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Today in History: The Komagata Maru Leaves Vancouver

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On May 23, 1914, a ship filled with Indians/South Asians looking for a new life abroad landed in the Vancouver harbour. They weren’t allowed to disembark and instead, after 2 months, they were sent back to the motherland. 100 years ago today, on July 23, 1914, the ship of would-be immigrants turned around for the return journey to India, where upon their arrival in Budge Budge (close to Kolkata), many were shot and killed while others faced imprisonment by the occupying... Read More

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TIFF 2014 Will Host World Premiere of “Mary Kom”

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Toronto Bollywood fans will have a lot to look forward to in September as the Toronto International Film Festival announced Tuesday morning that it will host the world premiere of Mary Kom. Story by Sheetal Maya Nanda Directed by Omung Kumar and produced by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, the sports biopic stars the glamorous Priyanka Chopra, who completely transforms herself physically to play India’s Olympic medal winning boxer, Mary Kom. This remarkable story of triumph depicts... Read More

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Rina Dhaka at India Couture Week 2014

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Rina Dhaka presented an eclectic collection of lehengas and ghararas that highlighted Rajasthani embroidery at India Couture Week 2014. Rina Dhaka skipped the runway and presented her bridal couture collection at an intimate media preview in Delhi. The use of Rajasthani-inspired gotta pati embroidery resulted in some hits and misses in the collection. Our favourite piece was the red and gold gotta pati lehenga with ivory net dupatta (above photo), which was styled elegantly with... Read More

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Anju Modi at India Couture Week 2014

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Hello sexiness on the runway. Designer Anju Modi presented her “Manikarnika” collection of gold embroidered lehengas and saris, but it was the menswear that caught our eye. Inspired by the paintings of Ajanta-Ellora Caves, Anju Modi presented a collection that felt both contemporary and vintage in its use of colour, draping, cut and embroidery. Indian actress Kangana Ranaut (who we love!) has been Instagramming for Anju Modi at India Couture Week, and she joined the... Read More

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Sabyasachi’s Royal Opulence at India Couture Week 2014

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Sabyasachi Mukherjee opened India Couture Week 2014 last night, and it was a gorgeous display of his signature style: opulent, nostalgic and minimalist styling. We like. “Ferozabad” by Sabyasachi Mukherjee was a beautiful show, set within a train straight from the history books. Sabyasachi is known for his nostalgic, regal collections that often nod to royal and colonial memories of beauty and romance, and this year’s couture collection is no different. But... Read More

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Paris Couture Fall 2014: Rami Kadi

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Remember this name: Rami Kadi. We expect many great things from this Lebanese fashion designer. We’re very impressed with Rami Kadi’s first couture presentation in Paris. Inspired by Arab architecture, his collection is all about geometric shapes, angles and masterful draping. After Chanel/Karl Lagerfeld’s Orientalist, Arabian Nights/Sailor Moon-inspired Cruise 2015 show in Dubai and Payal Singhal’s Moroccan and Arab architecture-inspired collection at... Read More

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Master Muralist + Graphic Novelist Orijit Sen Interprets Komagata Maru

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Starting with historic photographs, graphic novelist and muralist Orijit Sen reimagines our visual memories of the Komagata Maru, 100 years later. Story by Manjot Bains and Naveen Girn Orijit Sen is the vision behind the world’s largest mural, a 7 storey-high painting at Virasat-e-Khalsa Museum in Anandpur Sahib, Punjab. This ambitious endeavour took over 5 years to complete and features everything from folk stories, weddings, celebrations, and everyday occurrences that... Read More

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