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A store launch, cake mixing and a play kept us engaged this week

Last week started off with the Shantanu and Nikhil store launch at Banjara Hills. The ace designer duo showcased their latest collection at the launch. Merging drapes with the Nehru collar, they added a new twist to men’s apparel. On the other hand, the female couture had a lot of Spanish influences. Deep purples, reds, cobalt blues dominated the stands.
Meanwhile, the 11th edition of the Qadir Ali Baig Theatre Festival kickstarted at Park Hyatt. Actress Lillette Dubey, IT Secretary Jayesh Ranjan and IAS office Navin Mittal attended the event. The opening ceremony was followed by a play, Dr Khanna, written and directed by actor Tom Alter. The audience sat in rapt attention throughout the 45 minute philosophical drama. Theatre lovers got to witness a powerful performance by Tom and Divya Arora.
Elsewhere, the Golconda fort turned into the venue for Jayaho Golconda and Telangana Vaibhavam Cultural programme organised by FICCI Ladies Organisation of Hyderabad. The 300-plus audience were taken on an exhilarating journey showcasing the rich and cultural heritage of the city and Telangana with the magnificent backdrop of the fort. Deepika Reddy, eminent dancer, choreographer, one of the leading exponents of the Kuchipudi art form along with her 25 students presented beautiful thematic dance pieces.
Apart from this, the aroma of dry fruits mixed with spirits was in the air during a cake mixing ceremony hosted by Ananya Simlai at The Park hotel, recently.
Although Christmas is more than a month away, it did bring in the traditional cheer to the city. Socialities Manjula, Siirisha, Ashu and others happily mixed the ingredients with liquor while they chatted up each other and exchanged friendly banter.

Rina Hindocha
(The writer is a yoga exponent and co- founder of Touch a Life Foundation. She loves connecting with people)

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