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  • Teri Baaton Mei…: A romance btw human & robot with feelings

    What happens when a robot falls in love with a human? Actors Shahid Kapoor and Kriti Sanon reveal details about their upcoming film that explores this concept and what made them say yes to it, besides other things. With Artificial Intelligence and robotics engineering penetrating their roots in every facet of life, these concept have now charmed Bollywood as well. So much so that Shahid Kapoor and Kriti Sanon’s upcoming film ‘Teri Baaton Mein Aise Uljha Jiya’ revolves around them. In its one-of-a-kind innovation, Kapoor will be seen romancing a robot (played by Sanon). But unlike other robots seen in the bygone era, who were devoid of emotions, the trailer shows Sanon endowed with them. At a press conference in Delhi, the actors divulged details about their upcoming film. On playing a robot Sanon revealed that when was narrated with the story, an excitement engulfed her. Besides the fact that the role has been an unchartered territory for her, it is something that is completely different from the real her. “This role is very away from me. I am completely opposite to a robot. I am extremely clumsy as a person. I can fall on a flat surface wearing flats. I am also messy. However a robot is smarter than humans and away from clumsiness. So it was interesting to play this character that was close to be a human being but yet cannot be called a human in real sense,” she added. On the concept of the film While the idea of a human falling in love with a robot may sound unrealistic in real life, Kapoor stated that the film in no way is trying to show reality. He instead said that that idea is to give a reason for people to experience things that may not be true. “Years ago when Mr India was released, no one questioned how if ever a bracelet can lead people to go invisible from the face of the earth. Everyone loved the film’s concept and storyline. Stories shown in films should look convincing and sometimes makers show unrealitic things in films so that people do not get bored seeing only the reality,” he shared. On returning to romantic films Teri Baaton Mein Aise Uljha Jiya marks a comeback for Kapoor in the romantic films. Though the actor has shot back to back film every year, he kept away from doing romantic films, something that he said was not 'out of choice'. When asked what kept him away for so long, he said that he was not getting enough opportunities in this category of films. “Sometimes actors get similar kinds of roles. But I wanted to do something different. The word ‘different’ defines this film in every sense. I had never imagined that such a role would be ever offered to me. Neither did I knew that I would like such a script. So, it’s the concept that led me say yes to the film,” he stated. Teri Baaton Mein Aisa Uljha Jiya is set to hit the cinemas on February 9. Helmed by Amit Joshi and Aradhana Sah, the film also stars Dimple Kapadia and Dharmendra in prominent roles.

  • Singers show 'Fighter' spirit

    The contestants of Indian Idol 14 got the opportunity to perform on Fighter's song 'Vande Mataram'. The contestants of Indian Idol 14 were offered an opportunity to lend their unique voices to the iconic song, ‘Vande Mataram’ (The Fighter Anthem) from the newly-released film, Fighter. Composed by Vishal – Shekhar, contestants namely, Vaibhav Gupta from Kanpur, Subhadeep Das Chowdhury and Dipan Mitra from Kolkata, Obom Tangu from Tuting, Utkarsh Wankhede from Nagpur, and Piyush Panwar from Balotra, Rajasthan, were given the chance to sing this evocative track, marking the beginning of their journey in the Hindi music industry. Speaking about the contestants and the song, composer Vishal Dadlani says, "Seeing the Indian Idol contestants lend their voices to the Fighter Anthem, 'Vande Mataram,' fills me with immense pride. These talented individuals have not only showcased their vocal prowess on the stage but have now stepped into the realm of playback singing for a blockbuster movie like Fighter. We (Vishal – Shekhar) believe that their passion, dedication, and raw talent were evident throughout the competition, and now, they have what it takes to captivate audiences on the big screen." He also praised the makers of the film for giving contestants the opportunity. "This opportunity not only validates their hard work but also signifies a remarkable milestone in their musical journey. Thanks to Hrithik Roshan (whose idea this was) and Siddharth Anand being so encouraging of new and genuine talent, our upcoming Idols have taken the first steps towards leaving a mark with their rendition of 'Vande Mataram' in the album of Fighter," he added. Vaibhav Gupta, the contestant from Kanpur, thanked composers Vishal and Shekhar for having a trust in him. “I am hugely grateful to receive such an opportunity from Vishal – Shekhar sir, for having faith in us and allowing us to be a part of Vande Mataram, The Fighter Anthem. It all started when we performed ‘Sujalam Sufalam’ for the grand entry of Hrithik Roshan Sir, who graced our show to promote the film. He liked the performance and expressed his wish as a request to Vishal Sir to get us to perform in the film. This is how we landed our biggest project to sing for Vishal – Shekhar Sir, who called us to the studio to record the most anticipated song of 2024," he said. Piyush Panwar, the contestant from Rajasthan, also thanked the composers. "I am very grateful to composers Vishal-Shekhar sir for their utmost trust and belief in us. And secondly, I would like to thank Hrithik Sir, who helped me transform my appearance, which has immensely helped me build my confidence and subsequently landed us with this opportunity to perform on such a big scale. This chance that we have received during the ongoing phase of the competition brings us all new hope, to dream big, and shine in the imminent future,” he expressed. Indian Idol 14 airs every Saturday and Sunday at 9.30 PM on Sony Entertainment Television.

