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2017

DESIGN ONE - Spring Summer

15th March 2017
Turf Club

It was a whirl of women out there at the Members’ Enclosure of Turf Club, enjoying the well-curated shopping experience and upgrading their summer wardrobes.

This edition of Design One offered casual wear, well-priced spring-summer lines, and a host of style and home accessories that catered to every pocket and taste. Among the participating brands was Monisha Jaising, who showcased a collection specially designed for kids.

4 NGOs were given complimentary stall space.

The café area buzzed with action. After frenzied shopping, eager consumers relished a variety of snacks and beverages, or relaxed with a foot massage by specially-trained boys of the Blind School.

A Sahachari Foundation Trophy was presented to the winner of the race, three days prior to the exhibition.



Design One - New Delhi

22nd & 23rd February at The Lodhi.

The 7th edition of Design One in Delhi concluded on a successful note.

The first hour after opening set the tone of the exhibition. Unending streams of buyers shopped with a vengeance and were highly appreciative of the well-curated exhibition, exciting spread, and artistically created ambience. The visitors’ profile comprised of several young buyers, some of whom came twice and even thrice!

Sales were very high. Many stall-holders were nearly sold out on the first day itself, and only took orders on the second day.

Design One has emerged as a front-runner of style and quality, redefining the retail experience!




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Jazz ensemble
15th February
Jamshed Bhabha Theatre

The renowned maestro Zakir Hussain curated a jazz ensemble with Avishai Cohen on the trumpet, pianist Osam Ezzeldin, Sanjay Divecha (guitar) and Abhinav Khokhar (acoustic bass).

It was a treat to hear the magic created by a fusion of melody, improvisation and rhythm.

The auditorium was packed to the very brim; people listened in pin-drop silence, soaking in every nuance of the music and roaring their appreciation at the end of every solo improvisation.

A scintillating solo by Zakir Hussain brought the audience to its feet with a standing ovation; the applause did not stop until the musicians played an encore piece.

Before the concert began, Sahachari Foundation's donation cheques were presented on stage to 9 NGOs.




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CONVERSING WITH THE GODS

4th February, Experimental Theatre

It was a magical evening that started with Dr. B.N. Goswamy’s extraordinary lecture on the work of the masterful 18th century painter, Manaku of Guler. Drawing upon his vast store of knowledge, he covered scenes from Manaku’s Ramayana, Gita Govinda, and Bhagwat Purana series of painting, along with poetic cross-references.

Taking off on this theme, Malavika Sarukkai performed two pieces; one on the story of Vishnu’s Varaha avataar, and the second on the 8th century bhakti poetry of Andal.




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2016

Manganiyar Classroom

24th November, Tata Theatre, 7 pm

Directed by Roysten Abel, this unusual one-hour production featured 30 young boys of the Manganiyar desert community of Rajasthan.

The boys, each of them a repository of song, dance and rhythm, presented their glorious musical heritage in a classroom ambience, stunning the audience with their talent. Their body language was amazing, as was the effervescent energy and vibrant rhythm which they demonstrated.

The production was a kind of activism, carrying a long overdue message that our current system of learning needs an overhaul.




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Mughal – e - Azam

22nd October, JBT, 7:30 pm

On 22nd evening, Sahachari Foundation Events was proud to be associated with the NCPA and Shapoorji Pallonji production of Mughal-e-Azam. It was a spectacular theatrical rendition of the cinema classic on a scale never attempted before in Indian theatre. The stage version revived the tale of doomed love between Prince Salim and the courtesan Anarkali at Emperor Akbar's court. It combined the drama, poetry, music and grandeur of the film, with the latest stage technology.

Feroz Abbas Khan directed the production, with extravagant set designs by Neil Patel, and Manish Malhotra designed the lavish costumes. The play retained the original hit songs sung live by the characters of Anarkali and Bahar.

The event was an exhilarating experience.




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Song of the Himalayas

7th October 2016, Tata Theatre, 8 pm

Having journeyed for 50 days through the Himalayas, music director and composer, Shantanu Moitra, was inspired to create musical compositions that were brought to the stage in an event titled 'Song of the Himalayas'.

The 8 musical compositions had contemporary sounds using poetry, folk tunes, Sanskrit shlokas, Buddhist chants and instrumental music, interwoven with stories and breathtaking visuals of the scenery at 14,500 feet.

Ani Choying, a Buddhist nun from Nepal, classical vocalist Kaushiki Chakraborty, flautist Ashwin Shrinivasan, sitarist Purbayan Chatterjee, Daniel on the key-board and guitarist Ankur Mukherjee, performed in the ensemble with Moitra.

The peace and spirituality of the glorious Himalayas seemed to have touched several chords in the audience.




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Design One, Mumbai

5th & 6th October 2016, The Dome at NSCI, 12:30 - 8:30 pm

It is that time of the year when the best players in the retail industry are seen on the Design One platform.

A forerunner amongst multi-designer exhibitions, the two-day expo brought together style and design to create a unique shopping experience.

As visitors entered the passage leading to the interior, they were struck by the stylish décor, spacious lay-out, well-selected merchandise on sale, and upbeat tempo of buyers and sellers.

Enthusiastic shoppers were seen taking a respite at the Design One Café, which served tasty bites, all the way up to closing time.




