Sundeep Bhutoria

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Sunday, March 11, 2018

Holi in Jaipur

With Aavya
11 March, 2018: I visited Rajasthan for 10 days and spent Holi in Jaipur this year. I played Phoolon Ki Holi with my daughter for the first time and also visited Sujangarh, my ancestral place. 
Phoolon Ki Holi
It was a private family visit in which I visited various parts of the state via road. There is no doubt that the road conditions in the state are now excellent.
I took some time out to explore and introduce to my daughter the colourful and local aspects of Rajasthani culture like camels, horses, cows and havelis that are unique of Rajasthan.
Apart from that, I took her to few religious places in the state as well to some of the old family traditional places like Salasar, Toliyasar, Osia temple, Tharda, Govind Dev Ji temple in Jaipur to name a few.
I made quite a few stopovers and spent some time at the Circuit House in Ajmer which is one of my favourite places.
At the Ajmer Circuit House
As I was away, I missed attending the special screening of Suman Ghosh’s documentary on Amartya Sen “An Argumentative Indian” at the Tollygunge Club, Kolkata, on 8 March. I also could not attend the debut of Kalam in Pune with guest author, Neelima Dalmia Aadhar.
I returned to Kolkata today and look ahead to a series of eventd lined up for the month.
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Saturday, March 10, 2018

Times Awards and Ek Mulakat with Umang Hutheesing

10 March 2018: I am in Rajasthan on personal visit since Feb 28 and tomorrow evening I will return to Kolkata. 
I have been very busy in the social media with my own Twitter (@sundeepbhutoria) and Facebook, so much so that it has affected my blog postings for the past six months. Another reason for not being able to blog regularly has been quantum leap in the number of my own events across different cities of India.
I shall, however, start filling in the blanks in my blog, though belatedly, from now on.
With Srikant Mohta, DJ Akash Rohira and Dev
On February 26 night I once again attended the Times Food and Night Life Awards at the ITC Sonar Bangla in Kolkata. 
Among many friends and acquaintances I met actor Dev and few others at the function after a long time.
With His Excellency Thorir Ibsen, Ambassador of Iceland in India
On Tuesday, February 27, I hosted a lunch at The Taj Bengal in honour of His Excellency, Mr Thorir Ibsen, the Ambassador of Iceland in India. 
I had also invited quite a few directors and producers from Tollywood, namely Toni, Arindam Sil, Suman Mukhopadhyay, Srikant Mohta, Suman Ghosh, Namit Bajoria, Sharad Varma, Gaurav Pandey.
I thought that many directors are on the look out for exotic locales for shooting their films and why not connect with the Ambassador since Iceland has one of the most beautiful locales to offer.
His Excellency showed me a video of Ranthambore on his mobile phone, a subject very close to my heart.
With Umang Hutheesing and Moon Sen at the Ek Mulakat
With Shane Calvert, MLA
Later in the evening I attended a session of Ek Mulakat at the Tollygunge Club with our guest Umang Hutheesing who is a scion from the Hutheesing Royal family in Gujarat and an immensely talented designer who is famous for his concepts that highlight the sartorial heritage of the Rajas and Maharajas of India. Umang was in conversation with Moon Moon Sen and the event was well attended and much appreciated by the invitees.
Though Umang is not very famous a designer in India, he is a big name in the world of International high fashion and has designed dresses and accessories for some of biggest names including Queen of England, Prince Charles and many other heads and members of the Royal families in west Asia and Europe. 
With Priyanka Khanna, Umang Hutheesing, Nilanjanaa and Esha
His works are displayed in eight leading museums of the world. He has done much to popularize Indian couture across the world and in some of the most prestigious fora.
On 13th there is next edition of Ek Mulakat with Nandita Das.
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Thursday, August 3, 2017

Ek Mulakat with Toni and Ritesh

With Mr Alan Gemmell and Debanjan Chakraborty
3 August, 2017: I had a meeting with Mr Alan Gemmell (OBE), Director of the British Council in India and Debanjan Chakraborty, Director of the British Council, East and North-East India, today. I discussed possibilities of tying up for events and activities with Prabha Khaitan Foundation and other like-minded associations to mark India UK 70 Years.
With screenwriter Ritesh Shah
With Paoli Dam
In the evening I attended the third Ek Mulakat session at the Tollygunge Club. The guest speakers were Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury aka Tony and screenwriter Ritesh Shah. 
Agnimitra Paul was the conversationist of the event which was attended by many eminent guests and members of Tollygunge Club.
It turned out to be a lively session with Toni sharing his life experiences while making films like Pink and told the audience how he approaches various films and his views that shape his films.
With Srijato, Paoli and Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury aka Tony
Ritesh also chipped in with his takes on the industry and how his life’s journey from Srinagar to the glamour city Mumbai. Ritesh has written the screenplays for films like Pink, Kahaani, Kahaani2, Airlift, Madaari, Namaste London, D-Day and many others.
With Anil Mukherjee, Tony, Ritesh and Agni Mitra Paul
Among those who attended the event were Bratya Basu, Paoli Dam, Gargi Roy Chowdhury, Saheb, Anindya, Srijato, Kaushik Sen, Sourendro, Soumayjit and others. Ek Mulakat is being organized in Kolkata by Prabha Khaitan Foundation in association with Tollygunge Club and Calcutta Times as the print media partner.
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Monday, July 31, 2017

