Choosing a Low Radiation Cell Phone

first_img Explore further (PhysOrg.com) — An Environmental Working Group (EWG) team has released a consumer guide on the radiation levels emitted by over 1,000 cell phones sold in the U.S. The guide is the most comprehensive ever published, and is available online. Citation: Choosing a Low Radiation Cell Phone (2009, September 10) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-09-cell.html The guide is based on details of emission levels supplied by cell phone manufacturers, and enables consumers to make an informed decision about which phone to buy. The EWG believes a comprehensive guide of this nature was needed because U.S. laws do not require cell phone manufacturers to include radiation information on their printed materials and advertising, making comparisons extremely difficult. Senior Scientist Olga Naidenko PhD, the leading author of the guide, said that while the research results are not yet conclusive there are concerns about the risk of cancer through exposure to radiation emitted by cell phones, PDAs and Smartphones, especially as recent studies have shown an increase in salivary gland and brain tumors in people using cell phones for 10 or more years. Research is continuing, and much more is needed, but it makes sense to reduce exposure in the meantime.Cell phone radiation may be more dangerous for children than adults because their skulls are thinner and softer and less able to act as a shield protecting the brain from radiation. Studies have shown their brains absorb double the radiation absorbed by adult brains.The wireless industry group CTIA disputes the need for the report, saying the scientific evidence indicates that cell phones and other wireless devices are not a public health risk. They also point out that organizations such as the World Health Organization, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and the American Cancer Society have all concluded that cell phones do not pose a risk to public health.Governments in the UK, France, Germany, Finland, Switzerland and Israel disagree, since they have cautioned against excessive cell phone use, especially by children, and have recommended their use be restricted. In the U.S. cell phone standards are set by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), but these standards are based on outdated (1992) recommendations that allow the levels of radiation entering the head to be 20 times greater than the trunk and limbs. The EWG has urged the FCC to raise cell phone standards to accommodate the results of recent research, and the increasing numbers of children using the phones. As many as 71% of children aged 12 to 17 own cell phones, with more than 50% of them using their phone every day, according to the Pew Internet and American Life Project of 2008. EPA promotes cell phone recycling This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. The EWG consumer guide tools are free (although they would appreciate a donation), and you can use the website to check out the radiation level of your own phone (even if it’s an old model) or any phone you are considering buying. The search engine enables you to quickly compare every model made by a manufacturer or supplied by a provider, or compare every phone on the market.The EWG guide lists the 10 lowest emitting phones and the 10 highest emitting phones. It also offers tips on reducing exposure to radiation from your phone, including using a landline in preference, texting instead of talking, and using headsets or speakerphones. They also advise avoiding using the phone when the signal is weak because radiation levels are raised when the phone tries to make a weak connection.10 Best PhonesListing is based on phones currently available from major carriers.You can also see all available phones ranked by radiation. 1. Samsung Impression (SGH-a877) [AT&T] 2. Motorola RAZR V8 [CellularONE] 3. Samsung SGH-t229 [T-Mobile] 4. Samsung Rugby (SGH-a837) [AT&T] 5. Samsung Propel Pro (SGH-i627) [AT&T] 6. Samsung Gravity (SGH-t459) [CellularONE, T-Mobile] 7. T-Mobile Sidekick [T-Mobile] 8. LG Xenon (GR500) [AT&T] 9. Motorola Karma QA1 [AT&T] 10. Sanyo Katana II [Kajeet] 10 Phones That Emit the Most Radiation1. Motorola MOTO VU204 [Verizon Wireless]2. T-Mobile myTouch 3G [T-Mobile]3. Kyocera Jax S1300 [Virgin Mobile]4. Blackberry Curve 8330 [Sprint, U.S. Cellular, Verizon Wireless, MetroPCS]5. Motorola W385 [U.S. Cellular, Verizon Wireless]6. T-Mobile Shadow [T-Mobile]7. Motorola C290 [Sprint, Kajeet] 8. Motorola i335 [Sprint]9. Motorola MOTO VE240 [Cricket, MetroPCS]10. Blackberry Bold 9000 [AT&T]More information: www.ewg.org/cellphone-radiation© 2009 PhysOrg.comlast_img read more