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Design One, Dubai

1st & 2nd October 2016, Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Dubai

After seven successful years of presenting bespoke fashion and style in Mumbai and Delhi, Design One made its debut in Dubai this festive season with a resounding success.

The two-day extravaganza showcased the best of Indian design and workmanship, bringing under one roof collections of 50 talented designers, styled exclusively for international markets. A mélange of options in fashion couture, exquisite jewels and style accessories gave the discerning fashion-forward audience, a 'not-to- be-missed' experience!

Media buzz was aplenty. The exhibition was covered extensively by the coveted magazine partner Masala, Friday magazine, Khaleej Times, Tabloid of Gulf News, and The National of Abu Dhabi. Sahachari Foundation was featured in Hello! Indo - Arabia, Hello India, Elle Arabia! Live events ranged from interviews with the celebrated Sandeep Khosla of the 'Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla' brand, to a live interaction on 'Designed to Empower' with Design One's committee members present in Dubai.  Contests by Radio 101 and Masala magazine along with prizes to be won at the venue and online contests added to the excitement. Video bytes and product images of exhibitors showcased through social media platforms drove the footfalls and gave tremendous visibility to the designers and to brand Design One. 

Design One Dubai has firmly established its name in the fashion and style circles of Dubai.




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An Ode to the Bard of Bengal
An evening of Gurudev Tagore’s poetry recited by Gulzar and Jaya Bachchan

1st Sept. Tata Theatre

The auditorium was packed to capacity as Gulzar presented his Hindi translations of selected works of Rabindranath Tagore, along with a commentary in English, while Jaya Bachchan prefaced the Hindi translations with the original Bangla version.

Proceeds from the sale of the concert were donated to Laadli, an NGO that works for the welfare of the girl child.




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Design One Delhi

3rd & 4th March 2016 - The Grand Hotel, Vasant Kunj

The sixth edition of Design One in the capital was a mega success. Like its counterpart Spring-Summer event in Mumbai, the two-day exhibition in Delhi logged a large number of visitors, exceeding all expectations. The city's swish set had come to support the fabulous cause.

The lawns of the Grand Hotel wore a cheerful, spacious and summery look.

The exhibition showcased pret and couture from the latest Spring Summer collections, fine jewellery and fashion accessories and curated home décor, giving shoppers an inimitable shopping experience.

Participants were happy with sizeable sales; several buyers commented on the high curatorial standard of the exhibition.

This year too, several first-time exhibitors shared the space with established designers.




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A Sonic Odyssey - Fusion music

13th February, Tata Theatre, NCPA

Maestro Zakir Hussain, along with Tunisian jazz musician Dhafer Youssef and Turkish clarinet player Husnu Senlendirici performed an electrifying fusion music concert in a jam-packed auditorium.

Before the concert began, representatives of 6 NGOs, whose work is supported by Sahachari Foundation, received donation cheques on stage at the hands of the Chairperson of Indiabulls Foundation and Ustad Zakir Hussain.




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Light As Breeze; Colourful Like The Rainbow
Illustrated Talk by Dr. B.N. Goswamy

10th February, Experimental Theatre, NCPA

The one-hour lecture was based on the romantic narrative of Nala and Damayanti.

Drawing upon his vast store of knowledge and using selected slides of minutely observed paintings along with poetic cross-references, Dr. Goswamy took the audience into the works of masterful painters.




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Design One Spring-Summer

9th February, Turf Club

The fourth edition of the exhibition saw a steady stream of eager buyers throughout the day. There were several first-time exhibitors, many from out of town, whose products and designs generated much interest and appreciation.

The spacious lay-out and garden-like ambience made shopping at the exhibition a delightful experience.




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My Country, My Music

23rd & 24th January JBT, NCPA
Shankar Mahadevan & group

Renowned singer-composer Shankar Mahadevan premiered 'My Country, My Music' on the eve of India's Republic Day. Conceived, curated and directed by him, this multi-media musical extravaganza captured some of the diversity and richness of India's musical legacy. Presented in ten Indian languages, the songs were a mix of traditional and contemporary styles, interlaced with pieces from popular Bollywood songs, and accompanied by visuals.

Shankar Mahadevan led an ensemble of 22 musicians in this show which drew a packed hall on both days!




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The Regal Threads

Hotel Trident
Couture show by Manish Malhotra

The evening was the fourth edition in homage to the glorious textile traditions of India.

The ramp donned a vintage look with shimmering threads and mogra flowers as celebrated couturier Manish Malhotra launched his exclusive collection 'The Regal Threads' at the Sahachari Foundation gala. The occasion marked the completion of 25 years in the fashion industry for the designer, and the start of a journey that amalgamates his soulful heritage with modern aesthetics. It placed prominence on rich textures and traditional weaves of Benaras and Gujarat. Models walked the ramp in exquisitely - styled creations in bandhani, brocade and silk fabrics, to the rhythms of folk music.

The clothes were accessorised with select handcrafted Jadau jewellery from Satyani Fine Jewels.

Actors Katrina Kaif, dressed in a silver sequinned lehenga and choli, and Aditya Roy Kapoor were the show stoppers, accompanied by loud cheers from the audience. Several city celebrities were in attendance.




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2015

Sama'a: Sufi Festival

November 20, 21, 22 - NCPA

The festival began with a screening of 'Had Anhad', a film by Shabnam Virmani depicting a person's honest search through the ideology of Kabir and its relevance today. This was followed by Kabir compositions sung by Satyasheel Deshpande and Hemant Chauhan in classical and folk styles, respectively.

