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ARTIST LALU PRASAD SHAW’S BEAUTIFUL ARTISTIC REFLECTIONS

The solo exhibition echoes an evolution of Lalu Prasad Shaw’s artistic pursuit of over six decades. The endeavour is to give the audience an experiential walkthrough of the artist’s path by including works from his early days of printmaking.

Noor Anand Chawla

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An artist’s canvas is often a peep into their lives. And this is certainly true of artist Lalu Prasad Shaw. Those keen to catch a glimpse of his artistic oeuvre must visit Gallerie Splash’s exhibit “Masterly Manoeuvring,” curated by Manmeet K Walia, which is on till August 24 at Gallerie Splash in Gurugram, after having been on display for a month at Bikaner House, New Delhi. In his artistic journey, Lalu Prasad Shaw represents his ideology of nationalism through his romance with Bengali culture. Time and again, he sketches out his interpretation of beauty in the simplicity of the people of Bengal. The show also presents a documentary filmed in the artist’s studio. “Shaw talks about his artistic goals, narrates anecdotes reminiscing good old times, his attachment with the city of Kolkata, mentions the challenges he faced, shares his experiences during the journey, and compliments his long-standing affiliation with the gallery,” explains the curator. She adds, “By reimagining the cultural essence of the traditional art form of West Bengal called Kalighat Pat, Shaw drifts away from conventional storytelling while staying true to his deep-rooted association with Kolkata.” The history and creative passion in West Bengal are impregnated with culture and color, and Shaw portrays that fervour through his practice.

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The solo exhibit echoes an evolution of Lalu Prasad Shaw’s artistic pursuit of over six decades spent creating stories. The endeavour is to give the audience an experiential walkthrough of the artist’s path by including works from his early days of printmaking, pen and ink drawings, Conte sketches, tempera paintings, and bronze sculptures. “ Born in Siuri, Birbhum, in Bengal in 1937, Shaw was surrounded by art. From his home, he could see the Malakars work their magic on the Sholapith craft, one of the traditional handicrafts of Bengal. He would keenly watch them work on sculpted idols of Goddess Durga, the puja adornments as well as the pata art to place in front of the idol. Soon, he began to explore colours and make paintings on his own. He was admitted to the Indian College of Art & Draftsmanship, Kolkata in 1953, but after a few months, he left and joined the Government College of Art & Craft, Kolkata in 1954. After graduation, Shaw taught art for 18 years, covering painting in watercolor, pastel, and clay modelling in various schools in West Bengal. He taught graphic art at his alma mater and eventually moved to Kala Bhavan in Shantiniketan.

Shaw’s artistic practise largely captures the middle-class life of Bengali men and women, who are known as the Bhadralok. His works are strongly influenced by the pre-independence Company School of art, the traditional Kalighat Patachitras, and the Ajanta cave paintings. Walia shares, “Shaw’s highly stylized paintings reflect his interest in patterns, where each minute detail is called in for its significance, reminding one of the miniature portraits of the past. It is while working at the Kala Bhavan, at the photography studio in Shantiniketan, that he closely observed the Bengali babus who come in dressed in dhotis, and the ladies decked up in their best saris, posing with flowers or a mirror. They soon became his muse, and he is best known for his images of babus and bibis, depicted in tempera. “ Shaw began dabbling with printmaking at the age of 32, mastering it very quickly. Over the years, he experimented with both abstraction and figuration. He was fond of discovering new ways to depict the image. Yet, at age 80, Shaw returned to his muse, the middle-class Bengali, but as bronze sculptures.

“With his new sculptural work, Shaw chooses to focus on many familiar Kolkata tropes. These are trams, hand-held rickshaws, fish markets, and middle-class people. His personal favourite is ‘Babuana’, the sculpture which depicts a Bengali babu walking with a fish in one hand and resting an umbrella on the other, for which he used a hilsa fish as a mould to add authenticity to the work, “shares Walia.”

Shaw’s work has featured in prestigious shows, including the second British Biennale in London in 1970; two Norwegian Print Biennales in 1974 and 1978; the seventh Paris Biennale in 1971; and the second Asian Art Biennale in Bangladesh in 1984. His works are also part of permanent collections like the Birla Academy in Calcutta and the Art Forum in Singapore. His notable achievements include many arts-related awards. On the occasion of this new exhibit, he says, “The inspiration behind my painting is nothing but space, form, and light.” I try to paint the people around me, their attire, and their life. My artworks have great meaning behind them, which cannot be felt by just glancing at them once or twice. You must observe my paintings to feel them. My Babu and Bibi do not wear modern outfits or clothes; they only wear traditional dresses like Dhotis and Sarees. My journey in art began with pain and discouragement. People around me said it would be futile. Nevertheless, I decided to pursue art. “ and we are all glad he did.

