Social Media Highlights Of The Week At VR Surat

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As Dumas Art Project, a month-long celebration of art and artists, drew to a close on March 23rd, we looked back at the eventful last week. Visitors at the Center can now pamper themselves with a natural skincare range from The Body Shop, which opened its doors to Surtis a few days ago. We also hosted Surat’s first demo kitchen on March 15th and 16th as part of our Club WOW initiative, which was covered in-depth in Surat Times.

For more updates from VR Surat, follow us on TwitterInstagram and Facebook.

It’s Raining Colors And Joy At VR Surat’s Holi Celebrations

Holi festival of colors celebrations ta VR Surat rain dance party at vr surat green holi organic colors safe skin-friendly DJ party music fun festivities at VR Surat, Virtuous Retail

Each festival at VR Surat is celebrated with much gusto and enthusiasm, Holi at the Center was no exception. From groovy music played by renowned DJs to a lively rain dance party, Surtis were treated to an extremely colorful and exciting Holi, one that was unmatched in the city.

With the usual colors of Holi known to wreak havoc on both one’s hair and skin, VR Surat took extra care to ensure all colors used were organic and herbal. Organic colors, which are made from a variety of flowers, turmeric, beetroot, saffron, amla fruit and henna are much easier on the skin as compared to the artificial colors. These colors were also distributed during the Kreative Kitchen workshop held at the Center over the weekend.

Read how Christmas and was celebrated at VR Surat here.

World of Women At VR Surat Wows Surtis

Shruti pathak singer world of women at VR Surat international women's day celebrations surat demo kitchen culinary workshops chocolate and cake-making workshop surat celebrating women

The Women’s Day weekend saw a lot of fun and excitement at the Center with the announcement of the launch of the World of Women campaign (WOW) by popular singer Shruti Pathak; our efforts towards recognizing and honoring all women on International Women’s Day. Surti women pampered themselves with makeup, styling and culinary workshops and many renowned female business leaders, influencers and philanthropists were felicitated in our award ceremony. Enticing window displays with exclusive offers made the weekend more special for all the women visiting the Center.

Keeping up with the celebratory spirit at VR Surat and with the belief that every day is women’s day, the WOW club launched its first weekend workshop ‘Kreative Kitchen’ with a special culinary experience hosted by renowned chefs at the Center on March 15th and 16th. Introducing Surat’s first demo kitchen, Surti women were treated to live chocolate and cake-making workshop by Chef Sheldon Pinto, along with a specially crafted session on Holi delicacies by Chef Sneha Thakkar.

Shruti pathak singer world of women at VR Surat international women's day celebrations surat demo kitchen culinary workshops chocolate and cake-making workshop surat celebrating women kreative kitchen

Shruti pathak singer world of women at VR Surat international women's day celebrations surat demo kitchen culinary workshops chocolate and cake-making workshop surat celebrating women kreative kitchen

Stay au courant with everything at VR Surat on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Geeta Rao Recommends Forest Essentials For Pampered Looking Skin

Geeta Rao beauty and health director vogue india ogilvy asia pacific creative director forest essentials make up and beauty products review

Geeta Rao is the former beauty and health director of Vogue India and has previously worked at Ogilvy Asia Pacific as Regional Creative Director. She now reviews brands and beauty products on her popular blog Geeta’s List, an exciting and unique mix of beauty trends and product analysis. Rao is an ardent admirer of the Ayurvedic skin and body care brand Forest Essentials, which retails at VR Surat. Rao spoke to VR Diaries about the beauty benefits of some of Forest Essentials‘ products and her top picks. Read on to find out more.

Pamper Power

I stumbled upon Forest Essentials quite by accident in 2004 at their Breach Candy store in Mumbai. I had never heard of the brand but thought the name was very evocative and the store seemed calm and serene. I totally bought into the Ayurveda philosophy and walked away with a light jasmine lotion for day use. I have tried and gifted several products since then.

Six years later as Beauty Director at Vogue, I spent a memorable afternoon with Mira Kulkarni, the inspiring founder of Forest Essentials. We had a charged and electric conversation on beauty and women and our Indian heritage and I really understood her passion and drive for what she terms Luxurious Ayurveda. How right she is.

We all deserve some luxury and pampering in our beauty products. If they are organic and use natural preservatives as far as possible so much the better.

