Montenegro, one of the most beautiful and emerging new destinations of the world, is a sovereign state in South Eastern Europe. It has a coast on the Adriatic Sea to the south-west and is bordered by Croatia to the west, Bosnia and Herzegovina to the north- west, Serbia to the northeast, Kosovo to the east, and Albania in the south east.
It was founded on 03 Jun 2006 and has a population of 6,22,400 (2015) with a GDP of $4.250 billion USD (2016). Montenegro Capital city is Podgorica and Cetinje is designated as the Old Royal Capital. The country is having area of 13,810 km?2; (5,333 sq miles) with a density of 45/km2 (116.5/sq mi). The country’s present president is Filip Vujanovi? and prime minister Duško Markovi?. Its legislature is called Skupština.
After the breakup of yugoslavia in 1992, the republics of Serbia and Montenegro together established a federation as the Federal Republic of yugoslavia, although its status as the legal successor to yugoslavia was opposed by other former republics and denied by the United Nations; in 2003, it renamed itself Serbia and Montenegro. On the basis of an independence referendum held in 21 May 2006, Montenegro declared independence on 3 June.
Classified by the World Bank as an upper middle-income country, Montenegro is a member of the UN, the World Trade Organization, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, the Council of Europe, the Central European Free Trade Agreement and a founding member of the Union for the Mediterranean. Montenegro is also a candidate negotiating to join the European Union and NATO.
On 2 December, 2015, Montenegro received an official invitation to join NATO, hereby it would be the 29th member country.
The status of the union between Montenegro and Serbia was decided by a referendum on Montenegrin independence on 21 May 2006. A total of 419,240 votes were cast, representing 86.5% of the total electorate; 230,661 votes (55.5%) were for independence and 185,002 votes (44.5%) were against. This narrowly surpassed the 55% threshold needed to validate the referendum under the rules set by the European Union. According to the electoral commission, the 55% threshold was passed by only 2,300 votes. Serbia, the member-states of the European Union, and the permanent members of the United Nations Security Council all recognised Montenegro’s independence.
On 3 June 2006, the Montenegrin Parliament declared the independence of Montenegro, formally confirming the result of the referendum. Serbia did not object to the declaration. On 12 July 2011, the Parliament of Montenegro passed the Law on the Status of the Descendants of the Petrovi? Njegoš Dynasty that rehabilitated the Royal House of Montenegro and recognized limited symbolic roles within the constitutional framework of the republic.
In 2015, the investigative journalists’ network OCCRP has named Montenegro’s long time President and Prime Minister Milo ?ukanovi? ‘Person of the year in Organized Crime’. The extent of ?ukanovi?’s corruption led to street demonstrations and calls for his removal. In October 2016, a coup was attempted by 20 people, including some Serbian and Russian nationalists; the coup was thwarted.
After the promulgation of the Declaration of Independence in the Parliament of the Republic of Montenegro on 3 June 2006, following the independence referendum held on 21 May, the Government of the Republic of Monte- negro assumed the competences of defining and conducting the foreign policy of Montenegro as a subject of international law and a sovereign state. The implementation of this constitutional responsibility was vested in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which was given the task of defining the foreign policy priorities and activities needed for their implementation. These activities are pursued in close cooperation with other state administration authorities, the President, the Speaker of the Parliament, and other relevant stakeholders.
Integration into the European Union is Montenegro’s strategic goal. This process will remain in the focus of Montenegrin foreign policy in the short term. The second strategic and equally important goal, but one attainable in a shorter time span, is joining NATO, which would guarantee stability and security for pursuing other strategic goals. Montenegro believes NATO integration would speed up EU integration.
The military of Montenegro is a fully professional standing army under the Ministry of Defence and is composed of the Montenegrin Ground Army, the Montenegrin Navy, and the Montenegrin Air Force, along with Special Forces. Conscription was abolished in 2006. The military currently maintains a force of 1,920 active duty members. The bulk of its equipment and forces were inherited from the armed forces of the State Union of Serbia and Montenegro; as Montenegro contained the entire coastline of the former union, it retained practically the entire naval force.
Montenegro is a member of NATO’s Partnership for Peace program and is an official candidate for full membership in the alliance. Montenegro applied for a Membership Action Plan on November 5, 2008, which was granted in December 2009. Montenegro is also a member of Adriatic Charter.
Montenegro was invited to join NATO on December 2, 2015 and is expected to be NATO’s 29th member in 2017. On May 19, 2016, NATO and Montenegro conducted a signing ceremony at NATO headquarters in Brussels for Montenegro’s member- ship invitation, despite Russia’s objections. The government plans to have the army participate in peacekeeping missions through the UN and NATO such as the International Security Assistance Force.
