Sunday, 17 December 2017

Kolkata Gets Its 9th MAAC Centre

Centre to support the growing demand for animation and VFX artists

Kolkata, 15th November, 2017: Maya Academy of Advanced Cinematics (MAAC), India’s premier educator in high-end 3D animation and visual effects, today announced the launch of its MAAC Kasba centre in Kolkata. The first centre of MAAC was opened in 2002, growing from there MAAC today has launched their ninth centre in Kolkata.
The city of Joy, Kolkata has been witnessing a huge interest among the youth to learn animation and VFX. In addition to a thriving media and entertainment industry, the increasing number of animation studios and game developers, have been playing a pivotal role in this trend. MAAC has been a pioneer in animation and VFX training across the country and MAAC Kasba will offer students an opportunity to learn 3D Animation, VFX, Multimedia, Graphic & Web Designing, from the leading experts of the industry.
A recent report, jointly prepared by KPMG and FICCI, notes that the animation and VFX industry grew by 16.4% in 2016 as compared to the previous year. The animation business is has become a ₹59.5 billion industry. Key factors of growth have been increasing use of VFX in domestic film production and a growing emphasis on growing animation in content by broadcasters. These factors are also expected to grow the animation and VFX sector going forward at upwards of 17% rate. With more and more film-goers hooked to flying humans and stomping monsters, the Indian animation and Visual Effects (VFX) industry is grown considerably.
Shajan Samuel, AVP Aptech Ltd said, "Kolkata has always been known as a city of literary, artistic, and revolutionary heritage. Considering these trends, MAAC Kasba will turn Kolkata into a hotbed of animation and VFX artists. MAAC is unrivalled in the space of animation and VFX. We launched our first centre in 2002 in Kolkata and trained over 10000 students in past 15 years and enroll about 1500 students every year. Our students have worked on leading Hollywood and Indian films which are known for its superior animation and VFX effects. A large number of them have also become entrepreneurs by setting up studios and are taking up projects from Hollywood fraternity. It has been our endeavor to better ourselves and provide a global exposure to the students and we believe that the new center in Kolkata will be an opportunity for the students to achieve superior training with our extensive curriculum.”
In order to cater to the growing need of animators in various segments, the centre will offer advanced cinematic courses in animation, visual effects and multimedia. Some of the flagship courses such as - AD3D EDGE, ADMD, VFX Plus, Max Pro and Maya Pro will be available at the centre.



BLACK+DECKER™, a global brand leader in power tools, home products and outdoor power equipment is pleased to announce the addition of a best-in-class partner, Stovekraft Pvt. Ltd. to its licensing program. Stovekraft, which is based in Bangalore (India), will introduce a line of BLACK+DECKER branded kitchen and home appliances including Blenders & Juicers, OTG, Kettles, Coffee Makers, Toasters, Food Processors, Air Fryers, Cookware, Rice Cookers, Induction Cooktops, Room Heaters, and Air Coolers to name a few. Coordination of the partnership was led by exclusive brand licensing agency LicenseWorks, on behalf of BLACK+DECKER.

