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Hrishita Bhatt danced her way into ads All know that she's the Liril girl. Just like Preity Zinta was. But did you know how this girl got her first big break in the ad world? Hrishita was a student of Shiamak Davar's. She had signed up for his dance classes and was performing along with her class at the end of the course performance where a few ad-types were hanging around, scouting for fresh faces. Shiamak had already announced this during the evening and most youngsters did give it their best shot. But, Hrishita stole the show with her confidence, not to mention her dance skills. And there she was dancing into the ad world, and the rest will be history.



J J Valaya presents royal wear for spring-summer Beauty can be simple, stark and elegant. Beauty can be ornate, elaborate and exquisite. High Priest of Indian Fashion J.J. Valaya has combined the two effortlessly and with signature aplomb in his latest spring-summer collection displayed at the Grand Hyatt Hotel. It was Valaya at his best, with the legendary smooth cuts and extremely well crafted silhouettes in 118 dresses being showed off by 20 female and male models. The show, in a mini auditorium of the hotel, was jam packed as reporters and television cameras jostled with celebrity guests and their rustling silks. The ramp had two huge screens on either side, which showed various videos and techno-graphics at regular intervals including a white dove bursting into a pool of blood from which a black raven emerges and a few poignant scenes from the Hollywood blockbuster Gladiator. The show began with a collection of short tops, pants, beach shorts coupled with thin drapes in burnt orange and cream. There were also saris in orange, white and cream and sherwanis (traditional long coats) with thin shawls wrapped around the neck in blue, black and light green. In the initial dresses, there was a hint, a glimpse of the craft that the master couturier is synonymous with -- embroidery. On the slit sleeves and ankles of tops and pants, on the hems of saris and the halter blouses. There were tiny polka dotted bustier, bra tops and bikini tops. Fur-neck, open-front long coats and black sherwanis coupled with black shawls and one with a black polo neck. There was a butterfly collection, where the screens showed giant butterflies multiplying into dozens more. Saris in ink blue, pale lilac, red and wine, salwar kameezs in pink, peacock blue, and micro-mini skirts and tops with hints of print and embroidery work were part of the collection. Then came the truly gorgeous zardozi work. The traditional Valaya hallmark of heavy, chunky zardozi with a glimpse of the "sun" design that he seems to love. The brilliantly beautiful embroidery that only Valaya can produce made it look so royal, so imperial. Wedding dresses to fit a princess and sherwanis covered with embroidery from the age of kings dazzled at the show. The latter part of the show had dresses Valaya displayed recently at the Le Semaine de la Haute Couture or The Week of Haute Couture, a biannual event in Paris where the world's biggest fashion houses participate. He is one of the rare Indian fashion designers to have displayed their work in Paris. Some critics suggest that Indian fashion must emerge from the heavy traditional "costume" dressing and move to simple, everyday wear clothes if it has to sell abroad. "I agree and disagree with the statement. In fashion there is elaborate high fashion in haute couture and everyday wear in prjt-a-porter. Most designers begin with couture and then trickle down to prjt. That is what is happening with Indian designers too," said Valaya, resplendent in his trademark kurta, pajamas and shawl.



Graviera Mr International at Udaipur in October The male pageant- Grasim Mr International will have a larger international participation with as many as 40 countries taking part. The fourth mega even will be staged this year at Udaipur on October 27. The venue will be 400 year old City Palace. Event director Anshuman Swamy said out of the three events two were held in Rajasthan and once in Delhi. He said the event is being organised for the third time in the land of valour because of the identity of the state as a land of chivalry and valour and the Mewar region has a distinct place in the Indian history. Swamy said after holding the last event at Jodhpur, Udaipur was chosen as the venue because the city is known all over the world as a lake city. The Udaipur event of Grasim International will have five rounds in the final event. The first round will be the best national costume where the regular contestants will walk the state in their national attire. The second round of swim wear will be an event which has been introduced for the first time. The third round will be self introduction round. In the fourth round the contestants will answer the questions posed posed by the jury and the fifth round will have the finalists answering one common questions. "The theme of the contest this time will revolve around romance and bravery to associate with the folklores of Udaipur. International acclaimed celebrities and eminent personalities from the field of cinema, sports, art and culture will constitute the panel" said Swamy. He said the venue of the show -City Palace itself would show the great heritage of the state as the City Palace is known for its architecture beauty. It will be the first ever international show to be held in the lake city which is known as the Venice of the east. This year the mega show will be telecast live on TV. The spectacular show will have lights flown in from abroad to give it a truly international colour. Grasim International is being presented by the Aditya Birla group.



