Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts and Japan India Industry Promotion Association (JIIPA) organised participation of Indian Handicrafts Exporters in the 5th edition of India Trend Fair from July 24-26, 2019 at Belle Salle Shibuya Garden, Tokyo, Japan.The Chairman EPCH, Ravinder Kumar Passi is leading the delegation of 10 member exporters and five National Awardee Master Crafts persons during India Trend Fair 2019. EPCH Handicrafts exporters are showcasing wide range Handicrafts, Textiles and Home Furnishing, Hand Crocheted Embroidery, Fashion accessories, Jute products , and Incense sticks among many other things. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainThe five master craftspersons awarded by the President of India have been deputed by O/o DC Handicrafts to performing live demonstration of traditional Indian crafts like Pashmina Kani Shawl from Jammu & Kashmir, Silver Filigree from Telangana, Madhubani Painting from Delhi, etc, to create awareness about Indian crafts under the banner of EPCH. Sanjay Kumar Verma, Ambassador of India inaugurated the 5th edition of India Trend Fair 2019 in the presence of Ajit Chavan, Secretary, Textiles Committee, Ministry of Textiles, Govt. of India; Nobuhiro Komada, President of Nissenken Quality Evaluation Center Japan; Yosuke Yanagase, Chairman JIIPA; Ravinder Kumar Passi, Chairman EPCH, The Chairman AEPC, The Executive Director Texprocil, The General Secretary, GEAR. Verma and the delegates visited the Indian exhibitors as well as Master Craft persons at the fair. The delegates appreciated the crafts of Master Craft persons and guided them about the current marketing scenario of Japan and requirement of the products. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardIndia Trend Fair is providing a comprehensive platform to Indian manufacturers to showcase their value added products to the most influential buyers and designers in Japan. Rakesh Kumar, DG, EPCH informed that during the fair, Japanese buyers are enthusiastic and showing keen interest to plan their visit to India and visit the IHGF Delhi Fair scheduled to be organised at India Expo Centre and Mart, Greater Noida from October 16-20, 2019. Such B2B interactions between both Indian and Japanese side will help in promotion of Indian crafts in Japan. The exports of Indian handicrafts have grown by 6.46% to 3803.55 million US Dollars in 2018-19. During this fair participation, the emphasis is being given on exploring new products and designs to increase exports to Japan and offer India as a preferable sourcing destination for Handicrafts, home décor, home textiles, and sustainable eco-friendly products from India.
The Legend of Zorrodir Martin Campbellout nowIn 1998, The Mask of Zorro, alsodirected by Martin Cambell,was released to general acclaim.A rousing, swashbuckling adventurewith a healthy dose of humour,it made a sequel entirely predictable.Sadly, predictable is certainlythe watchword for this latest offeringfrom the conveyor-belt that isHollywood. The film, essentially aninferior photocopy of the original,is not terrible, but it is terribly mediocre.The sultry spark of the first filmhas vanished, replaced by lazy actingand an even lazier script. Thestory, little more than a series of frequentlyillogical plot devices, opensin 1850 as California votes on joiningthe Union. Zorro is enduringsomewhat less than marital bliss,with his devotion to work resultingin estrangement from his beautifulwife. This potentially emotional storylineis instead played for laughs,as Zorro strives to win Elena backfrom a villain so bland I’ve alreadyforgotten his name. Naturally, healso has to save America.The Legend of Zorro is sporadicallyfunny, but the broad slapstickmerely contributes to its uneventone, as it tries (and fails) to find abalance between grit and sanitisedfamily fare. The introduction of aZorro Junior to the forefront of theaction was always going to be intenselyirritating. One also wonderswhy the skilful swordsman Zorronever actually kills anyone with hissword.Nevertheless, the blockbusterdoes have its moments, and it occasionallyfeels like a better story islurking just out of reach. A mealtimescene proves surprisingly macabreand the rousing fighting ofthe climax is undeniably exciting.On a different front, real emotionis felt when Zorro’s identity is revealed,yet the chief effect of this isto highlight the sterility of the restof the affair.It is a depressing thought that sausagefactory of Hollywood cannotmuster the courage to experimentwith fresh material. Recycling is agood thing when it comes to litter,but not when cinema is concerned.The word ‘sequel’ may arouse producersin Bel-Air, but for me it hasall the excitement of toast.There are exceptions, of course,that prove this rule. This film,as you may have guessed, is notone of them. No amount of scenery,swords, special effects or even(gasp) Antonio Banderas can hidethe unerring feeling that The Legendof Zorro has nothing new tosay. Far from being a legend, thisfilm proved difficult to rememberlong enough to write a review.ARCHIVE: 3rd week MT 2005