Montenegro uses the Euro as its national currency. The economy of Montenegro is mostly service-based and is in late transition to a market economy. According to the International Monetary Fund, the nominal GDP of Montenegro was $4.114 billion in 2009. The GDP PPP for 2009 was $6.590 billion, or $10,527 per capita. According to eurostat data, the Montenegrin GDP per capita stood at 41% of the eU average in 2010. The Central Bank of Montenegro is not part of the euro system but the country is euroized using the euro unilaterally as its currency.
GDP grew at 10.7% in 2007 and 7.5% in 2008. The country entered a recession in 2008 as a part of the global recession, with GDP contracting by 4%. However, Montenegro remained a target for foreign investment, the only country in the Balkans to increase its amount of direct foreign investment. The country is expected to exit the recession in mid-2010, with GDP growth predicted at around 0.5%. However, the significant dependence of the Montenegrin economy on foreign direct investment leaves it susceptible to external shocks and a high export/import trade deficit.
Montenegro’s economy is transitioning to a market system. From the beginning of the privatization process in 1999 through 2015, around 85% of Montenegrin state-owned companies have been privatized, including 100% of banking, telecommunications, and oil distribution. Tourism brings in twice as many visitors as Montenegro’s total population every year. Several new luxury tourism complexes are in various stages of development along the coast, and a number are being offered in connection with nearby boating and yachting facilities.
Montenegro uses the euro as its domestic currency, though it is not an official member of the euro zone. In January 2007, Montenegro joined the World Bank and IMF, and in December 2011, the WTO. Montenegro began negotiations to join the eC in June, 2012, having met the conditions set down by the European Council, which called on Montenegro to take steps to fight corruption and organized crime.
The government recognizes the need to remove impediments in order to remain competitive and open the economy to foreign investors. The biggest foreign investors in Montenegro are Italy, Norway, Austria, Russia, Hungary and the UK. Net foreign direct investment in 2014 reached $483 million and investment per capita is one of the highest in Europe.
Montenegro is currently planning major overhauls of its road and rail networks, and possible expansions of its air transportation system. In 2014, the Government of Montenegro selected two Chinese companies to construct a 41 km-long section of the country’s highway system. Construction will cost around $1.1 billion. Montenegro first instituted a value added tax (VAT) in April 2003, and introduced differentiated VAT rates of 17% and 7% (for tour- ism) in January 2006.
In May 2013, the Montenegrin Government raised the higher level VAT rate to 19%. Podgorica Airport.
In 2007, the service sector made up for 72.4% of GDP, with industry and agriculture making up the rest at 17.6% and 10%, respectively. There are 50,000 farming households in Montenegro that rely on agriculture to fill the family budget.
Montenegro Airlines was founded on 24th October 1994. The company is licensed to operate scheduled domestic and international passenger transport and charter operations, as well as for carriage of cargo and mail. Over the years, as the company, its fleet and the number of employees has grown, Montenegro Airlines has developed into a modern institution, operating in accordance with modern global standards. This assertion is backed up by our satisfied loyal passengers and numerous certificates and awards of merit.
Today, Montenegro Airlines operates scheduled flights to Zurich, Frankfurt, Dusseldorf, Rome, Paris, Ljubljana, Vienna, Belgrade, Moscow, Lyon, Copenhagen, London and Saint Petersburg successfully establishing an air bridge between Montenegro and Europe.
In addition to scheduled flights, we also operate charters to many destinations, including: Helsinki, Tel Aviv, Bratislava, Graz, Nantes, Teheran, Bari, Naples and others. The Montenegro Airlines fleet consists of 5 modern aircrafts; of which three of them type Embraer 195 and two other are Fokker 100. Future development plans for Montenegro Airlines include further modernization and enlargement of our fleet with more Embraer 195s. The company is committed to conquering new markets, opening new routes, increasing flights to current destinations and increasing the number of passengers served.
The Montenegrin road infrastructure is not yet at Western European standards. Despite an extensive road network, no roads are built to full motorway standards. Construction of new motorways is considered a national priority, as they are important for uniform regional economic development and the development of Montenegro as an attractive tourist destination.
The backbone of the Montenegrin rail network is the Belgrade – Bar railway. This railway intersects with Nikši? Tirana (Albania) at Podgorica; however, it is not used for passenger service. Montenegro has two international airports, Podgorica Airport and Tivat Airport. The two airports served 1.1 million passengers in 2008. Montenegro Air- lines is the flag carrier of Montenegro.
The Port of Bar is Montenegro’s main seaport. Initially built in 1906, the port was almost completely destroyed during World War II, with reconstruction beginning in 1950. Today, it is equipped to handle over 5 million tons of cargo annually, though the breakup of the former yugoslavia and the size of the Montenegrin industrial sector have resulted in the port operating at a loss and well below capacity for several years. The reconstruction of the Belgrade-Bar railway and the proposed Belgrade-Bar motorway are expected to bring the port back up to capacity.