  • A look at Gouri Nilakantan Mehta's play on 9 Jhakoo Hills

    From using the music of 1960s to taking suggestions from the playwriter Gurcharan Das, Gouri Nilakantan Mehta left no stone unturned as she brought nostalgia to the stage for Delhi theatre lovers in the form of the play titled 'Nine Jhakoo Hills'. Theatre lovers in Delhi witnessed a unique showcase recently when playwriter Gurcharan Das’s play ‘9 Jhakhoo Hills’ was showcased at the Shri Ram Centre, Delhi. Gouri Nilakantan Mehta directed the production. Inspired by the changing India, the play themed around the incestuous obsessions of an ageing uncle, the hold of Indian mothers on their sons, and the eventual betrayal of sexual love at the backdrop of a changing social order. Originally written in 1966, Das was inspired by the domination middle class had in those times. “The most striking feature of contemporary India is the rise of a confident new middle class, which is displacing the old middle class. So, this play is even more relevant to the India of the 21st century. The new middle class is full of energy, drive and is making things happen. That it goes about it in an uninhibited and amoral fashion is also true. It is different from the older middle class, which was leisurely, tolerant, and ambiguous,” explains Das. A2zoftrends spoke to Gouri Nilakantan Mehta and learnt about the production, her love for nostalgia and the relevance of the play in today’s times. Excerpts… 1. Why did you choose this play and any speed specific reason for showcasing it now? I am a Tamil native English speaker, and when I returned back to India after my masters in theatre, I realised that I had to learn Hindi, not only to speak but also write and direct in it, to be accepted here! Hence for 15 years, I did only Hindi plays to be accepted back to Delhi theatre circles. After I paid my tribute to the Hindi theatre, I chose to look into Indian playwrights who write in English. Indian playwrights such as Manjula Padmanabhan, Mahesh Dattani and Gurcharan Das have always been a centre and focus of attention. The specific need today is to showcase good English theatre written by Indians as well as others. Hindi theatre and regional theatre are vital. However, it is important that good contemporary playwrights of English, like Gurcharan Das, Manjula Padmanban, Mahesh Dattani (Indians) and Rajeev Joseph, Tennessee Williams, Marsha Norman, from the western world, to name a few, must be shown to audiences here. Theatre is theatre, Hindi, English, Marathi Tamil or even dialects like Dogri or Haranyi. In the coming years, I will be looking at English scripts and will try to produce regional scripts by other directors as there is a huge need for the same. 2. What challenges (if any) did you face while directing the play? Did you take any inputs from Gurucharan sir as soon as you started working on this project? The challenges I faced were difficult but I also overcame it, I first saw a grave challenge in the budgets of this play (as most directors in Delhi find them too). As I wanted to make the set design and lighting design aesthetic it was going to be costly. I must say here that my initial play was totally crowd funded!!!! Yes, I collected one lakh just by crowd funding and I accepted both small (Rs 50) to gigantic (Rs 50,000). The second major challenge was in casting as I wanted actors to fit the part perfectly. I had to keep trying new actors to find different layers to make it much more contemporary and yet be authentic to the play no matter. This time the play is even fresher as it has new faces who suit the part to the T. I was extremely lucky to have met Gurucharan Sir, through a very kind and passionate art supporter friend Amit Kapoor. From that introduction and initial meeting Gurcharan sir has given me his full focus and time to this project. He is more than willing to not only give his feedback but also take my own suggestions. He has been very involved in the play and is always willing to see and watch the rehearsals. I am extremely lucky to have a not only a playwright, but philosopher and writer like Gurcharan Das with me throughout this project. 3. Since the play tells a tale about the partition of India, can people expect to get teary-eyed or is there more to the play? The nostalgia created by the partition is only in the background of the play. The audiences will get teary-eyed because they will be able to relate to loss of individuality in complex family dynamics, the loss of pride and prestige, the inner feelings of a young woman wanting to make a mark for herself. The audience hence will get moved by the contemporary themes that is highlighted. as partition is an important reference used only for character building that is fresh and relevant to India today. 4. How long did it take you to complete the play? Any play takes me a lot of time, a huge amount of time to say the least. My next play Diary of Anne Frank will be finally done, in May to Delhi audiences, after 18 years of intense readings on the subject of the holocaust, and three years of trying to get performance licence from the agents abroad! Similarly this play took me over 10 months to put up! I had to take a lot of time with each individual actor, paid detailed attention to expression movement and style as it had to become relevant to the viewer. I must thank my team who also gave me hours of their time towards this project. I take a lot of time to do any play and this one is an example and Diary of Anne Frank that will be done after 18 years is a classic example!!! 5. Tell us about the actors who were a part of the play? The most interesting thing about this play like others is more than 90% of the cast is new to the stage or have done very little stage work. And yet, they have taken to the stage most beautifully and their acting skills are outstanding! I am totally in the favour of giving the stage to fresh faces. One can’t keep on showcasing the old and seen actors again and again, like we often might see in other theatre productions. Nepotism or favourite actors is also is a part of theatre. All who have come on the stage through my plays come due to their own merit and strict auditions! Manuj Sharma (Mamu), Nisha Tuteja (Chitra), Sanya Bagga (Anusuya), Ansh Malhotra (Deepak) and Mini Om Saurabh (Amrita) are all new and Deepak Adar (PN Rai) is in this [play] due to his hard work and his merit in acting. Here after I auditioned, I closely observed the actors, and then only cast them. Again these actors also gave me their total focus, time and effort hence it is fresh and appealing. 6. Since the play is all about nostalgia, how easy or difficult was it to create the magic of the bygone era (in terms of the era, costumes, vocabulary, set designing, etc.) on the stage? A very good question. I created nostalgia in characters by using the music of 1960s, their popular hit songs ‘Kiska rasta dekhe’ and ‘Hum apki ankon main’ of archetypical heroes and heroines, like Dev Anand, Nutan, Raj Kapoor, Waheeda Rehman and Guru Dutt. I also decided to put large posters on the background to see themes of memory so that the stage feels ‘lost, lonely and yet to belong someone’. The cool shaded tones blue, pinks and mauve used in the costumes and lights give the sense of love and a ‘winter frost of Shimla’. Also, I have used a lot of props such as glasses, radio transistor, even mere pipe for Rai saheb, or a comb on the dressing table to enhance the feeling of the character and add to details. I would not call the process difficult or easy but exciting and totally loved every minute of this. 7. What do you expect people to take away from the play? There are many take-aways: I want people to think about ‘the over protective Indian mother’ does it work in their own inner lives. Also I want people to look at the hard work of their parents, in particular the Punjabis who migrated at the hard work they put in, should we throw it away or preserve it? I want people to reconsider ‘new money’ what is new money and why can’t the middle class grow, now is growing leaps and bounds. why should nee money be attacked? The play will raise many complex issues and Gurcharan Das here only wants these questions to be raised and seen, also the play uses and speaks in English like the way we do today so it is very relevant.