The next evening, Turkish dancer Ziya Azazi presented two items of contemporary, whirling dance, Bolero in Preview (indoors) and Ember (outdoors). The latter involved whirling surrounded by live fire.

On the last evening, Javed Ali performed a bouquet of Sufiana compositions from the traditional repertoire and tracks from Bollywood.




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DESIGN ONE - Exhibition & Sale

September 22, 23 - The Dome at NSCI, Worli

Design and style converged at Design One, turning the carefully curated, retail extravaganza into a cornucopia of festive collections. The exhibition wore a fresh new look, with individual stall-spaces spaciously laid out, boutique-style studios, enclosed areas for foot-massages, lively food court, and coffee stations, all adding to the fantastic shopping experience. Building on a substantial list of coveted designers, the selection also included emerging talent, many of whom were from out of Bombay.

The extensive pre-event promotion and publicity campaign generated a buzz and drew large crowds.

Design One is undoubtedly the brand of choice for Mumbai shoppers!




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Hindustani Vocal Music Recital by Pt. Ulhas Kashalkar

September 4, Tata Theatre, NCPA

Pt. Ulhas Kashalkar, a leading exponent of Hindustani classical music, presented 5 common ragas at an evening recital to an appreciative audience.




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DESIGN ONE - Delhi

3rd & 4th March, The Grand, Vasant Kunj

The fifth edition of Design One in the capital was held in a new and larger venue. There was a larger number of exhibitors amongst whom were several first-timers. Shoppers appreciated the fresh collections that were available in the well-curated exhibition.




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Design One Spring-Summer

19th February, 2015. Turf Club, Mahalaxmi Race Course

Yet another edition of Design One Spring-Summer concluded on a high note.

The one-day exhibition featured clothes, jewellery, home décor, kids wear, stationery and gift items, designed for the Spring and Summer season. Several first-timers shared the space with popular exhibitors. Unending streams of eager buyers shopped till sundown!




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Love Song of the Dark Lord

9th Jan, Experimental Theatre, NCPA

Odissi dancer Sujata Mohapatra commenced the evening with a riveting half-hour presentation of select ashtapadis from Jayadeva's poetic text: Gita Govinda. The iconic choreography of the verses was by Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra with music compositions by Bhuvaneswar Mishra.

In the illustrated talk that followed, Dr. B. N.Goswamy used exquisite slides of miniature paintings and poetic references from the Gita Govinda. The distinguished art historian brought viewers into close contact with each work, making them feel the texture of its form and thought, and taste its essence or rasa.




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Fusion Music Concert

7th Jan, Jamshed Bhabha Theatre, NCPA

World-renowned percussion maestro Zakir Hussain led an ensemble which included Niladri Kumar on electronic "zitaar", and Dhafer Youssef, vocalist, oud player and jazz musician from Tunisia. Dhafer was performing in Mumbai for the first time.

Before the concert began, 5 NGOs received donation-cheques at the hands of the Foundation's special guests and benefactors.




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2014

Krishna, Love Reinvented

20th November at 6:30 pm in Tata Theatre.
Ramli Ibrahim & artistes of Sutra Dance Theatre from Malaysia.

'Krishna, Love Re-invented' explored the idea of total and utter joy derived from bhakti, by presenting joyous, mischievous and passion-filled stories of the Blue God. Under the artistic direction of Ramli Ibrahim, this earthy and uplifting Odissi production wove the sculptural wealth of Odisha into dance.




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Amazing Yards, Modern Mughals

28, 29 Sept. at Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, Apollo Bunder 

Film star Rekha unveiled the third edition of Amazing Yards on 28th September at Taj Mahal Palace Hotel. Chanda Kochhar of ICICI Bank and Rashmi Thackeray were also present in support of the exhibition which is curated to rejuvenate textile traditions and create modern-day relevance for them. 21 textile revivalists who participated in Amazing Yards received a good response.  

Later the same evening, master draper and ace designer Tarun Tahiliani exulted workmanship and heritage through 'Modern Mughals', a power-packed ramp show in support of Sahachari Foundation. It was a mélange of Indian craftsmanship perfected with fit, finish and functionality of Western techniques.

Fine jewellery from Cisne Bridal Treasures was used on the ramp to accessorise with the creations.

As showstopper, actress Sonakshi Sinha enthralled the audience with her lively appearance on the ramp.

The twin events raised funds for the Jaipur Foot project of BMVSS, an NGO that provides artificial limbs for the disabled.




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Design One - Indoor Stadium, National Sports Club of India

3rd Sept 1 pm - 7 pm , 4th Sept 10:30 am -7 pm

Design One turned five this year! To celebrate this milestone, the two day extravaganza of fashion, lifestyle and luxury products took a big leap to a spectacular venue: the AC indoor stadium of The National Sports Club of India on Worli.

An extensive pre-event publicity campaign drew over 15,000 visitors over two days. The grand entrance, vibrant interior, spacious lay-out and superb merchandise impressed visitors, several of whom were spotted returning for a second and third round of shopping!!

The exhibition was an assemblage of over 150 creative designers and entrepreneurs from across India. Making a grand statement in an ever-widening circle of clients, Design One upped the ante further, offering a plethora of shopping options. Style met taste in the sprawling, expansive space.