Montenegro has both a picturesque coast and a mountainous northern region. The country was a well-known tourist spot in the 1980s. yet, the yugoslav wars that were fought in neighbouring countries during the 1990s crippled the tourist industry and damaged the image of Montenegro for years. With a total of 1.6 million visitors, the nation is the 36th (out of 47 countries) most visited country in Europe.
The Montenegrin Adriatic coast is 295 km (183 mi) long, with 72 km (45 mi) of beaches, and with many well preserved ancient old towns. National Geographic Traveller (edited once in decade) features Montenegro among the "50 Places of a Lifetime", and Montenegrin seaside Sveti Stefan was used as the cover for the magazine. The coast region of Montenegro is considered one of the great new "discoveries" among world tourists. In January 2010, The New york Times ranked the Ulcinj South Coast region of Montenegro, including Velika Plaza, Ada Bojana, and the Hotel Mediteran of Ulcinj, as among the "Top 31 Places to Go in 2010" as part of a worldwide ranking of tourism destinations.
Montenegro was also listed in ‘10 Top Hot Spots of 2009’; to visit by yahoo Travel, describing it as ‘Currently ranked as the second fastest growing tourism market in the world (falling just behind China)’. It is listed every year by prestigious tourism guides like Lonely Planet as top tourist destination along with Greece, Spain and other world touristic places.
It was not until the 2000s that the tourism industry began to recover, and the country has since experienced a high rate of growth in the number of visits and overnight stays. The Government of Montenegro has set the development of Montenegro as an elite tourist destination a top priority. It is a national strategy to make tourism a major contributor to the Montenegrin economy. A number of steps were taken to attract foreign investors. Some large projects are already under way, such as Porto Montenegro, while other locations, like Jaz Beach, Buljarica, Velika Plaža and Ada Bojana, have perhaps the greatest potential to attract future investments and become premium tourist spots on the Adriatic.
Education in Montenegro is regulated by the Montenegrin Ministry of Education and Science. Education starts in either pre schools or elementary schools. Children enroll in elementary schools (Montenegrin: Osnovna škola) at the age of 6; it lasts 9 years. The students may continue their secondary education (Montenegrin: Sred- nja škola), which lasts 4 years (3 years for trade schools) and ends with graduation (Matura). Higher education lasts with a certain first degree after 3 to 6 years. There is one public University (University of Montenegro) and two private (Mediterranean University and University of Donja Gorica).
Elementary education in Montenegro is free and compulsory for all the children between the ages of 6 and 14. Secondary schools are divided in three types, and children attend one depending on choice and primary school grades: Gymnasium (Gimnazija / ???????j?), lasts for four years and offers a general, broad education. It is a preparatory school for university, and hence the most academic and prestigious.
Professional schools (Stru?na škola / ??????? ?????) last for three or four years and specialize students in certain fields which may result in their attending college; professional schools offer a relatively broad education. Vocational schools (Zanatska škola / ???????? ?????) last for three years and focus on vocational education (e.g., joinery, plumbing, and mechanics) without an option of continuing education after three years.
Tertiary level institutions are divided into ‘Higher education’; (Više obrazovanje) and ‘High education’ (Visoko obrazovanje) level faculties. Colleges (Fakultet) and art academies (akademija umjetnosti) last between 4 and 6 years (one year is two semesters long) and award diplomas equivalent to a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree.
Post-graduate education (post diplomske studije) is offered after tertiary level and offers Masters’ degrees, PhD and specialization education.
Montenegrin cuisine is a result of Montenegro’s long history. It is a variation of Mediterranean and Oriental. The most influence is from Italy, Turkey, Byzantine empire Greece, and as well from Hungary. Montenegrin cuisine also varies geographically; the cuisine in the coastal area differs from the one in the northern highland region. The coastal area is traditionally a representative of Mediterranean cuisine, with seafood being a common dish, while the northern represents more the Oriental.
The media of Montenegro refers to mass media outlets based in Montenegro. Television, magazines, and newspapers are all operated by both state-owned and for-profit corporations which depend on advertising, subscription, and other sales-related revenues. The Constitution of Montenegro guarantees freedom of speech. As a country in transition, Montenegro’s media system is under transformation.
State-funded national radio-TV broadcaster operates 2 terrestrial TV networks, 1 satellite TV channel, and 2 radio networks; 4 public TV stations and some 20 private TV stations; 14 lo- cal public radio stations and more than 40 private radio stations (2007)
The person instrumental in shaping India Montenegro ties is Dr Janice Darbari, a Delhi-based author has been selected for the position of Honorary Consul General for Republic of Montenegro in New Delhi.
Darbari, who also contested the Lok Sabha polls in 1999 and 2004 from South Delhi, was appointed as the Special Representative – Emissary of the Republic of Macedonia to India in 1993. She also played key role in establishing formal diplomatic relationship with Former yugoslavia Republic of Macedonia (FyRO) in 1995.
