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OUTLOOK Monday 29 March, 2010
Canvas Coup

Contemporary artist Paresh Maity’s show ‘The World on a Canvas’, at the Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi, also witnessed the launch of his artistic biography by Gursharan Kaur. The book strings together Maity’s works with his snapshots taken in different parts of the world by celebrated photographer Nemai Ghosh. Censor board chief Sharmila Tagore has added her touch to the text.

The Visitor

As the knights decimated Team Bangalore at Eden Gardens, the Khans cheered on. And seated beside SRK was the prince of Trinidad, Brian Lara. Perhaps he’s contemplating picking up his Gray Nicolls again after retirement from the game some three years ago.

Just Swing it!

With Sania’s tennis career at an all-time low, golf may be the way to go for a reasonable afterlife. With Kapil Dev as coach, prospects couldn’t be brighter. Of course, Tiger Woods will only be too glad to help if Sania is serious. At a recent cancer awareness event, the tennis sensation did exhibit a penchant for swinging the club.

The Purple Gene

What prompts the ravishing, raven-haired Sonali Raut (supermodel Ujjwala’s li’l sis) to strike a pose of such extravagant, pared-down abandonment? A Bollywood refusal? Or is a man to blame?

  • When we were little in the ’80s and Anup Jalota was a star, we still saw him as a podgy fel­low with a mellow voice. Now that he has Jasleen Math­aru as companion in Bigg Boss 12, how many are stumped? Jasleen is a singer, Jalota’s ‘disciple’ and...but then surely we’re not as crass as to jealously repeat the crude trolls? Believers in peace, we’d say: very well done, Anup.
  • Acid attack survivors remind us of the primitive core within our cellphone-toting society. So, when five such women, half their faces veiled for a confident gait, walked at Agnimitra Paul’s show in Calcutta as show-stoppers, everyone clapped in heartfelt sympathy. The clothes, sadly, would hardly stop anyone in their tracks.
  • Rehabilitation after the dreadful floods is ano­ther matter, but there was no dearth of notable people making full-throated appeals for funds for Kerala. On tour in the US, A.R. Rahman act­ually dipped into his pockets, and came up with Rs 1 crore. And they cheered for him in Washington when he showed it.   
  • A bounteous twirl of silk made many a fashionista’s day at the Lakme Fashion Week. That would be Sushmita’s flamboyant ‘pantsari’. Yes, nothing sari about it, except a pleated  pallu hanging apologetically. Elsewhere, Hema Malini and daughter Esha par­aded  gorgeous Assamese silk saris. Later, at a backstage media interaction, mother and daughter were only interested in the latter’s film Cakewalk. Chided  for misusing the platform, they stormed off in anger. What happened to the saris, though?
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