Researchers find a metastable phase exists throughout transition state of lithium ion

first_img Explore further More information: Capturing metastable structures during high-rate cycling of LiFePO4 nanoparticle electrodes, Science 27 June 2014: Vol. 344 no. 6191. DOI: 10.1126/science.1252817AbstractThe ability to achieve high cycling rates in a lithium-ion battery is limited by the Li transport within the electrolyte; the transport of Li ions and electrons within the electrodes; and, when a phase transformation is induced as a result of the Li compositional changes within an electrode, the nucleation and growth of the second phase. The absence of a phase transformation involving substantial structural rearrangements and large volume changes is generally considered to be key for achieving high rates. This assumption has been challenged by the discovery that some nanoparticulate electrode materials, most notably LiFePO4, can be cycled in a battery at very high rates, even though they cycle between two phases during battery operation. This apparent contradiction has been reconciled by the hypothesis that a nonequilibrium solid solution can be formed during reaction to bypass the nucleation step.Perspective: Phase-transforming electrodes, www.sciencemag.org/content/344/6191/1451 Exotic state of matter—a ‘random solid solution’—affects how ions move through battery material Phase transformation from LiFePO4 (blue) to FePO4 (red). Credit: Science 27 June 2014: Vol. 344 no. 6191. DOI: 10.1126/science.1252817 Citation: Researchers find a metastable phase exists throughout transition state of lithium ion batteries (2014, June 27) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-06-metastable-phase-transition-state-lithium.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.center_img Journal information: Science (Phys.org) —A team of researchers with members from the University of Cambridge, Argonne National Laboratory and Stony Brook University have unlocked one of the secrets of lithium ion batteries. In their paper published in the journal Science, the team describes how they used X-ray and powder diffraction to better understand what occurs during the discharge phase of a lithium ion battery and what they found as a result. University of Southhampton chemists John Owen and Andrew Hector offer a Perspective piece on the work by the team in the same journal issue. © 2014 Phys.org Lithium ion batteries have become wildly popular in recent years due to their use in hand-held personal electronic devices and in automobiles—the fast charge/discharge cycling rate make them ideal candidates for use in a wide variety of applications, yet, scientists still don’t fully understand how they work. In this new effort, the researchers sought to find out what exactly happens during what most scientists believed was a phase change inside the battery.Lithium ion phosphate (LiFePO4) is used in the positive electrode of a lithium ion battery—the conventional understanding is that during the discharge process LiFePO4 undergoes a phase change to FePO4. Now it appears that isn’t exactly the case. X-ray diffraction has revealed that phase transformation is actually bypassed during battery cycling as a metastable solid solution comes to exist throughout the electrochemical process. This discovery appears to solve one of the most basic of mysterious surrounding lithium ion batteries—how they manage to have such high performance despite having a miscibility gap and a phase transformation. Such characteristics typically mean slow performance. Now it appears that the miscibility gap is bypassed and there isn’t really any phase change after all. That explains how it is that lithium ion batteries are so fast and are reversible for thousands of charge/discharge cycles.Using X-ray and powder diffraction allowed the researchers to see how diffraction peaks changed during discharge—asymmetric peaks suggested the existence of a phase that existed between the two that were already known—a metastable phase that allows for fast discharging. Owen and Hector suggest the findings could lead the way to use of other materials with similar properties that might help to create batteries that have more or higher power and longer cycle life.last_img read more