Noor Anand Chawla pens lifestyle articles for various publications and her blog, www.nooranandchawla.com.

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Allu Arjun makes a visit to Amritsar’s Golden Temple and Waghra border; shares pic with family and jawans

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To mark his wife’s 37th birthday, actor Allu Arjun visited Golden Temple at Amritsar and Wagah border with his family on Thursday. The pictures shared by him, featured his wife Sneha Reddy and kids Ayaan and Arha. He wore a purple kurta pyjama with an orange head covering for his visit to Golden temple. He held the hands of his son, Ayaan while walking. His wife Sneha Reddy wore a blue suit with an orange head covering and held her daughter Arha’s hand.Arjun posted a picture with his family and jawans at the Wagah border. He and his wife were greeted by people in large number and were overwhelmed by the honour. He waved at his fans while walking with his wife and jawans. He shared a photo from Wagah border and wrote, “BSF . What an honour (tricolour flag emoji). Thank you (handfolded emoji).” You are the most beautiful and humble person in this world. I am your very big fan.” Another fan wrote, “Jai Hind” (tricolour flag emoji). Other fan commented, “This is the difference between Bollywood and South Indian stars.” Many of his fans dropped heart emojis on his post.

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THE 23rd EDITION OF IIFA AWARDS AT YAS ISLAND, ABU DHABI

THE 23rd EDITION OF IIFA WEEKEND AND AWARDS IS BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND AT YAS ISLAND, ABU DHABI, IN FEBRUARY 2023, FOLLOWING THE HUGE SUCCESS OF IIFA 2022!

MEGA SUPERSTAR SALMAN KHAN, VARUN DHAWAN, KARAN JOHAR, KRITI SANON, AND MANY MORE TO BE A PART OF THE 23rd EDITION!

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29th September 2022: The International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Weekend & Awards, which brings together the very best of the Indian film industry, is back by popular demand in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, in February 2023 to win our hearts all over again! IIFA 2023 will be held in collaboration with the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) and Miral, Abu Dhabi’s leading creator of immersive destinations and experiences.


The comeback of the 22nd edition of IIFA this year at Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, hosted by superstar Salman Khan, Riteish Deshmukh, and Maniesh Paul, featured electrifying performances by the finest talent from the Indian film fraternity, leaving us in awe with three memorable, star-studded days with packed venues filled by fans from all around the globe. The three-day awards weekend was attended by more than 350 media from 17 countries across the globe and more than 20,000 people thronged the arena.


Back by popular demand from stakeholders, fans, and media from around the globe, the 23rd edition of IIFA will again be hosted at the world-class Etihad Arena, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi – the Middle East’s largest state-of-the-art indoor entertainment venue in February 2023. The upcoming edition will be filled with even more magic and entertainment as we are set to witness Salman Khan, Varun Dhawan, Karan Johar, Kriti Sanon, and many more in attendance.

India and Abu Dhabi have had strong cultural and commercial ties for many decades. IIFA Weekend & Awards will be a celebration of togetherness and positivity, returning to Yas Island in Abu Dhabi and enhancing, strengthening, and building even stronger bonds. IIFA 2023 will be a grand celebration of the best talent in Indian cinema, bringing together global dignitaries, international media, fans, and film enthusiasts worldwide. To present a greater opportunity for long-term impact in tourism, business & trade, and the film production business for the destination.

Noreen Khan, Vice President of IIFA said,

“IIFA this year was an amazing experience thanks to the wonderful partners Miral & DCT. Coming back after two years we really worked hard to deliver the very best of live entertainment again. The best part was the entire weekend delivered a positive experience to everyone who witnessed or experienced the event in any way. We have been inundated with unprecedented appreciation and comments of everyone truly have had a wonderful time this year in Abu Dhabi and so we are pleased and excited to bring it all back again but with much more magic to come next year”.

HE Saleh Mohamed Al-Geziry, Director General for Tourism at DCT Abu Dhabi, said:

“We are honored to once more welcome the IIFA Weekend & Awards to Etihad Arena. With the eyes of the world’s film industry upon us, we have an amazing opportunity to share with the world Abu Dhabi’s exciting nightlife, inspiring cultural experiences, and restorative escapes. The Awards in February can only enhance our reputation as a global centre for top-tier leisure, entertainment, and business events.”