Lunch with Meeryung and Craig

With Meeryung and Craig L Hall, US Consul General in Kolkata
31 July, 2017: I hosted a lunch for Mrs Meeryung Hall and Mr Craig L Hall, the Consul General of US in Kolkata at The Taj Bengal
With Vera Gerasimov and Gleb Gerasimov, Dy Consul, Russian Federation, Kolkata
It was small gathering of few friends and representatives from the diplomatic fraternity in Kolkata. 
With Meeryung, Anupama and Craig L Hall
Meeryung is a talented musician who is also interested in Tagore songs.
With Kusum Ansal and Archana Luthra
The lunch was attended by Gleb Gerasimov and his wife Vera, Japanese Consul General, Mr Masayuki Taga, danseuse Tanusree Shankar and her daughter Sreenanda, Suman Ghosh, Madhulika Kanoria, Anupama Sureka, Archana Luthra, Kusum Ansal, Sarah Sandhu and Caroline. 
With Masayuki Taga, Japanese Consul General in Kolkata
The Italian and continental cuisine were much liked by the guests.
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Thursday, July 27, 2017

Farewell Laura and Stephane

With Umesh Saraf, Birgit Holm, Padam Khaitan, Stephane and Laura Amalir
27 July, 2017: I, on behalf of Prabha Khaitan Foundation, and in association with Hyatt Regency Kolkata, organized a farewell reception for Monsieur Stephane Amalir and his wife Laura Amalir. Stephane, who has been in Kolkata for more then 5 years, was the director and head of Alliance Fracaise du Bengale and the couple had blended with the city very well.
With Sephane and Avik Sarkar
I had attended and jointly hosted quite a few events with Stephane in the city. He and his wife attended numerous events that I have been hosting over the past many years. Mrs Laura Amalir also recently released her book Calcutta: Lens and Bylanes which is like a gift to the city she fell in love with.
Presenting a copy of Gitanjali to Laura and Stephane with Birgit Holm
The farewell dinner was attended by many eminent Kolkatans cutting across different walks of life. I must thank Birgit Holm, the general manager of Hyatt Regency for making the nice arrangements and also inviting Mr Umesh Saraf and Mr Padam Khaitan to the reception.
Presenting a farewell gift to Stephane and Laura with Birgit Holm
A painting of Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore and a copy of Gitanjali was given to the couple on behalf of Prabha Khaitan Foundation and Hyatt Regency. A live classical music made the evening all the more pleasant. 
With Rashmi and Devendra Goel
I wish Stephane and Laura all the very best as they will soon leave the city for Britanny – a cultural region in north-western France.
I missed the small dinner post reception hosted for them though.
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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Swiss National Day reception

With Umesh, Mr Andreas Baum and Rashmi at the Swiss National Day
26 July, 2017: I attended the Swiss National Day celebrations at The Oberoi Grand, Kolkata, in the evening. It was a pleasure to meet the Swiss Ambassador, Mr Andreas Baum, and the Honorary Consul of Switzerland in Kolkata, Umesh Chowdhary, and his wife Rashmi.
With Umesh and Swiss Ambassador in India, Mr Andreas Baum
I got to meet many of my friends in Kolkata whom I had not seen for sometime due to my extensive travels outside the city.
With Hemant and Ravi Todi
I went to The Taj Bengal for a dinner with Dr Toni Atanasovski, Ambassador of The Republic of Macedonia in India. The dinner was hosted by Namit Bajoria, the Honorary Consul of The Republic of Macedonia in Kolkata.
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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Special screening of documentary on Amartya Sen

At the special screening of Argumentative Indian at Nandan-III
13 July, 2017: On Monday (July 10) evening I attended the special screening of documentary film by Suman Ghosh, Argumentative Indian, at Nandan III. The special screening event was organized by Prabha Khaitan Foundation. The hour long film was on Nobel Laureate and Bharat Ratna, Prof Amartya Sen.
With Soumitra Chatterjee, Amartya Sen and Suman Ghosh
The event was attended by Guest of Honour Soumitra Chatterjee and eminent Kolkatans including Dhrittiman Chatterjee, Barun Chanda, Nabaneeta Dev Sen, Nandana Dev Sen, John Makinson, Sugata Bose, Krishna Bose, Suvaprasanna, Srijato, Jawhar Sircar, Alexey Adamkin and other artistes and directors.
Felicitating Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen
The documentary, An Argumentative Indian, traces the life and work of Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen, one of the greatest living economists and philosophers of the world, and explores the intellectual giant’s formative years of life and its influence on his views of the world - past and present.
With John Makinson, Nandana Dev Sen and Nabaneeta Dev Sen
Director Suman Ghosh has filmed the documentary for the past 15 years and the film is structured as a free flowing conversation between Professor Sen and his student and Cornell economics professor, Kaushik Basu.
Through the conversation, the narrative took us from his childhood days in Shantiniketan, West Bengal, to his college in Calcutta and his academic career in the USA and UK, where he was the Master of Trinity College, Cambridge University.
With Amartya Sen and industrialist H M Bangur at the dinner
The screening was followed by a discussion and question and answer session. I left early in order make arrangements for a dinner later at night that was hosted by industrialist H M Bangur at his Alipore residence in honour of the Nobel laureate.
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