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Silver Innings organises Umang, a unique stage talent show for senior citizens, in Mumbai
The Umang talent show for senior citizens is not a competition and there are no prizes to win, and yet every year, it is flooded with entries from participants 
 
Silver Innings Foundation, set up by Sailesh Mishra, is organising its annual Umang talent show for senior citizens on 16 April this year. Every year, senior citizens from age 50 years to 80-plus from all walks of life participate in the show to perform, to sing, to play musical instruments, to dance on Bollywood numbers. The talent show also includes classical dance and street plays.
 
Sailesh Mishra says, “Unlike other talent shows, there are no prizes for winning the top three positions. Everybody is a winner. It is amazing to see the level of enthusiasm among seniors to perform on the stage.” 
 
He notes that in a surprising twist this year, more women than men signed up to perform on stage. 
“We are seeing a shift in attitude of our seniors, when women were not so keen to thrust themselves in the limelight. It seems that senior women are now eager to share the spotlight or even upstage the men! We wish more senior women come out and participate in public events such as ours,” he says.
It is indeed inspiring that women can multitask so well, after handling routine household work and catering to all family members, they also find the time to explore other hobbies in their silver years, Mishra added.
 
This year, over 100 participants between the ages of 50 and 75 years have registered to perform Koli dance, fusion dance, jugalbandi, one act play, group/ solo/ duet dance, and Lezim.
 
“Seniors love to dance, sing, perform one-act plays…we leave the stage open for them to express their creativity in every possible way. But more than them, we encourage younger family members to come along with the seniors and witness what these ‘old people’ are capable of doing if they are given the opportunity,” Mishra says.
 
Himanshu Dani, President of Rotary Club of Mumbai (Nariman Point), says, "Since 2010, Umang, in association with Silver Innings, has been one of the most sought after event for our senior citizens, which they await every year. We have been delighted with the growing enthusiasm, innovation and impact that this event has created in hearts and minds of our elderly. We look forward for continuing our support for this wonderful cause and would encourage many more to join to ensure we take this event to higher levels."
 
 

Event details

 
Venue: Birla Matoshree Sabhagriha, No. 19, Vithaldas Thackersey Marg, New Marine Lines, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400020
 
Event Date: Saturday, 16th April 2016
 
Time of Event: 10am to 12.30 pm. Registration will start at 9am
 
Entry Strictly with Invitation Only, Prior Registration Mandatory
 
Seating on First Come First Basis only
 
Moneylife readers may contact: [email protected] / 9987104233 / 9029000091- 10am to 5pm (Mon to Sat). Address: Silver Innings, Bldg. J-47/48, Shop no.10, Opp. Navgraha Bldg, Poonam Sagar Complex, Mira Road (East) Pin- 401107
 

 

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Designers vouch for Indian textiles' global power, seek government backing
Mumbai : The Indian government must appreciate Indian fashion like the French do, veteran designer Manish Arora had told IANS and the same thought is echoed by many young designers who feel that Indian textile and craft have huge potential to make an impact globally. They also say that with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's support there is definitely a change.
 
On the day two of Summer-Resort edition of Lakme Fashion Week (LFW) dedicated to the Sustainable Indian Textile, many designers told IANS that the current stage of Indian textile and crafts is trending globally.
 
"Globally people are loving it Indian textiles. They love the techniques used. We do use lot of Indian silhouettes but we just tweak it a little bit according to their trends and they love wearing it and value it," designer Debashri Samanta told IANS. 
 
Added another designer Swati Vijaivargie: "I have done lot of trade shows abroad and people absolutely love the textiles. Yes you have to tweak the silhouettes a bit because people there wouldn't wear certain silhouettes but they love wearing such designs just for the fabric. They understand crafts."
 
Designer Amit from the brand Amrich is of the view tha Modi government is doing commendable job in promoting Indian textile and crafts and similar efforts are needed for backing it up.
 
"We designers have talents, its just that we need support and backing from the government. Being a designer, we understand business but backing and support definitely helps a lot. Internationally many governments support design and give them importance and I want this to start in India as well. Modiji is trying to bring a change so let see if we get the chance to see the difference in next five years," Amit told IANS.
 