“In line with our vision to be a sustainable global diversified organization, we regularly review our strategic approach to secure the future for our customers and investors alike. Small Domestic Appliances are one of the key pillars for BLACK+DECKER around the world and we are pleased to announce this strategic initiative with Stovekraft in India“, said Mr. Amit Datta, Senior Licensing Manager, Europe and Emerging Markets at Stanley Black &Decker.
Stovekraft is a leading manufacturer and marketer of brands in the kitchen appliances domain in India. Their flagship brands include Pigeon and Gilma. Stovekraft’s new collection of BLACK+DECKER products will be available across department stores, mass merchants and online retailers.
Mr Rajendra Gandhi, Managing Director, Stove Kraft Private Limited, stated “BLACK+DECKER is an iconic brand that resonates strongly with consumers in India. The acquisition of the BLACK+DECKER license is part of our strategy to expand our offering across more product formats with elevated design, technology focus and premium price points.”
Mr. Pranav Anand, Managing Partner at LicenseWorks added, “We are delighted to welcome such a strong player as Stovekraft to the BLACK+DECKER licensing program. We look forward to continue expansion of the Stanley Black & Decker brands in India through strategic licensing partnerships across a range of product categories that will complement and reinforce their position in the core business.”
Since 1910, BLACK+DECKER has been setting the standard for innovation and design of power tools, outdoor yard care equipment, and home cleaning products. The inventor of the first portable electric drill with pistol grip and trigger switch, BLACK+DECKER has evolved from a small machine shop in Baltimore, Maryland to a global manufacturing powerhouse with a broad line of quality products used in and around the home. When home owners have work to get done, they trust that BLACK+DECKER’s products will do the job efficiently and reliably. For more information on BLACK+DECKER products, visit or follow BLACK+DECKER on Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram.
Stovekraft  is the largest private limited company in the kitchen appliances industry in India with an employee strength in excess of 2000 pople. Over the years, it evolved as an organization, creating masterpieces that seamlessly blend sophistication and aesthetics with technology to make even dull household chores in the kitchen a pleasurable experience. Its flagship brands, Pigeon, Gilma and recently added Black & Decker  each have a unique customer proposition and different go-to-market strategies.  With all the brands, it offers  premium kitchen solutions through their wide range of products including pressure cookers, small domestic appliances, non-stick cookware, gas and induction cook tops, mixer grinders, chimneys and hobs among others.
Through  relentless efforts, it has carved a niche for themselves in the overseas market as well, garnering extensive global presence across Middle East, Kenya, Uganda, Qatar, Sri Lanka, Fiji, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman and Tanzania. Their prestigious clientele also includes Walmart, Big Lots, and Belk in USA. The company has the single largest manufacturing facility for kitchen appliances in the country in Bangalore and another manufacturing unit at Baddi, Himachal Pradesh.
The company’s  constant endeavor is to enhance customer delight and  deliver innovative, user-friendly and superior quality products at best value to the customers, keeping in mind the prosperity of the company and its stakeholders. For more information, please visit

Virgin Atlantic Introduces Limited Edition Festive Salt and Pepper Shakers Set To Fly Off the Planes

National, December 14, 2017: Virgin Atlantic has launched a festive red version of its highly collectable salt and pepper shakers in its Upper Class cabin.
The sought after items, currently onboard in silver and black are named Wilbur and Orville and are shaped like mini planes. They are so coveted they even have Pinched from Virgin Atlantic stamped onto the feet to try to discourage light fingered passengers. They’ve even been found on Ebay selling for up to £20 per pair!
Over the Christmas period, from December 21-26, the shakers will available onboard in the iconic Virgin Atlantic red. The airline is encouraging customers to pinch them and take them home to sit pride of place on the Christmas dinner table or gifted to that aviation enthusiast relative.
Mr. Mark Anderson, Executive Vice President Customer at Virgin Atlantic commented: “When we launched Wilbur and Orville over 15 years ago, we had no idea they’d become so iconic and loved by our customers. Although our cabin crew keep a close eye on them, thousands have been pinched over the years as customers like to take home a special memento of their Virgin Atlantic flight. This Christmas we’re shaking things up by introducing limited edition red sets of Wilbur and Orville on all flights, and expect to see them fly off the planes.”
Virgin Atlantic prides itself on the bespoke design of its onboard offerings making everything onboard look and feel uniquely Virgin. Therefore it’s no surprise that customers like to take home a memento of their flight.
Top pinched items from Virgin Atlantic:
  • Wilbur and Orville salt and pepper shakers
  • Mugs in Upper Class and Premium Economy
  • Blankets from all cabins
  • Noble Isle hand wash and hand cream from the bathrooms
  • Cutlery
  • Safety cards
  • Sick bags
To book a flight with Virgin Atlantic, log onto or call 0844 20 92 770

