When cricketer Virender Sehwag, actor Yami Gautam and Indian rock band Euphoria are at one place, then Delhiites have to be there! The Hindustan Times Palate Fest and Imagine Fest 2017 at Nehru Park, Chanakyapuri saw crowds in huge numbers coming over for a high dose of fun, food and frolic, in no particular order.
The fest saw a thrilling opening performance by Tarkash band and a scintillating close by band Euphoria. In between, there were talks over fashion and cinema.
The fashion-oriented discussion had FDCI president Sunil Sethi and designers JJ Valaya and Rina Dhaka talk about the evolution and future of designer menswear in India. As part of this session, later Sethi also spoke to new age designers Abhishek Paatni, Rohit Kamra and Pawan Sachdeva, about their efforts of bringing designer menswear in India to the fore. The young designers also showcased and talked about their garments as some male models wore them on, to make the talk descriptive, for the visitors.
The session with Yami Gautam focussed on changing role of women in Indian cinema. The actor didn’t mind praising fellow actor Anushka Sharma, on her taking over the role of a producer for the upcoming movie Phillauri. She even wished to play different characters in future. “I wish to play the role of a warrior princess in a film,” she said during the talk.
There was also an engaging talk by tech guru, Rajiv Makhni, who kept the audiences involved with his knowledge of technology and questions that made people think and answer, in order to win exciting prizes.
But the most candid chat was with Sehwag, who shared his life secrets at the session, Life of a Sport Star. “As a young cricketer I ate a lot of street food during our training sessions. But that was only till the age of 18 or 19,” he said, as the foodies in the crowd cheered him. He added, “Once I started playing for the nationals, I gave up eating oily food to remain fit and now that I’m retired, I can have all of that again!”
Different bands provided a regular dose of good music. There was also a street play performance, Ram Kahaan Hain, by Gurgaon Theatre Group, based on incident of the December 16 gangrape.
And of course, there was delicious food and drinks from some of the best restaurants, hotels and even Mexican and Ethiopian embassies. From the lawn in front of the main stage to the Market Zone and beyond, the venue had a lot to be explored. This has left the patrons wondering what the next edition will be like.
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