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Kids dazzle in SIDS designs

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



A wall of a woman

She dropped out of school after eighth standard to explore a career in art and moulded herself into an expert in wall designing. She now works for various architects and interior designers.

Vijayalakshmi is as tough as nails. She supports her family as a wall artiste. VIPASHA SINHA meets this Velachery resident

When she is ‘immersed’ in paint, nobody can mess with Vijayalakshmi S. This wall painter yelled the daylights out of a group of men, who called her a trapeze artiste as she was clambering on to the top of a 40-feet ladder, while painting the ceiling of a hall at a star hotel.

She does not hesitate to take on anyone who questions her skills or underestimates her just because she is a woman.

“I worked up to the eight month of my pregnancy. During this period, I would work for hours on end daily, standing in an uncomfortable position. I had to do that, because nobody else could, ” says Vijayalakshmi, who is a resident of Velachery.

She dropped out of school in her eighth standard to explore a career in art and moulded herself into an expert in wall designing and textures. Vijayalakshmi, 28 years old now, had to take care of her family at a young age.

Her father’s health deteriorated when she was in class eight. She and her sister had to drop out of school and work to make ends meet.

“I was always interested in the arts and I joined a factory in Taramani, where we were required to paint wooden furniture and toys. After working there for five years, the factory closed down. The owner was however so impressed with my work that he recommended me to an interior designer,” she says. She worked with the interior designer for another five years and learnt the nuances of textures and designs.

“I was lucky to have got this apprenticeship and wanted to make the most of it. Back home, my parents were worried because I would come home very late. My relatives and neighbours made things worse with their taunts. I loved my job and I did not want my morale to be affected, so I walked out of my house and started living with my cousin brother,” she says.

Fortunately, things took a turn for the better.

She is thankful to her husband, a cab driver, for having supported her when the future looked bleak for her.


Free educational websites designed

A virtual school uploaded with subject-based lessons, 1,008 short stories and 100 corporate skills, is now made available to the children of all age groups.

International Council for Educational Research and Training (INCERT) and AIMS designed an educational website that imparts online classes. Director of INCERT and AIMS Jaya Venugopal said:

“The objective is to eliminate the concept of tuitions where children can sit at home and access lessons at their own convenience. ”

The three websites – http://www.drjayasvirtualschool.in, www. nanamma.co and www. corporateskills.org aim to reach out to the children. The portal also provides e-library.



Multi-cultural youth fest from January 4

A zone-level multi-cultural festival covering non-Telugu speaking youth will be conducted by the Department of Youth Affairs of the State government at Youth Hostel here on January 4 and 5.

The festival will cover Oriya, Marathi, Tamil, Gujarati, Malayalam, Urdu etc.

The group events are: one-act play, folk dance and folk song and individual events are: folk dance, folk song, mono action, mimicry, ventriloquism, magic, fancy dress and painting.

Those interested may apply to District Youth Welfare Officer and CEO, SETVIS, opposite Zilla Parishad, Maharanipeta, Visakhapatnam by December 30.

For details call 0891-2558291/9849913079.

Robo junior workshop

Ameya World School, Sanghivalasa in association with the National Robotics Championship 2014 is hosting a two-day ‘Robo Junior Workshop’ on December 14 and 15 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Winner of the zonal centre will be eligible to compete in the final round at Helios, IIT Mumbai in April next year. The finalist will receive a certificate of excellence and cash prize worth Rs. 40,000 apart from a free summer Internship for the year 2014.




Film-making workshop from tomorrow

Yavanika Films will start its new batch of workshops on film-making every weekend from December 7 for adults (17 years of age and above) and for children (10 years and above) in Hyderabad.

Participants will be exposed to the art of developing ideas into a script, concepts and grammar of film-making (direction) and editing (theory and practicals).

Each participant will make their his or her own short film as part of the workshop.

International cinema

Exposure to different styles of international cinema is also part of the workshop that will start at 2 p.m. and is conducted by Alind Jaitly, a professional film-maker who graduated from the Film & Television Institute of India, Pune.

Those interested can contact him over Ph. No. 9490100404. More information can be had on the website http://www.facebook.com/yavanikafilms.




Competitions for youth @ folk dance, folk songs, elocution, mimicry, traditional songs, fancy dress, etc.

District-level competitions for youth who qualified in the competitions held recently in the nine Assembly constituencies would be conducted at M.R. Government Music and Dance College on December 11 and 12. The competitions are in folk dance, folk songs, elocution, mimicry, traditional songs, fancy dress, etc.


Those selected in the competitions are eligible to participate in the state-level competitions, according to an official release.



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