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A BRAND TO DELIGHT MODERN-DAY CONNOISSEURS OF THE SAREE

Urvashi Singh Khimsar

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Saturated with floral clichés and trunks full of French chiffons, she is seeking to explore the vintage-chic vibe. She appreciates zardosi artistry over mukaish, but her millennial daughter is more drawn towards sequinned Art Deco motifs. She’s never thought of draping contemporary patterns or geometric abstractions before, but is daring to give it a thought. When it comes to her younger one’s trousseau, she considers traditional solutions, but the bride-to-be would rather invest in acing brunch and soiree looks. If you can sympathise with the conundrum of this hypothetical mother-daughter duo, Kriya by Kadambari Rathore can be the perfect one-stop shop for you. Crafted exclusively by artisans from Jodhpur, Kriya’s unique collection is curated for India’s cosmopolitan fleet of saree lovers. 

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Kadambari, who belongs to the house of Daspan and is based out of Jodhpur, says, “I have never looked at the saree as a wardrobe collectible. I’ve only ever known it as a way of life. I grew up watching my mother drape herself in ever so elegant and eye-catching pieces from a personal collection that she continues to grow passionately. But my own passion also stems from memories of rummaging through my grandmother’s trunks, when the awe and wonder I felt made me realise that I was running my hands over wearable pieces of art and not just reams of fabric.”

Tracing the story behind the design label’s nomenclature, the eloquent founder and leading lady explains, “Kriya stands for the slow but timeless fashion that brands itself into human memory, a place where it is preciously guarded to be savoured by the true lovers and connoisseurs of intricate style. Generations of artisans have handed down their talent and expertise to their offspring, who have become the new secret bearers of their crafts. And their age-old familial legacy gives itself away in the glimpses of their handiwork. Thus, it is their ‘kriya’ or completed artistry, hence the name.”

The 36-year-old is now gaining much popularity amongst India’s elites for her immaculate work and keen eye for detail. Kadambari rightly observes the equation between artists, curators, their clientele and the field of art that they jointly inhabit, as a complex one. She reasons that this is especially so because of the cyclical exchange between an existing art form and its consumers. So long as it is consumed by the broader society, an art form continuously affects and is in turn affected by societal trends. However, their dual wavelengths might not always converge, and that is where Kadambari factors in. 

Kriya strikes the heart of this symbiosis by mediating between artisanal handiwork and its curators. The role of translating commercial impetuses to better hone an artistic legacy comes with great responsibility. In this light, Kadambari perceives her venture with a seriousness that can be associated with a genuine design revivalist. She makes no mistake in considering Kriya’s commercial success as a direct means of socio-economic emancipation for its constituting artisans. Each one of them depends on her label for the modern-day survival of their livelihoods. 

On an average, Kadambari’s masterpieces have a production time of at least a month and a half, when they are patiently handcrafted from start to finish by master embroiderers, craftsmen and dyers.  With a deep consciousness of Jodhpur’s artisanal values, she shares her vision of expanding her revivalist brand to NRIs through online portals. Currently, her work can be found on Facebook and Instagram and can be contacted via email for appointments. But she also aspires to feature in a greater number of exhibitions and to ultimately cultivate her organic clientele into a full-blown retail sector that she will cater to via a standalone fashion outlet in the not-so-distant future. 

The writer is an author, blogger and the editor-in-chief of the Rajputana Collective.

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‘Nomadland’ to premier on Disney plus in UK

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Washington [US], March 4 (ANI): As the cinemas in UK are still holding back to re-open, one of the most celebrated dramas, ‘Nomadland’ is setting up to roll on digital streamer giant, Disney plus for the audience.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Chloe Zhao’s ‘Nomadland’ will premiere on the new Star hub on Disney plus in the UK and Ireland on April 30, this year and can be made available to all the Disney plus subscribers at no additional charge. However, once the cinemas will re-open in the country, the film will be available for exhibitors to program.
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The film received four nominations, including Zhao for best screenplay, an actress in a drama for McDormand, and best picture drama. Zhao had adapted it from Jessica Bruder’s 2017 nonfiction book of the same name.
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Washington [US], March 4 (ANI): American singer Nick Jonas who is gearing up for releasing his new album ‘Spaceman’, on Wednesday (local time) revealed that ‘missing’ wife and global star Priyanka Chopra helped him to create the music of his new album.
According to People Magazine, the 28-year-old actor appeared on the famous Jimmy Fallon’s ‘The Tonight Show’, where he revealed that ‘missing’ wife Priyanka Chopra who was away filiming ‘The Matrix 4’ amid the COVID-19 pandemic helped him create his new single ‘Spaceman’ and an album of the same name.
“I sort of started writing this record back in July. My wife was over in Germany finishing up this little movie called The Matrix,” Jonas told host Jimmy Fallon.
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The Voice coach said, “Giving this idea that we’ve all had this year now… but this year of being disconnected from reality, disconnected from the world, feeling like we’re on our own planet and obviously missing Chopra Jonas at that time as well.”
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Dr Lau said she was surprised to find so many examples of gender assumptions in climate change practice. She explained that a first step in disrupting these assumptions is to lay them bare and explain why development research has found them to be problematic.
“The social and cultural expectations about what it is to be a woman or a man in any given society will shape people’s wellbeing,” Dr Lau said.
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“Pursuing gender equality in climate change policy and practice is critical, and decades of experience in development offer lessons for how to do it well,” Dr Lau said.
“Ultimately, we want to see equitable opportunities for all people to realize their full potential. Where no one is left behind.” (ANI)

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In a study of data from 162 countries, researchers found consistent evidence that higher income predicts whether people feel more positive “self-regard emotions,” including confidence, pride and determination.
Lower-income had the opposite effect, and predicted negative self-regard emotions, such as sadness, fear and shame. The research was published online in the journal Emotion.
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In what they called the most comprehensive analyses to date, the researchers conducted an independent analysis and a meta-analysis of five previous studies that included a survey of more than 1.6 million people in 162 countries.
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“Having more money doesn’t necessarily make a person more compassionate and grateful, and greater wealth may not contribute to building a more caring and tolerant society,” Tong said.
The findings from the study are correlational, so the study can’t prove if higher-income causes these emotions or if there is just a link between them.
Levels of income also may have long-term effects. In an analysis of a longitudinal survey including more than 4,000 participants in the United States, the researchers found that higher income predicted higher levels of self-regard emotions about 10 years after the initial survey of participants, while low income predicted greater levels of negative self-regard emotions, such as fear and shame.
“Policies aimed at raising the income of the average person and boosting the economy may contribute to emotional well-being for individuals,” Tong said. “However, it may not necessarily contribute to emotional experiences that are important for communal harmony.” (ANI)

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Washington [US], March 4 (ANI): The Apple TV Plus on Thursday announced the cast and premiere date of its upcoming American-French drama ‘Calls’ which will also feature Pedro Pascal, and Nick Jonas in pivotal roles.
According to Variety, the genre-bending auditory based on the French series of the same name will see actors including Nicholas Braun, Clancy Brown, Lily Collins, Rosario Dawson, Mark Duplass, Karen Gillan, Judy Greer, Laura Harrier, Paul Walter Hauser, Danny Huston, Nick Jonas, Riley Keough, Joey King, Stephen Lang, Jaeden Martell, Paola Nunez, Pedro Pascal, Edi Patterson, Aubrey Plaza, Danny Pudi, Ben Schwartz, Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Jennifer Tilly.
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