Taghrid Al Saeed, Executive Director of Group Communications and Destination Marketing of Miral said,

“We were thrilled to see the immediate impact that IIFA presented to Yas Island, Abu Dhabi when we hosted the event last June, which created great engagement around the world. We are excited to be back hosting again this year and to be the first destination to consecutively hold the IIFA Weekend and Awards. We are proud of this partnership, which is already delivering valuable business and tourism opportunities from India to the island. The return of this great event is another testament to Yas Island’s position as a global entertainment and leisure destination as well as an international events hub.”

With excitement increasing all over the world, people can now buy tickets to the biggest awards ceremony spanning over three days at https://www.etihadarena.ae/en/ from the 30th of September 2022. The price range begins from 100 AED going up to 1500 AED. People can now get an opportunity to buy tickets to the biggest celebration of Indian Cinema at https://www.etihadarena.ae/en/box-office or you can head to www.yasisland.ae where fans can add all that they need for their visit to Yas Island as a travel package.

Home to magical adventures, awe-inspiring entertainment, three globally renowned theme parks, outstanding motorsports, an award-winning golf venue, and world-class hospitality services, Abu Dhabi’s Yas Island is a destination like nowhere else.

Fans and media are welcome to keep abreast of the latest news and details on IIFA and Hindi cinema by logging on to www.iifa.com or checking out the social media handles:


FOR FURTHER DETAILS VISIT
● IIFA Website www.iifa.com
● IIFA social media handles:
 Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/iifa
 Twitter – https://twitter.com/iifa
 Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/IIFA/

● For further queries, please contact: Wizspk Communications |PR [email protected]

About IIFA (International Indian Film Academy)


IIFA is dedicated to building bridges across cinemas, businesses, communities and nations, creating everyone’s dream: “One People. One World”. IIFA is the most appreciated South Asian film academy and a global platform that gives the Indian film fraternity an opportunity to reach audiences in international territories. The alliances made via the platform of IIFA provide huge benefits and gain to India and an equally important objective is to create similar benefits in the host country. The aim is to establish a system of mutual benefit to both India as well as the host destinations by boosting tourism, economic development, trade, culture, cross-border investments and film co-productions. The IIFA Weekend & Awards each year and travels to new, exciting and beautiful destinations, taking the film fraternity to unite and celebrate the best of Indian film and culture, thereby taking Indian Cinema and India to a wider audience. www.iifa.com

About Miral

Miral is Abu Dhabi’s creator of destinations, uniting people and places through unique, immersive and exciting experiences. Responsible for the development and management of Yas Island, Miral’s assets encompass entertainment, hospitality, leisure, sport, dining and retail destinations. Today, Yas Island is home to Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi, Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi, CLYMB™️ Abu Dhabi, Yas Links Golf Course, Yas Mall, Yas Marina Circuit, Yas Marina and eight hotels, including Hilton Abu Dhabi Yas Island located on Yas Bay, the soon to be Abu Dhabi’s premier waterfront destination. For more information, visit http://www.miral.ae

About the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi

The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) drives the sustainable growth of Abu Dhabi’s culture and tourism sectors and its creative industries, fuelling economic progress and helping to achieve Abu Dhabi’s wider global ambitions. By working in partnership with the organisations that define the DCT Abu Dhabi’s position as a leading international destination, DCT Abu Dhabi strives to unite the ecosystem around a shared vision of the DCT Abu Dhabi’s potential, coordinate effort and investment, deliver innovative solutions, and use the best tools, policies and systems to support the culture, tourism and creative industries. DCT Abu Dhabi’s vision is defined by the emirate’s people, heritage and landscape. We work to enhance Abu Dhabi’s status as a place of authenticity, innovation, and unparalleled experiences, represented by its living traditions of hospitality, pioneering initiatives and creative thought.
For more information about DCT Abu Dhabi and the destination, please visit tcaabudhabi.ae and visitabudhabi.ae.