Experiment with speeding ions verifies relativistic time dilation to new level of

first_img How to test the twin paradox without using a spaceship Explore further © 2014 Phys.org Citation: Experiment with speeding ions verifies relativistic time dilation to new level of precision (2014, September 19) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-09-ions-relativistic-dilation-precision.html Journal information: Physical Review Letters When Einstein came up with his theories on special relativity, the world was introduced to the idea of measuring time dilation—where an astronaut would age at a different rate than those left behind on Earth—due to the speed of light being a constant. Relativistic time dilation comes from the Lorentz invariance, which says that no matter where in the universe an object is, or at what speed it might be traveling, the rules remain the same. Since Einstein’s time, scientists have conducted many experiments to prove the theory true—some by using natural objects such as the movement of the Earth in relation to other celestial bodies—others by conducting experiments in the lab. Such experiments have proven successful and today, the idea of measuring time dilation is more about precision than adding proof that the theory is correct. In this latest effort, the team working in Germany caused ions to move very fast using an accelerator, then fired lasers in opposite directions to look for and measure the relativistic Doppler shift as it occurred. As part of the experiment, the researchers used a new technique to keep the relative velocity of all the ions very low, and another involving optical-optical double resonance spectroscopy to detect very small changes in brightness. The experiment allowed for measuring the shift in laser frequencies relative to what the transition frequencies would be for ions that had not been accelerated. By combining the two frequency shifts, uncertainties could be eliminated making it possible to validate time dilation predictions to an order of precision much higher than previous limits. It also demonstrated that it’s possible to improve time dilation measurement precision in a lab, which means that scientists no longer have to rely on celestial bodies, which tend to come along with assumptions that may or may not be based on actual facts.center_img (Phys.org) —A team of researchers working at the Experimental Storage Ring in Damstadt, Germany have conducted an experiment using ions pushed to 40 percent of the speed of light to verify time dilation to a new level of precision. In their paper published in Physical Review Letters, the team describes how their experiment was conducted and how it allowed them to validate the time dilation prediction to just a few parts per billion. Credit: Physics More information: Test of Time Dilation Using Stored Li+ Ions as Clocks at Relativistic Speed, Phys. Rev. Lett. 113, 120405 – Published 16 September 2014. journals.aps.org/prl/abstract/ … ysRevLett.113.120405 This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Galaxy dust findings confound view of early Universe

first_imgImage credit: Hubble/NASA Evidence of gravity waves clouded by interstellar dust Some researchers in March last year had used a telescope at the South Pole, namely the BICEP2 telescope, which studied a small patch of sky in detail above the South Pole. They discovered primordial gravitational waves. This in scientific circles was a very big deal, on the level of a “big bang” look at the birth of the universe. New Scientist compellingly described it back in March, “showing us what was happening in the first slivers of a second after the big bang.” However, reported Jacob Aron in New Scientist on Friday, “details of a new analysis of their results have leaked, and they seem to reveal that galactic dust is the likely cause of their observations.” Scientists working with the BICEP2 collaboration at the South Pole had announced what was said to be the first clear sign of gravitational waves, said New Scientist, found in maps of the earliest light emitted after the big bang. The waves’ swirls were more pronounced than the team expected, with models suggesting the gravitational waves would be “incredibly weak,” even undetectable. The BBC explained that “twists, known as B-modes, are an imprint of the waves of gravitational energy that would have accompanied the violent growth spurt that occurred almost 14 billion years ago.”BICEP sought characteristic swirls in the polarization of the Universe’s oldest light. Swirl-seeking BICEP2 used a detector in a telescope to study light coming to Earth from the edge of the observable Universe, the Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB) radiation. The new twist to this story: a new study appeared to conclude, “The signal had been confounded by light emission from dust in our own galaxy,” in the words of Jonathan Amos, BBC News science correspondent, on Friday. However, the summary of the paper was only posted briefly on an official French website and then pulled. The team itself had already made known its reduced confidence in the detection. But the new paper is significant because, said the BBC, it was co-authored by scientists from the Planck Consortium, researchers operating a European Space Agency satellite.”The information was not supposed to have been released until early next week, when the actual paper itself would have been put up on the Arxiv pre-print server,” said Amos. Jacob Aron similarly wrote on Friday: “Rumors earlier this week suggested their joint paper was due to be published in the coming days, but a leaked press release on a French official Planck site has already revealed the results. The page has since been taken down but was available in Google’s cache.”Dust can polarize light, masking patterns created by inflation. The dust complication was described by Amos: “Nearby spinning grains can produce an identical polarization pattern, and this effect must also be removed to get an unambiguous view of the primordial, background signal.” The BICEP2 team was well aware of this potential complication and the team used every piece of dust information it could source. However, it did not have access to dust data being compiled by the Planck space telescope, which had mapped the microwave sky at more frequencies than BICEP2.Unlike BICEP2, said an earlier report in New Scientist, which only looks at a small patch of the galaxy, Planck scanned the polarization of the entire sky between 2009 and 2012. Planck was able to more easily characterize the dust and discern its confounding effects, said the BBC. The Planck consortium agreed to start working with BICEP2. In turn, said Amos, “the results of the joint assessment leaked by the French Planck HFI website would suggest that whatever signal BICEP2 detected, it cannot be separated out at any significant level from these other spoiling effects.” Explore further © 2015 Phys.org More information: UPDATE: Planck: Gravitational waves remain elusive: phys.org/news/2015-01-planck-g … ational-elusive.html Citation: Galaxy dust findings confound view of early Universe (2015, January 31) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-01-galaxy-confound-view-early-universe.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. What was the Universe like at the beginning of time? How did the Universe come to be the way it is today?—big questions and huge attention paid when scientists attempt answers. So was the early-universe discovery that made the news last year a mistake?last_img read more