  • Biggest challenge was to gain weight: Nishant Malkani on Johri

    The actor not only transitioned his looks physically but also studied hard to get into the skin of his character for the show. Actors always put their best foot forward to prep for their role but sometimes living up their on-screen character becomes a challenge. Nishant Malkani, who is set to play Niraj Bodi in 'Johri', faced a similar situation. The roadblock for him was to let go off his fit body. “The biggest challenge I faced was gaining weight. I’ve always been a fitness freak and had a good physique. I had to stay away from the daily routine of  fitness to gain weight and look like the character,” he pointed out. The actor's reel character is based on a real-life personality. To live up to the expectations, Malkani worked tirelessly for this role. He said, “Since my character is based on a real-life personality, a lot of research has gone into preparing for my character in the show. I've done everything from watching videos multiple times to spending time with people who have known him.” 'Johri’ traces the journey of a common man who transforms into a diamond mogul under the guidance of his uncle. The drama becomes more gripping when the narrative delves into the world of bank scams and fraud, portraying the rise and fall of a businessman. The series starts with Niraj's humble beginnings and evolves into a stylish thriller that encapsulates the essence of the '90s. Nishant Malkani steps into the role of Niraj and Charu Asopa essays the enigmatic Mani, whose influence motivates Niraj to the forefront of the diamond business. ‘Johri’ will stream on MX Player and Atrangii TV.