Among this year's highlights were exclusive collections presented by leading couturiers Abu Sandeep and popular designer Anju Modi.

8 NGOs were given space on a complimentary basis.

An in-house cafeteria served a wide range of food and refreshments, and a coffee station set-up in the centre of the hall was a popular and buzzing meeting-place.




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Within

23rd March 2014, Jamshed Bhabha Theatre, NCPA

Delhi based Kathak dancer and choreographer Aditi Mangaldas presented her latest group production titled 'Within'. The performance was in two parts. The first half, 'Knotted', was contemporary dance based on Kathak, which attempted to journey into the mind's inner conflicts and complex emotions. The second half, 'Unwrapped', was entrenched in classical Kathak vocabulary and performed to live music, in which Sufi poetry was a defining motif.




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London Symphony Orchestra

14th March 2014, Jamshed Bhabha Theatre, NCPA

Sahachari Foundation Events was proud to be 'Local Sponsor' of the London Symphony Orchestra performance.

Conductor Daniel Harding enthralled the audience in the packed auditorium with a riveting performance of Cello Concerto in E Minor Op 85 with soloist Tim Hugh on the cello. After the interval, the orchestra played Gustav Mahler's famous Symphony No. 1 in D Major (Titan).




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Design One Spring - Summer

13th March 2014, Turf Club

The second edition of Design One Spring-Summer, held in association with RWITC, was a delightful shopping experience and a huge success! The spacious, air-conditioned hangar and the airy cabanas on the plinth area of the Member's Enclosure, together hosted over 70 participants, who showcased novel collections designed for summer. The day-long exhibition drew a large number of buyers eager to indulge in some serious retail therapy and feast on the delectable food offered at the cafe.

Crowning the success of the exhibition was the presentation of a trophy to the winner of the Sahachari Foundation Cup race.




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Design One - Delhi

26th & 27th February, 2014, The Lodhi Hotel

Manisha Koirala unveiled the fourth edition of Design One in the capital, supporting both the 'cancer awareness' cause of Sahachari Foundation and the exhibition event. The vivacious actress gave away mastectomy blouses specially designed by Shivan and Narresh, to Tata Memorial Hospital's Women's Cancer Initiative for CanSupport, and Indian Cancer Society.

Design One, a couture exhibit for a niche audience, brought together exquisite 'design and chic' in the sprawling grounds of The Lodhi, with collections focusing on everyday wear, casual yet trendy ensembles, jewellery, accessories and home accents. Despite the rain playing spoiler on the first evening, the event ended on a high note with brisk sales and a large number of footfalls.




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Saaz Aur Avaaz

8th January at 7:00 pm - Jamshed Bhabha Theatre, NCPA

Internationally renowned maestros Zakir Hussain, Shankar Mahadevan and Louiz Banks gave an electrifying performance to a packed auditorium. The artistes melded together elements of traditional and contemporary musical expressions on a canvas of diverse melodies and regaled listeners with a fiesta of pulsating rhythm, masterful innovation and fusion.

Before the concert began, five NGOs viz. St. Jude India ChildCare Centres, Muktangan, Victoria Memorial School for the Blind, Bombay Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and Apne Aap Women’s Collective received donations from Sahachari Foundation.




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2013

Iridescent Like Shot-Silk : The poet Bihari’s work in verse and painting

16th December at 6:30 pm, Experimental Theatre, NCPA

‘Iridescent, Like Shot Silk’ was an enriching and holistic aesthetic experience.

Dr. B.N.Goswamy’s presentation of select verses from Bihari’s Satsai, juxtaposed with exquisite illustrations and cross connections with various texts, gave viewers a glimpse into a world of beauty and wonderment.

Malavika Sarukkai’s dance presentation was conceptualized and treated in an unusual manner, bringing the evening to a fitting finale.




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Amazing Yards

8th October at The Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai

For the second successive year, Amazing Yards featured 16 textile revivalists from across the country who retailed specially-designed saris, dupattas, stoles and made-ups in silk, cotton, tie and dye and weaves, using indigo, surface embroidery and a variety of textile traditions including bandhani, patola, kanjeevaram, maheshwari, uppada, ikat and hand block-print. The day saw a turnout of over three thousand buyers.

The big attractions were Abu-Sandeep’s prêt line and Nirav Modi’s new line of jewellery.

Organized as a tribute to the spirit and artistry of the ‘kaarigar’, both events raised funds for St. Jude India Childcare Centres and other NGOs.




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The Golden Peacock

7th October at The Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai

Master couturiers Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla presented a grand fashion show, The Golden Peacock, celebrating design and craftsmanship. The exquisite creations were inspired by the peacock, a symbol of immortality. The collection essayed the designer duo’s journey in the world of fashion, from classical to contemporary.

The ramp sparkled with exclusive hand-crafted creations from Nirav Modi Jewels, one of the country's most renowned jewellery brand. The dazzling pieces paid tribute to a rich legacy of craftsmanship.

Dedicated to Sahachari Foundation’s philanthropic mission, this show was for invitees only.




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Design One - pre-Diwali exhibition

16, 17 September at World Trade Centre

On the morning of 16th September, the fifth edition of Design One opened its doors to early shoppers, and took the retail experience to another level. On offer was a combination of retro with modern collections. The exhibition introduced new names and styles to ensure that buyers find something special each time. Several out-of towners showcased fresh and exciting gift options.