Quantum shortcut could speed up many quantum technologies

first_img © 2015 Phys.org (Phys.org)—Quantum technologies come in a wide variety of forms, from computers, sensors, and cryptographic systems to simulations and imaging systems. But one thing that all current and future quantum systems have in common is the need to achieve reliable control over physical systems such as atoms or photons. A frequently used method to prepare quantum systems in the desired quantum state is a quantum adiabatic process, but these processes often take so long that environmental noise causes the quantum state to decohere and lose its “quantumness.” Physicists design zero-friction quantum engine Journal information: Physical Review Letters Explore further A shortcut to adiabaticity (STA) offers a fast route to quantum state preparation, similar to how a toll road offers a fast route to a traveler’s destination; both shortcuts involve costs, but the costs are hopefully worth the time saved. (The image depicts a road sign produced by the Swedish Transport Agency.) “You thus decide to go through a shortcut, which goes through a road that, however, requires a fee to be driven through. Yes, you pay a bit, but you get precisely to the parking lot of your workplace, and in a much shorter time: plenty is done in the morning, your boss is happy, and gives you a pay raise, which in the end means that the toll you paid to get to work did not really matter. “Take now all this into the quantum world. Your car is a quantum system, prepared in a state (you being at home) and having to be transformed into a new state (you at your office). You have two choices: you can do it infinitely slowly (going through the freeway traffic), or taking the quick shortcut (i.e., implementing a shortcut to adiabaticity [STA]) that will cost you a bit, in terms of energy, but will realize the desired transformation in a much faster way.”With a single person involved, the situation resembles a single-body problem. But, as Campbell continued, adding more commuters makes the situation more complicated and turns the situation into a many-body problem.”Now, do the same thing when it’s all of your colleagues who should get to your office at the same time, leaving their homes at the same time, and all facing the very same traffic issues,” he said. “This is what we would call a many-body problem. It looks like a very difficult problem (you have to convince everybody to pay the toll!!), and indeed it is—let alone when you translate it to the quantum world. Indeed, while STA techniques are known and work for single-body problems, to date very little is known in the context of quantum many-body ones.”By showing that the STA approach can work for many-body systems, the new method could potentially have a wide variety of applications, as quantum state preparation is required for so many different future quantum technologies.In the future, the researchers plan to further examine the true cost of the “toll,” or exactly how much energy is need to implement an STA. They also plan to take the first steps toward building a quantum engine using this approach, in which many-body systems realize some thermodynamic cycles. Citation: Quantum shortcut could speed up many quantum technologies (2015, May 8) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-05-quantum-shortcut-technologies.html More information: Steve Campbell, et al. “Shortcut to Adiabaticity in the Lipkin-Meshkov-Glick Model.” Physical Review Letters. DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.114.177206 To speed up quantum state preparation and minimize decoherence, physicists have devised so-called “shortcuts to adiabaticity” (STA), which refer to any process that prepares quantum states in a shorter time than adiabatic processes without losing the benefits of being adiabatic. Originally developed for simple systems consisting of a single particle, STA has recently been extended to many-body systems, which are more relevant for applications. However, the implementation of STA in many-body systems is still very challenging due to the inherent complexity of these systems.In a new paper published in Physical Review Letters, physicists Steve Campbell, et al., at Queen’s University in Belfast, UK; the University of Palermo and Scuola Normale Superiore of Pisa in Italy; and the National University of Singapore have devised a new hybrid method for preparing quantum states for many-body systems that combines STA with optimal control. The main advantage of the new method is that it can achieve nearly perfect STA performance yet allows for significant simplification by not requiring complete knowledge of the underlying