Chasing a dream with Priyanka Chopra

Penguin Random House India
is delighted to announce
The Penguin Annual Lecture 2017
Breaking the Glass Ceiling
Chasing a dream
Priyanka Chopra
in New Delhi on 26 December 2017
It is with great pleasure that Penguin Random House India announces that the 2017 Penguin Annual Lecture will be delivered in New Delhi on 26 December by one of the most iconic and popular Indians in the world today, global entertainment personality, game changer and Unicef ambassador Priyanka Chopra.
One of the leading superstars of the Indian film industry, Priyanka Chopra has had a meteoric rise on the global stage with her hit TV show Quantico. She won the People’s Choice Award for two consecutive years, and was named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world and one of Harper Bazaar’s 58 women game changers of the modern era. She is also on LinkedIn’s power profile list for 2017.
Priyanka Chopra is an icon for today’s young Indians who identify with her drive, passion, intelligence and charisma. She has been a social media trendsetter and has a massive fan base across the globe. Much loved and admired as an artiste by people in India and around the world, she is also recognized as a global Indian — a woman who has broken the glass ceiling to reach the highest echelons of international stardom — and for her philanthropic work as Unicef’s global goodwill ambassador.
One of the most prestigious and eagerly awaited cultural events on the calendar, the Penguin Annual Lecture, hosted by Penguin Random House India, was started in 2007 as an initiative to bring leading writers, artists, thinkers and key personalities from India and across the world in direct contact with audiences and admirers in India. The first such event to be organized by a publishing house in India, the Penguin Annual Lecture is immensely popular with readers, book lovers, and the youth in particular. This will be the eleventh edition of the Penguin Annual. Lecture; over the past ten years, speakers have included thought leaders like His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, Professor Amartya Sen, Thomas Friedman, Amitabh Bachchan, Ramachandra Guha, and beloved authors from both India and abroad like Dan Brown, Jeff Kinney and Ruskin Bond.
Through the Penguin Annual Lecture, Penguin Random House India aims to spread the thrill of fresh ideas to a new generation of readers, thinkers and future achievers.
The Penguin Annual Lecture will be held in New Delhi on 26 December and will be telecast and webcast live. More details of the Lecture will follow soon.

Enjoy winters with Nuts and Seeds from Cornitos

For a Active and Healthy Lifestyle

New Delhi, December 2017:  
Go nutty and healthy with an exciting range of nuts and seeds from Cornitos this winter season. Everyone’s favorite and India’s No. 1 Nacho Crisps brand, brings healthy and flavored nuts and seeds under its “POP N CRUNCH” range. The range includes: Premium Cashews, California Almonds, Roasted Salted Pumpkin Seeds and Coated Green Peas. Premium Nuts and Seeds are processed using latest technology and through imported roasting lines giving uniform roast and a crunchy bite to them.

Cornitos Nuts and Seeds are cholesterol free and have zero trans fat Additional health benefits of high protein, fiber and Vitamin E make it suitable for most age-groups. Cracked Pepper Roasted Cashews and Smoky Barbeque California Almonds are a good option for spice lovers. Coated Green Peas are the perfect winter snack that will refresh your palate with an exotic taste of Wasabi and Hot and Spicy. Cornitos Roasted Pumpkin Seed is great in taste and powerhouse of minerals like iron and zinc.. Nuts and Seeds work well on appetizer table or as a great starter to grilled steaks and as an accompaniment with wine.

Price:  Premium Roasted Cashews: 375 Rs for 200g Resealable Pack and 300 Rs for 30g Packs of 6
Roasted California Almonds: 340 Rs for 200g Resealable Pack and 300 Rs for 30g Packs of 6
Coated Green Peas: 110 Rs for 150g Resealable Pack and 300 Rs for 30g Packs of 6
Roasted Pumpkin Seeds: 360 Rs for 30g Packs of 9
Availability: It is available in all retail outlets across India.

Cornitos is the largest brand in the Nacho Crisps category in India.  Cornitos Brand Portfolio includes Nacho Crisps, Taco Shells, Chunky Salsa Dips, Roasted Premium Nuts - Cashews & Almonds, Roasted Salted Pumpkin Seeds, Coated Green Peas and Pickles - Jalapeno Peppers & Gherkins. Cornitos has an extensive distribution network across Pan India. Complete Range of Products available in Retail, E-Retail and Modern Trade stores. Institutional sales across through Airlines, Horeca, Multiplexes and Cafes. Cornitos products are exported globally, to USA, Australia, China, Singapore, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Maldives, Hong Kong, Nepal, Srilanka, Pakistan, Taiwan and Thailand

Greendot Health Foods Pvt Ltd was the first company to launch Nacho Crisps in Indian snacks. The production facility at Roorkee, Haridwar district, Uttarakhand, is equipped with state-of-the-art processing machinery and is manned by a team committed to quality. GHFL is ISO-22000 and Halal certified company. It also has registrations from FSSAI and US FDA.

