The Wizard Enchants All

Leon’s World Centre For Holistic Learning & Development, Rustomjee Cambridge International School, Rustomjee Urbania played host to Prudence Theater ,the stage wing of Prudence Productions as they staged the play The Wizard from Far West to the delight of the young children who had especially visited the centre. The play is a part Leon’s World’s initiative to expand the cultural horizons of the children who would otherwise not have the opportunity to experience theatre.

The play revolves around the story of Rohan, a 9 year old child who wishes to be independent. One evening while he is wandering around the streets, he experiences events which make him realize the importance of family, values and virtues in life. Every time he gets into a trouble he is constantly rescued by Mandrake the Magician who uses live magic to help Rohan. The play as a whole presents the relevance of social, civic and family values culminating at imbibing kindness in children.

Through the medium of drama the play was able to convey the concept of empathy in children and also made the children realise the importance of family in life. There were over 30 registrations for the play and the special theatre designed at Leon’s World was quite packed with the audience. It was a pleasure to watch the children, aged four and above, engrossed in the enactment of the play. They also had a number of questions regarding the play and the motives of the characters after the play concluded to a thundering applause. A little boy, all of six, commented, “This was more fun than watching cartoons!” With such a flattering response, the team at Leon’s World and Prudence Theater take a bow!

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Rustomjee Urbania Presents Heroes Of India

Introduce your kids to a new kind of hero. The kind that wore Khadi.

Stories of the Indian Independence Movement narrated by Archana Bora and Ishu (Secret Passages storytellers).

Kids 3 – 6 yr old will get to hear the story of the brave “Jhansi ki Rani” while kids 7yrs and above will be introduced to the Story of ‘The Dhaka Girl’ – this true story has been written by a survivor of the partition Drishti Dasgupta who saw different.

Please Note: Visitors can also enjoy an exhibition of books by Indian Authors and Publishers for kids.

On display will be some popular names like:-

Publications –
1. Tulika
2. Katha Books
3. Karadi tales
4. Duckbill Books
5. Fun Ok Please
6. Anjana Publishing

Some Popular Authors –

1. Sowmya Rajendran
2. Anushka Ravishankar
3. Geeta Dharmarajan
4. Rabindranath Tagore
5. Mahashweta Devi
6. Ashok Rajagopalan
7. Annie Besant
8. Bhakti Mathur
9. Natasha Sharma
10. Rustom Dadachanjee
11. Shabnam Minwalla
12. Lubaina Bandukwalla
13. Dr. Ruta Vyas

And also some Bestselling titles from Amar Chitra Katha like:-

1. Ancient Kings Of India (1038)
2. Great Rulers Of India (1012)
3. Stories From The Jatakas (1003)
4. Stories About Freedom Fighters (1025)
5. Regional Folktales Of India (1024)
6. The Sons Of Shiva (10024)
7. Tales Of Hanuman (10006)
8. The Sons Of The Pandavas (10027)
9. More Tales Of Birbal (10008)
10. Tales From The Jatakas (10005)

Flow of Events:-

9 AM – 12 PM – Ongoing Book Exhibition
10 AM – 10:45 AM – Storytelling Sessions (Prior Registration Required)
11:00 AM onwards – OPEN Jazz Demo for both Kids & Parents

Date: 15th August 2017

Time: 9 AM to 12 Noon

Venue: Leon’s World Centre for Holistic Learning & Development, Rustomjee Cambridge International School, Rustomjee Urbania, Thane (W) – 400601.

Age Group: 3 – 12 Years

Entry Fee: Free Entry

To Register Call: 9819094929 | 9819060920

Event Partners: The Secret Passages |Peacock Feathers | Amar Chitra Katha

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Rustomjee Showcases Rahul da Cunha and Prashant Godbole’s Rare Photography collection – Capturing the shades of Mumbai in monochrome

Rustomjee Group recently held a photography exhibition by communications professional Rahul daCunha (of Amul fame) and Art Guru, Prashant Godbole at The Lifestyle Gallery,Rustomjee Seasons in Bandra Kurla Complex. Unveiled on 4th August, 2017, the exhibition showcased the entire collection of over 100 photographs on 4th, 5th and 6th of August, capturing vignettes of everyday life for the public at large. In tune with the concept of ‘My Space’ by Rustomjee, this exclusive evening showcased the photographers’ penchant for street photography. The photographs captured moments spontaneously as they occur in real time as well as articulated the need for people to stay aligned with their passion and hobbies in life.

