Fashion’s Agent provocateur

first_imgWith the black nail paint and kohl that intensify his eyes, Kallol Datta, who was once called the Lady Gaga of Indian fashion, is easily an agent provocateur. He has changed the rules of design, disrupting how people view fashion through one of his first collections, Grotesque Nonsense which was,With the black nail paint and kohl that intensify his eyes, Kallol Datta, who was once called the Lady Gaga of Indian fashion, is easily an agent provocateur. He has changed the rules of design, disrupting how people view fashion through one of his first collections, Grotesque Nonsense which was showcased at the Wills Lifestyle Fashion Week in 2012. In a modern resurgent India where most designers’ muse is the confident woman, Datta says he has always been inspired by the dark and the mysterious. He once said “body is a given” and is always dressed in abayas he creates. At the core, it is gender that forms his design philosophy but there are many other metaphors he works with like body shaming.The anti-designer designs clothes that are inspired by road kill and the sagging breasts of an 85-year-old woman. Given the limited ingenuity of the fashion world in India, there are but a handful of designers who can be called the disruptors and Kallol Datta with his motifs that are inspired by foetuses, bones, cascading sperms and eccentric silhouettes is truly one of them.The designer isn’t here to explain why he splattered a dress with shoes as motifs. He is almost always in hiding and lives in Kolkata, where he can be away from the glitzy world of fashion and its politics. “My generation of designers who started making clothes 10 years ago brought in a new perspective. Since I work hermetically and yet have a certain influence over the younger generation I am seen as a disruptor,” he says.advertisement Kallol Datta’s garbage bag saree. Photo: Siddhartha HajraA graduate from NIFT Kolkata, Datta went to Central St. Martin’s in London before returning home. And now, leading the charge once again, he is collaborating with artists to blur the line between fashion and art. A glazed plastic sheet is draped on a model in one of this latest campaigns. It is a continuation of his Random Access show at the Experimenter Gallery in Kolkata in 2017 where he added a layer of plastic film on to silk and cotton to alter the design of things. Datta, who has defied fashion norms with his silhouettes, is no stranger to recycling and his fabrics have often been reclaimed. In this new campaign, 24 sculptural figures made of bamboo were draped in gender neutral clothing made using cotton, silk and plastic film. From a distance they resembled garbage bags as the artist used tools of subversion to challenge existing notions of beauty.Datta remains one of India’s most conceptual designers and is always looking to hone his skill set. Having moved on from creating just clothes, the designer is now working on installations because “they are noninteractive in a sense”. Bold enough to go against the tide, his label is about breaking the mould and redefining what passes as design.(By Chinki Sinha)As hospitality becomes a spectator sport, we showcase six hotels, both Indian and international, that are disrupting the design narrative to infuse bold.individuality. Light Brigade ITC Kohenur, HyderabadAmong their finest luxury properties, the ITC Kohenur offers experiences that are opulent while imbibing local flavours. Its name draws on the famed diamond originally believed to have been mined in the Golconda region and it is seen as a design marvel.Unconventional and artsy, the façade widens as it rises, inspired from the facets of a diamond. In fact, that’s the leitmotif right from the unique angular design of the building, to finer décor elements including artfully designed lattices carved in stone in the lobby, and the walls of the guestrooms. All rooms are designed to capture abundant natural light by design. The lively Peacock Bar comes alive in striking blue and indigo glasswork, inspired from Shah Jahan’s peacock throne that once featured the Kohinoor diamond. Dum Pukht Begum’s-an ode to the princesses of Hyderabad-preens in pristine whites and classy chandeliers, while the Golconda Room comprises soft sandy and brown shades, and is reminiscent of the natural rocks found in the Deccan region, and offers glorious views.www.itchotels.in(By Mona Ramavat) Abode is an ode to Mumbai city.History in Residence Abode, MumbaiDespite bearing the cross of a prosaic name like Abode, this boutique hotel, inspired by Mumbai, is a well-kept secret, hidden in chaotic Colaba. Housed in an antique building, it’s 20 odd rooms are a veritable feast of vintage furniture, inspired by the city, along with 20th century colonial and Art Deco pieces lovingly sourced from Mumbai’s second- hand markets with interesting asides such as bed side tables made from chaat stands and book shelves inspired by Mumbai roadside bookstores. With reclaimed Burma teak floors and fabrics for soft furnishings, sourced from vintage sarees, local markets or handwoven by the charitable organisation Women Weave, sensibility and sentimentality walk hand in hand at this exciting abode.advertisementwww.abodeboutiquehotels.com(By Chumki Bharadwaj) The Machan’s solar panelled facade is a nod to sustainability.Tree of Life The Machan, LonavalaAfar cry from the boring familiarity of cookie cutter hotels, The Machan, a tree house resort, is the perfect crib for the spirited who prefer an off-the-grid property that’s high on sustainability. Even better, it offers jungle living within easy access of both Mumbai and Pune. The 18-year old property that was first designed as a home, now boasts 27 types of mach ans; most of the structures are elevated to 35-45 feet above ground level di rectly over the forest. Each machan looks like a float ing platform made entirely out of recyclable materials, whether it’s wood, glass or steel.The interiors are simple but warm with sheesham and rattan work furniture from Indonesia and light fixtures that have been sourced from a broken ship. With old rugs and antique switchboards, electricity from the wind and solar energies, it’s a Tarzan lifestyle with a good conscience overload.www.themachan.com(By Chumki Bharadwaj)last_img read more

