Dastkari craft fair


Dastkari Craft bazaar – an exhibition of regional crafts, art and textiles — is here in Chennai. More than 100 different craftsmen from the villages, towns and cities across the country will present their handmade creations in metal, wood, clay and paper.

Embroidered and woven textiles and traditional art will be available. People can enjoy folk music and dance performed on all days.Hand block printed textiles and embroidered textiles from Rajasthan, terracotta from Kerala, leather products from Shantiniketan, assorted crafts from Punjab, papier mache and wooden objects from Kashmir, are the highlights of the fair.

The Dastkari Haat Samiti is a not-for-profit association of craftspeople working to spread awareness about traditional art and craft.

 

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Odissi dance floors people


Guru Jyoti RoutThe Odissi performance by the US-based guru, Jyoti Rout, and her young disciple, Neha Haridasai, impressed the audience at Kalabharati auditorium here on Tuesday. A gifted performer, she demonstrated her emotions through subtle nuances. Sneha Sandhya, a forum for welfare and recreation of seniors in Visakhapatanam presented the programme ‘An Ode to Odissi’ by Rout and her disciple.

Moment to cherish


Students felicitating English teachers P. Rajya Lakshmi and her husband P. Manikumar on retirement at Pindiprole Government School in Khammam on Tuesday.— photo: g.n. rao

Students felicitating English teachers P. Rajya Lakshmi and her husband P. Manikumar on retirement at Pindiprole Government School in Khammam on Tuesday.— photo: g.n. rao

perfect posture


Artistes from the USA presenting Odissi at the ongoing International Odissi Dance Festival organised by Guru Kelu Charana Mohapatra Odissi Research Centre in Bhubaneswar on Sunday.Photo: Lingaraj Panda

Artistes from the USA presenting Odissi at the ongoing International Odissi Dance Festival organised by Guru Kelu Charana Mohapatra Odissi Research Centre in Bhubaneswar on Sunday.Photo: Lingaraj Panda

clay art @Sargi Phula.


A participant busy giving final touches to his clay sculpture on the concluding day of the 'Sargi Phula', a camp of learning for SC & ST students organised in Bhubaneswar, on Sunday. —Photo: Lingaraj Panda

A participant busy giving final touches to his clay sculpture on the concluding day of the ‘Sargi Phula’, a camp of learning for SC & ST students organised in Bhubaneswar, on Sunday. —Photo: Lingaraj Panda

Salsa dancers whip up euphoria


Jiving to the beat:Youngsters performing salsa at a musical night at Hotel Palm Beach in Visakhapatnam. —Photos: K.R. DeepakFoot-tapping music from one of the top DJs of Bollywood, perfect seaside ambience, and sizzling moves by salsa dancers made for a memorable weekend for people of the city, who bid adieu to the last Saturday of the year in style at Vizag Dance’13 beach party organised by Euphoria Outdoors at Hotel Palm Beach.

Right from retro to rock-and-roll and racy Bollywood numbers, the revellers were taken on a fun-filled musical journey by Mumbai’s DJ Tejas.

But what added momentum and rhythm to the evening was the energetic dexterous salsa performance by dance instructors — Prithvi and Ree.

The couple made every move seem effortless as they changed the pace and style of their moves synchronising with the beats of the DJ.

Professional dancers from Bangalore, Prithvi and Ree had recently conducted a jive and salsa dance workshop in the city. Their team also performed at the musical night, heating up the dance floor with their moves.

The addictive quality inherent in the rhythm of salsa soon brought the guests on to the dance floor.

Starting this year, the organisers plan to make the musical event an annual feature that will be held during the last weekend of every year and bring in live bands, performers, and guest DJs.