Design One succeeded in raising the bar yet again with larger numbers of buyer footfalls, spacious stall layout and irresistible merchandise.

The Design One initiative has an altruistic arm which enables social change through the shopping experience, differentiating it from other exhibitions. This year’s proceeds will fund a pre-school project run by Muktangan for under-privileged children. In support of the cause, actress Soha Ali Khan visited the institution and was impressed with the innovative models used by the NGO to improve the quality of education.

She also applauded Sahachari Foundation’s mission of funding NGO projects through initiatives such as Design One.




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Soordas

June 14 - Experimental Theatre, NCPA

Shekhar Sen premiered "Soordas”, a mono-act musical play in which he revealed the life, works and philosophy of the blind saint-poet musician. The two- hour play touched milestones from the 105 years of Soordas' life, through 36 songs interspersed with dialogue in Brij bhasha.




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Design One Spring/Summer - 7th March at Turf Club

The much- awaited Design One exhibition presented for the first time ever, a Spring -Summer edition. The one-day shopping extravaganza organized by Sahachari Foundation Events in association with Royal Western India Turf Club, was held within the elegant interiors of a luxurious, air-conditioned tent, spread across the Members’ Enclosure.

On offer was a wide array of garments from light and breezy to contemporary classics, accessories, footwear, jewellery, stationery, gifting ideas, kids wear and home accessories, perfect for summer. An air of excitement filled the hangar as visitors streamed in throughout the day to enjoy an unusual shopping experience; the overhanging decor was vibrant and cheerful; exhibitors were high on action as merchandise flew off the shelves and needed quick replenishment; guests savoured mouth-watering delights and cooling beverages laid out by NCPA Cafe, within airy cabanas set up on the grounds.

The Sahachari Foundation Trophy race was run at 4:30 pm; the winning trophy was given away by members of the Foundation.

On this occasion, a cheque of Rs. 5 lakhs was presented by Mr. Vivek Jain of RWITC to Col. J.C. Khanna of BSPCA.

All in all, the design-centric expo took the city by storm!

Whether you bought something or not, the visit itself was a novel experience!




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Design One Delhi 27, 28 February at The Lodhi

The third edition of Design One Delhi was announced at a pre-event high-tea on 18th February at The Lodhi (former Aman). Lok Sabha MP Srimant Yashodhara Raje Scindia was the chief guest. On behalf of Sahachari Foundation, All Cargo Ltd. donated a car to Sakha Cabs for Women. Designers Shivan and Narresh donated a specially - designed mastectomy blouse for breast cancer victims to the Women's Cancer Initiative - Tata Memorial Hospital, represented by Ms Sunita Kohli. The car keys and the mastectomy blouse were handed over by Smt.Yashodhara Raje Scindia. Speaking on the occasion,she said, "It delights me to see organizations such as the Sahachari Foundation actively work towards making a change, through the causes they support. Given the current national scenario, I believe any step in the direction of women’s safety and upliftment is an important one".

The Design One exhibition was held on 27th and 28th February in the stunning outdoor ambience of The Lodhi lawns. Chief guest Sridevi was driven to the venue in a Sakha cab, earlier donated by Sahachari Foundation. She spent over two and a half hours visiting stalls, talking to exhibitors and doing media interviews, including a ‘Walk the Talk’ with Shekhar Gupta.

Spread over 50 stalls, the exhibition showcased creations of established as well as upcoming designers. The offering was further enhanced by jewellery from main sponsor Kothari Fine Jewels as well as DiA.

Design One attracted nearly 6,500 visitors over two days, consisting of society ladies, boutique shoppers and members of the diplomatic community, resulting in good sales and substantial exposure for the participants.

Design One received excellent coverage in all leading publications and electronic media.




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Ganga - Nitya Vaahini: The Eternal River

Bharata Natyam dance by Malavika Sarukkai

10th Feb - at Tata Theatre, NCPA

Delving into myriad dimensions of the river Ganga, the renowned dancer premiered this new solo production in Mumbai. She depicted Ganga as the mythic river emerging from Siva's matted locks; the Eternal River, a witness to the relentless cycle of birth and death, sacred and profane, and finally, the river surrendering her identity to the ocean and merging with it, reflecting a profound philosophical truth of Advaita.

Watching the dancer perform Ganga Nitya Vaahini on Mauni Amavasya day of the Mahakumbh brought a confluence of art, music, dance, drama, and had a spellbinding effect on the audience. It was a magical and deeply moving performance.




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2012

Amazing Yards

22, 23 October at Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, Mumbai

Amazing Yards, an initiative of Sahachari Foundation Events was dedicated to the spirit and artistry of 'kaarigars' with a hand-picked selection of fabrics from the infinite variety of Indian textile tradition. 20 revivalists, involved with keeping alive textile traditions from across the country, showcased specially-designed yardage, dress materials, saris, dupattas and some made-ups.

As a curtain-raiser to the Amazing Yards exhibition, Meera & Muzaffar Ali, champions of the textile traditions of Kotwara, presented 'Maashra' an enthralling couture experience. The show was for invitees only. The designer couple has taken the technique of chikan and zardozi embroidery to new heights with innovative textures and silhouettes. In their ongoing quest for beauty, Meera & Muzaffar Ali have been inspired by Sufi poets. The exquisite collection strongly evoked Sufi imagery and created a heady mix of old-world charm, innovation & modernity. Stunning pieces of hand-crafted jadau jewellery from The Gem Palace, Jaipur, were used to accessorize with the outfits.In support of the cause, cine-star Shabana Azmi walked the ramp in the grand finale.