Delhites enjoyed play 'Jis Lahore Nai Vekhya o Jamyai Nai'

NAAD Foundation, a public charitable trust In Association with Arts Vintage  have organized a great evening at Sri Sathya Sai Auditorium Bhishm Pitamah Marg Lodhi Road New Delhi where Asmita Theatre Group have performed play 'Jis Lahore Nai Vekhya o Jamyai Nai', a play By Asghar Wajahat directed by Arvind Gaur of Asmita Theatre Group. Actors : Kakoli Gaur, Rahul Khanna, Saveree Gaur, Ishwak Singh, Amit Rawal, Davinder Kaur, Girish pal and Shashank Verma, Shivam Bhasin Many renowned faces like Mr. Manoj Tiwari President Delhi BJP, Mr. Rajiv Shukla and DG BSF Mr. K K Sharma were present during the occasion.

Ms. Nishi Singh Management Trustee of NAAD Foundation welcomed all the guests and expresses her gratitude.

'Jis Lahore Nai Vekhya o Jamyai Nai' is a play written by Asghar Wajahat.  The play has been adapted and staged over last 25 years all over the world but its popularity has refused to fade. The reason behind is its appeal to universal human brotherhood cutting across barriers like religion. The play highlights the train and tribulations of the common people during Partition through the story of a old Hindu woman who is left behind in Lahore during the Partition. And how her bond evolves with a Muslim family displaced from Lucknow.

About NAAD Foundation: “NAAD Foundation” is a public charitable trust with the objectives of alleviating the suffering of humans and to develop opportunities for the under privileged so that they can improve their lives and stand on their own to make them independent, through spreading education, organizing different charitable events like health camps, educational and Medical camps, different competitions etc. and also through providing counseling and advisory services to them. NAAD Foundation came into an existence in the year 2008 as a registered Trust by Ms. Nishi Singh. It is also registered under section 12AA and 80 G of the Income Tax Act, 1961.

Dipannita Sharma, Claudia Ciesla, Tappu Sena graced Mumbai Juniorthon

Model and Actress Dipannita Sharma and Claudia Ciesla graced Mumbai Juniorthon on Sunday in Mumbai. It’s a third edition of running event for children & junior athletes in Mumbai which started in 2015. JUNIORTHON is all about Mumbai children running towards a healthier future and supporting a good cause.

The goal of JUNIORTHON is to encourage outdoor activities and physical fitness amongst children by giving them an opportunity to accomplish the goal of running.

Talking about initiative , Dipannita said, “We all know that outdoor activities has become so limited for children as they are always busy on gadgets, computer and phone but, I am really glad today so many kids have gathered here to participate in Mumbai Juniorthon and I am really happy  to associate with such amazing initiative. I feel if children can take part in physical activities like this then it’s really good for their health and in future, I am also looking forward to run at least a half marathon”

Talking about Juniorthon Claudia said, “I am fitness enthusiast myself and I like to motivate people and encourage them. I feel it is really necessary in our daily life for children as well as adults to be healthy and exercise regularly. I am feeling really happy seeing all these kids early in the morning and, I feel we should also appreciate their parents for supporting them and bringing them here early in the morning, so I feel whole atmosphere here is really wonderful.

I always observe that whenever kids get time they sit with phones and gadgets. It’s fine to spend some time with gadgets but it shouldn’t be their prime agenda especially in free time. I feel its parent’s responsibility to push to explore outdoor activities for healthy lifestyle.”

Sab TV’s popular soap Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah’s Tapu Sena also graced Mumbai Juniorthon to encourage children, Nidhi Bhanushali who plays character of Sonalika Bhide in the popular soap shared her feeling about the initiative, she said, “This Mumbai Juniorthon is motivation for me as well because I am not a morning person at all but today we have came here to encourage these kids and the energy of these kids is infectious.  I feel kids like us should participate in outdoor activates rather than sitting at home and playing games on laptops and mobile which we will makes us more fitter and healthier”

TATA Motors has been associated with Mumbai Juniorthon 2017 as their official 'Safety Travel Partner', SMILE foundation as NGO partners among others.

