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Peace has no face – it could be through a march taken out on street or a rocking party that cheers and hails the power and importance of peace in life.

Written by EXPRESS FEATURES SERVICE |
February 3, 2009 3:37:11 am

Rocking peacefully
Peace has no face – it could be through a march taken out on street or a rocking party that cheers and hails the power and importance of peace in life. Keeping this in mind,fashion choreographer,Sandeep Dharma hosted a Peace Nite party at En Vouge,a fashion bar recently. The bash was for the peace lovers,who believe peace starts from oneself and can only be spread if enjoyed by people. The event,that was dedicated to the country,registered success as it witnessed large number of guests pouring in to join the cause. The jam-packed venue was a sight with people strictly following the dress colour code that is white — the colour of peace. The Guest were given flags and bands as souvenirs in order to promote peace and celebrate Republic Day. Given its different themes,the party was appreciated by one and all and was attended by both the peace lovers and the regular party freaks. As the dress colour code hailed peace,the music hailed the patriotic spirit as all the Hindi songs were played during the party,which also saw youngsters grooving to the tunes.

Combined effort
To beat the ever-growing recession fever,Indian Institute of Aeronautical and Information Technology(IIAEIT) and the Beyound Group joined hands. The weekend at One-the lounge in Koregaon Park saw the start of a new beginning. A cocktail party,celebrating their tie-up marked the occasion. Anshul Sharma founder and chairman of IIAEIT,says,”I am glad to make this move,specially in this time of recession,when we need each other’s support to sustain through. ” Echoing the thought,Anil Nayar of Beyound group says,”I look forward to a healthy tie-up where both the parties can contribute to each other’s growth.”

Reaching out!
It was no less than a memorable day for children of Astitva Pratishthan Residential School and Orphange,who were taken on an educational tour by the team of Cognizant. The students were taken on a two-day education tour to Katraj Snake Park,Parvati water treatment plant,the Oorja (Energy) Park at Peshwe Udyaan and the Sinhagad Fort. Cognizant Technologies recently completed their Outreach Week,which is a part of their social responsibility programme. The team also visited Torna Rajgad Parisar Samajonnati Nyas hostel,in Velhe,and eight primary schools in the Hinjewadi area. They also participated in the inauguration of a computer lab at Saraswati Pratishthan School in Rawadi near Bhor. The group donated an online UPS system to help the over 300 students of the school make the best use of the computers despite the frequent and long power outages in the village along with educational software covering the Marathi medium syllabus prescribed by Maharashtra Education Board for classes 5 to 10.

On the right note!
SaReGaMa Music Company,on the occasion of the birth anniversary of renowned vocalist,Pt. Bhimsen Joshi,will be felicitating him by launching a compilation of some of the classical ragas that he has immortalised over the years through his mellifluous melodies. The series titled My Music- The Saregama Years will feature a collection of the maestro’s classical renderings from his initial years. The compilation is a four volume pack with each volume containing two discs each. Volume one contains classical songs from the first two 78-RPM records of Pt Joshi. The ragas featured in them are,Rag Multani,Rag Bhairavi,Rag Puriya and Rag Suhakanda. The songs are based on bandishein’s of these four classic ragas. Also the EP (Extended Play) versions of ragas like Puriya,Miyamalhar,Shudhkalyan and Basant are compiled on the discs. The second volume contains tunes from four long-playing records of ragas like Miyamalhar,Puriya Kalyan,Lalat and Shudh Kalyan. Other tunes include Bhairavi Bhajan Rag Darbari,and Rag Abhogi,Rag Yaman Kalyan and Rag Marvah. The third set contains Rag Kalashri,which was developed by Pt. Bhimsen Joshi himself. Other ragas on this volume include Chaya,Chaya Malhar,Darbari Kanada,Vrundavani Sarang,and Rag Durga. The fourth volume contains renderings by the great maestro’s live concert at the Nehru Centre in Mumbai. The volume features Rag Tilak Kamodh,Rag Bhairavi Jamuna and Rag Marwahshri. A further collection of the same series under volumes 5,6,7,8 will also be released soon. The function is to be held at the Sawai Gandharv Smarak in front of the Police Grounds in Shivajinagar at 10.30 am. The programme also features a vocal recital by the maestro’s son and disciple Shrinivas Joshi.

Artistic musings
The 22nd Lokmanya Tilak and Barrister V V Oak All India Art Exhibition kicked off to a rollicking start on Sunday February 1. The exhibition showcases paintings of artists from all over India. Most of the paintings on display are award-winning paintings by various local and national artists. Murli Lahoti,the chairperson of the exhibition says,”We aim to provide a platform to budding artists all over the nation to showcase their talent and work. The exhibition also aims at bringing art lovers from across the city on a pedestal where they can appreciate these wonderful paintings.” The exhibition will be on till February 10. On display are over 170 paintings depicting various themes such as abstract and sceneries. “The painting are up only for display and not for sale. However,we are getting enquires for buying them from people who have come in till now. We plan to give them the contact details of the artist and they can then proceed with the dealing themselves,” adds Lahoti. The exhibition is on at the Tilak Smarak Mandir on Tilak Road from 10 am to 12 pm and from 4 pm to 8 pm.

Honouring young bravehearts
Vishal Suryaji Patil from Maharashtra was felicitated by the SOS Children’s Villages of India. The organisation felicitated 20 National Bravery award winners at a function organised at SOS Hermann Gmeiner School,SOS Enclave,Faridabad on January 24. The chief guests on the occasion were Lt Gen (Retd) R I S Kahlon,along with S Sandilya,president,SOS Children’s Villages of India and Rakesh Jinsi,secretary general,SOS Children’s Villages of India. SOS Children’s Villages of India has been honoring the bravery awardees since 1995. For the National Bravery Awards 2008,the brigade included 20 children (12 boys and 8 girls); one was given the award posthumously. In an attempt to give due recognition to the children who distinguished themselves by performing outstanding deeds of bravery and meritorious service,they were felicitated with certificates and mementos. Girl power was the highpoint of National Bravery Award 2008,with Asu Kanwar from Jodhpur,Kritika Jhanwar from Udaipur,Hina Querishi (15 yrs) from Tonk,Silver Kharbani of Meghalaya,Anita Kaura and Reena Kaura of West Bengal and Majjusha A of Kerala being the proud recipients. The other recipients of the award are Y Addison Singh from Manipur,Shahanshah from U P,M Marudu Pandi from Tamil Nadu,Gagan J Murthy from Karnataka and Manish Bansal from Haryana.

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