Vikramaditya Singh is truly born to the arts. A self-made wildlife artist, he was raised amidst cultural refinement. From the royal family of Palaitha (the largest principality of Kotah, Rajasthan), Vikram is the prodigal son of Aapji Ashok Singh, who had introduced modern interior design in India way back in the 1980s. He worked with the style barons of that era, making urban Indians rethink design. I still recall the amazement with which I had sat on a high-backed dining chair he had designed for the late couturier Rohit Khosla. Ashok, married to the art evangelist, Uma Kilachand, passed away too soon. But he left in his son his love for art and his zeal for design.
Vikram excels in oil and watercolour paintings as well as charcoal sketches of wildlife, and has shown in leading galleries with masters of contemporary art. Based out of Jaipur and surrounded by the sanctuaries and historic hunting lodges of Rajasthan and neighbouring Madhya Pradesh, Vikramaditya has spent a lot of time travelling to these parks and taking photographs and studying wildlife through pencil study sketches, in different light conditions and in different seasons. He developed his work by studying predators and other wildlife over a series of safaris across India and the African continent over the past two years and he even spent six months in Kenya as a resident artist at a wildlife camp to draw inspiration for this collection.
Vikramaditya’s formative years were spent in Canada and England and his childhood involved visiting the old feudal world of Rajasthan during holidays with his family. Armed with a degree in Economics from the University of Toronto, he returned home to India to fulfil his inner purpose in the land of his birth. A father of two sons and married to Jainandini Singh, the niece of the present Maharaja of Jodhpur and granddaughter of Zubeida, Vikramaditya is also a trap shooter, which lets him spend more time outdoors, and has represented Rajasthan in the Double Trap shotgun event a number of times.
Recently, he has forayed into the world of divine art, which has a personal connection for him as it brings him closer to his late mother’s work on Shrinathji Maharaj and her devotion to Krishna. He feels that an artist should follow their heart and the path that is created to grow and develop as a person to feel the passion and beauty that comes from true creativity. Incidentally, Lord Krishna is also the presiding deity of the Kota and Palaitha family.
“My mother’s love and devotion for Shrinathji was something I was exposed to, which I believe was one of the reasons I may have had a spiritual calling for starting to make his form, and I feel blessed for this! Divine intervention is a beautiful process, it makes us feel safe!” says the artist.
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Bollywood in awe of Pushpa & Allu Arjun
Mumbai: Pushpa star Allu Arjun, the talk of the town, has absolutely impressed
his fans,audiences, actors in the South and also many bigwigs in Bollywood. The
stylish star with his emphatic performance has won the hearts of many in the Hindi
speaking regions. Now, Bollywood is all praise for Pushpa Raj aka Allu Arjun and
the movie, reiterate what the stylish star has said in the film, ‘Pushpa is not flower,
it is fire’. Completely entranced by Allu Arjun’s splendid work in “Pushpa”,
and also as the Hindi version in the North belt alone grossed Rs 100 crore
in box office collections in 25 days of its run, actors and big producers
in Bollywood have taken notice, and are now speaking about the
stylish star’s ability to charm viewers.
At a time when Allu Arjun has amassed a big fan following in
Hindi-speaking regions, there are reports of Bollywood producers lining up to cast him in their next Hindi films. Also, many
Hindi actors are showing interest to act in his upcoming pan-India movies. It is also reportedly said that producers are looking
to get Hindi dubbing or remake rights of the icon star’s upcoming films as they feel he will dominate the cinema space now.
The passion Allu Arjun put into his Pushpa Raj character is
so evident that people are just captivated by him.
LATA MANGESHKAR TO REMAIN UNDER SUPERVISION FOR A FEW MORE DAYS
MUMBAI : Giving a health update regarding legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar, her doctor on Sunday shared that the megastar will still remain in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), under the supervision of doctors for a few more days.
The Bharat Ratna recipient was admitted to Breach Candy Hospital in Mumbai last week and her treatment is still going on. The 92-year-old star is suffering from corona as well as pneumonia. Dr Pratit Samdani who is treating the veteran singer said that “Lata ji is still in the ICU, she still that is why she is kept under the supervision of the doctor in the ICU.” “Lata ji will remain under the supervision of the doctor for a few more days, it is difficult to say how many days it will last. No one is allowed to meet.” The doctor also said that there is a need for people to pray for her recovery.