He also says that Indian textiles have been famous around the world for atleast 5,000 years and hence it is a good thing that lot of young designers are really working towards Indian craft.
 
"I don't know if many are aware of this or not but lot of international labels have buying and developing houses in India because they have been appreciating Indian textiles. Also any foreigner you meet, they say you have such a repertoire of textiles. Sometimes we kind of blank it out because we have grown up looking at them day in and day out. A
 
"Hence needless to say Indian textile and crafts is going places," he said.
 
All three brands showcased at the Sustainable and Indian Textile Day of the ongoing fashion gala that is taking place at St. Regis here and its not just runways that if witnessing the best of textile trends but there are visitors and fashionistas to who were spotted ditching their little black dresses to give their support to Traditional Indian textile.
 
Disclaimer: Information, facts or opinions expressed in this news article are presented as sourced from IANS and do not reflect views of Moneylife and hence Moneylife is not responsible or liable for the same. As a source and news provider, IANS is responsible for accuracy, completeness, suitability and validity of any information in this article.

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Alphabet of disability: C for Candoco, D for Dance
New Delhi : This might not be your regular contemporary show where dancers swirl in the air with fluid movements. Here, performers may be wheel-chair bound with well co-ordinated movements in sync with their partners.
 
Welcome to Candoco, UK's professional dance company that integrates physically challenged and other dancers.
 
Disability is not an impediment for Dan Dawn, a dancer with Candoco, who performed in the capital with Mirjam Gurtner, his stage partner for years, to a full house at British Council on Wednesday late evening. 
 
"Dance is everything for me. It's a challenge, its art, politics, and it's a special place for me," says Dawn, who joined the company five years ago.
 
The duo, who performed the act 'Studies for C' composed by award-winning choreographer Javier de Frutos, say that their focus is on creating a bold work rather than pitching on the disability quotient.
 
"Our philosophy is to create bold and excellent art. That's our focus and it's not about abled or disabled. Our dance is about celebration of bodies. Our bodies work in different ways to create a level playing field," says Gurtner, who dons the roles of a performer, choreographer and rehearsal director.
 
The act, inspired by Tennessee Williams' play 'Camino Real' and Samuel Beckett's 'Waiting for Godot', depicts a couple trapped in a stagnating relationship. Narrating the theme, Dawn says, "the couple is unable to escape the domestic world because their reliance on each other has become strong. It's about how they deal with the situation."
 
Dawn finds the Indian audience both encouraging and sensitive. The company has made pit stops in Kolkata and Chennai earlier this month as part of its Indian tour, marking its 25th year celebrations.
 
Set to traditional Mexican ranchera music by Lila Downs, the performances take place in an intimate domestic world in which the use of Mexican wrestling masks suggests the deeper, darker forces at work.
 
"The connotation is that when two people stay together in a place for a long time, there is bound to be conflict and the mask is the metaphor in the show," said Dawn.
 
The costumes, designed by de Frutos, feature the writings of Mexican revolutionary Emiliano Zapata, who famously said, "I would rather die on my feet than live on my knees."
 
Ask the duo how they find a level playing ground, and Gurtner says, "We made peace four years ago. It's a privilege to work together for long years. We have developed a relationship on stage and we have learned a lot from each other. It's about deeply connecting with your partner in movements in the stage."
 
The core philosophy of the company founded by contemporary dancer Celeste Dandekar 25 years ago, is in inclusiveness, says Gurtner.
 
"Dandekar had a fall while performing in a stage, resulting in a spinal injury. It prevented her from dancing until choreographer Darshan Singh Buller persuaded her to dance again, albeit from her wheelchair. In 1991, she founded Candoco to integrate both physically challenged and others".
 
Collaboration is the watch word for the company, says Gurtner.
 
"We have internationally famous choreographers. and they bring specific movements to company. It's about each dancer finding their way of working with their body in that manner. Here, artists also have the freedom to improvise. It's a collaborative process," she says, adding that dance opens the door to understand the world.
 
Disclaimer: Information, facts or opinions expressed in this news article are presented as sourced from IANS and do not reflect views of Moneylife and hence Moneylife is not responsible or liable for the same. As a source and news provider, IANS is responsible for accuracy, completeness, suitability and validity of any information in this article.

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