The Republic of Montenegro hon- oured her with the designation of Honorary Consul General Head of Mission for the Republic of Montenegro in India in 2007. After that the Indian government on its part recognized Darbari as the Honorary Consul General of the Republic of Montenegro in New Delhi with immediate effect from January 1, 2008.
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She is a role model for Indian women who knows how to balance between work and home. Model Ruhani Sharma says that while modelling is an extremely challenging profession, she knows how to prioritize and look after her daughter. Now, a resident of Hong Kong, Ruhani won the Mrs India Queen 2013. “Modelling is an extremely hectic profession but it is important to maintain a balance and give time to the family,” she says.
She has loads of international experience in big shows across PAN-Asia, Europe and USA and her celebrity status in Asia adds an X-factor. Her achievements have been captured the imagination of New York and the very prestigious magazine of NY “Prime time” interviewed her and the same was published in their February edition 2015.
She has been associated with Asian Film Awards (Oscars of Asia) for last three years, walking the red carpet with Bollywood and Asian film celebrities regularly.
Besides, recently she walked at marquee events like Los Angeles Fashion Week (October 2016), London Fashion Week House of Ikons (Sep 2016), Dubai Fashion Week London (Jan 2016), Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Doha (Dec 2015), Africa Fashion Week London (Aug 2015), London Fashion Week House of Ikons (Sep 2015), New York Fashion Week (Sep 2015) Ruhani has been walking for top designers at various London Fashion Weeks for last couple of years. She was highly complemented by the designers for her amazing presence on the ramp, her personality and the way she showcased their clothes on the ramp.
From an engineer to assisting a cult director like Ram Gopal Verma, it has been brisk journey for Nithya. She is a 23-year-old qualified Industrial engineer from RV College of Engineering with 2 years of experience in the IT world worked for Cognizant (Bangalore). She was born in Kerala and after she turned four, her family moved to Bangalore. She is currently working as an assistant director with Ram Gopal Varma for Sarkar 3.
Since childhood, her dream was to become an actress and she has been getting a lot of offers from Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam industry but she is waiting for the right script to target the audience who always believe in the right story and cast.
“While working with Cognizant, I got connected with Director Puri Jagannadh who introduced me to RGV who I always admired since a kid for his breathtaking movies like Shiva, Rangeela, Bhoot, Phoonk, Sarkar and Raktha Charitra,” says Nithya. “After talking to me for a few hours about my Horror scripts which I had written since my engineering days RGV was impressed with scripts and my passion for films and advised me to first learn the art of film making which would help me understand the technical and casting aspects of film making and offered me the role of an assistant director for Sarkar 3 and I moved to Mumbai,” she adds.
“I have always consider RGV, Puri Jagannadh and Thriekoti Peta as my mentors since the day one of me entering the film world. They always supported me to go ahead with my passion. Not to forget I always had my dad and mom who supported my passion for films and always wanted to see me succeed in films, My dad would sit with me during the weekends to discuss my script and also helped me with new ideas to add to my script, Recently I had lost my father in a road accident after which I had a lot of hurdles in my life and I am slowly trying to overcome them with my confidence to be a successful director in future and someday want to make my dad proud,” Nithya avers.
Puri Jagannadh recently launched the first look of “Never Invite” which is a horror flick. Along with scripting and directing, Nithya also plays the lead role. “Never Invite” will be released in April and jointly produced by USA based production house Earth Kraft Films. The film is being released in four languages Tamil, Telugu, Kannada & Malayalam. Apart from the short film, she is working on a feature film with a horror script which is a multilingual to be made in all regional languages with a complete new set of talented technicians and casting for feature film and the story is based on true incident that happened in Rajasthan. “For now, I can just say that the story is all about a doll and some ugly incidents that took place in Rajasthan. I have recently tied up with a Hollywood production house in USA for a feature film and will be travelling to California to get involved with the Horror script and will be working with Kathy smith on the casting part, We plan to cast few familiar faces from Hollywood and plan to shoot the film in Spain and London.
Right now I signed up a International album for Bollywood as a the main lead and music is by the famous music director Sunny Viswanath from Kerala and the song is sung by a well known and eminent singer from Bollywood,” she says. Apart from direction, she will be producing three short films in all regional languages.
This is basically to give life to all the upcoming directors, actors and other technicians. The selection process will be run through a lot of famous names from the film industry and the best script will be chosen and given a chance for direction and acting.
(Opinion Express Entertainment Desk – Inputs from Diwakar Shetty)
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Location: United States
Languages: Gujrati, French, Spanish, Hindi
Degrees: Tufts University, BS, Medford, MA Biology and Philosophy Columbia University, MA, NY, NY Media and Technology in Education Universidad Complutense, Academic Scholarship, Madrid, Spain Studied Spanish Language and Culture
SHEETAL SHAH has been a filmmaker and an educator for the past 10 years and an actor and performance poet for the past 8 years. Right now she is the NY representative to the UN for the human rights NGO Nord-Sud XXI with whom she has been doing work on climate change at the UN and various global climate hang conferences including closely working with Bolivia frothier conference in Cochabamba. She is the best actress recipient for the 2005 SAMA and has performed in TV, film and theatre including at Lincoln Center, VH1 and The Daily Show. As a performance poet she has been part of the group poetic people power (www.poeticpeoplepower.com) for the past four years performing at venues throughput NYC. Her most recent gigs were a commercial on ZeeTV and host for the WHCC World of Colors concert.
