ARTS gesture

A non-governmental organisation ARTS donated Rs.50,000 to Chikkolu Chirudevvelu fund which was created to help to poor youngsters to pursue their higher studies. ARTS Director N.Sanyasi Rao handed over the cheque to Srikakulam Collector Saurabh Gaur in latter’s office and explained the organisations’ efforts in empowering youngsters and women in tribal areas with their activities. The Collector congratulated ARTS representatives and asked people and voluntary organisations to support Chikkolu Chirudevvelu programme which enabled many poor students to get seats in reputed educational institutions.



Kids dazzle in SIDS Sdesigns

Children participating in the kids fashion show organised by Samana Institute for Design Studies (SIDS) in Vijayawada on Wednesday.— PHOTO: V. RAJU

Girls look like dolls walking straight out of showcase

There was loud music blaring out in the background and a select gathering eager to cheer models that were to sashay across the ramp.

The auditorium in hotel D.V. Manor reverberated with wild cheers at the first sight of the ‘tiny’ models covered in layers of frilly frocks taking to the dais. They were a set of young kids, all belonging to the 3-4 age group, walking the ramp to showcase garments designed by students pursuing P.G. diploma course in fashion designing and B. Sc Fashion Technology in Samana Institute for Design Studies (SIDS).

“Instead of waiting till the end of the course to showcase their works to the local public, we decided to do it after the first semester for an early exposure to the market,” said SIDS Managing Partner and CEO Samana Moosavi, who went on to explain: “We chose to focus on kids’ wear as there is no garments showroom exclusively for kids. In the absence of wide choice, the young ones are forced to rely on the limited designs available.”

Tiny tots of Delhi Public School (DPS) stepped into the shoes of models and showcased the rookie designers’ works with aplomb.

The girls, who outnumbered boys, looked like dolls walking straight out of showcases. Their heavily frilled frocks with floral strips and a hair band to match with a flower perched on one side made them cynosure of all eyes.

The doting parents sitting among the audience blew kisses as their children walked down the ramp in full public glare.

The entire premises turned peachy when girls emerged in peach-colour frocks and long gowns.

The clothes designed by the SIDS designers were all sold out at the venue itself. “This is the first time that the garments designed by SIDS students did not come back to the institute after showcasing them in the public. Most of the parents of kids who flaunted these clothes, bought them,” said Ms. Samana.

At the end of the show, Baby Tanmay was adudged as ‘Queen of Samana’, Ziya as first runner-up as ‘Style of Samana’ and Ruaina as second runner-up as ‘Style of Samana’.


India’s tallest Hanuman statue to be ready by May

India’s tallest Hanuman statue is being constructed near Madapam in the Narasannapeta Mandal.- PHOTO: By ArrangementA devotee’ dream becomes a reality in Srikakulam district.

A devotee’s dream has become a reality within 8 years with the construction of India’s tallest Hanuman statue at Madapam, Narasannapeta mandal of Srikakulam district. The devotee Jayi Ramanamurty, a common man, dreamt in 2005 that the tallest statue for Lord Anjayaneya will be constructed on the banks of Vamasadhara river. His dream was not taken seriously initially but slowly devotees came forward with donations to make the project a reality.

In the beginning, a devotee M.S.N. Raju of Cheepurupalli contributed Rs.10 lakh and hundreds of other devotees collected around Rs.70 lakh to execute the project within the stipulated time. It is estimated that the entire project cost would be around Rs.1 crore after the construction of temple and meditation centre which are essential for devotees to spend more time after offering prayers at the statue.

The construction of the project with proposed 176 feet height began in 2005 and it is going to be completed in May 2015.

Special prayers will be offered to Lord Anjayaneya on May 23, 2014, on the occasion of Hanuman Jayanti. Currently, the tallest statue with 150 feet height is located at Kurukshetra near New Delhi. Another statue with 136 feet height is situated near Paritala of Krishna district of Andhra Pradesh.

Drive to clean up red sand dunes on January 5

The Ken Foundation Society will organise a drive to clean up the famed red sand dunes near Bheemunipatnam on January 5. Students and concerned citizens may participate.

According to the organisers, the time of the year has been chosen as the area experiences accumulation of debris following picnic season. The volunteers will be provided caps, garbage bags, safety gloves, and drinking water, according to P. Santosh of the foundation.

Called ‘Operation Red Hills’, the drive will be taken up from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Volunteers may register at CMR Central, Visakha Happy Function Hall, near Rama Talkies, Pearly Smile Dental Clinic, Balayya Sastry Layout. For details, call 8519816486 or 7416857611.


11 honoured with Pratibha Puraskarams

Potti Sreeramulu Telugu University presented ‘Pratibha Puraskarams’ to 11 eminent personalities from the fields of Telugu Literature, Art and Culture, on Friday. The awardees include Tirunagari (poetry), S.Raghunatha Sarma (dance), Dwaram Durga Prasada Rao (music), Pasham Yadagiri (journalism), B.Nagireddy (theatre), Pillitla Sanjeeva (folk arts), N.Lalita Kameswari, K.Rama Kumari (avadhanam), Sivaraju Subbalaxmi (women’s writings), K.Sadananda (short story,novel)