Read more on Fashion’s Agent provocateur

John Coltrane A Love Supreme For The Record

first_img For The Record: Little Big Town’s ‘The Road …” The legend transformed his personal struggles into musical uplift, creating a historic album filled with trend-setting jazz experimentationPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs May 3, 2018 – 2:53 pm A controversial leader of experimental jazz, legendary saxophone player John Coltrane recorded his studio album A Love Supreme in December 1964 and it was released the following month, becoming for many his most-beloved piece of work. Filled with spiritual exaltation, his abundance of talent balanced free expression with just enough traditional jazz feel to keep its four heartfelt tracks accessible. Dave Chappelle For The Record: ‘The Age Of Spin …’ Pearl Jam: ‘Ten’ | For The Record For The Record: ‘The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill’ For The Record: Pink Floyd’s ‘The Wall’ Kendrick Lamar, ‘DAMN.’: For The Record For The Record: B.B. King’s “Auld Lang Syne” The sidemen in the quartet on A Love Supreme were bass player Jimmy Garrison, drummer Elvin Jones and pianist McCoy Tyner. Coltrane is playing on tenor sax and chants the four-note theme “a love supreme” with himself, later layered by overdubs.The suite’s four parts are “Acknowledgement,” “Resolution,” “Pursuance,” and “Psalm.” In “Psalm” Coltrane performs a poem by playing it on his sax. The text was provided in the album’s liner notes. It closes, “God breathes through us so completely … so gently we hardly feel it … yet, it is our everything. Thank you God.”The reception of A Love Supreme was major. The album sold a half-million copies by 1970, more than 10 times Coltrane’s usual level of sales. In addition, at the 8th GRAMMY Awards, the album brought him his first career nominations for Best Instrumental Jazz Performance — Small Group Or Soloist With A Small Group and for Best Original Jazz Composition.The album also has a lasting legacy through other artists’ patronage to the masterpiece. John McLaughlin and Carlos Santana covered “Acknowledgement” on their 1972 album Love Devotion Surrender, titling their track “A Love Supreme.” The GRAMMY-nominated U2 song “Angel Of Harlem” calls out Coltrane and his legendary album as being spiritually present in New York City while “the street sounds like a symphony.”To celebrate the legacy of Coltrane’s pioneering work, including A Love Supreme as the pinnacle of his creative output, the Recording Academy honored Coltrane with a posthumous Lifetime Achievement Award in 1992. In 1999 A Love Supreme was inducted into the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame, along with his 1957 album Blue Train.A Love Supreme was also inducted into the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry in 2015, ensuring its preservation for future generations. Its manuscript is preserved at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History as one of the Treasures of American History. For The Record: Jennifer Lopez And Marc Anthony For The Record: ‘O Brother, Where Art Thou?’ For The Record: Shakira Revisit Janet Jackson’s ‘Rhythm Nation 1814’ Metallica: “One” | For The Record For The Record: N.W.A’s ‘Straight Outta Compton’ Revisit Janet Jackson’s ‘Rhythm Nation 1814′ Bob Marley & The Wailers’ ‘Exodus’: For The Record Metallica: “One” | For The Record Pearl Jam: ‘Ten’ | For The Record Daft Punk For The Record: ‘Random Access Memories’ Madonna: ‘Ray Of Light’ | For The Record For The Record: Calle 13 For The Record: Jennifer Lopez And Marc Anthony For The Record: Eminem’s “Lose Yourself” Dave Chappelle For The Record: ‘The Age Of Spin …’ Nirvana’s ‘Nevermind’: For The Record Revisit Janet Jackson’s ‘Rhythm Nation 1814’ Nirvana’s ‘Nevermind’: For The Record For The Record: Little Big Town’s ‘The Road …” Facebook For The Record: Bruno Mars’ ’24K Magic’ Twitter Nirvana’s ‘Nevermind’: For The Record For The Record: CeCe Winans, ‘Let Them