Performance Skills: Dancing, Voiceover, Host, Medical Equipment, Improvisation
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Spoken Languages: Gujrati, French, Spanish, Hindi Musical Instruments: Tabla, Djembe
Dance: Club/Freestyle, Hip Hop, Robot, Capoeira, Salsa, Belly, Modern
Maggie Flanigan Studios, NY, NY, Acting, Movement, Shakespeare, Voice and Speech, Maggie Flanigan, April Yvette Thompson, Scott Hudson, Susan Schuld, Nate Flowers, Danielle Liccardo, 2006 Two-year Acting Conservatory Program. LAByrinth Theatre Master Class, NY, NY, Acting, Movement, Stage Combat, 2008 Kristin Linklater, NY, NY, Voice and Speech, Kristin Linklater Basic to Intermediate Voice and Speech workshops Brooke Thomas and Mary Egan, NY, NY, On Camera Commercial Training, Casting Directors Brooke Thomas and Mary Egan “On Camera Commercial Intensive” course.
South Asian Media Awards, Best Actress, 2005
International superstars RDB and Nindy Kaur have been continuously touring across the world, shooting music videos for their forthcoming album Worldwide, working on new Bollywood projects, and attending esteemed events in the industry.
Every year Toronto is host to Toronto International Film Festival. Founded in 1976, the Toronto International Film Festival is now one of the most prestigious film festivals in the world, screening between 300-400 films. This year marks the 34th annual festival.
On September 14th, RDB singers Manj Ral & Nindy Kaur were seen walking the red carpet at the Toronto International Film Festival party, hosted by Entertainment Tonight Canada. Sponsors of this grand event were L’oréal, Global, The Bay, and Liberty Grand. This spectacular event took place at the Yorkville Rooftop, in Toronto.
The event was high profile and ultra-exclusive; There were meet and greets with Hollywood & TV celebrities, as well as, film directors & producers. Check out Manj & Nindy Kaur walking the red carpet below.
RDB & Nindy Kaur were also seen attending the Toronto International Film Festival two years ago as Singh is King was showcased during the festival. Additionally, RDB created the music which was used for the feature film Cooking with Stella, which was directed by Dilip Mehta.
Manj stated, “We were there representing the Bollywood Industry and the great success of our collaborations with main-stream artists in Bollywood.” He also went onto state, “This year we attended the Toronto International Film Festival in support of the film West is West, [the second part to East is East,]. Next year we will also have another huge film to look forward to at the film festival.” On a concluding note, Manj asserted that, “We need to show the world how we are making a huge movement within the mainstream film industry with our music. We are always breaking barriers for the South Asian industry with our collaborations.”
Music wasn’t the only reason RDB & Nindy Kaur stood out. They are true fashion icons as well. Nindy Kaur’s outfit was from Frontier Delhi. Her jewelry was by Mahavir in Mumbai, and gorgeous footwear provided by Rocia in Mumbai. Manj rocked the red carpet with a stylish outfit by D&G and Etro clothing.
The most anticipated release from the RDB camp is their forthcoming album, Worldwide, which is set to release in the later part of 2010. Recently we gave you a sneak peak at RDB’s video shoot in Miami. But most importantly,
RDB & Nindy Kaur are always there for the fans. You About RDB: Manj, Kuly & Surj comprise RDB, a group that has come a long way in becoming one of the leading Punjabi producers, musicians, singers, and entertainers in the world. These British born brothers were introduced to music at a very young age by their father who taught them to sing religious songs and play the harmonium in their Gurdwara.
RDB, which stands for Rhythm Dhol Bass, was designed by these three brothers to create a new genre of music. They brought different musical styles together and fused them with Punjabi folk music ultimately constructing the "RDB sound". They are extremely talented and amazing entertainers who have worked along side several celebrity singers and actors, not only in the east coast but also in the west; Akshay Kumar, Snoop Dogg, Public Enemy are only a few of them.
About Nindy Kaur: Nindy Kaur, also the wife of acclaimed singer and producer Manjeet Ral of RDB, began singing at the age of 10. Raised in the U.K. and surrounded by the beats and rhythms of Birmingham’s Bhangra bands, she grew up as a child who would save her lunch money to buy every single Bhangra album upon release. It was in 2004 was when Nindy Kaur made her stage debut as she toured the United States with Shezad Roy & Sukhbir. Nindy’s debut release was the track “Aja Sajana” which was featured on the album “Danger 3” by Untouchables Records. From there she also released “Gur Nalo Ishq” and “Gidha Pao,” which were both featured on DJH's debut album. Nindy has also made her Bollywood mark with hit tracks such as Aloo Chaat, Boliyaan, and Om Mangalam. Currently she is in the studio with RDB working on their album Worldwide and future Bollywood projects.