The ayurvedic principle that your skin is influenced by your dosha – vatapittakapha (you can get your dosha analyzed at the store) as well as seasons is true for India where we can have extreme summers and winters. Then there are things like ageing and pollution and sun damage, so it is important to use the right products for skin and hair and change them with changing needs.

The date and litchi cream, one of Forest Essential’s star products has a fascinating story. It is left to ferment and as it ferments, Sanskrit shlokas are chanted over it for it to absorb all the goodness of the universe. The panch pushp eye gel is incredibly soothing on a hot summer day. For very dry winter skin there is Tejasvi radiance emulsion.

The Forest Essentials story began in a little stone cottage tucked away above Rishikesh and when I was there I saw women at work on making hand pounded soaps, some plucking fresh Aloe Vera from the garden and singing as they worked to imbue their energies into their work.

As a beauty writer I always feel better when I have seen where beauty products are made so I can tell my readers the real story.

Now they have moved to a much bigger factory in Hardwar with controlled systems and processes but I am told they still chant shlokas and their products are still organic and Ayurveda based.

Enjoy discovering it and share your favorites with me.

My current favorites:

Saundarya Radiance Cream

saundarya cream serum at VR Surat from Forest Essentials organic ayurvedic

Date & Litchi Cream

date and litchi eternal youth cream from forest essentials Geeta Rao's recommendations organic ayurvedic at VR Surat

Mashobra Honey & Vanilla Hair Cleanser

Mashobra honey and vanilla shampoo from forest essentials for healthy soft hair Geeta Rao's recommendations organic ayurvedic at VR Surat

Narangi Lip Balm

narangi lip balm organic pure beeswax lip balm forest essentials Geeta Rao's recommendations organic ayurvedic at VR Surat

Stress Relief & Tranquility sprays

Stress Relief and Tranquility spray from Forest Essentials Geeta Rao's recommendations available at VR Surat

This Is The World Of Women

Even though one doesn’t need a special occasion or specific reason to celebrate the achievements of women, International Women’s Day continues to stand as an important day for commemorating the courage and resilience of women who have fought against injustice and strived for gender equality. It is an important day to commit ourselves towards making the world a safer place, where women can enjoy the same rights as their male counterparts and enjoy true equality.

Watch this video to be wowed by women entrepreneurs the world over.

On this International Women’s Day, we at VR Surat are dedicating our efforts towards celebrating and honoring women who have effected social change and inspired revolutions.

VR Surat will launch the “World of Women” campaign, offering sweet induldences to all the women visiting the Center throughout this month. From beautiful visual merchandising set up across the Center and special offers by various retailers, to interactive networking sessions by leading female entrepreneurs and leaders, we couldn’t be more excited to ensure that every woman feels truly special and empowered at VR Surat.

Please join us as we host styling sessions, workshops on good parenting and a range of other stimulating activities at VR Surat. After all, this is the world of incredible women.

VR Surat’s Center Court Travels Through Time with Ford

Ford Time Machine Auto Expo 2014 VR Surat time travel center court brand promotion ford journey

The Center Court at VR Surat was recently transformed into a time capsule, taking visitors at the Center on a 3-D virtual tour of automaker Ford’s incredible journey.

The virtual reality tour was part of Auto Expo 2014, which was held earlier this year in Delhi. This intriguing tour through time comes courtesy of Ford‘s nation-wide initiative to take the Ford Time Machine to five different Indian cities, their effort to give car enthusiasts who missed Auto Expo 2014 a chance to experience the brand’s illustrious evolution.

With an enormous space that is ideal for branding and promotional events, world-class technological infrastructure and impressive acoustics, VR Surat’s Center Court was the perfect set up for this innovative campaign.

Learn more about exciting possibilities of hosting brand promotions at Center Court here.

Ashleshaa Khurana Remembers Surat’s Very Own Iron Lady Usha Mehta

Ashleshaa Khurana Khoobsurat author international Women's day VR Surat guest blogger Surat Times of India Usha Mehta freedom fighter empowering women gender equality inspiring change Surti women

As we prepare to celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8th, we asked Ashleshaa Khurana, author of Khoobsurat: Hope for Heritage, a columnist for The Times of India and a respected educator, to put the spotlight on a Surti woman who symbolizes courage and empowerment.

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

By Ashleshaa Khurana

The world will celebrate the 103rd anniversary of International Women’s Day this year, a movement begun by the efforts of women in the West who paraded demanding equal voting and working rights. It was the tragic ‘Triangle Fire’ in New York city on March 25, 1911, which took the lives of 140 immigrant Italian and Jewish working women that drew significant attention to the state of work conditions and labour legislation, which became the focus of IWD.

