A number of designers have their stores here and lovers of fashion, quaint quirks and some incredible nick-nacks are just at home amidst the winding lanes of Shahpur Jat. What better way to explore the area than with their biannual Open House?The community brings the third Biannual day-long mela – where cafes, restaurants, studios, art galleries, fashion houses and concept stores across the urban village throw open their doors and bring in Diwali festivities with a mad mix of music, food, drinks and entertainment. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’This year Open House turns it up a notch with a mega music theme, as all participating outlets will be setting up live performances; expect DJ sets, acoustic guitar bands, accapella groups and local music crews tearing up the streets. As for culture vultures and retail junkies – there are new fashion winter collections, promotional offers, free gifts and punch. Sam Miller, a local resident and the author of Delhi: Adventures in a Megacity and Blue Guide India will lead a walk through the neighborhood of Shahpur Jat. The main park in Shahpur Jat will house a carnival for kids, complete with bouncy castles, merry-go-rounds and carousels. Look out for contemporary street performers, pop-up bakeshops, retro photobooths, rustic retail therapy as ‘thelas’ with designer-ware traverse the streets. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixWith forty stores participating this year Vivita Relan, the mind behind the Open House explains the objective. ‘ Shahpur Jat has always been a tucked away little village despite it being in the centre of South Delhi; always the poor little ugly step sister, wrong-side of the tracks to the other burgeoning urban village Hauz Khas, which seemed to be the darling of the alternative, liberal arts publications, but no heed was paid to poor little SPJ. This meant it had low rents, despite its central location, and hence attracted a motley eclectic mix of fashion designers, graphic designers, artists and its studios, photographers, event planners, yoga studios, social entrepreneurs and interior design outfits. Later, some of these graduated to commercial retail outlets, which were floundering because of the lack of footfalls. The market was known as the poor man’s answer to shaadi kapde; so to publicise the word that the market was also filled with other super cool, indie stores and cafes that had a unique, creative offering, the Open house was created by 6 store owners: Lila, The Wishing Chair, Alecca Carrano, Olivia Dar, Second Floor Studio and Les Parisiennes,’ she says.With bake sales, tarot card readers, some great eats and even better shopping options – pick up a map and don’t miss this!
Kolkata: With the Election Commission of India announcing the schedule of the forthcoming Lok Sabha polls on March 10, senior Trinamool Congress leaders on Tuesday started painting wall graffiti to draw the attention of voters.Trinamool Congress leader Shashi Panja took part in wall painting along with her colleagues in different parts of the North Kolkata constituency on Tuesday. Senior Trinamool Congress leader Sudip Bandopadhyay is the candidate contesting from the seat. Many Trinamool supporters were found painting walls in Jorabagan and other parts of North Kolkata. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseTrinamool leader Tarak Singh also tried his hand at poll graffiti on S N Roy road of Behala in South Kolkata on Tuesday morning. He said that his party would highlight the failures of the Narendra Modi government during the election campaign and at the same time, showcase how the development projects initiated by the Mamata Banerjee government in the state have benefitted the people. Senior Trinamool Congress leader Sobhandeb Chattopadhyay also painted his party symbol on a wall at Rashbehari Avenue on Tuesday morning. As party supremo Mamata Banerjee announced the names of candidates later in the day, no name was mentioned on the wall at Rashbehari Avenue which falls under the South Kolkata constituency. The process of wall painting got accelerated throughout the state after Banerjee announced the names of all 42 candidates contesting the elections. In some places, Trinamool leaders were seen painting walls in the evening as well. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataIt may be mentioned here that Chattopadhyay had always been fond of painting poll graffiti since the early days of his political career. He had always picked up a painting brush every time there was an election in the state. He painted the party symbol on a wall while his colleagues assisted him. To everyone’s surprise, Chattopadhyay used public transport to reach home. He boarded a bus from Rashbehari and got down at Jadu Babur Bazar. He didn’t, however, make any vote appeal to the fellow passengers travelling in the bus. “I have a passion for painting poll graffiti. From the days of my early political career I have been painting walls. When I had been younger, my wall painting drew the attention of the then political leaders. I always believe that wall graffiti should be done in such a manner that it appears soothing to the eyes. I always prefer to send across a political message drawing various cartoon figures,” Chattopadhyay said. He also added that the development works that have been carried out by the Mamata Banerjee government in the state would get reflected in the election result. Arpita Ghosh, who is contesting the elections from Balurghat, was also seen painting walls in areas under her constituency on Tuesday afternoon.