Small Talk

In an elegant do hosted by Aarti Kirloskar and Lisa Tikekar at the former's gracious home in Model Colony,Paris-based artist Sujata Bajaj launched her book L'Ordre du Monde:Sujata Bajaj in the city on Saturday.

Written by EXPRESS FEATURES SERVICE | Published: February 23, 2009 1:32 am

Pages from her life
In an elegant do hosted by Aarti Kirloskar and Lisa Tikekar at the former’s gracious home in Model Colony,Paris-based artist Sujata Bajaj launched her book L’Ordre du Monde:Sujata Bajaj in the city on Saturday. A glossy hard-cover coffee table compilation of her work penned by well-known French film maker and writer Jean-Claude Carriere,the book was released by Dinesh Vazirani,founder and CEO Saffronart. The evening that saw attendance by the creme de la creme of the city had a deliberate air of informality to it as Bajaj dressed in an eye-catching flowing ensemble mingled with her old and new friends and apprised them of her latest offering. With her colourful canvases and some novel art-on-ceramic pieces dotting the lawns added to the pleasing ambience,the highlight of the evening was the small interactive question-and-answer session Bajaj had with master of ceremonies Shekhar Bhonagiri and the guests after the release of the book,where she briefly recounted her 20 year journey from Pune to Paris and her evolution as an artist. In reply to how she met her husband Rune Jul Larsen she revealed how as a young artist exhibiting in Paris she was flattered when Larsen bought one of her paintings and then asked her to deliver it to his residence,that further led to the two meeting up with each other. “So he often says that he just bought the painting and the painter came free with it!” she laughed. Bajaj now moves on to other cities in India to complete the launch trail before heading back to Paris by beginning March.

Key to success
Noted celebrities from the world of fashion and television spoke about their determination to go against the grind and the intensity needed to fulfill ones dreams on the second annual three-day Sindhi convention held at the Sadhu Vaswani Mission.The event held on Friday witnessed A mélange of celebrities,from the Sindhi community who had made it big in their own right were there to share their achievements and also to inspire the youth to follow their dreams.

Numerologist Shwetta Jhumaani urged the youth to be more focused,while fashion designer Neeta Lulla says success should not be misunderstood with the result. It’s the effort that matters and honesty helps. The event also saw a host of other young celebrities like Mohit Lalwani (of Indian Idol fame) and Bollywood photographer Vickky Idnaani. Lalwani says,“Patience is the key factor. I always made sure I worked hard and that I did not disappoint myself more than anyone else. The youth always believe that success comes to lucky people. It’s never like that.”

Tryst with independence
The three-day Bangladeshi film festival culminated with the screening of the documentary on Bangladesh’s 1971 liberation war. Muktir Gaan,directed by Tareque Masud and wife Catherine Masud paints the picture of Pakistani domination and subsequent army crackdown. It also vividly captures the genocide that left unhealed scars on the country. The documentary eventually has also been made into first-ever full-length feature film.

While the afternoon of the third and last day of the festival featured the screening of the film it finally ended with the play Aao Sathi Sapna Dekhe that was staged at FTII main theatre. The play by Swanand Kirkire and group is a musical set in the Chandni Chowk area of Old Delhi. The play that vividly portrays the dilemma of a dreamer whose dreams are at threat due to the norms of the society. The play tosses in air the question whether one should hold to one’s dream or succumb to the societal norms.

Haute Couture
The sunny surroundings of the Jadhavgadh Fort provided the perfect precincts for the launch of the new Four Seasons Wines by the UB group and a beachwear collection inspired by Ibiza in Spain,by fashion designer Sabah Noor. The hot and sultry afternoon provided a perfect ambience for the fashion show,which was held by the poolside as it had the mercury levels rising when the models sashayed down the ramp.

Speaking about her latest beachwear collection designer Sabah Noor says,”Beachwear is not just about the bikinis,neither is it about wearing a sarong,but it’s much more than that. Beachwear in the Spanish city of Ibiza basically inspires a whole lot of other styles like transparent kurtis,long flowing loose gowns and chunky accessories to go with them..”

Abhay Kewadkar,director of Four Season Wines says,”We have launched four wines,including two red and two white. The plant itself is situated at Baramati.

Another interesting concept that we plan to introduce is wine therapy wherein we will have a Jacuzzi actually filled with wine that the guests coming to visit the Baramati facility can experience.”

A belly dancer and sword dancer specially flown in from Canada added the extra zing to the occasion.

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