While ladies in the West were fighting for their rights through the 20th century, Indian women were fighting for Independence among whom Usha Mehta, a Surti woman, stood out for her bravery. Surat’s women are known for their free spirited nature; they live life with great chutzpah and are fearless femmes who rub shoulders with men as they tread towards a progressive society. Usha Mehta of Surat was one such fine lady.

Born on 25th of March, 1920, Mehta met Gandhiji at the mere age of seven where she was influenced by the simplicity and self dependence of the ashram style, an attendance at his meeting in Olpad inspired her enough to form a team of children who fought for freedom with all their might in a non-violent way in 1928, shouting “Simon go back!”. The boy gang called themselves ‘vaanar sena’ (monkey army), so the girlie gang named themselves ‘manjar sena’ (cat army). They traded their playtime to sell Khadi from door to door, distributed clandestine bulletins, carried messages to prisoners and also picketed at liquor shops discouraging alcoholics from buying booze.

“It was not child’s play, but the police could not put us under arrest and we were excited to do our bit for the country,” reminisces Leelaben Parekh, 95, an ex-social worker, who would picket with her gang of girls at shops near the Bhagal crossroads.

The girls dressed in tri-coloured green blouses, red petticoats and white chunnis made from Khadi; these ‘live flags’ were put together by their mothers and grandmothers and would sing slogans which were their only weapons, ”Ae policewalloh, chalao lathi, chalao danda; jhuk na sakegaa apna jhandaa”.

During the civil disobedience movement in 1930, 30,000 Surtis greeted Gandhiji. Women in the old walled city decorated streets with marigold flowers to greet Gandhiji and his followers. Though he had asked men to participate in the Satyagrah, women became mass participants of the freedom movement and for the first time, thousands participated. In Zareer Masani’s ‘Tales of the Raj’, Usha Mehta noted how, ”even our old aunts and great aunts and grandmothers used to bring pitchers of salt water to their houses and manufacture illegal salt and then they would shout at the top of their voices, “we have broken the salt law!”

Congratulating our creed, United Nations secretary general Ban Ki-moon had announced that the year 2011’s agenda for International Women’s day would focus on education, training, science and technology, “Cell phones and Internet can enable women to improve the health and well-being of their families, take advantage from income earning opportunities, and protect themselves from exploitation and vulnerability.”

Surat’s gutsy gal Usha Mehta used technology to protect the country from exploitation and vulnerability way back in 1942. After being the first to hoist the tri-colour flag on August 9th that year, along with Aruna Asaf Ali, at Gawalia Tank ground which was rechristened August Kranti Maidan, Mehta set up the Secret Congress radio with the help of friends, which kept Indians in touch with the thoughts of freedom leaders.

On the 14th of August when almost the entire Congress leadership was jailed after Gandhiji’s speech, Usha Mehta’s voice resonated through the country. The first words that India heard were hers, “This is the Congress radio calling on 42.34 metres from somewhere in India.”

When this 22-year old was later arrested for the same, she fearlessly refused to lie in court in spite of knowing it would have helped her escape conviction. So petrified were the Britishers by her chutzpah for freedom that even when this petite five feet tall was hospitalized, they would have four policemen guarding her from escaping.

For many young women like her, the Gandhian civilian disobedience movement provided an alternative to conventional marriage and domesticity. Usha Mehta was the first political prisoner to be released in free India and she was bestowed with Padma Vibhushan. A promoter of eco-friendly cottage industries, she believed the strength and art of our grannies and mothers were what would bring us progress. Her dream was to see that India transforms from “Swarajya” to “Surajya”. Her nephew, director Ketan Mehta who has given us aces like ‘Bhav ni Bhavai” and ‘Mangal Pandey” has a home-made script of one of India’s bravest heroes.

Social Media Highlights Of The Week At VR Surat

The inaugural week of the Dumas Art Project was a grand affair at VR Surat with stunning art installations catching the fancy of Surtis. From a giant tree made of used cycle tyres to a Gibson “Guitart” promoting breast cancer awareness, the art exhibits will continue to captivate visitors at VR Surat until March 23.

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See more from Dumas Art Project on Facebook and Instagram.