mechanisms. The method shows that it’s possible to speed up quantum state preparation at a low enough cost to justify the quantum shortcut.”Our work shows that a solution exists when the quantum many-body problem is of the Lipkin-Meshkov-Glick (LMG) class, which is a very interesting case that attracts a lot of attention from various quantum communities (the solid state, the quantum information processing, and the mathematical physics ones, to name a few),” Campbell told Phys.org. “Our way of solving the problem is basically a ‘know-your-enemy’ approach, where we exploit the symmetries inherent in the problem that we want to address (the LMG one) and take advantage of them to devise a successful quantum shortcut.”As the researchers explain, this quantum shortcut or STA can also be understood in terms of a driver looking for the fastest way to get to work.”In a nutshell, our work can be understood through a simple layman analogy,” Campbell said. “Suppose you want to drive your car through the freeway from home to your office, but you do not want to go through the traffic jam of Monday morning. You will surely get to your workplace, and you do not pay anything, but you will be very slow, and it will likely imply that only half of your morning duties will be attended. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Home is where the art is in Capital gallery

first_imgEvery man carries a room inside him, Franz Kafka wrote in The Blue Octavo Notebooks.The concept of ‘Spacemates’ — objects peopling domestic space — has, however, become fluid with shrinking living spaces and rapidly changing household accessory design. Yesterday’s art deco interiors have given way to today’s utilitarianism and minimalism, and each object is defined by multiple purposes — utility, affordability, uncluttered lines and minimum space occupied. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Leading Indian conceptual artist and filmmaker Aradhana Seth, sister of writer-poet Vikram Seth, and Italian artist Andrea Anastasio have now collaborated on an onsite art project, Spacemates, looking at transforming Indian living spaces, which are at a premium and expensive.The month-long Indo-Italian art project opened at the Italiano di Cultura (Italian Cultural Centre) Tuesday. The project was mounted after an intensive three-week ‘sweatshop’ by the two artists, who used the two galleries as their studio, putting together the material and artworks. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixMaterial is central to the installations, and the primary object is the humble pillow, made locally and covered in cotton textile with floral motifs.The pillows take up one of the galleries in a centrepiece, This is not a Love Song, inspired by Checkpoint Charlie-type barricades that scan vehicles for possible bombs and terrorists. The pillows are arranged like sand bunkers.The main installation is surrounded by smaller cushions bunched together with plastic flowers on the floor and on the ceiling, like remains of mayhem. The checkpoint is placed between the living room and bedroom. The colours on the 60-odd pillows, as the artists explain, serve as a symbol of class division as well. ‘It is very important for me to engage with something used in daily life. Seeing is also framed by thought, and I wanted to relate to the wonderful minds with my work,’ said Andrea Anastasio, a scholar of eastern philosophy and a conceptual designer.Explaining the synergy between social psychology, home design, art and political movements, Anastasio said: ‘Soon after World War II, functionality of home design was contaminated by language’. The main focus of home decor after the war was, in Anastasio words: ‘To sit in the living room and share socially and politically.’ In the 1960s, the ‘socialist’ decor of living-room bonding was replaced by New Age minimalism.In the 1990s, this common ground was ‘contaminated’ with style — a ‘personal romantic idea of uniqueness’, Anastasio explained. Anastasio is showing three installations. Amnesia 2013 comprises patterns in cement jaalis (lattices) covered with wallpapers. ‘Jaalis with beautiful wallpapers remind me of a zenana — the royal women’s quarters and symbol of gender in another place in another time. The jaalis are like membrane. We all have a skin and that skin is a very plane to work with,’ said Anastasio. Fishing Tank 2013 conveys the sense of domestic space through a series of paintings with ‘shopping bags hemmed in between glass and plywood to create abstract forms’.DETAILAt: Exhibition Gallery I, Istituto Italiano di Cultura, Chanakyapuri On till: 28 February Timings: 10.30 am to 6 pmlast_img read more

