Mumbai Diary: Friday Dossier

The city — sliced, diced and served with a dash of sauce

A big roar for Gir’s eco warriors
At The Sanctuary Wildlife Awards 2015 held yesterday, several environmentalists from different walks of life were acknowledged for their work.

Rasila Vadher and Madhu Karangia, female forest guards from Gir forest (known as Lion Queens) and forest guard Mahadev Rayjada. Pic/Suresh KK
Rasila Vadher and Madhu Karangia, female forest guards from Gir forest (known as Lion Queens) and forest guard Mahadev Rayjada. Pic/Suresh KK

Held at the Press Club of Mumbai last evening, this diarist was glad to spot Rasila Vadher. The young ranger’s bravery was applause-worthy during an earlier interview.

The forest guard came into popular view when a TV series documented the rescue work of the female forest guards inside Gir’s treacherous forests. Vadher and other guards have been a part of over 900 rescue operations, which involved her come face to face with pythons and lions. Roar!

A rumal from Chamba
When we got an invite to an exhibition titled Chamba Rumal: Life to a Dying Art, it piqued our imagination. A unique traditional art form, Chamba Rumal, is an embroidered square cloth with origins in Chamba, Himachal Pradesh.

Organised in collaboration with Delhi Crafts Council, the exhibition in the city will present recreated Chamba Rumals that are a skillful blend of miniature painting traditions and embroidery.

In the 18th and 19th centuries, one of the important schools of miniature painting that developed was the Pahari School, which heavily influenced the compositions for the embroidery on the Chamba Rumal.

The paintings were inspired by Hindu mythology and Indian literary texts. The rumals that are like paintings in embroidery were used for covering platters, as gifts for auspicious occasions and for offerings to deities and till date feature in Chamba weddings.

The Delhi Crafts Council has taken up the challenge of reviving this near extinct art. A core collection of rumals selected from various museums across the country and abroad has been recreated by artisans from Chamba.

Anjana Somany, who heads the Chamba Rumal Project at Delhi Crafts Council, will give an illustrated presentation on this traditional art form at 6.45 pm today, at the Special Project Space inside the Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum.

When Pooja met Poonam
Several leggy ladies of Mumbai caught up at the launch of new designer Shivani Awasty’s collection at a fashion store in Bandra on Wednesday.

Poonam Dhillon and Pooja Bedi
Poonam Dhillon and Pooja Bedi. Pic/Swarali Purohit

Spotted at the do were Aditi Rao Hydari, Evelyn Sharma and Farah Khan Ali. Caught in this same frame were actresses Poonam Dhillon and Pooja Bedi, who showed up in contrasting evening wear.

Pic/Shadab Khan
Pic/Shadab Khan

A royal visit
On the occasion of Qatar National Day, (fourth from left) His Excellency Mohammed Yousuf Al Awadhi, ex-Consul General of UAE, RK Dhanawade, Deputy Secretary, Government of Maharashtra and His Excellency Hamad Mohammed Al Dosari, Consul General, Qatar Consulate celebrated the event by cutting a cake in the presence of other diplomats at a SoBo five star.

One for the children
Earlier this year, a bunch of videos on YouTube, where school children were made to read out obscene messages aloud, went viral across the globe.

Internet voices were raised against this exploitation of kids, and Mumbai resident Tejaswini Naik started an online petition against it. Like several good things that emerge on the Internet, there was a reason to cheer.

The petition received 52,523 signatures and YouTube pulled down the videos, and gave an official response too.

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