Social Media Highlights Of The Week At VR Surat

VR Surat social media highlights holi kreative kitchen demo kitchen cooking workshop in Surat the body shop at VR Surat women's day celebrations at VR surat

As Dumas Art Project, a month-long celebration of art and artists, drew to a close on March 23rd, we looked back at the eventful last week. Visitors at the Center can now pamper themselves with a natural skincare range from The Body Shop, which opened its doors to Surtis a few days ago. We also hosted Surat’s first demo kitchen on March 15th and 16th as part of our Club WOW initiative, which was covered in-depth in Surat Times.

For more updates from VR Surat, follow us on TwitterInstagram and Facebook.

It’s Raining Colors And Joy At VR Surat’s Holi Celebrations

Holi festival of colors celebrations ta VR Surat rain dance party at vr surat green holi organic colors safe skin-friendly DJ party music fun festivities at VR Surat, Virtuous Retail

Each festival at VR Surat is celebrated with much gusto and enthusiasm, Holi at the Center was no exception. From groovy music played by renowned DJs to a lively rain dance party, Surtis were treated to an extremely colorful and exciting Holi, one that was unmatched in the city.

With the usual colors of Holi known to wreak havoc on both one’s hair and skin, VR Surat took extra care to ensure all colors used were organic and herbal. Organic colors, which are made from a variety of flowers, turmeric, beetroot, saffron, amla fruit and henna are much easier on the skin as compared to the artificial colors. These colors were also distributed during the Kreative Kitchen workshop held at the Center over the weekend.

Read how Christmas and was celebrated at VR Surat here.

World of Women At VR Surat Wows Surtis

Shruti pathak singer world of women at VR Surat international women's day celebrations surat demo kitchen culinary workshops chocolate and cake-making workshop surat celebrating women

The Women’s Day weekend saw a lot of fun and excitement at the Center with the announcement of the launch of the World of Women campaign (WOW) by popular singer Shruti Pathak; our efforts towards recognizing and honoring all women on International Women’s Day. Surti women pampered themselves with makeup, styling and culinary workshops and many renowned female business leaders, influencers and philanthropists were felicitated in our award ceremony. Enticing window displays with exclusive offers made the weekend more special for all the women visiting the Center.

Keeping up with the celebratory spirit at VR Surat and with the belief that every day is women’s day, the WOW club launched its first weekend workshop ‘Kreative Kitchen’ with a special culinary experience hosted by renowned chefs at the Center on March 15th and 16th. Introducing Surat’s first demo kitchen, Surti women were treated to live chocolate and cake-making workshop by Chef Sheldon Pinto, along with a specially crafted session on Holi delicacies by Chef Sneha Thakkar.

Shruti pathak singer world of women at VR Surat international women's day celebrations surat demo kitchen culinary workshops chocolate and cake-making workshop surat celebrating women kreative kitchen

Shruti pathak singer world of women at VR Surat international women's day celebrations surat demo kitchen culinary workshops chocolate and cake-making workshop surat celebrating women kreative kitchen

Stay au courant with everything at VR Surat on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Geeta Rao Recommends Forest Essentials For Pampered Looking Skin

Geeta Rao beauty and health director vogue india ogilvy asia pacific creative director forest essentials make up and beauty products review

Geeta Rao is the former beauty and health director of Vogue India and has previously worked at Ogilvy Asia Pacific as Regional Creative Director. She now reviews brands and beauty products on her popular blog Geeta’s List, an exciting and unique mix of beauty trends and product analysis. Rao is an ardent admirer of the Ayurvedic skin and body care brand Forest Essentials, which retails at VR Surat. Rao spoke to VR Diaries about the beauty benefits of some of Forest Essentials‘ products and her top picks. Read on to find out more.

Pamper Power

I stumbled upon Forest Essentials quite by accident in 2004 at their Breach Candy store in Mumbai. I had never heard of the brand but thought the name was very evocative and the store seemed calm and serene. I totally bought into the Ayurveda philosophy and walked away with a light jasmine lotion for day use. I have tried and gifted several products since then.

Six years later as Beauty Director at Vogue, I spent a memorable afternoon with Mira Kulkarni, the inspiring founder of Forest Essentials. We had a charged and electric conversation on beauty and women and our Indian heritage and I really understood her passion and drive for what she terms Luxurious Ayurveda. How right she is.

We all deserve some luxury and pampering in our beauty products. If they are organic and use natural preservatives as far as possible so much the better.