The event was attended by the who’s who of the theatre and art fraternity like Kunal Vijaykar, Rajit Kapoor, Atul Kasbekar, Ram Madhvani, Tariq Ansari and Shernaz Patel to name a few. Taking pride in the opportunity to showcase such rare vignettes captured by Rahul and Prashant, Mr.Percy Chowdhry, Director, Rustomjee Group said, “It is a privilege to encourage individuals to pursue their interests and are happy to be a part of an artistic endeavor that displayed passion for photography, and everyday inspiration for My Spaces. We often yearn to follow our passions that we used to once nurture long back, before the hectic pace of our professions left no time (or space) for them. Like the luxury of reading a book, hitting the gym, holding the brush and infusing life in a canvass, or re-connecting with the shutterbug inside us. At Rustomjee, we understand the significance of passion and interests and put in efforts to make meaningful space for them in our day to day life.”

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The whole expression of ‘My Spaces’ fits like a glove for a passion like photography. Photography possibly is one of the most intimate expressions of one’s own space and this project helped bring together many photos and images that were long forgotten by the artists.

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My Space:
‘My Space’ is not just about ‘Space’ – it is a concept that makes room for inspiration, and therefore adds the individuated ‘me’ to the spaces. A concept that weaves together all the amenities within a real estate project that inspires individuals to pursue their hobbies, make space for friends, family and more. Amenities are just spaces, and any developer can offer those. What Rustomjee does, is to give inspiration with these spaces. We are creating spaces that not many have thought of, the performance deck, for example is a great way of reliving your college band days, of singing or playing a musical instrument for an intimate audience. The ballroom again, is a time to take up salsa or a classical dance form like waltz or foxtrot. The aqua-gym is designed to get you inspired for your daily work out.

About Rustomjee:
Rustomjee has carved a niche for itself in the ever-growing real estate sector, with a portfolio that includes 12.5 million square feet of completed projects; 15 million square feet of ongoing development and another 30 million square feet of planned development in the pipeline, spanning across the best locations of Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR). Their portfolio currently includes two very large townships, residential spaces, office complexes, retail developments, spaces for healthcare and education spread across BKC Annex, Khar, Off Juhu Circle, Kandivali, Borivali, Virar and Thane.

Rustomjee lays emphasis on adding value to the lives of their homeowners through their core business, their CSR initiatives and philanthropy.

To know more about Rustomjee, please visit us www.rustomjee.com

Q & A with Abhyuday Tamhankar, Director @ TWFFW

Q.1 The Wizard From Far West sounds like a magical surreal dark story n yet it is such a positive storyline. What inspired the story?

Abhyuday :- The inspiration came from a real life incident involving a child who so wanted to get away from his family and be on his own..he thought he was a grown up but he still had a lot to see and experience about the world. Yes I did incorporate stage magic in the story to enhance the entertainment quotient.

Q.2 What is the most interesting part of directing a kid’s play? How difficult or easy is it keeping in mind the young impressionable audience it caters too?

Abhyuday :- The most interesting part is to show the darker shades of the world in a lighter yet educative manner. It is not an easy task because being adults we tend to move away from young emotions and perspectives. The most important thing is to go back in time and bring out the child within you. This enables us to look at the world from a naïve perspective which elemental.

Q.3 Is it a play only for kids or is the experience different when parents sit and enjoy it with kids?

Abhyuday :- The play is for kids and adults alike. The content is staged in a manner that would make parents connect to their responsibilities and duties towards their children. After all, the way we raise them will shape up their whole lives. The world at large needs children who are raised in a better and compassionate way.

Q.4 Since your audience is considerably young: – any compliment that you would like to share!!

