New Delhi, November 26, 2017: The BMW Indian Open Polo Championship, the
oldest trophy at stake on the Indian Open Polo Circuit which got underway
in the capital on November 22 with the league rounds, culminated today into
the finals at the Jaipur Polo Ground, with the top two teams the Jindal
Panther and Sahara Warriors Achievers battling it out for the top honors.

Both teams were geared up to play the 117th year of the Prestigious IPA
trophy. Star players like Naveen Jindal, Satinder Garcha, Abhimanyu Pathak,
Shamsheer Ali, Mattew Perry won audience’s heart from the beginning.
Shamsheer Ali opened the scoreboard for Jindal Panther with his three quick
successive goals followed by Simran Singh Shergill scoring one. While,
Sahara Warriors Achievers could not open its account in the first chukkar.

The second and third chukkar saw Sahara Warriors Achievers opening with
Abhimanyu Pathak scoring the first goal for the team. Making the score, 3
goals to 1 with Jindal Panther leading from the second chukkar.

The third chukkar, twisted the game with 2 back to back goals for the team
with Abhimanyu Pathak again getting his third goal of the day while, Jindal
Panther’s Simran Singh Shergill could only manage to score one goal for
this team. A Similar scene was witnessed with another goal from Abhimanyu
Pathak, but Shamsheer Ali played stronger and scored two goals for his team
with one being a 30 -yard penalty . The end score of the forth chukkar was
7 goals to 5 with Jindal Panther all set to win another championship.

The fifth chukkar, was the nail biting round of the day. The stands were
packed with the crowd cheering for their respective teams as Sahara
Warriors Achievers made a surprising comeback scoring a sole goal in the
end of chukkar.

In the final chukkar, Sahara Warriors Achievers almost gave a scare to the
Jindal Panther , nicking in two more goals, scored by Abhimanyu Pathak and
Mattew Perry respectively. But, Italian Star Cutinelli Goffredo scored
three back to back goals for Jindals Panther, making them the most
anticipated winners. The final scoreline read 10-8 in favour of Jindal
Panther, making them champions of the BMW Indian Open Championship for
the second year in a row. The Most Valuable Player of the tournament
was un undoubtedly
Abhimanyu Pathak as he scored the maximum number of goals . And the Best
Polo Pony was won by Shamsheer Ali’s Elerstina.

Scorers for Jindal Panther: Shamsheer Ali (2) Simran Singh Shergill (2)
Cutinelli Goffredo (4)

Scorers for Sahara Warriors Achievers: Abhimanyu Pathak (7) Mattew Philip
Perry (1)

Geeta Chandran to Perform at IHC

rajivchan@gmail.comIHC/rajivchan@gmail.com has invited Dancer Geeta Chandran and her Natya Vriksha Dance Company to present ANEKANTA at the Stein Auditorium, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi.

The key leitmotif of Chandran’s ANEKANTA is that there are multiple
realities to every issue – cultural, political, social, economic and, in
fact, every aspect of life and living! ANEKANTA celebrates acceptance of
multiple truths, embracing diversity and of universal acceptance.

In group choreographies, Geeta Chandran views ANEKANTA through dramatic
dance strategies like an ALARIPPU presented in three speeds; of exploring
GRIHABHEDA through movement; and finding linkages between SOUND and
SILENCE! She also presents NABAGUNJARA, a thrilling episode from an Oriya

In her solo choreography, Geeta’s abhinaya will throw the spotlight on
RAVANA, King of Lanka, known in all three worlds as an exemplar Shiva
Bhakta. And yet, universally considered a monstrous villain. Yet, within
the Valmiki Ramayana itself, there is evidence that he was so much more.
And these shades offer the dancer an opportnuity to explore ANEKANTA within
the context of the Ramayana.

Music for ANEKANTA is designed by Geeta Chandran in close collaboration
with K. Venkateshwaran and Dr. S. Vasudevan. This lyrical music-scape is
further enhanced with rhythmic inputs by K. Sivakumar and Lalgudi Sri
Ganesh adding verve and vibrancy to the production.

Yet another path-breaking dance concept by Dancer GEETA CHANDRAN, ANEKANTA
aspires to bring valuable oxygen to the larger public discourse on
identity. It is a powerful artistic statement of Dancer Geeta Chandran who
has moved tradition forward with her strategic performances.

Neeraj Gupta Wins Silver in Florence Biennale

Sculptor Neeraj  Gupta became the first Indian artist to get the  Lorenzo il Magnifico SILVER  medal in sculpture in XIth Florence Biennale,  the second highest award of  an important art event of Europe.  The award is significant because it comes from the Birth Place and work place of the most important  artist of the history Michelangelo.

Michelangelo not only established the role of an artist in the society but also took the art to a new high. He proved that the best in the art is yet to come and demolished the myth that best art was created in Roman Era.

So this important award to an Indian sculptor improves the Image of India in terms of artistic capability on the international scene  but also proves that Indian are second to none intellectual and art areha also.

The award was also significant because there was a staff completion from more than 1000 participating artist from around 73 major nations. Their award will help put the contemporary Indian  art in international  focus.

Malika Ahluwalia ‘ARTiculate2’

Malika Ahluwalia is showcasing her works for the third time. She is a young artist based in Delhi, who has studied art under her mother Illoosh Judge Ahluwalia, a renowned artist. The two artists are exhibiting their works together in an exhibition titled ‘ARTiculate2’ at Arpana Art Gallery near Siri Fort Auditorium. Both the artists use only a palette knife for their work, no brush is used, and the medium is oil on canvas.

Malika studied at Sanskriti School in New Delhi and completed her graduate degree in Statistics from Lady Shri Ram College. Her other interests are Horse riding and reading. She is an animal lover and part of the proceeds of this exhibition will go to an animal rescue centre namely The Asswin Project (for donkeys, horses and cattle).

In the six years since her first show Malika has progressed and evolved as a painter and critics and art aficionados have commented favourably on her works and realistic style. Among the personalities who have appreciated her works are the late Khushwant Singh, the late Vasant Sathe, Dr Farooq Abdullah, art critic Suneet Chopra, author Uma Vasudev and columnist Jug Suraiya to name a few.MALIKA2017_1