MOUNI ROY TO RETURN TO SMALL SCREEN AS A JUDGE ON REALITY SHOW
MUMBAI : After working in films like ‘Gold’, ‘Made in China’, and the yet-to-be-released ‘Brahmastra’, actor Mouni Roy is back to the small screen — the place where she first made her acting debut. Mouni is all set to appear as a judge on ‘Dance India Dance Li’l Masters Season 5’. Talking about the same, she said, “For me, dance is an expression. It is an amalgamation of various art forms. I am incredibly excited to be a part of Dance India Dance Little Masters as a judge. I can’t wait to watch the young kids showcasing their talent on such a huge platform.”
Mouni started her acting journey with TV shows and rose to fame with supernatural ‘Naagin’.
KURUKKU VAZHI IS A CRIME THRILLER: SHIRA GAARG
CHENNAI: What started as a surprising opportunity for actress Shira Gaarg to explore her passion became her career path once she started getting good reviews from reputed film critics for her role in her debut Tamil film Baby. Hailing from Bengaluru, Shira Gaarg was pursuing her college studies when a photoshoot caught the attention of director Balaji Sakthivel and his production team. They were looking for a fresh face for the movie Baby. She did not have any experience in acting then but after motivation from the director and support from her family she accepted the offer. Later after completion of her MBA she decided to take acting as her full time profession. Actress Shira Gaarg has recently completed the shoot for Tamil film titled Shot Boot Three directed by Arun Vaidyanathan and is currently shooting for her next movie Kurukku Vazhi directed by N.T. Nantha. In a candid conversation the actress avers, “Kurukku Vazhi is a crime thriller. It describes about what happens when people take short cut in life and how it would impact others. It is a very emotional role and the character has to go through mix of emotions. The story is about four people and what choices I make while dealing with them.” The film is produced by K Singh and A. Sharma. Apart from writing and directing the film, N.T. Nantha has also handled cinematography and composed the music. Apart from these projects, Shira Gaarg has also played the lead role in a Tamil web series Chewing Gum for Hotstar Network. She further added, “All my roles are unique and distinct. I am looking at playing meaty kind of roles. Fortunately the roles which I have played are all different and diverse.”
PRIYANKA CHOPRA, NICK JONAS ENJOY ROMANTIC BEACH STROLL
WASHINGTON: Celebrity couple Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas were recently spotted enjoying their romantic evening stroll at a beach, near San Diego. As per the pictures obtained by TMZ, the star couple was chilling at Del Mar Dog Beach, near San Diego. They meandered on the sand for about 30 minutes as their dogs took in the sights, sounds and smells. Visitors on the beach told the outlet that Nick and Priyanka were super happy, chatting most of the time as they held hands and walked with their two pet dogs.
The global actor was seen wearing a black casual jacket with a pair of blue jeans teamed up with sneakers and black shades.
Nick was also seen wearing a white t-shirt beneath a black jacket. He also wore a pair of casual jeans and white sneakers. This comes days after the ‘Fashion’ star addressed the scrutiny that followed after she dropped her husband, Nick Jonas’ last name from her social media handles last year.
She added that the experience served as a prime example of the microscope celebrities find themselves under in this age. “It’s a very vulnerable feeling, actually, that if I post a picture, everything that’s behind me in that picture is going to be zoomed in on, and people are going to speculate,” the ‘Quantico’ star explained.
“It’s just a professional hazard… Because of the noise of our social media, because of the prevalence that it has in our lives, I think it seems a lot larger than it is. I think that we give it a lot more credence in real life, and I don’t think it needs that,” she added.
EMMA SAYS SHE WOULD ‘DEFINITELY’ RETURN FOR ANOTHER ‘HARRY POTTER’ REUNION
WASHINGTON: Emma Watson fans rejoice as the actor that appeared in the recent HBO Max’s ‘Harry Potter’ reunion, said she would “definitely” return for a second reunion in another 20 years.
The HBO Max’s ‘Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts’ special made headlines at the start of the year. The special episode reunited key cast members from the movie franchise, such as Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson. Watson, as fans know, played Hermione Granger in all eight of the franchise’s films, recently said in an interview obtained by Variety that she would “definitely” return for a second reunion in another 20 years.
Watson said the emotional high point of the reunion was sitting down with Grint and acknowledging that they will always remain a family even if months or years go by without them reconnecting.
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