Portion of earnings from Mumbai Juniorthon is donated to SMILE foundation for the welfare of underprivileged children. Mumbai Juniorthon is organised by Party Sharty Entertainment Pvt Ltd. every year, under the guidance of Bhavna Mehta and Amit Mehta.

BoConcept India launches its second store in India

One stop destination for all things furniture and interior solutions

12 December 2017, Mumbai

BoConcept, Danish designer & retailer of Scandinavian furniture products and accessories, launched in Mumbai in the plush interior hub, Raghuvanshi Mills, Lower Parel. The event was hosted in collaboration with Nisha JamVwal, luxury brand consultant, interior architect, columnist & writer. The evening welcomed the likes of Ashish Raheja, Pearl Hafeez Contractor, Singing Maestro Anu Malik accompanied by his beautiful daughters Ada and Anmol who are onto becoming stars in their own right, Suchitra Krishnamoorthi, Azeem Khan and Sameena khan, world famous artist Sudershan Shetty with his television star wife Seema Shetty, Vrindavan Solanki, Actor Pooja Batra, Bollywood actor Sahil Salghatia, artist Sunil and Tanuja Padwal, Arzhan and Khushnuma Khambata, artist Brinda Chudasama Miller and architect Alfaz Miller, Artist Sanjiv Sonpimpre, Krsna Mehta, artist Kahini Arte Merchant, ad guru Preeti Vyas Gianetti, lawyer Abha Singh, lawyer Mrunalini Deshmukh, Sanjay Maroo musician, producer and politician DeepshikhaWith

(L-R) Sunil Padwal, Seema Shetty, Tanuja Padwal, Sudarshan Shetty

With its inception in 1952, BoConcept offers a complete selection of furniture products and accessories giving interior solutions for the entire home. BoConcept stands for creating a living concept, part of the brand’s name is Bo, a Danish name for living and other part is concept. BoConcept was founded by two Danish craftsmen, Jens Ærthøj and TageMølholm and it is their vision that has turned a small furniture factory into Denmark’s most global retail furniture chain with more than 260 successful franchise-driven Brand Stores in more than 60 countries.

BoConcept stores worldwide are designed according to up and coming global mood & style trends, the brand has zeroed in on the Metropolitan & Scandinavian styles and adapted them to their New Collection. The Metropolitan style comes from the big-city lifestyle of the upscale metropolis whereas the Scandinavian style brings BoConcept back to its Nordic roots and design heritage where natural light plays an important role in creating a specific mood. Each studio all over the world is carefully curated keeping in mind International standards and these two styles will be clearly reflected at the new store.

The BoConcept store in Mumbai will constitute of 13 in-house studios, which will illustrate various living spaces of a home like The Living Room, The Bedroom, The Dining Room, The Home Office etc. of the home. The brand will be introducing The Vancouver Dining Table, the Adelaide Living Collection, the Torino Table, the Billund Coffee Table and The Gent Bed from their New Collection; whereas the iconic Imola armchair, the Retro inspired Carlton sofa, the extendable Milano dining table will also be a part of the collection at the store.

Commenting on the launch, Mr. Navin Khanna, Director of BoConcept India said, “Our growth is followed by the overwhelming and encouraging response from our customers. Our products, a combination of function and design, are a natural fit for Mumbai homes.  To suit both the culturally diverse tastes and price points in India, we relentlessly focus on providing our customers with products that are innovative and high on utility. Our aim is to become the preferred choice for consumers in Mumbai looking for quality at an attractive price.”

Built with passion and persistence, the brand’s mission is to spoil the urban-minded customer with affordable modern furniture and accessories. The Interior Designers at BoConcept care about furniture and urban design as much as you do. BoConcept’s design and product knowledge can help you make the best choices for your spaces.

Store Address: Ground Floor, Ginger House, Raghuvanshi Mill Compound, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel, Mumbai – 4000013

Typhoo’s Tea Drinking Etiquette – the British Way!

