Special workshop designed to bring out the Bollywood goddess within you. Focuses on the feminine beauty of Bollywood culture (think: Hen's party, Birthday party etc.) with dress ups, bangles, bindis, saris or long flowing skirts and bling body decoration. Move your hips, bat your eyelids, facial choreography and graceful hand gestures, story telling, clapping, humming along and moving to the beautiful, infectious tunes of India's Bollywood movies.
ADORNMENT OF BEAUTY
The cult of adornment is metaphoric. In the Indian tradition which perceived beauty as the manifestation of the Supreme, beauty's adornment is seen as service rendered to God, for the beauty is seen as God's manifestation. Roop-sajja, inherently linked with auspices, festivals and piety, is not thus an act of mere aesthetic domain but rather has ritual connotations. A bath, foremost of adornment, is also the foremost of all rituals and preceded every auspice, significant occasion, or even a routine, from taking a meal or opening a business establishment to coronation or worship of a deity. A 'bindi' on the forehead, 'mangala-sutra' (suspicious thread on the neck), bangles on the wrist, ear-rings, nose and feet ornaments, or vermillion applied to hair-parting, red dye on feet etc. are the essence of an Indian woman's marital status as well as her rites, which by their performance she is believed to attain the highest good and salvation.
Appreciation of beauty and its adornment was a human being's first ever step towards their transformation into a cultured being. After the nomad settled in his rock-shelter, he aspired to enhance it by adorning it. Terracotta figurines and seals cast with human figures, excavated from various Indus and Harappa sites, reveal exceptional taste for fashion-costumes and jewellery of which the excavated material reveals quite a wide range. The Vedic asceticism had its own contexts of beauty. The Rig-Veda perceives Usha, the goddess of dawn emerging from behind the eastern sky like a bride in radiant costume and glittering jewels.