About Three Records: The Three Records label itself has been uniquely setup "by musicians for musicians." This pioneering combination of music and business hopes to give each artist more creative space and a better musical understanding than ever offered before. The labels main aims are to expend the current UK Asian genre of music to a larger market of customers, outlets, media companies, and distribution networks worldwide. Having offices in both the UK and North America, combines with in-depth market knowledge, this proposition of worldwide expansion is more of a target than anticipation. With many global paths and mainstream collaborations to come, Three Records and its artists are bound for success.
New York Couture Week is one of the most anticipated and highly-respected events of the year. Of course, the glitz and glamour is show-cased by the big-time, banner-spreading names like Gucci, D&G, and BCBG. I was hanging out backstage, at the Starlight Roof of the world-famous Waldorf-Astoria in New York City, and I bumped into designer Jorge Diep of the Dominican Republic. While we were speaking he told me, "I moved to Mexico City when I was 16 years old to study fashion design," and then proceeded to say, "I want to vis-it Dubai and India. I think India is beautiful and so are the women."
What astonished me the most about Jorge was the fact that his entire collection was Indian-inspired. The models started to walk the ramp with Kurtis made of silk to sari-inspirited gowns. The models were adorned from head to toe in Indian jewelry, from sets of gold & bangles. The perfect toppers were the beautifully arranged bindis on the model's faces and colored mendhi on their hands. While we were speaking he told me, "I moved to Mexico City when I was 16 years old to study fashion design," and then proceeded to say, "I want to visit Dubai and India. I think India is beautiful and so are the women."
About the Author:
Having worked in the South Asian music industry for nearly five years, Tirusha Dave has created quite the name for herself. Not only does she hang out with South Asian musicians such as RDB, Nindy Kaur and Jay Sean - but she's also had the opportunity to interview the "Who's Who" of Bollywood like John Abraham & Malika Sherawat. A published writer in seven different countries, Tirusha's goal is to shed light on the South Asian media & entertainment industry - always keeping our readers in the loop of the hottest sounds, films, fashion, and much more!
She is an NRI who is born and brought up in Dubai.
She came to Mumbai for higher education recently and made a mark for herself. She has been working as an Event host/anchor/ model for the past two years in Dubai as well as Mumbai. She is Hardworking, dedicated and ambitious to take up new tasks, possess excellent Communication Skills, and her ability to work effectively and be a part of a highly professional team.
Avneet is having reasonable international experience in organising and participating in Exhibitions. She has attended MECOM '08 for Etisalat, Abu Dhabi, Dubai Motor show, Mercedes Benz and Cityscape, Tamouh, Dubai recently.
Avneet have hosted various ceremonies and functions like Standard Chartered Corporate Meet, Hyderabad, Tie up between UTV motion pictures and the movie Fashion, Dragonfly, Youngest labour minister, Anoop Singh. Family Wedding, Varun Kalra, Owner of Maharashtra Rubber Industries Wedding, Mumbai, Fashion Show, L'mark institute of Fashion, Paris, Launch of GLITZ diamond jewellery, Mumbai, Gitanjali sponsored Indian 1000 Guineas Race, won by Mr Vijay Mallya, Allen Solly - Relaunch, Goa, Kedia-Bansal Wedding,-Steel and Cement Giants, Calcutta - Bangkok, Bubna's - Lundia's Wedding -Top Financial Stock Analyst, Calcutta, Launch of Dj Sumit Sethi, Red carpet, JW Mariott, Mumbai, Mumbai Mirror 4th Anniversary, Taj Lands End, Mumbai, Idea Rocks India Campaign, Taj Lands End, Mumbai, Idea "Meet Your favourite Mumbai Indian Campaign", Le Meridian, Mumbai, Sanjay Gupta's Acid Factory Association with Signature Campaign", The Leela, Mumbai, "The Hindware Conference".
The Grand ITC Maratha, Mumbai, "Sony Playstation", Desiadda Game launch, Taj, Cuff Parade, Mumbai
One of the most down to earth and creative models you will ever meet, she combines a healthy sense of humour with a great passion for fashion modelling. In Europe or Mauritius, she grace and catwalk and inspired many stylist and photographers.
After 11 successful years in the modelling industry, she still manages to surprise and create the buzz around her with her enthusiasm, freshness and positive energy. She now shares her experience with new models by guiding them in the career and promoting to influent people of the industry. She sometimes organise workshops with new faces to help them gain confidence. She strongly believes that one could use a more holistic approach to modelling and try her best to transmit this philosophy to new girls getting into this arena.