Fall … ‘ For The Record: Taylor Swift’s ‘1989’ For The Record: Juan Gabriel For The Record: Adele, ’25’ Bob Marley & The Wailers’ ‘Exodus’: For The Record For The Record: B.B. King’s “Auld Lang Syne” For The Record: Harrison’s ‘All Things Must Pass’ For The Record: Bee Gees’ ‘Saturday Night Fever’ Daft Punk For The Record: ‘Random Access Memories’ For The Record: Cole’s “The Christmas Song” For The Record: Jennifer Lopez And Marc Anthony For The Record: Carlos Santana Alanis Morissette: ‘Jagged Little Pill’ For The Record: ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’ For The Record For The Record: ‘O Brother, Where Art Thou?’ News For The Record: Carlos Santana For The Record: Michael Jackson For The Record: John Coltrane’s ‘A Love Supreme’ For The Record: Pink Floyd’s ‘The Wall’ For The Record: Calle 13 David Bowie’s ‘…Ziggy Stardust…’ | For The Record For The Record: ‘From A Room: Volume 1′ For The Record: Cole’s “The Christmas Song” For The Record: Bee Gees’ ‘Saturday Night Fever’ For The Record: Little Big Town’s ‘The Road …” For The Record: Bruno Mars’ ’24K Magic’ For The Record: ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’ Dave Chappelle For The Record: ‘The Age Of Spin …’ Email center_img For The Record: ‘The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill’ For The Record: Juan Gabriel For The Record: ‘The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill’ Daft Punk For The Record: ‘Random Access Memories’ For The Record: Linda Ronstadt’s ‘Canciones …’ For The Record: N.W.A’s ‘Straight Outta Compton’ For The Record: Taylor Swift’s ‘1989’ For The Record: Adele, ’25’ Revisit The Beatles’ ‘Revolver’ For The Record: CeCe Winans, ‘Let Them Fall … ‘ For The Record: Cole’s “The Christmas Song” Metallica: “One” | For The Record For The Record: Michael Jackson For The Record: Taylor Swift’s ‘1989’ Madonna: ‘Ray Of Light’ | For The Record For The Record: Shakira For The Record: Eminem’s “Lose Yourself” Madonna: ‘Ray Of Light’ | For The Record Kendrick Lamar, ‘DAMN.’: For The Record Pearl Jam: ‘Ten’ | For The Record Kendrick Lamar, ‘DAMN.’: For The Record For The Record: Beck’s ‘Morning Phase’ David Bowie’s ‘…Ziggy Stardust…’ | For The Record For The Record: Eminem’s “Lose Yourself” For The Record: Michael Jackson For The Record: Linda Ronstadt’s ‘Canciones …’ For The Record: ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’ For The Record: ‘From A Room: Volume 1′ Bob Marley & The Wailers’ ‘Exodus’: For The Record Alanis Morissette: ‘Jagged Little Pill’ For The Record: B.B. King’s “Auld Lang Syne” For The Record: N.W.A’s ‘Straight Outta Compton’ For The Record: Pink Floyd’s ‘The Wall’ For The Record: Calle 13 Revisit The Beatles’ ‘Revolver’ Revisit The Beatles’ ‘Revolver’ For The Record: John Coltrane’s ‘A Love Supreme’ john-coltrane-love-supreme-record John Coltrane, ‘A Love Supreme’: For The Record For The Record: ‘From A Room: Volume 1’ For The Record: CeCe Winans, ‘Let Them Fall … ‘ For The Record: Shakira For The Record: John Coltrane’s ‘A Love Supreme’ Alanis Morissette: ‘Jagged Little Pill’ For The Record: Bruno Mars’ ’24K Magic’ For The Record: Amy Winehouse’s ‘Back To Black’ For The Record: Carlos Santana NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO May 3, 2018 – 2:33 pm For The Record: John Coltrane’s ‘A Love Supreme’ For The Record: Juan Gabriel For The Record: Beck’s ‘Morning Phase’ David Bowie’s ‘…Ziggy Stardust…’ | For The Record For The Record: ‘O Brother, Where Art Thou?’ For The Record: Harrison’s ‘All Things Must Pass’ For The Record: Linda Ronstadt’s ‘Canciones …’ For The Record: Bee Gees’ ‘Saturday Night Fever’ Prev Next For The Record: Adele, ’25’ For The Record: Amy Winehouse’s ‘Back To Black’ For The Record: Harrison’s ‘All Things Must Pass’ For The Record: Beck’s ‘Morning Phase’ For The Record: Amy Winehouse’s ‘Back To Black’ For The Record: John Coltrane’s ‘A Love Supreme’ Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read morelast_img read more