The ayurvedic principle that your skin is influenced by your dosha – vatapittakapha (you can get your dosha analyzed at the store) as well as seasons is true for India where we can have extreme summers and winters. Then there are things like ageing and pollution and sun damage, so it is important to use the right products for skin and hair and change them with changing needs.

The date and litchi cream, one of Forest Essential’s star products has a fascinating story. It is left to ferment and as it ferments, Sanskrit shlokas are chanted over it for it to absorb all the goodness of the universe. The panch pushp eye gel is incredibly soothing on a hot summer day. For very dry winter skin there is Tejasvi radiance emulsion.

The Forest Essentials story began in a little stone cottage tucked away above Rishikesh and when I was there I saw women at work on making hand pounded soaps, some plucking fresh Aloe Vera from the garden and singing as they worked to imbue their energies into their work.

As a beauty writer I always feel better when I have seen where beauty products are made so I can tell my readers the real story.

Now they have moved to a much bigger factory in Hardwar with controlled systems and processes but I am told they still chant shlokas and their products are still organic and Ayurveda based.

Enjoy discovering it and share your favorites with me.

My current favorites:

Saundarya Radiance Cream

saundarya cream serum at VR Surat from Forest Essentials organic ayurvedic

Date & Litchi Cream

date and litchi eternal youth cream from forest essentials Geeta Rao's recommendations organic ayurvedic at VR Surat

Mashobra Honey & Vanilla Hair Cleanser

Mashobra honey and vanilla shampoo from forest essentials for healthy soft hair Geeta Rao's recommendations organic ayurvedic at VR Surat

Narangi Lip Balm

narangi lip balm organic pure beeswax lip balm forest essentials Geeta Rao's recommendations organic ayurvedic at VR Surat

Stress Relief & Tranquility sprays

Stress Relief and Tranquility spray from Forest Essentials Geeta Rao's recommendations available at VR Surat

This Is The World Of Women

Even though one doesn’t need a special occasion or specific reason to celebrate the achievements of women, International Women’s Day continues to stand as an important day for commemorating the courage and resilience of women who have fought against injustice and strived for gender equality. It is an important day to commit ourselves towards making the world a safer place, where women can enjoy the same rights as their male counterparts and enjoy true equality.

Watch this video to be wowed by women entrepreneurs the world over.

On this International Women’s Day, we at VR Surat are dedicating our efforts towards celebrating and honoring women who have effected social change and inspired revolutions.

VR Surat will launch the “World of Women” campaign, offering sweet induldences to all the women visiting the Center throughout this month. From beautiful visual merchandising set up across the Center and special offers by various retailers, to interactive networking sessions by leading female entrepreneurs and leaders, we couldn’t be more excited to ensure that every woman feels truly special and empowered at VR Surat.

Please join us as we host styling sessions, workshops on good parenting and a range of other stimulating activities at VR Surat. After all, this is the world of incredible women.

VR Surat’s Center Court Travels Through Time with Ford

Ford Time Machine Auto Expo 2014 VR Surat time travel center court brand promotion ford journey

The Center Court at VR Surat was recently transformed into a time capsule, taking visitors at the Center on a 3-D virtual tour of automaker Ford’s incredible journey.

The virtual reality tour was part of Auto Expo 2014, which was held earlier this year in Delhi. This intriguing tour through time comes courtesy of Ford‘s nation-wide initiative to take the Ford Time Machine to five different Indian cities, their effort to give car enthusiasts who missed Auto Expo 2014 a chance to experience the brand’s illustrious evolution.

With an enormous space that is ideal for branding and promotional events, world-class technological infrastructure and impressive acoustics, VR Surat’s Center Court was the perfect set up for this innovative campaign.

Learn more about exciting possibilities of hosting brand promotions at Center Court here.

Ashleshaa Khurana Remembers Surat’s Very Own Iron Lady Usha Mehta

Ashleshaa Khurana Khoobsurat author international Women's day VR Surat guest blogger Surat Times of India Usha Mehta freedom fighter empowering women gender equality inspiring change Surti women

As we prepare to celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8th, we asked Ashleshaa Khurana, author of Khoobsurat: Hope for Heritage, a columnist for The Times of India and a respected educator, to put the spotlight on a Surti woman who symbolizes courage and empowerment.

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

By Ashleshaa Khurana

The world will celebrate the 103rd anniversary of International Women’s Day this year, a movement begun by the efforts of women in the West who paraded demanding equal voting and working rights. It was the tragic ‘Triangle Fire’ in New York city on March 25, 1911, which took the lives of 140 immigrant Italian and Jewish working women that drew significant attention to the state of work conditions and labour legislation, which became the focus of IWD.