Backstage, she turns out to be an innovative choreographer and loves directing fashion events. Besides modelling, she just finished her very first feature film, which will be screened in 2010. Being the main character in a drama movie was extremely challenging given that she has no cinematographic background but she was absolutely dedicated to it and even shaved her beautiful black hair for the final scene.
She has been pencilled for more productions but prefers to wait and see the results with the first film to be able to assess her play before getting totally into the industry.
She is now working on having a modelling school in Mauritius and invite international agencies to scout for new faces in her motherland.
Mauritius on track to be fashion capital
On the inputs provided by Mauritius bureau chief Rajiv Agnihotri, Ritu Shukla was in touch with Kitty for a candid conversation on fashion industry and her future plans.
How do you rate fashion industry of Mauritius viz global fashion scenario.
I have the chance to travel a lot to Europe and love to be at Fashion weeks. Mauritius is not yet into the spirit of organising such events but I totally believe that we should start. We have a lot of talent here and it's a shame that designers don't have enough support to show their creations internationally. Since 3 years now, the first fashion magazine was published on the island. Essentielle, the monthly magazine generated a certain interest for fashion. Although it is not comparable to London or Milan I like to think that Mauritius is on the right track to become a new fashion capital.
Revenue generation in a small island would be a challenge, how do fashion community sustain this challenge?
Textile industry is one of the pillars of the economy. Mauritius has been able to generate a good reputation in the global players of the fashion industry providing high-quality products at competitive prices. Europe is our main market. Some of the main companies sourcing apparel from Mauritius include; Armani, Calvin Klein, Jasper Conrad, Abercombie & fitch, Galerie Lafayette, Guess, Kookai, marks& spencer, Net, Tommy Hilfiger, Victoria's secret, Zara, Mango, Harrods, La redoute, 3 suisses.
Of course we also have designers who prefer to create for the Mauritian Market, For example Catherine Boyer from Blanche Creation, an amazing wedding dress designer who chose to dedicate her talent and expertise to the Mauritians.
Patricia Lagesse from La maison tafta who has her Shop in Caudan Waterfront and Sunset Boulvard is really talented to create a buzz around her new creations and has a lot of success with tourists visiting the island.
How do creativity of Mauritius artists reaches global platform? Internet do offer a platform but physical appearance is vital to show case creative work, do you have regular exchange programs with friendly countries?
It is very challenging for Mauritian models to make it into the industry internationally because of work permits and Visas. Some would try it out while studying abroad but still, study would be their priority. Modelling is a new craze in Mauritius so there's still a lot of work to do in order to attract the attention of the authorities to have their support. I had the pleasure to work with a lot of Indian models who were invited for the shows of Neeta Lulla or Mauritian Designer Lida O'reilly but I hope that one day we would also have the chance to be invited in other countries. Or that Mauritian designers who succeed internationally would bring us to showcase their creations instead of booking models from other countries. Recently two of our models were in the spotlight; Raquel Rault who has been chosen to be the face of in-panema internationally and Clara Thierry who was the finalist for Elite model Search and who signed a contract with them. I believe that the new generation will have more chances compared to when I started.
Ravi Jetsan, from RAVIOR, has often been invited in international fairs. He will be in Paris on the 27th of November to show his creations at le Mathurin for 'Inattendu' jewel exposition. He is really talented and I hope that it will bring a lot of new opportunities for him.
Mario Guillot from IVPLAY also opened shops in South-Africa, Paris and London. So yeah watch out for Mauritian brands, designers and models.
Ranjanna from Bangalore. She is modelled for various brands and designers down south. To name a few they are Alice jewellers, Karnataka silk, levis and wrangler, Aircel, 3 roses add with Jeeva and Santhanam, Emmanuel silk, kalaniketan, royal orchid goa and many more. Have walked Bangalore fashion week, signature show and walked ramp for many famous designers. Presently shooting for a Kannada project called kidigedi. Upcoming project is with actor JD Chakravarthy (satya fame) which is a bilingual called gundu chettyil kudru ottam. Upcoming project is aiyram poi solli. Acted as a lead in an international film (sri lanka) called paragon which is a documentary film and paragon is a part of few international film festivals.
Ranjana is an actor & presenter - explain your acting background and vision for future? And presenter means you are hoisting events, launches etc?
I have been modelling from past 3 years. Ventured into acting sometime back with my first Kannada movie called kidigedi. Releasing soon. I shall be doing next a tamil film called aiyram poi solli and doing a telugu next.
Mainstream films from Hollywood & Bollywood always attracts global talent, you have an ambition to explore the option, if offered?
I already completed a sri lankan film called paragon which is goin for film festivals so I have already put my 1st step forward in d international mkt. Yes bollywood is my goal if I get a good offer and a good break. Hollywood films are seen world wide so it attracts me too but am not dying to again a good film should do. Even it's a metier role with great stars counts a lot.
