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M. F. Husain’s rare collectible photographs on view

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MS Subbulakshmi painted by MF Husain at ‘Art Bengaluru 2016’ by Navrathan’s Art Gallery, Image courtesy Thomas Jose

New Delhi, July 12 (IANS) When the lens briefly replaced the brushes for ‘Indian Picasso’ M. F. Husain, what took birth on the streets of Chennai in the 1980s was a rare series of photographs called the “Culture of the Streets”. Cited as a collector’s item, 20 individually signed photographs are on exhibition at the Art Heritage Gallery here.

In the photographic series, the Indian modern master (1915-2011) features India’s popular culture through cinema hoardings on the roads of Chennai.

“Along with graffiti on the street walls, Husain recognizes this as the authentic, intense visual culture that has developed in our teeming, urban metropolis,” the Gallery said.

His use of silver foil photo paper is an example of the artist’s experiments with unorthodox materials and techniques, it added.

Having worked as a billboard painter in his initial days, his association with the streets of India goes back a long way.

Primarily known as a painter, Husain’s experimentation with the camera came at a time when the burgeoning film industry was all too visible in the popular culture in India.

“Culture of the Streets” is part of a group exhibition at the gallery which has photographs by photographer Cop Shiva, along with paintings, drawings and sculptures by noted artists like Gouri Vemula, Zai Jharotia, Sunanda Khajuria, Rajesh Deb, Arun Pandit and G. Reghu.

The show is open for viewing till August 6.

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Knits to buy this winter season

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As winter is around the corner, it’s the time to opt for knits that can make you both warm and glamorous. 

Suvarna Kale, Head of Design at Blackberrys menswear and Sandeep Khapra, Head of Design – Menswear at Max Fashion, have shared tips for men who don’t want to compromise on style in winter.

* Solid knits: Pick a solid colour knitted pullover to wear under the blazer or over a shirt. They are lightweight and warm. The colour options are there to fulfil man of every taste.

Amplify your winter look with a solid coloured knitted quirky sweater. Experiment with different hemlines to bring out the fashionista in you. Solid knitwear is something that brings forth a sense of tradition with our current infatuation with all things knitwear. Wear them with track pants and loafers for a full-on lazy-Saturday look or pair it one with more sophisticated items to balance things out. Stick to plain colours and let your style make the statement.

* Knits: For the days it is super chilly, chunky knits are all that one needs. These are worn straight like jumpers or over a shirt for a formal look. You may want to choose these with patterns to add the fashion statement.

Pump up your winters with knit options which are perfectly fit for those chilly mornings. This is a perfect solution for the generation that is uniquely wanderer and breaks the monotony. One of many great things about a decent piece of knitwear is how transitional it is between styles and occasions. For example, a casual look may consist of jeans and a pair of Converse, but a formal look could allow you a look consisting of tailored trousers and smart shoes.

* Patterned knits: For the formal, for casual and for everything else, patterns are for everyone. The trick here is to keep the shirt and the bottoms on the mellow side, as the knit will draw the statement out.

With checks being one of the big trends this season, delve into an Indian take to the story with a collection of jackets, capes, dresses with a play on hemlines and silhouettes. When it comes to shopping for basics, one item that frequently pops up on many wish lists is a good patterned knitted sweater. In recent years, it’s become the must-have piece for every fashionista.

* Layer it up with sleeveless knits: Checks, floral, linear, blocks or every other pattern can be seen on these versatile knits. Wear it over a shirt, carry them along with a blazer. The multiple contrasting layers lend a magical appeal to your winter outfit.

This is a perfect solution for the generation that is uniquely rebellious and breaks the monotony. They are the perfect amount of warm and fashionable, if you dress them up with ripped jeans and ankle boots.

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Explore the art of fusion this Diwali

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New Delhi, Nov 2: With the number of trends increasing by the day and everyone following them, it has become necessary to bring a twist. Try fusion wear this Diwali and steal the show.

Tanvi Malik- Co-founder of FabAlley and Indya lists some options.

*A statement-making trend of the season is tunic and crop top with voluminous and dramatic sleeves.

*Dhoti pant paired with gorgeous peplum tops is one of the most popular fusion styles.