Read more on John Coltrane A Love Supreme For The Record

LETTER TO THE EDITOR Maselli Speaks From The Heart And Is Genuine

first_imgDear Editor,It is great to see so many people seeking to sit on the Board of Selectmen to represent the people of Wilmington. I want to tell you why I am voting in support of candidate Mark Maselli.Mark is a dedicated husband and father to his three boys. I have witnessed firsthand the solid family values Mark has instilled in his children. Just as Mark has been a positive influence in raising his children, Mark wants to have a seat on the board so he can be a positive influence in setting the best overall course of action for the town of Wilmington.Mark is the owner of Dandilyons Ice Cream a successful small business in Reading and each year he employs some of your young adults from the town of Wilmington. He is a hands on boss and each day he shows his leadership in teaching basic life lessons to his young employees. Mark leads by example and is not afraid of hard work, and this is a value he teaches both his children and employees. Mark’s example creates responsibility through perseverance.Mark is a candidate for the common voice in our community. He is willing to listen to all viewpoints on issues and communicate differences in a respectful manner. Mark speaks from the heart and is genuine, transparent and real. I believe all of the qualities I’ve mentioned will make Mark an excellent Selectman. Please join me at the polls on April 27, 2019 in voting for Mark Maselli, our next Selectmen for the town of Wilmington.Sincerely,Michelle WhiteLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedLETTER TO THE EDITOR: A Letter In Support Of Mark Maselli From The Person Who Knows Him BestIn “Letter To The Editor”A VOTER’S GUIDE To Selectman Candidate Mark MaselliIn “Government”SELECTMEN RACE Q&A: Candidates Grade Town Manager Jeff Hull’s Job PerformanceIn “Government”last_img read more