  • Charu Asopa makes OTT debut

    The actress will be seen in MX Player and Atrangii TV series 'Johri'. After winning the hearts of audiences in the television industry with a career spanning over a decade, actress Charu Asopa has made her OTT debut. She will be seen on MX Player and Atrangii TV series titled, ‘Johri’. Talking about the role, the actress said, “When I read the script for the first time, I knew that this is the script I was waiting for. This show was a comeback for me, and I wanted to play a different role that I hadn’t played in the past. I have always done TV and have portrayed similar kinds of roles. I found Tani’s character interesting and apt for my OTT debut.” Asopa essays the enigmatic Tani, whose influence motivates Niraj to be at the forefront of the diamond business. She was the one who changed his life upside down. While Niraj was the brain, she was the social face that drew all the attention from the who’s who of the country. 'Johri’ traces the journey of a common man who transforms into a diamond mogul under the guidance of his uncle. The drama becomes more gripping when the narrative delves into the world of bank scams and fraud, portraying the rise and fall of a businessman. The series starts with Niraj's humble beginnings and evolves into a stylish thriller that encapsulates the essence of the '90s. Nishant Malkani steps into the role of Niraj. ‘Johri’ will drop five new episodes every Friday.

  • Modifying tar into art

    This mixed media artist gives tar, the thick dark liquid obtained from coal, an artsy makeover. He combines it with other discarded materials and uses it to create different artworks. The anagram of ‘tar’ becomes art. Did you recognise it? Imagine using the anagram as is. This is what artist Simran KS Lamba dares to do. He transform tar into art literally, giving it a new lease of life. He constantly pushes the boundaries of coal tar and uses it in newer forms to create paintings. He has been quite adept at it as tar has been his muse since 2006. He uses tar not only in its raw form, but has also been experiments with it and creatively treats it with chemicals and combines it with heat. At his exhibition titled ‘Tar – Art: An Anagram of my Life’ at the Visual Art Gallery at the India Habitat Centre, Lamba’s artworks demonstrate his skill through several large and small artworks. The show also features discarded materials that the artist found easily on the roads, which were given a new lease of life along with tar artistically. The paintings features a range of materials, such as threads, nuts, nails, bolts, encaustic wax, metal washers, sand, adhesive and wires, which are an important components in his artworks. Technique Lamba’s technique is all about juxtaposing the materials together. He has juxtaposed the beauty of tar with the content that he has explored in these works. Sometimes he uses tar with wax to get a unique amber combination and other time, he dilutes the former to obtain a residual liquid, which is then used it in the paintings. Nature of work Lamba’s works are abstract in nature. Lamba neither believes in giving any structure and form to his art, nor in sticking to a colour palette. Instead, he allows the movement to direct his composition. Explaining his art, he says, “These works are free-flowing in nature. I don’t humour any category.” So, what does he want people to take away from these artworks? Apt comes the reply, “This exhibition is a road to self-discovery. A lot of these compositions reflect how deeply I think about the subject.” For instance, ‘Assembly line existence’ (one of his works) is his take on how the consumerist society works. “It’s a character that has been stung up to assembly line as if it’s a living meat and all the figures at the bottom of the painting represent the industry that is being critiqued. My commentary reflects how my protagonist is trapped in that cycle of consumerism,” he shares. Another work titled ‘Witness’ depicts two characters in conversation with the third character as an observer. “I have tried to show that every conversation is being heard. Just like you and I are talking, there is a cosmos that is listening to us. So it’s important to be aware about our intentions because someone always knows what your true intentions are,” he adds. Themes featured in the show Lamba’s works range from depicting pain, isolation, joy and reflective themes. Some paintings feature dark colours and in some, diversity is added through a range of colours. Each colour in his works carry a significance. “The bright colours indicate a thematic motive. They depict a range of emotions. There are also darker pieces since life is not always about happiness. There is also a lot of pain that all living beings witness in their lives and that is shown through the use of dark shades,” he says. Though tar has been the artist's muse for years, he stumbled upon the material accidentally. It was in 2006, while waterproofing his house's terrace, he recognised the beauty in tar. Calling it a 'happy accident', he says that the material’s latent potential led him to explore the material in his artworks. Lamba often visits local scrap shops and industrial junkyards in search of discarded materials to source his supplies for his artworks.

