With every coming year, Dastkar celebrates the Indian garment by hosting a well-curated collection of handloom and handcrafted sarees which are exclusive in its make. This year they bring their much-awaited celebration of the Indian Saree: The Grand Saree Fair.The five-day carnival cum festival will be held from September 20 – 28, 2019 at the Nature Bazaar Venue, Kisan Haat, Andheria Modh to celebrate the ageless garment and bring forth the traditions and culture that envelopes its lifecycle. The main aim behind the event is to increase awareness about the various types of sarees, the lives involved around it and the importance of it in the Indian culture. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainThe main idea behind the festival is to give a boost to traditional weaves, some of which are vanishing and this fair, Dastakar will bring together weavers from all over India and will also give Delhiites a sneak-peak into traditional Indian wear. Sarees to look out for at the fair include Jamdani, Mangalgiri, Batik, Block Printing, Madhubani, Silk Weaving, Ikat Weaves, Tribal Weaves from Assam, Block Prints, Handwoven Sarees and much more. Along with a variety to shop from, visitors can also indulge in various activities that have been planned cultural performances like Manganiyars from Rajasthan (September 21 and 22), where a group of musicians from Rajasthan will recite tales of historical and cultural significance. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardCultural demonstration on hand spinning and handloom weaving will also be a part of this fair. Apart from encouraging online followers to promote the garment, the aim of the event is also to encourage newcomers to display their work, and for the regular ones to develop their products along newer lines. Visitors can witness a variety of new additions to the Dastkar family in terms of participants as well as newly crafted sarees, drapes and more. Some of the prominent participant who will be displaying their work will be Threads by Rekha Kapoor – A regular participant of Dastkar shows. Rekha Kapoor is known to explore variety by combining various crafts in one garment and adding her contemporary design knowledge to traditional crafts. Threads will be displaying a new concept which involves Tussar Silk Dupattas with Shibori and more. Also, a collection of hand-painted Kalamkari sarees will be displayed at her stall. Dayalal Kudecha is another part of the Dastkar family, who has been participating for more than 10 years. Dayabhai is known internationally as well as locally for his excellence in Bhujodi craft. “I am happy to earn my livelihood as a weaver. I enjoy the sense of independence. I also feel proud of how my success has set an example for young people in my community to continue or return to weaving,” said Dayabhai.
New Delhi: Violation of the odd-even road rationing rule, scheduled to kick in from November 4 in the city, will invite a fine of Rs 20,000 as per the amended Motor Vehicles Act, officials said on Thursday. The odd-even scheme involves plying of vehicles on alternate days as per the last odd or even digit of their registration numbers. Earlier, when the odd-even scheme was imposed by the Delhi government in January and April 2016, the violation was punishable with a fine of Rs 2,000. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehicles However, a final decision on the size of penalty has not been made since the notification of compoundable offences under the amended MV Act is yet to be notified by the Delhi government, an official said. “The government is authorised to reduce the amount of fine which it may or may not do, ” said the official. Under Section 115 of the MV Act, violation of the odd-even rule is a traffic offence for which the fine amount has been raised from Rs 2,000 to Rs 20,000 after amendment which came into effect from September 1 this year. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: Javadekar Section 115 of the MV Act gives the state government the power to restrict the use of vehicles and that is how the Delhi government rolls out the odd-even scheme. Now, the revised penalty for violation under this section is mentioned in Clause 194 of the Act. Earlier, the Act stated that the penalty was a minimum of Rs 2,000, which has now been increased to Rs 20,000. Recently, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced implementation of the odd-even scheme in Delhi as part of the seven point action plan from November 4-15, to combat high levels of air pollution in winters. He had also acknowledged that the high penalty amount has improved indisciplined road traffic in the city, but had added that his government will consider reducing fines under its jurisdiction.