Set out for a musical dream

first_imgWhen emotions get the better of you, setting you free, without the shackles of reaching a predetermined destination, then love for music is born. To sense music that just encapsulates all of it. To attend an ongoing musical evolution, make a dash to see Isaac Delusion performing live in Delhi.The band is apart, it wanders while maintaining its identity – you can feel the ‘label with the elephant’ philosophy floating around. A year ago, the band barely existed, it’s an ongoing musical evolution, our three mysterious birds are still exploring. This nouveau rising  french band of three travelled to New York, Berlin, Barcelona and Warsaw on their musical expedition before landing here in Delhi. Their music is all whimsical and elusive. While their first release was about sun at midnight, the second one is about dawn.DETAILAt: Alliance FrancaiseWhen: 24 april, 7 pmlast_img read more

Crossing borders

first_imgDastkar re-opens its Nature Bazaar venue at Andheria Modh after the monsoon break with an exciting South Asian Bazaar. Craftspeople and crafts organisations from Pakistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, and Afghanistan come together with their Indian counterparts to share and showcase talents, techniques, and products. Threads and textures of diverse crafts and textiles – binding and bringing us together. Craft is a unique strength that Asian countries share. A centuries-old common cultural heritage of extraordinary weaving, embroidery, block printing, leather and metal work, wood carving, basketry, and terracotta traditions connects us together at a time when politics and land and water disputes seek to divide us. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The Dastkar South Asian Bazaar  in association with Delhi Tourism is a coming together of these common strands – a meeting and celebration of skillsets, traditions, and people. Pakistani ajrakh block printing, and leatherwork will find matching echoes with that of craftspeople from Rajasthan and Kutch, while women phulkari, jisti, and suf embroiderers from Punjab and Barmer will counter those from Sind and Afghanistan. Shibori tiedye and indigo dying from Bangladesh will vie with Indian bandini and laheria. Kantha and sozni embroidery link both countries, but each has its own characteristic style and motif tradition. The basketry and intricate backstrap weaving of Bhutan, literally ‘embroidery on the loom,’ has resonances with that of Assam and the North East, while Indian ikat and Bangladesh jamdani weaving will display the intricacy and skill of other handloom weaving traditions. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixEmbroidered, punched and cutwork leather is a specialty of both Punjab andRajasthan, and juthi makers from across the borders meet and compete. Each country and region shares a common heritage of amazing and varied craft traditions, with each region and community developing its own unique skill directory and identity. Come discover the richness and diversity of South Asian Crafts. The Dastkar South Asian Bazaar is a small but colourful window to our neighbouring world and its hand crafts and culture. Workshops on design, marketing, and product development, will provide a forum for sharing expertise and experiences, and food, dance and music will add their own magic to the ambience. Dastkar is a society for crafts and craftspeople that aims at improving the economic status of craftspeople, thereby promoting the survival of traditional crafts.  It was founded in 1981 by six women who worked in the craft and development sector, including Laila Tyabji who is the current Chairperson.Dastkar strongly believes in ‘craft’ as a social, cultural and economic force that despite being marginalized due to urbanization and industrialization has the strength and potential to play a vital role within the economic mainstream of the country.The crux of Dastkar’s programme is to help craftspeople, especially women, to use their own traditional craft skills as a means of employment, income generation and economic self-sufficiency. Dastkar guides the process of developing a craft – from identifying the skill and creating awareness of its potential, in both craftsperson and consumer, to developing, designing, costing and then marketing the product, and finally suggesting the proper usages and investment of the income generated. The objective is to make craftspeople self-reliant, independent of both the commercial middleman and of organisations