Abhyuday :- Compliment ? well I would like to say that the moral, social and family values should be imbibed in us from a very early stage in our lives. The best way to do that is visual education and this play like other children’s plays aspires to motivate and inspire young minds.

Q.5 It is said with every outing a play perfects itself…if you have to choose one character to look out for on 6th Aug who will it be?

Abhyuday :- Yes ..stage is an ever evolving platform…every time the written words are being enacted on a stage …the creators and the audience experience layers of emotions being unearthed and added on at the same time. Talking about a character..i would say…the street kid has a lot of potential to be evolved further…I being the writer…would really want that character to do more.

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Steal Some Moments – Make Space for Yourself

In these days of self-obsessed ‘selfie’ seekers, the art of photography seems to have become somewhat diluted. Everyone now has a camera and in the desperation to document to the world every aspect of life, the special moments are passing us by unnoticed. Rahul da Cunha and Prashant Godbole are those rare few who appreciate the nuances of life that can be captured in a single frame. A picture can say a thousand words and their photographic images gleaned from the city streets certainly do convey volumes to the observer.

Their works of photographic art will be on display at the The Lifestyle Gallery, Rustomjee Seasons, BKC on the 5th and 6th of August, 2017. Their photographs resonate perfectly with the concept of My Space that defines every aspect of Rustomjee Seasons. Rustomjee strongly believes that everyone needs their own space – where they can be themselves, where they can explore their interests, where they can reignite their creative instincts. While professions can make your life regimented, at least your home should be a haven where you have My Space – no strings attached.

Rahul da Cunha and Prashant Godbole are renowned communications professionals but they show the way to having a personal life as well, creating the space to pursue passions and having My Space!

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Are the Richie-Rich Investors Now Turning to Thane? – Evolution of Thane since 2000!

Previously known as an industrial hub, Thane has moulded itself into investors go to destination for making a real estate investment. Before 2000, Thane was considered as an investment option for investors belonging to the middle and low-income group.

During that time, Mumbai too had vacant spots that were affordable for those looking to buy their first home. However, during the later years, people started migrating from Mumbai’s central and extended central locations to Thane. Post-2000, the growth of Thane’s real estate story took baby steps with some renowned real estate developers in Mumbai showing interest. This trend was observed till late 2004-2005. However, Thane’s real estate witnessed massive demand resulting from increasing population post 2004-2005.

The affordable section of Mumbai’s real estate market was saturated and Thane became dream home destination for investors and home buyers. All this was supported by Thane’s seamless connectivity to Mumbai. That’s when Thane emerged as a preferred destination for modern home buyers. Home seekers belonging to the middle and upper middle class began to flock in Thane.

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This cousin city of Mumbai witnessed growth in a number of residential towers that provided residents with amenities and facilities that were once just exclusively available only to the South Mumbai’s realty market. The portfolio of Thane’s real estate advanced from ground plus seven floors buildings to multi-storey towers offering all the modern amenities and luxurious facilities. City’s pleasant surroundings, pollution free environment and greenery all around, broad and better roads, and seamless connectivity helped Thane come in limelight.

Below Mentioned are Factors Driving Investors to Thane City:

1) Abundant Land Availability
Availability of abundant land is one of the major factors that spur growth in Thane’s real estate market. The real estate builders in Mumbai have converted the vast tracts of industrial estates land and defunct factories available in Thane into vast residential complexes that are well-facilitated with all the modern amenities.

2) Good Growth Prospects
Seamless connectivity, availability of land, upcoming metro and promising employment opportunities ensure that the residents would enjoy benefits of growth prospects. The prices of property in Thane have witnessed an increase of 6.7% in the past 50 months.

3) Employment Opportunities
Thane is a free district in Maharashtra providing a way to small, medium manufacturing enterprises, Chemical Zone, IT sector and port based activity. Now, with coming up of TCS in Hiranandani’s Thane project by leasing 2 million sq ft, Thane will surely offer more job opportunities to its residents.

Areas such as Ghodbunder Road, Kasarvadavali and Majiwada boast all the modern amenities and have upcoming residential projects in Thane by many prominent real estate developers.