Come winters, and come nippy mornings, choicest of food options and insatiate craving for a good ‘n’ warm cup of tea, day long!
Winters are perfect to reminders about the quintessential British tradition of ‘Afternoon Tea’ and the raison d'être to rejuvenate the old age tradition by laying out variety of teas for different occasions of the day, beyond the traditional Indian Chai.
Typhoo- the British tea brand, known for its gourmet and wide variety of revitalizing brews, brings together the finest etiquettes of tea drinking as per British standards. Idea it to take  one back to the pages of Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice where in the table décor and the settings of cups and saucers, tea pots, tea cozies and  the three tiered cake stands with sumptuous hors d'oeuvre ’, all look picture perfect!

a) Ideal tea setting and the right cutlery
·         A good cup of tea tastes better when served right. So, to make your afternoon tea seem as sumptuous as its flavor, a perfect table layout makes a huge difference.
·         An ideal tea setting consists of a teapot, cups and saucers (ideally ceramic), a creamer for milk along with a bowl of sugar anda tea strainer. Another important element for the elegant British tea setting is a Tea Cosy which helps to keep your favorite tea warm for long.
·         The ideal way to keep the flavor and aroma of tea intact is by infusing tea in a ceramic pot. But, before infusing one must make sure that the pot is rinsed properly with hot water.
·         Once, the tea is infused the concoction can be poured in a separate cup, where sugar or milk can be added.
Choosing the right flavours
·         Suiting to the cold weather, a strong cup of tea will make your tea drinking experience more pleasurable.
·         You can choose from a variety of flavors like Earl Grey, English Breakfast, Assam Tea, Darjeeling tea or a classic black tea.
·          If you are among those who like their tea different, you can pick flavors like Chamomile or a Peppermint, they are perfect for the season.
Tea Pairing
·         In a British high-tea setup, tea is best accompanied with both sweet and savory.
·         Usually, finger sandwiches like smoked salmon sandwiches or a cucumber sandwiches, along with scones and tea cakes pairs well with tea.

So take out your best of cutlery, lay out the table, choose your flavor and call it a perfect ‘Afternoon Tea’

Tamana’s Annual Christmas Carnival in aid of the Skill Development Centre

New Delhi, 13 December 2017
British High Commissioner’s Residence 

The Tamana Christmas Carnival will be held at the British High Commissioner’s residence on Wednesday 13 December. 

The inauguration of the carnival will be at 11:00am. Lady Louise Asquith, Mr. Sunil Sethi ( President FDCI) ,Mr. Kishore Jayaraman (President, India and South Asia Rolls Royce), Mrs. Krithika Jayaraman, Mrs. Neelam Rudy and Mrs. Ritu Mahajan will be present at the inauguration as the Guests of Honour. Dr. Shayama Chona (Padma Bhushan, Padma Shri Awardee, President Tamana) and Mr. Harsh Mahajan (Padma Shri Awardee, Chairperson Tamana) will also grace the occasion. The highlight of the ceremony will be the dance, music presentations and Christmas parade by the special needs individuals of Tamana who will take the platform to prove to the world that they are no different and given the right opportunity, love and nurturing they too can reach the sky. 

The Winter Carnival will have 150 exhibitors including established upcoming designers, artisans as well as NGOs showcasing lifestyle products. Other than being a one stop destination for all the shopping needs of the Delhiites, the carnival will also have food stalls by various popular food joints of the capital.  To keep the children busy while parents shop, there will be a kiddies corner ‘Khel Gaon’ for the children. This has been aptly named so by Tamana Chona (National Awardee) the brand ambassador of Tamana NGO who is a primary school teacher and loves children. There will also be  live performances by choir groups and individual performers to add to the festive atmosphere.

Apart from the above mentioned stalls, there will also be exhibits by Tamana Skill Development units where products ranging from bakery & confectionery items, sun-dried fruits, herbs and mixes, personalised sublimated products, jewellery, gift bags among others made by the Tamana students will be available for sale. The carnival will  not only be a  a shopping extravaganza but an opportunity for the exhibitors and shoppers to contribute to a cause and do good while they engage in a joyous exchange of goods, fun and merriment. 

Dr. Shayama Chona, President Tamana speaking on occasion said : “ The Annual Carnival at the British High Commissioner’s residence is a regular feature of the NGO. It is a great platform for the differently abled to express their creativity and skills and to spread the message on behalf of  the disability sector that we are not disabled but specially enabled. We are grateful to the British High Commissioner, Sir Dominic Asquith and Lady Louise Asquith for allowing us to use their garden for this fun day which beautifully epitomises integration of the differently abled”