Just about an hour away from the Capital in Manesar, far from the hustle bustle of the city, in the midst of nature, is the chance to get away from it all, kicking off with the First Prelude of the Escape Festival – Escape Retreats (Prelude I).This edition is a precursor to the main Escape Festival, which takes place annually at Naukuchiatal and has made a name for itself as a space, which celebrates an alternate culture.Escape Retreats will feature artistes from various genres of music with performances across Saturday evening. The idea of Escape Retreats is to bring weekend retreats for people within the precincts of the city and recreate the overall experience and ambience of the main festival. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The highlight of Escape Retreats (Prelude I) is the carefully handpicked musical line-up which leads you through a magical evening under the stars with various genres of music. The first set includes some good old classic rock along with some African fusion music and foot pumping Jazz funk music, while the second set will be more of Electronica.The aim is to bring together established and upcoming artistes in a unique space where the music changes across the course of an electric evening. The musical line-up includes well known names from Delhi like Grey Area, White Wizard, an electronic act from the city; while there is also an interesting band like Chalo Africa, a band which plays an eclectic rendition of Congolese music styles, western classical music, as well as Salsa Reggae and R & B. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe two electronic acts from Goa up the ante and the tempo of the evening. JJJ brings cutting edge no nonsense dance music, while Giuseppe is a pioneer in electronic psychedelic trance.The Escape Festival started in May 2009 when a few musicians and like-minded people decided to get away from New Delhi for a few days. They chose a picturesque resort at Naukuchiatal, at the foothills of The Himalayas which became their Escape. Escape, has grown since then to become one of India’s foremost outdoor and first camping festival.
FICCI Ladies Organisation (FLO) in a recent event in the national Capital on Wednesday felicitated eminent fashion designers Asma Hussain, for reviving traditional hand woven fabrics of Varanasi and Awadh, and Anavila Misra for innovative designs and Choti Tekam for reviving traditional art of Gond paintings. NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant, along with FICCI ladies organisation president ,Vinita Bimbhet and renowned fashion designer Sabayasachi Mukherji presented the ‘National Women Achievers award’ to these fashion designers and artists . From time immemorial, Indian handwoven fabrics have made their mark worldwide. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Gradually with the coming up of factory products, the usage of such fabrics somewhere is fading. However, through the efforts of these designers the usage of these fabrics has been kept alive.Asma Hussain has been awarded for reviving the traditional hand woven fabrics of Varanasi like Jamdani, Kimkhwaab, Mashru and famous traditional Banarasi saree. Apart from this she strengthened the innovative use of Awadhi traditions of Chikan, Zardozi,Muqaish and Tukdi work of Lucknow. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixState award winner from Madhya Pradesh Choti Tekam has been awarded for reviving the traditional tribal art of painting known as Gond art which has its distinct and elaborate illustrations. A distinct feature of Gond paintings is that nature in the form of trees, birds, comes alive on canvases, while tribal life is also a subject that is commonly used in Gond paintings.Anavila Misra has been awarded for innovative linen cloth product development designs and for the introduction of jari, playing with different weaves and techniques. Speaking on the occasion, Amitabh Kant said, “Start-ups and textiles are going to be the next big economic force in the country. “India is the world’s youngest and women driven start-up nation with most of the founders women and young below 35 years of age.” “With Government’s initiative close to 4500 start ups in various fields exist, the government is committed to make start-up India initiative a scalable reality and to provide an environment for our start-ups to thrive in. The new textile policy announced by the government generate employment, especially for women”, he further added. “Indian traditional handicrafts and handmade textiles represent the country’s unique cultural mosaic and identity to the world. Our rich heritage supported by the right policies could provide economic potential for women and fashion designers at all levels and across all sectors. “India has every thing it can give to the world” said renowned designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee was also present at the occasssion.
Kolkata: Jadavpur University has decided to recruit female guards for strengthening security on the campus.The decision was taken at a meeting in the university on Monday afternoon involving 36 stakeholders and senior administrative officials including Vice-Chancellor Suranjan Das and Registrar Snehamanju Basu “The male security guards have often complained of facing difficulties while handling women related issues and have avoided doing the same. Checking of women is a sensitive issue. Hence, we have decided to recruit women security guards. V-C has already given me the consent,” the Registrar said. The university is hopeful that this move will be able to prevent outsiders’ entry into the varsity campus in a more effective manner. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed”Often a group of young people who enter the campus have women in their team. The male guards are unable to check them properly, “a senior official of the varsity pointed out. The varsity will not allow any outsider and if somebody is caught strong action will be taken as per law of the university. The varsity has also identified certain spots inside the campus where there have been instances of nuisance activities and will be stepping up vigil in these areas. “The higher officials will conduct surprise visits inside the campus, particularly in the evenings and at nights to keep an eye on the activities on the campus,” the registrar added. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseThe meeting also stressed on proper implementation of security guidelines which were introduced a year ago. “We have sought opinion of the stakeholders on the basis of which we will come up with a new directive on security,” the official said. The departmental heads will be conducting students’ counselling and awareness highlighting certain measures that need to be followed inside the university campus. “The working pattern of the women security staff will be finalised in consultation with senior security guards deployed on the campus,” the official added.