  • 'Animal' is adult K3G: Ranbir

    The actor unveiled the trailer of ‘Animal’ in New Delhi, and revealed that he went speechless after hearing the script. Actors always get excited when they hear a new script. Seldom do they get speechless and think of it as uncharted waters. Actor Ranbir Kapoor resonated with this thought after director Sandeep Vanga Reddy narrated the script of ‘Animal’ to him. The actor revealed that he got nervous and introspected his abilities after he heard the story. “I went straight to the bathroom and gazed into the mirror. My first thought was if I will ever be able to do a film like this. Its story is such that I had never heard of it before. I am a fan of Sandeep, and loved Arjun Reddy and Kabir Singh. I am grateful to him to have chosen me for this film because people can never think of me in such a role,” he shared. Due to the complex character, Ranbir started preparing for his role two years ago. In fact, he also prepared his body and flexed in the gym. “I have been working out in the gym with my trainer in London for the last one year. I understood that the climax is a fight sequence with Bobby sir, and I had to show my body. So I ensured that I better look good,” he said. When asked if the film is too dark since it carries violenet scenes, the actor shared that he won’t call it dark. Instead he described it as ‘adult Kabhie Khushi Kabhie Gham’. Animal stars Ranbir Kapoor, Bobby Deol, Anil Kapoor and Rashmika Mandanna. Directed by Sandeep Vanga Reddy and produced by Bhushan Kumar, the trailer packs a perfect punch of emotions, drama and violence. It portrays a father-son relationship, with Ranbir playing a man committed to safeguarding his family. The film is set to release in theatres on December 1.

  • 10th TEGC winners announced

    The 10th anniversary of the Taiwan Excellence Gaming Cup brought forth talented female gamers at the same platform with their male counterparts. The Taiwan Excellence Gaming Cup (TEGC) 2023 recently announced the winners of its 10th-anniversary event at Ambience Mall in Gurgaon. Legacy Esports and Gods Reign won prizes for 'Counter Strike 2' and GodLike Esports and TWOB won for 'Call of Duty Mobile'. This year's event also saw a groundbreaking competition exclusively designed for India's top female gamers. The event featured a special match of CS 2 between two female gamer teams. The competition was dedicated to showcasing the remarkable talents of women in the world of esports, making a profound statement about inclusivity and diversity within the gaming community. The qualifiers of the cup took place from Sept 28 to Oct 22. This year's championship also received substantial support from leading Taiwanese brands, known for their excellence in gaming and lifestyle products. This includes brands like AIFA, Annie’s Way, AORUS, AROMASE, CyberPower, D-Link, dc Mask, Derma Angel, G. Skill, In Win, IPEVO, MSI, Predator, Republic of Gamers, Thermaltake, TOKUYO, Transcend, VICTOR, XPG, Zowie and Zyxel, among others. The prize distribution ceremony saw presence of noted influencers of the gaming industry, namely, Snax and Krutika. Several live performances and immersive experience in the form of exploration of the exciting worlds of gaming and innovation was also in the offing for the attendees. Onsite, visitors also experienced the meticulously crafted battle royale game 'Raider SIX' by Starlight Gaming, a Softstar Entertainment company from Taiwan. Attendees also got the chance to interact with the prominent names of the gaming world, and experience the various Taiwanese products on display. Over the past decade, TEGC has become a cornerstone in the Indian esports landscape, firmly establishing itself as a pioneering force in the nation's thriving esports arena. The annual event experiences a significant increase in participant numbers each year. In its inaugural edition, there were approximately 565 participants. However, the 10th edition, witnessed an impressive turnout with over 27,789 participants. Estela Chen, Executive Director, Economic Division, Taipei Economic & Culture Center – India, shared about TEGC’s journey in India. She said, "TEGC has been a transformative force in India's esports landscape. Over the past decade, we have witnessed a remarkable journey of growth, excellence, and inclusivity. We are proud to have played a pivotal role in shaping India's dynamic esports scene, fostering the talents of aspiring gamers and we look forward to a promising future, where TEGC continues to inspire, innovate, and elevate the world of gaming in India. Taiwan Excellence will keep introducing the Best Made in Taiwan to India to aid cooperation in all areas between the two nations." TEGC has been the launching pad for many of India's beloved esports champions, these talents have not only emerged from TEGC but have also made significant strides in a multitude of national and international esports tournaments.

