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    After a successful inaugural edition last year, JFW magazine renewed its March for Change motif with the second JFW Women’s summit. The event at Sheraton Park saw a packed house, thanks to, in part I’m sure, the illustrious panel of speakers. ‘Standards of beauty and body Image’ and ‘Can a woman have it all?’ were the topics discussed, with hard-hitting facts and opinions being raised both on and off stage. Vidya Balan, who had a legion of fans in attendance, was not only funny and down to earth, but discussed these issues with a sincerity we’re not quite used to seeing in celebrities. Nutritionist Rujuta Diwekar, also set to rest several doubts and misconceptions, about the ‘size zero’ phenomenon and her star client, Kareena Kapoor. Moderator Sanjay Pinto, the lone gentlemen on stage, proved that he was up to the task, asking the right questions as well as handling a more than enthusiastic audience.1
    The weekend saw an evening of art at Park Hyatt, presented by Gallery Veda, where special guests were invited to the preview of False Alternatives. Curated by Meenakshi Thirukode, the contemporary art show brings together pieces from a line up of national and international artists, instigating conversation around the theory that inspired the title itself. In line with the tradition of showcasing works of art in the lobby and areas of public interest, many of these pieces find pride of place, notably the life-sized winged man, by Chippa Sudhakar, already a popular ‘face’ on everyone’s Twitter and Instagram feeds. Guest of honour for the evening was Dr Bart De Groof, Consul General of Belgium in Chennai.
    Meanwhile another group of people had gathered at the Sir Mutha Venkatasubba Concert Hall, to catch the Kutle Khan Project Live in concert. Their signature brand of Rajasthani folk continues to build a fan following across the country, evident from the extremely mixed audience in attendance. The entire venue was done up to reflect the theme, with swathes of sunset coloured fabric, ornate cycle rickshaws and life-sized puppets. And once the music began, the crowd was entranced from start to finish. Everything from heavy rhythmic beats, to notes that evoked images of rural Rajasthan, to even a Jugal Bandi with a little of The Beatles flavour thrown in. The audience was on their feet by the end of the show, asking for more.
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    Paloma Rao

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