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Yas Island is one of the world’s fastest growing leisure and entertainment destinations, located on the golden shores of Abu Dhabi – just 20 minutes from downtown Abu Dhabi and 50 minutes from Dubai. Yas Island offers holiday makers a diverse mix of award-winning leisure and entertainment experiences, from one-of-a-kind theme parks, world-class shopping and superb dining, to a links golf course, exciting water and motor sports, and spectacular musical, entertainment and family events all within the 25 sq km Island. Today, Yas Island is home to the award-winning theme parks Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, Yas Waterworld, Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi, the record-breaking CLYMB™️ Abu Dhabi, Yas Marina Circuit (home to the FORMULA 1 ETIHAD AIRWAYS ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX™️), Yas Marina, the award-winning Yas Links golf course, as well as Abu Dhabi’s largest mall, Yas Mall. With hotels, including W Abu Dhabi – Yas Island, Hilton Abu Dhabi Yas Island, Crowne Plaza Yas Island Abu Dhabi, Yas Island Rotana, Centro Yas Island by Rotana, Radisson Blu Hotel Abu Dhabi Yas Island, Park Inn by Radisson Hotel Abu Dhabi Yas Island and Staybridge Suites Abu Dhabi Yas Island, plus more than 165 dining experiences, the destination also features indoor and outdoor concert venues including WHITE and Etihad Arena – all of which are complemented by a range of visitor services that connect all attractions to one another.

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Actress Katrina Kaif shared some unreleased photos from her wedding festivities on Wednesday to wish Sunny Kaushal a happy birthday. In a picture that Katrina shared on Instagram, Sunny made jokes and asked for Katrina’s blessing. While holding Katrina in his other hand, Vicky Kaushal, who was standing close by, maintained one hand on Sunny’s back. In the casual photograph, they were all seen laughing.

In the picture, Katrina was draped in a pink dupatta and donned an orange ethnic attire. Sunny Kaushal was wearing black attire, while Vicky was wearing a yellow and white ensemble. Vicky and Katrina both wore white garlands around their necks.

The picture appears to have been taken at the Six Sense Fort Barwara in Sawai Madhopur, Rajasthan, the site of Katrina and Vicky’s wedding. The image showed a number of people in the backdrop.

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“Happy Birthday to the most sarwa gunn sampanna Kaushal! “Love you @sunsunnykhez (kissing face, red heart, and cake emojis),” Vicky captioned the post.

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The 68th national film awards will be presented on September 30 in accordance with the more than 60-year-old tradition by President Droupadi Murmu and Information and Broadcasting Minister Anurag Thakur, two years after the Covid-19 outbreak put the coveted event on hold.

As the recipient of the Dadasaheb Phalke award for 2020, veteran actress Asha Parekh becomes the 52nd recipient of the honour. The previous Dadasaheb Phalke award was given to the star of southern cinema Rajinikanth.

“Honoured to announce that the Dadasaheb Phalke selection jury has decided to recognise and award Asha Parekh ji for her exemplary lifetime contribution to Indian cinema,” Thakur said.

Industry icons Asha Bhosle, Hema Malini, Udit Narayan, Poonam Dhillon, and TS Nagabharana are members of the Dadasaheb Phalke committee.

She worked in more than 95 films and was the chairperson of the Central Board of Film Certification from 1998-2001,” Thakur added. Parekh was also conferred with Padma Shri in 1992.

The National Film Development Corporation (NFDC), which was founded in 1954, is now in charge of organising the awards, which fall under the purview of the I&B ministry, for the first time.

The government consolidated four film organisations in March of this year, giving the NFDC full authority over all matters relating to the production of documentaries and short films, the management of film festivals, and the preservation of films.

In keeping with tradition, Hon’ble President Draupadi Murmu will be conferring the National Film awards this year,” NFDC MD Ravinder Bhakar said. “It is an honour for the winners and I congratulate them.”

Eminent leaders and figures from the film industry make up the national awards jury, which is chaired by Vipul Shah and includes Dharam Gulati, Sreelekha Mukherjee, GS Bhaskar, S Thangadurai, Sanjeev Rattan, Karthik Raja, VN Aditya, Viji Thampi, Thangadura, and Nishigandha as members.

The ceremony is taking place four years after President Ram Nath Kovind only delivered 11 of the 137 awards, breaking with convention, which saw more than 50 award recipients skip the 65th National Film Awards ceremony in protest.

The remaining prizes were given out by former information and communication minister Smriti Irani and minister of state Rajyavardhan Rathore.

In 2018, 70 award recipients had expressed their intention to boycott the event in an open letter to protest the cancellation of the award presentation. However, a number of the letter’s signatories, including the singer KJ Yesudas and the filmmaker Prasad Oak, later turned up. The honorees clarified in their letter that their action was not a “boycott,” but rather a demonstration of their displeasure with the President’s choice.

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