like Dastkar, by allowing them to market and sell contemporary products directly, and not simply subsist through subsidised craft. Craft skills range from textile based craft producer groups to terracotta. The product ranges developed include garments and accessories, home furnishings, toys, stationery and objects d’art.Dastkar ensures that the end product is competitive, not just in its worthiness of purpose or the neediness of its producer, but in cost utility and aesthetic – a consumer does not buy out of compassion!As groups become self-sufficient, Dastkar directs its support to new groups and assists them in their growth. Presently, Dastkar provides a range of support services including skills upgradation, design workshops and training in production and management to several of the 350 plus craftgroups it works with from across most Indian states. All groups benefit from the marketing activities Dastkar undertakes through the organisation of its regular Bazaars and exhibitions.These Dastkar Bazaars and exhibitions, where artisans sell their products directly to the customers, expose craftspeople to the market and give them a firsthand knowledge of customer tastes and market trends. Dastkar also holds an export licence, thus enabling it to also provide an alternative international market for craftspeople.Apart from the support services and craft development consultancies Dastkar provides to its own family of producer groups, it is also regularly asked to provide evaluation and consultancy services to other government, non-government and international agencies.last_img read more

Dynamics of creativity

first_imgArt lovers can head over for the unique show Art –  The Dynamic Process that brings together the works of 62 contemporary artistes under a roof. The exhibition encompasses works in myriad mediums by artists spawning generations and regions across the subcontinent.The dynamics of the creative process transcends the facets of technique and stylistics, to explore highly individual and shared exploration of meaning and aesthetics. Painters, sculptors, printmakers, ceramicists, and digital artistes interpret and experiment with imagery and iconography throughout lexicons they embrace. Their journeys constitute expressions of the ideas and energy underlying contemporary society’s multimedia visual culture. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The artistes are showcasing their masterpieces at this show. Orissa based semi-realistic figurative painter, Asit Patnaik has enjoyed much critical acclaim and popular appreciation over the past few years, his sculptures and paintings varies and are very thematic, over the similar platform we can find the most experienced artiste who uses strong, bright colours., Niren Sen Gupta’s paintings are thought provoking. He also uses black ink pens along with vibrant colours to define his compositions. In some of his art works he has also tried to showcase Indian Gods and mythology. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixComing to the ceramics Hemi Bawa’s sculptures were innovative and different, unique in material, texture, design and form. Her bronze and fibre glass sculptures are inherently complete stories. Whether abstract or real, each piece speaks of a mood and expression dug from deep within the heart of the patina and interlocking curves. Not only ceramics Arijoy Bhattacharya’s drawing from diverse influences ranging from post-modern philosophy to Indian metaphysical traditions are truly made for a keen observer. His art explores reciprocity and mimes, like an abstract machine, that involves the circular operations that simultaneously reveals and denies phenomenal realities. The photography and multimedia installations of Bose Krishnamachari are attractive and provide the viewer with a clear idea of the concept behind his work which also comprises of vivid abstract paintings, figurative drawings,sculpture. Between all these figurative paintings, sculptures and multimedia installations, artiste Surya Prakash brings his art by his intimacy with the elements of  nature. By painting the most ubiquitous aspects of nature as bare tree trunks, dense forests, weeds, wild flowers, pools of rain water, reflections of the sky and the wild grass  – elements of utmost simplicity, has given the aesthetics of his art a new visual play made possible by his creativity and emotional reach and feel.When: 18 – 22 Nov (The Stainless), 22 – 30 Nov (Nitanjali Art Gallery)TIMINGS:  11 am – 7pmlast_img read more