  • Why Vicky Kaushal was nervous to play Sam Manekshaw

    Despite being in awe of Sam Manekshaw, actor Vicky Kaushal revealed he was too scared to play the veteran war hero. Read on to know who made him nervous... Actors often shy away from revealing that they are scared to play a role. But sometimes they pour out their heart to relax their nerves. One such incident happened with actor Vicky Kaushal when filmmaker Meghna Gulzar, on the sets of Raazi, casually shared a raw idea with the actor on making a film on former war hero, Sam Manekshaw. While Kaushal was all ears to the filmmaker’s plan, he wasn’t sure who she was talking about. So he secretly searched Manekshaw’s picture on the internet and was in awe of him. A very nervous Kaushal felt that he might not get the role because he was not that good looking. But years later when he was approached to play the lead in a film on Manekshaw’s life, he was over the moon. As part of the research, he spoke to the officials of the army and that's when his nervousness grew manifold. “I feel playing Manekshaw is the toughest role of my life, not because of the way he walked and talked, but for the man he was. The officials of the Army had great expectations from me. They told me that he was the best man they had, and that I had to do justice while playing him on screen,” he said. Since Manekshaw’s military life has spanned to four decades, Gulzar had too much in her hands to show. But she cornered her greed and settled to share his spirit rightly through the film. She researched extensively about reading about Manekshaw and meeting his family members. She also involved Kaushal into this process to help him get into the character’s shoes. “A lot of time was spent on observing the smallest things. I learnt the way Manekshaw walked and talked, the angle at which he bent and the way he sat. We also collected all the photos that we could find on the internet and observed the way he carried himself in different postures. We did this for three months before shooting the film. We also looked at the videos that were available on the internet to prepare me for this role,” he shared. When asked why Manekshaw’s story was relevant to tell, Gulzar said, “I think they don’t make men like him anymore. He is so inspiring and motivating. I feel he lived a life with righteousness and integrity. These qualities can never go out of time and style which is why his story is worth sharing.” Sam Bahadur gives a glimpse of the glorious life of the former field marshal and Chief of the Army, Sam Manekshaw. It also stars Fatima Sana Shaikh as former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and Sanya Malhotra as Silloo, Sam's wife. The film is set to release on December 1.

  • A peep into GIA’s summit & opportunities for new investors

    Besides providing a platform to stakeholders of the golf industry to showcase their equipment and expand their network, the annual summit opens avenues for prospective business owners and youngsters. Keen to invest in the golf industry but don’t know where to start? The Golf Industry Association (GIA) kicked-off its 11th annual golf summit ‘GIA Golf and Turf Summit 2023’ today at the DLF Golf and Country Club in Gurugram. Besides offering a platform to the stakeholders of the golf industry, present across the length and breadth of the country, to come together, network and grow their businesses, it is a great opportunity for prospective business owners to learn about this industry. Experts from the related industries, such as golf equipment manufacturers along with fertilizer and machine manufacturers, will provide an overall understanding on the golf courses and their maintenance, opening avenues for prospective investors to get an understanding on them before investing. While talking about the summit, Ateet Gaur, Secretary General, GIA Board 2023, said, “The 11th edition of the summit is an industry-related educational programme that involves the golf courses and business vendors of the industry. It is a platform for someone who wants to get into the business of golf. So, whether it is acquiring an understanding about the grass or pulling up a club facility, this is the platform to be.” Unlike summits in other industries, which only focus on showcasing a range of products, GIA’s annual summit offers something for everyone. “People will learn about the kind of fertilizer they should use, whether it should be environment-friendly or not and its proportions, along with the machines that are ideal for maintaining the golf courses in discussions. Besides this, experts from Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka in agronomy would practically display the working of the machinery, use of pesticides, etc. People will also be able to hold the golf equipment that vendors across India have in their offing,” he clarified. This summit is also suitable for youngsters. GIA will roll out the Greens programme to train the India agricultural students to upgrade themselves. Gaur feels that youngsters will be able to look at employment opportunities in the golf industry. “The programme would provide students an understanding on turf and grass, which is a highly technical field as it involves the management, maintenance and treatment of the turf. Speakers would talk about how clubs should be run, what pesticides should be used and what are the best green practices to follow,” he added. GIA Golf and Turf Summit 2023 has a two-day business section, a separate technical greenskeepers conference, an exhibition by companies related to the golf industry, a driving range demo day that includes equipment display and sale, and the annual GIA Awards. It is taking place on October 5 and 6 from 10 am onwards. Entry to the event is free. Several golf professionals, industry leaders, prominent bureaucrats from various concerned ministries, golf course owners, office bearers, traders and manufacturers of turf care equipment, golf carts, accessories and other allied items are expected to attend the summit.

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