Read more on LETTER TO THE EDITOR Maselli Speaks From The Heart And Is Genuine

Maruti Suzuki launches XL6 in India price starts at Rs 980 lakh

first_imgFocusing on the major buyers in the market, it is the best time for the companies to adapt to the trend and produce muscle cars to boost car sales to some extent. IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:00/0:47Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:47?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Close 2018 Maruti Suzuki Ertiga launched Maruti Suzuki XL6nexaexperience.comWith the Indian automobile market is facing difficulty with its slowing sales, the companies are still competing to lure the customers by following the trend and producing SUVs and MPVs within the mid-range segment, with the latest technology and spectacular designs installed in them. Brands like — Maruti Suzuki, Toyota, Mahindra, Honda, and Renault — have been competing with their peak-ranging technology, trying to beat each other in the pricing game.The latest unveiling of Maruti Suzuki’s XL6 has set up a target for its competitors by providing its customers with the lowest price for an MPV with a magnificent futuristic design. The six-sitter MPV was launched at a price of Rs 9.80 lakh. Maruti will be selling XL6 as its fifth vehicle under the Nexa dealership following the cars like Ignis, Baleno, Ciaz, and S-Cross. Maruti Suzuki Nexa dealershipMaruti SuzukiThe MPV will be sporting six colour variants available to the customers in Nexa Blue, Brave Khaki, Auburn Red, Magma Grey, Premium Silver, and Arctic White. XL6 will be launching in the market with its Zeta MT version priced at Rs 9.80 lakh, Zeta AT version for Rs 10.90 lakh, Alpha MT for Rs 10.36 and Alpha AT for Rs 11.46 lakh.The six-sitter confirmed to start its booking from August 9 for an initial down payment of Rs 10,000, will be competing against its own brand’s Ertiga, which is priced between 7.55 to 11.21 lakh.Now let’s take a look at what makes XL6 different from Maruti Suzuki Ertiga at almost the same price range for the high-end versions: Maruti Suzuki XL6nexaexperience.comMaruti Suzuki integrated the XL6 with the BS6-compliant K15 petrol engine. The monster boasts of 105 hp producing 138 Nm of peak torque. It comes with a 5-speed manual stick with an option for a 4-speed automatic torque converter.Coming to the looks and interiors, the beast sports a chrome front grille having cross-bar chrome garnish, has unique quad-LED headlamps, LED DRLs, Led light guide for the tail lamps, side cladding, and all back alloy wheels. The company gave the new launch a classy black spacious interior boasting of a stone finish. The car hosts its users with leather upholstery, second-row captain seats, and third-row reclining seats. The seat stitching is almost similar to the Ertiga with slight modifications in the second row having two individual seats rather than a bench seat as of its predecessor. It also hosts a multifunction leather-wrapped flat-bottom steering wheel and cruise control.The company has also focused on providing its users’ peak level entertainment during their commute. It has packed the auto with a 17.8 cm SmartPlay Studio touchscreen that allows smartphone connectivity. Maruti Suzuki XL6nexaexperience.comHowever, Maruti Suzuki has continued following its trend of infusing its cars with Suzuki’s fifth-generation Heartech platform to improve safety while driving. The Heartech platform provides safety sensors to detect frontal-offset impact, side-impact, and pedestrian protection. The company has also equipped the car with on-board safety features like dual front airbags, ABS, high-speed warning alert and reverse parking sensors. The company also announced that the automatic variant will be fitted with the Electronic Stability Program with the hill-hold function.The four-wheel auto craze of Indian youth is constantly shifting from the sedan class to the SUVs and MPVs. The latest revelation on the sales of four-wheel cars reflects a tremendous increase in the purchase of muscle cars by the youth, who are also the major sales targets as they have both interest and financial capability to spend largely on their hobbies.last_img read more

Read more on Maruti Suzuki launches XL6 in India price starts at Rs 980 lakh

Drug peddling case US DEA agents interrogate Chinese nationals

first_imgKolkata: A team comprising officers from Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), US Department of Justice, on Tuesday interrogated the five Chinese nationals, who were arrested from Kolkata Railway Station a few days ago, on charges of their involvement in a drug peddling racket.Criminal Investigation Department (CID) had arrested all five of them on June 30 and initiated a probe in this connection.Three officers of the DEA including one Indian went to Bhawani Bhavan, the CID headquarters, and interrogated the five arrested persons, who are in the custody of the CID till July 13. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedSources said the interrogation continued for around four long hours and the investigating officers from theUS questioned the arrested persons to know different aspects of their drugsmuggling racket. As there was a language barrier, an interpreter was there to help in smoothinterrogation.It is learnt that officers of the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) also interrogated all five of them and the agency may have taken them in their custody to get more information from them. Also Read – Naihati: 10 councillors return to TMC from BJPSources said the arrested Chinese nationals were asked to reveal the modus operandi they had taken up to successfully carry on with the smuggling of drugs that include methamphetamine andamphetamine. As all five of them are from Guandong province of China, the investigating officers are trying to unearth how far they had managed to spread the tentacles of their racket.It was on July 4, when a team comprising senior officers of the CID had unearthed a factory run by the Chinese to produce narcotic substances at Naoda in Murshidabad.The investigating officers of CID had come to know about the factory at Naoda after arresting the Chinese nations – Wang Zio Dong, Zeu Gong Hue, Chang Heu, Lee Chand and Lue Bouk Seoung. Around 197 kg drug was recovered from them and according to a police officer, it was worth Rs 39 crore.The investigating officers also came to know from locals that the arrested people used to run a factory on a 15-bigha land saying that they produce charcoal from jute stick. But it was closed down a few months ago.The CID officers had found some bags in the factory that was suspected to be used for packing drugs.last_img read more

Read more on Drug peddling case US DEA agents interrogate Chinese nationals