You are business management graduate, how the studies have helped you in shaping your career in entertainment industry?
I am a bsc student. My study has nothing to do in shaping my carrier. M not using my education when m acting cos acting is totally different. But I can proudly say m educated and have worked with an MNC company too unlike most of d actors who start acting at an early stage without completing their studies.
As a liberated soul and educated girl, how do you think we can change the life of millions of girls in Indian conservative society. There are sever cases human right violations and submission of basic rights to the female population in the region, how this issue can be addressed for the welfare of humanity?
It's a very soft topic to be spoken about. lot have discussed and still dis-cussing. I have no powers as such to change d society but if my words and initiative can help I would love to be a part of women organisation. Am already part of 2 NGO programmes for poor and deprived. Called rya and sparse. I feel to b free which is our right no one can stop us, v dun have to b educated for it. We women have to fight N be a rebel for everything. We deserve all so let's fight this evil out. And education is an added advantage no doubt. Let's b strong join hands and be free.
Returning to the entertainment industry, how the famous artists are accepted in the mainstream society? The icons are remunerated in parity of the quality work if we compare it with western societies?
An artist is an artist big or small. To get there is a struggle. Am sure we all r accepted well and with respect. We are no different from normal being just that the work is different and bcos people see us on silver screen so to them v look different offscreen. We are entertainers and it's a job and we are paid a salary. That our bread and butter too.
Ranjana is living for making change via art or vice versa?
I am passionate about acting. Television is a medium for change am sure all will accept. What we see we learn we follow we live we are driven towards cinema and serials, N v relate our life to it cos v can see reality in most of the movies apart from the Sci-fi ones. M here to do quality work N be a part of the change in process of changing the society.
Madhuri is born and brought up in Bangalore. She did her schooling at the Delhi public school in Delhi, then the army school Bangalore. She completed pre university at Mount Carmel College Bangalore and Masters from M S Ramaiah College, Bangalore.
In her words, "I am basically a happy person. I make everyones problems my own n lose sleep over them, do counseling n am very good of getting out of messes." Madhuri is an absolute gym bunny and love the gym. She is doing kick boxing classes with a minimum hour of cardio a day with weights.
My family lives in Bangalore, Madhuri love dogs.
In fact, all animals. “People make me go round the world and I think there is no better investment than people”… Madhuri is a crusader of lost causes, she want to change the world one day. She is a "dreamer" with a difference. She have learnt during the daily business of life that everything beautiful in this world was once a dream and we never get the kind dreams that we don't have the power to realize. It's just a matter of time and dogged determination.
Sometimes miracles are made on earth.
Madhuri has won the May queen ball, kingfisher hunt for the ramp, Miss Bangalore, Miss South India and Camay sfx mega model in Mumbai. She did about two hundred add campaigns like spice telecom, central kemp fort, terinus f, kingfisher diet mate n many more, the last of which was the Microsoft campaign.
She did two films in Bangalore, khushi and bisi bisi. And the Sonu nigam launch video albums in Bangalore, Lately she is receiving great reviews after the release of her first Hindi film that is very close to her heart.
What inspired you to join the fashion and entertainment industry?
My instincts and self-belief.
In terms of quality, how do you rate the Indian model and fashion industry viz western world?
We are second to none.
Modeling is about passion or hardcore business for you?
It is a passion to earn living.
Do you have any synergy with active Indian company in the related sector to promote and co-brand yourself in India?
Not yet, but very soon I will be going commercial.
Madhuri is aspiring for?
Oh what I want to do in the future…well.. I want to be a little girl when they are growing up!I I want to be admired by the people for my talent and acting skills... I wanna be a superstar!!!
The antics of Suppandi, the tall tales of Shikari Shambhu and the wisdom of Tantri — who can forget the characters who were an essential part of our childhood days. And now, Tinkle, where each of these characters have been appearing every month with unfailing regularity get to share inch space with actor Ranveer Singh in the magazine’s second issue for January. He is seen posing with the favorite Tinkle Toons, on the cover page of the issue.
And if you turn the pages, ‘All in a day’s work’ is the comic strip starring Ranveer Singh and Tinkle Toons. That’s not all. Tinkle spotlight will also be featuring an interview with the Simmba star.
The issue will hit the stands on January 16.
However, this is not the first time that celebrities have been a part of the much-loved children’s magazine. The Indian cricketer Virat Kohli featured in the magazine in November 2016, director Gauri Shinde in May 2017, sportsperson P V Sidhu in November 2017 and author Ruskin Bond in September 2018 (700th issue).
The actor in the meantime, continues his uninterrupted run at the box office where his latest release, Simmba has notched up 350 crores making it his biggest solo hit. This also make it the highest grossing Bollywood movie for both Rohit Shetty and Karan Johar who are the co-producers.
Writer: The Pioneer
Source: The Pioneer