*High Slit tunic paired with a gorgeous maxi skirt gives a very fusion edge to your outfit.

*Beautifully structured and tailored dhoti pant paired with short tunic and crop top and statement jewellery is the staple fusion look this festive season.

*Ethnic skirt with intricate details paired with solid satin shirts is also one of the signature festive look this year.

*Layered tunic with attached skirt is a festive trend that is gaining popularity.

*Forward falling attached dupattas, embellished or sheer capes and detailed ponchos are going to be the major game changers in the ethnic wear segment this festive season.

Neha Bhasin, the Creative Director of Jabong too has some inputs to share:

*Fusion has taken over fashion space all over the globe since the last few seasons, and finding clothes with an ethnic touch, be it Indian or any other cultural motif, is something all the fashion ‘IT’ girls are wearing the world over.

* Pair a choli with a maxi aztec skirt, or go a little more demure with an anarkali worn as a dress and sneakers on your feet.

*An embroidered top tucked into high-waisted jeans, or even a kitschy printed saree draped over pants the way all the cool girls in B-town are doing it.

* Just remember you can never go wrong no matter what you pick, for there’s nothing too OTT in today’s fashion landscape.

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Halloween make up: Quick tips, tricks to keep in mind

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New Delhi, Oct 30: Halloween celebrations in India are on the rise, thanks to the young and cosmopolitan crowd. If you are attending such an event and have your costume sorted but wondering about the make up, make sure you are getting few tricks in place.

Bhavya Chawla, Cheif Stylist at Voonik and Dilip Kundlia, Beauty Expert and Director of Oshea Herbals shares some quick tips and tricks for you to keep in mind.

* Skin test: First step to trying anything new on your face is to do a skin test at least 24 hours prior. Though one doesn’t have to spend on expensive makeup for one day, make sure you buy approved makeup for face.

* Base: Let’s start with the base. If you are dressing up as a zombie, ghost, witch, vampire or a mummy, go for a pale look. Your base should be a few shades lighter than your skin tone to achieve this. For other looks, your regular base should be fine.

* Eyes: First thing, people look at the eyes, so make sure your eye makeup is good. Dark Gray or Black eyeshadow suit most of the dark characters. Just play around with the shapes according to your costume. Deep red blended with black is perfect for a Vampire. A Mermaid or a Fairy offer a good opportunity for one to show off their colorful eyeshadow palette especially blues and greens. One can also use crystal stones or tattoos around the eyes. If you are comfortable with lenses, adding colored ones would take your costume a notch higher.

* Hair: Your hair depends on the costume. You can buy or hire a colorful, fancy wig at very reasonable prices from party shops or online. If you don’t plan to use wigs, then you can use a hairspray to set your hair. Colored and sparkly hairspray can also be used which are available in the market.

* Lips: Red, Burgundy, Black, Purple are shades for the Halloween season. Apart from these basic shades, gold and shimmery lips can also be played with. A quick tip is to outline the lips with eyeliner pencil to check if you are happy with the shade, as they are easy to remove and smudge less than your lip color.

* Don’t forget the nails!! Once again, perfect opportunity to get creative with all those colors & nail art, you have been collecting over the years. If you don’t feel like spending too much time on nails, black or white should do the trick.

* Don’t forget that it is equally important for you to get rid of that makeup too replace coconut oil with Make up remover. The presence of harsh and punitive chemicals on your skin for prolonged hours, needs moisturization and rejuvenation. So, use coconut oil or jojoba oil to remove that excess from your skin for it to breathe and be smooth, once again.

* Apply cold cream or wipes on your skin as it shall help in removing the halloween make up. Cold Cream shall nourish the effects of the makeup on your skin thereby giving soft skin.

* You can also apply baby lotion on your skin as it shall prevent your skin from drying. The lotion shall avert the pores from clogging. Petroleum Jelly can also be used but make sure you wash your face thoroughly afterwards.

* Using dark colors on skin can leave a stain or impression on your skin. In such cases, people with sensitive and delicate skin can use toothpaste as a rescuer from getting liberated from these colours. A paste of water and baking soda can also be used.

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