Graviera Mr International at Udaipur in October The male pageant- Grasim Mr International will have a larger international participation with as many as 40 countries taking part. The fourth mega even will be staged this year at Udaipur on October 27. The venue will be 400 year old City Palace. Event director Anshuman Swamy said out of the three events two were held in Rajasthan and once in Delhi. He said the event is being organised for the third time in the land of valour because of the identity of the state as a land of chivalry and valour and the Mewar region has a distinct place in the Indian history. Swamy said after holding the last event at Jodhpur, Udaipur was chosen as the venue because the city is known all over the world as a lake city. The Udaipur event of Grasim International will have five rounds in the final event. The first round will be the best national costume where the regular contestants will walk the state in their national attire. The second round of swim wear will be an event which has been introduced for the first time. The third round will be self introduction round. In the fourth round the contestants will answer the questions posed posed by the jury and the fifth round will have the finalists answering one common questions. "The theme of the contest this time will revolve around romance and bravery to associate with the folklores of Udaipur. International acclaimed celebrities and eminent personalities from the field of cinema, sports, art and culture will constitute the panel" said Swamy. He said the venue of the show -City Palace itself would show the great heritage of the state as the City Palace is known for its architecture beauty. It will be the first ever international show to be held in the lake city which is known as the Venice of the east. This year the mega show will be telecast live on TV. The spectacular show will have lights flown in from abroad to give it a truly international colour. Grasim International is being presented by the Aditya Birla group.



Anna Kournikova to don Rohit Bal outfit In his continuing efforts to put Indian fashion on the international map, noted designer Rohit Bal has got Russian tennis star Anna Kournikova to walk down a ramp at the 'Le Mon Ray' in Paris on May 22 donning a traditional Indian outfit designed by him. "We are going to dress her up as an Indian bride," said a beaming Bal, who recently grabbed media attention by designing an Indian dress for Hollywood actress Pamela Anderson. The 30-minute spectacle sponsored by watch-makers Omega is expected to be attended by international celebrities including world racing champion Michael Schumacher and Hollywood actor Pierce Brosnan. It would showcase 85 "classic, yet contemporary" costumes embroidered by Indian craftsmen, Bal told reporters here. Asked about the response he was expecting, he said, "I want the creme de la creme of international fashion scene to appreciate, understand and respect Indian workmanship, quality and craft as we are taking the best of India to Paris." None of the garments would be put up for sale, he added.



Glad Rags 2001 Koyna Mitra from Calcutta and Rajesh Singh from Chandigarh emerged the winners of the Gladrags Mega Model and Manhunt Contest held at Mumbai's Turf Club. The judges comprised Maureen Wadia herself (naturally!), one Mr. Modi (of Modi Alto), a gentleman (who happens to be one of the top brass of Daewoo Motors), Sunil Alagh (MD, Britannia - he's been on the panel ever since Gladrags began the contest!), TV producer Ekta Kapoor, Subhash Ghai, Sharon Prabhakar, Sanjay Dutt and Preity Zinta. There were performances by the Terence Lewis Dance Group (Terence, incidentally, was also one of the contestants of the Manhunt!) and Sukhbir (who even performed last year!). Overall, the pageant lacked variety and lacked the requisite glamour and excitement. At the celebration party held at Athena after the pageant, Maureen Wadia had a major showdown with Athena's manager because the room was filled with gatecrashers. We heard her tell him, "I don't recognise 99% of these people. Who are they? Throw them out! My models are waiting outside to get entry into Athena and the gatecrashers are revelling." She even asked the bar to stop serving booze to the freeloaders. All in all, a bad maincourse with an even worse dessert!



Model Sushma Reddy finds her soul mate. It is a season of marriages! Noyonika, Manpreet, and now Sushma Reddy. The model of ads like Thums Up and Dabur will walk the aisle with popular television star, Aly Khan. It seems Aly's mother is totally smitten by Sushma, who she finds "very sweet, a very homely kind of a girl," and is helping her find a house and set it up.



Lara Dutta is U.N Ambassador Miss Universe, Lara Datta has currently been appointed by the United Nations Population Fund as its Goodwill Ambassador. Lara Datta will be the United Nation's Face To Face Campaign spokesperson to India and will be in charge of highlighting global awareness of women?s lack of rights and access to reproductive health services. As Miss Universe, Datta also actively participates in various AIDS related events and programs.



Sushma Swaraj retracts FTV decision! The Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Sushma Swaraj says in a statement released yesterday that the government would try to reach an agreement with Fashion Television to air more conservative fashion shows which did not feature nudity. "There should atleast be some clothes for fashion to make sense," said the MP. ?With nothing on, how can fashion or designing make sense?? she asked at a press conference. For the record, actress and MP, Shabana Azmi was the only Minister who felt there was nothing vulgar about FTV's programs. However, the MP's are opposed to an official ban. We're looking towards an amicable solution,' added Swaraj.


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