The event raised funds for deserving NGOs, amongst which is Nanhi Kali, an NGO that educates vulnerable, marginalised children.




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Design One

September 26, 27 – at World Trade Centre, Cuffe Parade

'Retail activism' was taken to new heights at Design One which activates social change through the shopping experience. Now in its fourth year, the exhibition has become a favourite destination for pre-Diwali shoppers.

A full-on festive expo, Design One offered a holistic and personalized shopping experience all under one roof. This year, top-ranking designers from Delhi, Kolkata, Bangalore and Mumbai took centre-stage. Two in-house cafeterias provided a refreshing break for shoppers, while 7 NGOs were given complimentary space to retail their in-house products.

The morning preview was well attended. Bulgari distributed door gifts.




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Shyam Rang

August 08 – at 7: 00 pm at Tata Theatre, NCPA.

Shankar Mahadevan, one of India’s foremost musicians, conceptualized and performed Shyam Rang, a musical event celebrating the many hues of Lord Krishna.

Drawing from a rich and varied repertoire of traditional as well as contemporary musical expressions, Shankar and his talented group of musicians employed an ektara, piano, bass guitar, dholak, bansuri, and innovated across several genres including classical, thumri, bhajan, abhang, sufi, folk, jazz and pop styles.

The audience in the jam-packed theatre sat enraptured, as if under a spell cast by the glory of the Blue God!




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Design One

March 13, 14 – The Leela Palace Hotel, Chanakyapuri.

At the second edition of Design One in the capital, Delhiites enjoyed a delightful shopping experience comprising a kaleidoscope of creative talent. The exhibition showcased an ingenious mix of ‘out-of-town’ and upcoming Delhi designers, with an extensive selection of leisure and formal wear, chic and stylish prêt lines, and exquisite jewellery, shoes and bags.

Bollywood star Sonam Kapoor flew into Delhi to attend the opening. She endorsed her support to the philanthropic objectives of Sahachari Foundation and praised the Design One initiative which uses the shopping experience to effect social change.

In support of the cause, the Marigold group donated a Judith Leiber clutch bag, which was offered in a Lucky Draw.

There was a special preview for select invitees which saw a huge turnout of avid shoppers.




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Summer Closet

March 1 – The Pavilion, Four Seasons Hotel

Once again, the exhibition lived up to its reputation. Even before the doors opened, Mumbai’s avid shoppers began to pour in to see creations of stalwart designers as well as a host of talented, emerging designers. Apt for Spring/Summer, light day-jackets, trendy tunics, chic cocktail dresses and light and heavy couture accessories were very popular with the young profile of buyers.




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Twilight Trail of Rhythm and Melody

February 29 - Tata Theatre, NCPA

Ustad Zakir Hussain led a specially-designed music ensemble Twilight Trail, that included Taufiq Qureshi, Selva Ganesh, Vijay Prakash and Ajay Joglekar. As twilight advanced towards night, the performers came together in a joint creative encounter, combining rhythmic elements from North and South Indian music with the metrical structures of Western and African drums, leaving a trail of myriad patterns in the packed auditorium.

Twilight Trail was a spectacular concert in which the artistes performed to a very appreciative audience.

From its many activities last year, Sahachari Foundation raised funds to support projects of 5 NGOs, selected for their excellent work. Before the concert began, representatives of the 5 NGOs were called on stage to receive donations at the hands of some of those who have supported the Foundation’s activities.

Apne Aap Women's Collective from Ustad Zakir Hussain

Bombay Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals from Mr. Sanjay Arora of D'Décor

Home Fabrics

St. Jude India Childcare Centres from Mr. Aashish Mehta of Kantilal Chhotalal

Muktangan from Mrs. Bina Goenka of Bina Goenka Fine Jewelry

Victoria Memorial School for the Blind from Mrs. Minakshi Bajaj.




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More Than An Epic: The Ramayana in Art and in our lives

January 11 - Experimental Theatre, NCPA

The Experimental Theatre of NCPA was packed to capacity as Dr. B.N.Goswamy took a spellbound audience on an aesthetic journey into the world of miniature painting. Using brilliant images on the Ramayana theme painted by Pahari, Mughal and Rajput masters, the eminent art historian brought to life episodes from the great Indian epic and gave glimpses into the mind of the painter.

The illustrated talk was followed by a stunning dance presentation on the same theme by accomplished Bharata Natyam exponent, Malavika Sarukkai.




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2011

Design One, Chennai

October 13, 14 - Hyatt Regency Hotel, Chennai

Design One added one more feather in its cap when it made a debut in Chennai.

The two-days shopping fiesta showcased creations of designers from Mumbai, Delhi, Jaipur, Pune and Kolkata. Several local ladies appreciated the wide selection of fashion wear, couture accessories and lifestyle products specially designed for the season and available under one roof.




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Design One, Mumbai

September 8, 9 - Expo Hall, World Trade Centre.

Sahachari Foundation Events presented its flagship, the widely-publicized Design One exhibition. On offer was an innovative mélange of fashion wear, jewellery, footwear, couture accessories, home décor and a range of premium confectionery items. A combination of stalwart and debutant designers attracted a sizeable draw of young shoppers from North and South Bombay. Seeing the whirl of women, one felt Navratri and Diwali had already arrived!