While ladies in the West were fighting for their rights through the 20th century, Indian women were fighting for Independence among whom Usha Mehta, a Surti woman, stood out for her bravery. Surat’s women are known for their free spirited nature; they live life with great chutzpah and are fearless femmes who rub shoulders with men as they tread towards a progressive society. Usha Mehta of Surat was one such fine lady.

Born on 25th of March, 1920, Mehta met Gandhiji at the mere age of seven where she was influenced by the simplicity and self dependence of the ashram style, an attendance at his meeting in Olpad inspired her enough to form a team of children who fought for freedom with all their might in a non-violent way in 1928, shouting “Simon go back!”. The boy gang called themselves ‘vaanar sena’ (monkey army), so the girlie gang named themselves ‘manjar sena’ (cat army). They traded their playtime to sell Khadi from door to door, distributed clandestine bulletins, carried messages to prisoners and also picketed at liquor shops discouraging alcoholics from buying booze.

“It was not child’s play, but the police could not put us under arrest and we were excited to do our bit for the country,” reminisces Leelaben Parekh, 95, an ex-social worker, who would picket with her gang of girls at shops near the Bhagal crossroads.

The girls dressed in tri-coloured green blouses, red petticoats and white chunnis made from Khadi; these ‘live flags’ were put together by their mothers and grandmothers and would sing slogans which were their only weapons, ”Ae policewalloh, chalao lathi, chalao danda; jhuk na sakegaa apna jhandaa”.

During the civil disobedience movement in 1930, 30,000 Surtis greeted Gandhiji. Women in the old walled city decorated streets with marigold flowers to greet Gandhiji and his followers. Though he had asked men to participate in the Satyagrah, women became mass participants of the freedom movement and for the first time, thousands participated. In Zareer Masani’s ‘Tales of the Raj’, Usha Mehta noted how, ”even our old aunts and great aunts and grandmothers used to bring pitchers of salt water to their houses and manufacture illegal salt and then they would shout at the top of their voices, “we have broken the salt law!”

Congratulating our creed, United Nations secretary general Ban Ki-moon had announced that the year 2011’s agenda for International Women’s day would focus on education, training, science and technology, “Cell phones and Internet can enable women to improve the health and well-being of their families, take advantage from income earning opportunities, and protect themselves from exploitation and vulnerability.”

Surat’s gutsy gal Usha Mehta used technology to protect the country from exploitation and vulnerability way back in 1942. After being the first to hoist the tri-colour flag on August 9th that year, along with Aruna Asaf Ali, at Gawalia Tank ground which was rechristened August Kranti Maidan, Mehta set up the Secret Congress radio with the help of friends, which kept Indians in touch with the thoughts of freedom leaders.

On the 14th of August when almost the entire Congress leadership was jailed after Gandhiji’s speech, Usha Mehta’s voice resonated through the country. The first words that India heard were hers, “This is the Congress radio calling on 42.34 metres from somewhere in India.”

When this 22-year old was later arrested for the same, she fearlessly refused to lie in court in spite of knowing it would have helped her escape conviction. So petrified were the Britishers by her chutzpah for freedom that even when this petite five feet tall was hospitalized, they would have four policemen guarding her from escaping.

For many young women like her, the Gandhian civilian disobedience movement provided an alternative to conventional marriage and domesticity. Usha Mehta was the first political prisoner to be released in free India and she was bestowed with Padma Vibhushan. A promoter of eco-friendly cottage industries, she believed the strength and art of our grannies and mothers were what would bring us progress. Her dream was to see that India transforms from “Swarajya” to “Surajya”. Her nephew, director Ketan Mehta who has given us aces like ‘Bhav ni Bhavai” and ‘Mangal Pandey” has a home-made script of one of India’s bravest heroes.

Social Media Highlights Of The Week At VR Surat

The inaugural week of the Dumas Art Project was a grand affair at VR Surat with stunning art installations catching the fancy of Surtis. From a giant tree made of used cycle tyres to a Gibson “Guitart” promoting breast cancer awareness, the art exhibits will continue to captivate visitors at VR Surat until March 23.

VR Surat virtuous retail dumas art project art exhibit local artists art installations art festival

See more from Dumas Art Project on Facebook and Instagram.