paranjape

: Expression, being the irreplaceable part of human life and being the most efficient problem solver has been making our life so much easier. Theatre, being the most effective way of communication from centuries teaches us how to express ourselves better said Ms Archana Paranjape, granddaughter of Raja Paranjape at the press conference..

As our education system increasingly puts an emphasis on science, technology, engineering, and math, we cannot forget the importance of art. Theatre helps kids to develop their creativity. Leave your kid’s phone aside and take him to explore the drama skills with Raja Paranjpe Production’s “Theatre Masters” and let them learn this art of expression!

Come learn and get acquainted with different forms of theatre like street play, radio plays, puppet play, grips theatre etc. All children in the age group of 10 – 15 years are encouraged to come and learn theatre as it will definitely open up a new avenue and bring about a remarkable change within.

Theatre Masters will make your kid Understand the process of developing a play in a practical manner and being a part of it. It will also help one with overcoming stage fear and develop communication skills. Ultimately, it will be all about enjoyment, fun and expressing yourself.

In addition to the above, Theatre Masters have launched a new program for aspiring actors and directors as well to remind us that even in this ever-changing digital age, there is a human body at the center of every digital transaction. Courses offered in theatre are 6 months basic training, 6 months advance training, acting, direction, writing, technical aspects like lights, music, set designing, costumes & makeup and different forms of theatre like grips theatre, radio play, pantomime etc. Along with theory and practical knowledge you will be ready for theatre.

For Kids – anyone in grade 5th – 10th

When – Saturday, 6.30 am – 1 pm

STARTING – Friday, 7th September, 2018

For adults

When – 3 days a week, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Time – 6.30pm – 9.00pm (Friday, Saturday), Sunday – 10.30 am – 1pm

STARTING – Friday, 7th September, 2018