Come all ye faithful

first_imgDon’t always believe New Delhi’s reputation for boorish origins and way of life! There is quite a lot of the fun quotient when it comes to festivities and merriment. And with Christmas, it sort of multiplies.The city is pulsating with festive excitement and that shows in the number of Christmas events being planned for one and all across the city. From special festive workshops and concerts taking place in different parts of Delhi-NCR, from online video chats with Santa Claus to designing professional Christmas structures, from grand carnivals to a gingerbread house decoration competition, the city seems to have incorporated one and all. Beating the wintry weather, Delhiites are all set to join the Santa cavalcade and indulge in the true spirit of Christmas! Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’At Ambience, this year’s Christmas theme is a little unique. Portraying an embodiment in gifts of the Magi which the three wise men bought for baby Jesus, the concept highlights the joy that one feels while gifting or giving away wishes to near and dear ones. With a huge Christmas tree welcoming you right when you enter the mall, there is also a provision for a winged angel photo-op for all in order to give you an experience of becoming a Christmas angel. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixArjun Singh Gehlot, director of Ambience Group says, “From Carols to Santa on Vespa with gifts for kids, from Dubai’s bumper draw to gift hampers for shoppers, they have it all! For the kids, there are a number of Christmas theme-based craft activities like lucky draws, Spin the Wheel contest and Feed the Santa.” Christmas celebrations for Eros Hotel started last week with the special festive decorations at the hotel and the Christmas Shop selling delectable goodies including Stollen, X-Mas Pudding and Yule Logs along with Mince Pies and special X-Mas cookies. Though for most Christmas and New Year is synonymous with partying, Eros has also witnessed guests clinging to family values and cherishing togetherness in the days leading to the closure of the year. Suprabhath Roy, executive chef at Eros says, “At Christmas and New Year, we pull out all stops to provide the best in food and beverage the hotel has to offer to our guests. From sourcing the turkey from the United States to providing the best of seafood and meats available, the festive offerings at the hotel are amongst the best in the city.” DLF Promenade has been hosting events and activities for patrons of all ages to celebrate the joyful festival. Tiny tots can learn how to be Santa’s elves by learning how to gift wrap, make greeting cards and can also be a part of the workshop by Foodhall at Kiddyland where they can learn to make homemade treats like muffins, cupcakes, cookies and sandwiches. There are also exciting offers, goodies and weekly draws for shoppers. Besides this Christmas jamboree, there is also an element of tenderness and concern for the poor and the needy who are unable to attend the merriment with sheer fun and fuss. This time, in order to make Christmas more meaningful, DLF Promenade has tied up with an NGO that does social events every month on a particular issue. At Le Meridien, singers singing Christmas carols is a delightful experience. For children, the Santa, who will arrive in a special vehicle, will distribute gifts and hold an array of games at the hotel’s tennis court. At Hyatt Regency, Gurgaon, the chefs are working very hard to present specially crafted Christmas menu featuring global tastes and handpicked ingredients for the customers. It’s just not another meal but an extravaganza prepared with love and garnished with traditions and definitely one feast you cannot afford to miss.last_img read more