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After receiving a large turnout of over 100 bands and independent singers last year,Radio City 91.1 FM has commenced its second season of ‘Radio City Music Mahotsav’. The musical fest and talent search that aims to showcase the vast array of musical talents in Pune by giving performers the opportunity to perform live. This year the winning act will not only get the chance to play live on air,but will also be featured on Radio City’s music album to be released by Sa Re Ga Ma. Last year winners,the band ‘Aroha’ comprising of engineering students Nikhil Modgi and Suheet Abhyanker set a high benchmark for this year’s contest. Any musical group consisting of two or more members is welcome to audition for season 2. Auditions are being held daily between 11 am and 5 pm from June 18 to June 30 at the Radio City Studios.
It was while touring the picturesque land of Uzbekistan that Delhi-based designer Vineet Bahl chanced upon a pile of carpets with Quashqai work the traditional Turkish motifs on them. Inspired,the 34-year-old designed his Spring-Summer 2012 collection around the art form. Now,this range,also titled Quashqai,is available for sale on Net-a-Porter.com,one of the worlds most-known retail websites. Bahl is,in fact,the first Indian designer whose collection has been put up for sale on the website. They were studying my brand for over four seasons and were in discussion with me all along. Finally,they bought the entire SS12 collection, says an elated Bahl. Quashqai comprises knee-length dresses,tops,maxi dresses,tunics and cardigans in cotton gauze,chiffon,georgette,voile and cambric. Net-a-Porter is the doorway to the world of eclectic fashion where designers are literally handpicked,after having been scrutinised for their creativity and commercial viability. So,on the website,my label is competing with names such as Gucci,Lanvin,YSL and Prada, says Bahl. The clothes ranges between $200 and $900 (Rs 11,000 and 50,000 approx).
Binyas Comic Avatar
You can not only read about Binya and her adventures with her pretty umbrella,but also see it all in a comic book format. Amar Chitra Katha is foraying into the genre of contemporary classics with the launch of The Blue Umbrella Stories by Ruskin Bond. Its a 32-page comic book with two stories: The Blue Umbrella and Angry River. Illustrated by Sabu Sarasan,the title is available from today at all bookstores for Rs.50 and also on Amazon Kindle for $ 1.99.
City-based Swaraprayag will be performing in the city on Sunday June 24. Performing at the Shisha Jazz Cafe located in Koregaon Park the band will be showcasing music that will feature genres that range from Hindusatani Classical,Rock,Jazz,to Gospel,Afro-Cuban and Latin. The restaurant will also be having a special Iranian buffet comprising of starters,desserts and wine or beer through the day.
P N Gadgil Jewellers opened the Hadapsar Suvidha Counter on Thursday as an extension of the store. The venture was inaugurated by the Marathi actor Saie Tamhankar to enrich the shopping experience of Pune