The coffee - morning preview saw a phenomenal turnout of the 'swish set' of Mumbai. Mrs. Nita Ambani, the Chief Guest, applauded the creative and entrepreneurial talent on display as she went round the sprawling interior, appreciating the merchandise and encouraging exhibitors. She was struck by the energy, creativity and level of engagement among the sellers and buyers. She particularly complimented the selection offered by the participating NGOs.

Sparkling sales filled the air with buoyancy, as excited vendors dealt with an overwhelming number of new clients; mothers and daughters were seen making purchases for wedding trousseaux and gift items; and dedicated shoppers came for more on the second day!

The motivational factors behind the Design One initiatives are to raise funds for deserving NGOs and to acknowledge the extraordinary talent that resides in creative designers. An AV presentation on Sahachari Foundation and its activities engaged visitors at the entrance.

With their individual media presence, actor and animal lover Sonam Kapoor and singer-actor Sophie Choudry endorsed their support to the Foundation's charitable causes.




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Mareechika - a Surmai/Antardhwani production

September 3 - Jamshed Bhabha Theatre, NCPA

An adaptation of Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen's 'The Lady of the Sea', Mareechika was designed and directed by Ila Arun and co-directed by K.K. Raina. Against an illustrated phad (painted cloth roll), a bhopa and bhopi (male and female narrators) told the tale in Marwari language, using folk traditions and transporting the audience to Rajasthan through native dances and music. The large cast of 31 persons included Ila Arun as bhopi, and her daughter Ishita Arun in the lead role.




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Event organized in collaboration with Samsaara boutique

July - Samsaara Boutique



Design One, New Delhi

March 14, 15 - The Leela Palace Kempinski Hotel, Chanakyapuri.

Design One made its debut in the capital. The exhibition showcased creations by designers from Mumbai, Kolkata, Bangalore, Baroda and Jaipur.

Design One in Delhi was a runaway success in many ways: the spectacular ambience and lay-out of the new Leela Hotel; an unprecedented number of buyer footfalls; lucrative sales made by almost all participants; wide media coverage; pre and post event publicity of the exhibition; and the meaningful proceeds that have been raised for NGOs that are being supported through this initiative.

Sara Pilot, wife of Sachin Pilot, graced the exhibition opening and spent time visiting each stall. She appreciated the charitable objectives of the Foundation and commended the high quality of design and workmanship.

The mid-morning preview over brunch saw an overwhelming turn out of shoppers. Bvlgari distributed door gifts at the preview. An AV presentation on Sahachari Foundation and its activities engaged visitors at the entrance and within. Printed hand-outs were distributed to create awareness of the NGOs supported by the Foundation. Newspaper publicity created a buzz and drew dedicated shoppers to the exhibition throughout the two days.




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The Summer Closet

March 4 - The Pavilion, Four Seasons Hotel

The Summer Closet, a collaborative endeavour of Design One and The Dessing Room, made its debut in Mumbai. Amongst the plethora of modern shopping formats that have mushroomed all over the city, The Summer Closet was one with a unique difference: mostly out of town designers and a boutique-style shopping experience.

After the glitter of the past seasons, a penchant for casual chic and simplicity was evident. Collections were synonymous with Spring-Summer wear and focused on neutral colour palettes, both appealing and feminine. The product mix was an interesting mélange of apparel, jewellery, footwear and accessories.

Early shoppers got door gifts by Bvlgari. The day saw a continuous flow of buyers till after sundown, and most designers reported brisk sales.




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SAMANVAYA : Magic of Rhythm and Melody

February 11 - Tata Theatre, NCPA

Samanvaya signifies "a coming together". In this presentation, two of India's eminent percussionists, Zakir Hussain and Ranjit Barot came together in a joint creative experience, with Chennai violinist Bala Bhaskar. The artistes took listeners into a world of innovation and fusion.




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The Falaknuma Collection

January 30 – Taj Land’s End

Veteran designer Ritu Kumar presented a spectacular showing of India’s royal heritage and legacy. Inspired by the Falaknuma Palace and the renowned craftsmanship of Hyderabad, the collection was unveiled at a grand fashion show hosted at Taj Land’s End Hotel.




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2010

From Passion To Serenity - The Savours of Indian Art

December 3 -Experimental Theatre, NCPA

Sahachari Foundation Events in collaboration with National Centre for Performing Arts presented 'From Passion to Serenity - The Savours of Indian Art'. Three creative disciplines were integrated into a holistic aesthetic experience.

Eminent art historian Dr. B.N.Goswamy, gave an illustrated talk on the theme of nava rasa, embellished with slides of miniature paintings and poetic references.

Bharata Natyam dancer Rama Vaidyanathan, concluded the evening with an interpretation of nava rasa through dance. On this occasion, Sahachari Foundation gave donations to:
Victoria Memorial School for the Blind and
Bombay Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.




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Tosca

September 28, 30 - Jamshed Bhabha Theatre, NCPA

Puccini's great opera 'Tosca' was performed at Jamshed Bhabha Theatre. A sub-title machine helped audiences to follow a line-by-line translation projected in English. Conductor Anna Randine Overby, who has conducted several operas, assembled an extraordinary cast of 90 people for the opera in Mumbai. The sets were spectacular.



