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Arture Connect 2015

The worlds of fashion from across the seas and disciplines were brought together at the London College of Contemporary Arts in Central London as the inaugural ‘Arture Connect’ came to the British capital on the weekend of 17 – 18 October.  The event saw a plethora of designers of from …

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LONDON INDIAN FILM FESTIVAL 2015 – OPENING NIGHT

The 6th annual London Indian Film Festival (LIFF) opened at Cineworld Haymarket on Thursday night with a host of stars in attendance for the opening night film ‘Umrika’.  Directed by Prashant Nair, the film stars the talented ‘Life of Pi’ star Suraj Sharma.  LIFF is Britain’s fastest-growing film festival and …

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Asia Fashion Show feat. Raja of Kotwara

The Grand Ballroom at London’s Montcalm Hotel swung its magnificent doors open to a bevy of beauties and eminent personalities for the launch of the Asia Fashion Show in aid of Pratham, one of the world’s largest education charities.  The event, on 20 June, kicked off with drinks and canapés …

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Wimbledon Cocktails at the Taj

Aaah…the British Summer.  High pollen counts, The Ashes and, of course, Wimbledon.  But before the high, the mighty, the great, the good and the stylish head off to SW19, they stop off for Pimm’s at what is now a staple of the British Summer – the Wimbledon cocktail party at …

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Yoga at the Southbank

Yoga devotees flocked to London’s Southbank as celebrations kicked off marking the first ever International Yoga Day.  Hundreds of yoga fans enjoyed classes hosted by India Tourism and the High Commission of India.  The day also featured some of the world’s best-known yoga instructurs as well as classes by the …

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Umrao Jaan…Re-Imagined by Akademi

A Grade II-listed country mansion in leafy Hertfordshire is as far removed from a 19th Century Mughal Court in Lucknow but incongruity apart, Hyver Hall in Barnet was the setting on Friday 05 June for a quite marvellous amalgamation of East and West.  Billionaire Indian property investor H S Narula, …

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Stars celebrate at Meera Syal’s book launch

A galaxy of stars from across the entertainment spectrum gathered at the Union Club in Soho to celebrate the release of the long-awaited third novel by British Asian National Treasure Meera Syal.  Syal and husband Sanjeev Bhaskar were joined by the likes of Lenny Henry, Jo Brand, Maureen Lipman, Adrian …

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Holi Celebrations in London 2015

Nothing quite epitomizes the “colour” and “vibrancy” of India than the colourful festival of Holi.  Britain’s ever-fickle weather gods appeared to get the message. Saturday 07 March brought plenty of sultry spring sunshine as scores of Indians – and non-Indians – gathered at the Swaminarayan Temple in Stanmore to paint …

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