Andrew Lloyd Webber Gala

September 23, 24 - Jamshed Bhabha Theatre, NCPA

The Andrew Lloyd Webber Gala proved to be a popular evening with the Mumbai audience. The Gala featured excerpts from Phantom of the Opera, Sunset Boulevard, Evita and a complete performance of the Requiem. Lloyd Webber is one of the most successful composers in history with several of his musicals having run for more than a decade both in the West End in London and on Broadway in New York.



Design One International

September 15, 16 – Hilton Hotel, Singapore

Design One made waves in Singapore as a well attended, artistically arranged and successful example of an overseas enterprise. At the inaugural reception, Mr. Raghavan, Indian High Commissioner in Singapore, appreciated the initiative that had brought Indian design and workmanship overseas and also served a noble cause of supporting deserving charities.




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Design One, Mumbai

September 8, 9 - Expo Hall, World Trade Centre.

The second edition of Design One featured over 85 entrepreneurs and 7 NGOs.

Rajashree Birla, Dia Mirza and Prachi Desai were among several well-wishers who graced the morning preview. They applauded the endeavour and the excellent selection of merchandise.

In an artistically created and spaciously laid out ambience, an inflow of shoppers throughout the day had a delightful shopping experience.

Design One made national news.




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Collaboration with Samsaara Boutique

April - Samsaara Boutique, Mumbai

Sahachari Foundation Events had a successful collaboration with Samsaara, a fashionable one-stop designer destination. The event saw the participation of established designers of India's fashion world with their latest Spring/Summer collections. The day-long preview attracted Mumbai's swish-set. A percentage of the sales was pledged towards the social activities of Sahachari Foundation, giving buyers more than one incentive to shop.



Luncheon for Princess of Belgium

March 25 - Leela Kempinski, Mumbai

A luncheon was organized in honour of HRH Princess Mathilde of Belgium by members of Sahachari Foundation. On this occasion, 15 women of substance, each of whom is engaged in the pursuit of social upliftment, were invited to meet and interact with the royal visitor.

Three city-based women social entrepreneurs, Veena Mankar, Tasneem Zakaria Mehta and Neeta Khajuria showcased their work in the fields of micro-finance, heritage conservation and education respectively (subjects in which the Princess is actively involved internationally).

The Princess was impressed by the dynamism and zeal of the women. In her address to Sahachari Foundation members and guests she said, "What I find particularly interesting about your Foundation is that you have decided to 'give back to society' by pooling your professional networks and your own considerable skills, in order to support social causes. So, let's start walking together".




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Rhythms in Nature

February 10 - Tata Theatre, NCPA

This unique thematic concert was held in collaboration with National Centre for the Performing Arts. It featured the multi-talented musical genius Ustad Zakir Hussain, who interpreted an abstract subject of Nature's rhythmic cycles using innovative sounds and techniques of percussion.

The first item of the concert was a slide projection that captured the breath- taking beauty of the mighty Himalayas, accompanied by sound scapes created by Zakir Hussain's deft fingers.

Young Sabir Khan, son and disciple of sarangi-wizard Ustad Sultan Khan, provided lehera accompaniment on the sarangi.




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2009

Aspects of Divinity

October 5, 6 - Experimental Theatre, NCPA

A muti-arts series, this unique event brought together diverse creative disciplines into a holistic cultural experience. Dr. B.N. Goswamy, eminent scholar of Indian miniature painting, used an illustrated lecture format to explore the Devi and Krishna themes. The aesthetic experience was enhanced on the first evening by Malavika Sarukkai celebrating Devi in dance, and on the second evening with the ‘seated abhinaya’ of Kathak maestro Birju Maharaj on the Krishna theme.




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Design One, Mumbai

September 7, 8 - Expo Hall, World Trade Centre

The Foundation's flagship event 'Design One' made its debut to an informed and discerning set of shoppers. Design and style converged in a cutting-edge space that encapsulated a unique shopping experience. The shopping extravaganza offered an eclectic product-mix of fashion wear, jewellery, accessories and lifestyle products created by 80 designers from all over India. Six NGOs were given space on a complimentary basis to sell their products.

Strategically timed before the festive season, Design One presented stakeholders an opportunity to connect with consumers in a burgeoning market, offering great design options, latest trends and a choice of niche products that fulfilled the criteria of quality and exclusivity.

The exhibition enjoyed a high success quotient with effective buyer footfalls resulting from a comprehensive publicity plan.




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Shyam Rang

August 8 - Experimental Theatre, NCPA

With Janmashtami (the birth anniversary of Lord Krishna) just around the corner, Sahachari Foundation, in collaboration with National Centre for the Performing Arts, organized Shyam Rang, a thematic, light-classical music concert featuring the renowned maestro, Pt. Chhannulal Mishra of Benares. Shyam Rang brought to life the spirit of Janmashtami as the vocalist regaled listeners with thumris, dadras, kajris and other songs, in the charming Poorab style of eastern UP.




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Charishnu

January 12 - Jamshed Bhabha Theatre, NCPA

Sahachari Foundation shook hands with the iconic National Centre for the Performing Arts to set the stage for Charishnu, a spectacular dance and music presentation that was also the Foundation's first event. Conceived and directed by renowned dancer and choreographer Leela Samson, Charishnu comprised a well-thought-of selection of classical, folk, and martial dance forms from across the country. The troupe of 70 performers together captured the richness and diversity of India's performing arts.




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