Thane Makes it to TOP 20! Places Where the RICH want to Make a Real Estate Investment!

Thane has turned out to be one of the posh locations in the state of Maharashtra which is now a house to some of the best real estate projects, not only in Maharashtra but also in the world. You should not be surprised to know that Thane has managed to make its entry in the list of Top 20 zones of the world where the elite class is willing to own a house based on a study conducted on the global real estate industry or better say, the wealth Industry.

This was confirmed by one of the leading real estate consultancy, Knight Frank India that Thane is a notable area where the rich and elite class want to make an investment of their wealth, on the basis of their compiled reports. Chief Economist and national director (Research) for Knight Frank India, Samantak Das, confirmed that Thane is one of the promising satellite cities and is now a favourable destination for the rich to make a real estate investment. He further added excellent infrastructure and high-class connectivity are the reasons Thane has been given this rank.

When a comparison is made between Thane and Mumbai real estate, the ticket size offered in Thane is much affordable and boasts all the modern amenities which is nearly impossible to find in Mumbai. Investors in Thane’s Real Estate are also enjoying a greater ROI when compared to the returns they can expect from their residential apartments in Mumbai.

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The added advantage of buying property in Thane is the coming up of Metro which is going to make traveling from Thane to Mumbai seamless and comfortable. This will surely enhance the price of Upcoming residential projects in Thane. Shanghai, Istanbul, Berlin, Los Angeles are among the other popular cities which made it to the Top 20 zones.

Previously, Thane was known for its Industrial sector but it took up the challenge to make way for the development of the realty industry by closing down multiple industries. The Good news here is that some of the notable IT firms are shifting their companies to Thane which will boost the city as a powerful employment hub. This cousin city of Mumbai witnessed growth in a number of residential towers that provided residents with amenities and facilities that were once just exclusively available only to the South Mumbai’s realty market. The portfolio of Thane’s real estate advanced from ground plus seven floors buildings to multi-storey towers offering all the modern amenities and luxurious facilities. City’s pleasant surroundings, pollution free environment and greenery all around, broad and better roads, and seamless connectivity helped Thane come in limelight.

Rustomjee presents Stolen Moments

We often yearn to follow our passions that we used to once nurture long back, before the hectic pace of our professions left no time (or space) for them. Like the luxury of reading a book, hitting the gym, holding the brush and infusing life in a canvass, or re-connecting with the photographer inside us. At Rustomjee, we understand the significance of passion and interests and put in efforts to make meaningful space for them in our day to day life.

On 5th & 6th August 2017, we are holding an exhibition of photography by renowned communications professionals Rahul da Cunha and Prashant Godbole. Both photographers have a penchant for street photography that depicts everyday inspiration for My Spaces and captures moments spontaneously as they occur in real time. The photographs in the exhibit will be a display of their passion for photography, and how they have captured vignettes of everyday life through their camera lens.

Venue: The Lifestyle Gallery, Rustomjee Seasons,Madhusudan Kalelkar Road, Near MIG Club, Kala Nagar, BKC Annexe, Mumbai

Dates: 5th & 6th August, 2017

Time: 10 am – 7 pm

Registration link: http://www.rustomjeeseasons-bkc.in/stolenmoments/?Campaign=StolenMoments&utm_source=Facebook&utm_medium=CPC&utm_campaign=StolenMoments

For details, please contact: 022-61116111

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Join us at Rustomjee Seasons as we showcase an interesting twist on everyday life seen through the lens of Prashant Godbole and Rahul daCunha – watch their passion come alive as they showcase their very own version of ‘My Space’.

Please Note: There are no registration fees

Profile Details of Prashant Godbole & Rahul daCunha are as mentioned below:

Rahul da Cunha:

Since 1986, Rahul daCunha has had two enviable careers. One as the writer and director of memorable plays that have been performed across the USA, the UK, Holland, Germany, South Korea and Malaysia. And the other, as an ad man known for award-winning ad campaigns.

Theatre is his passion and for the past thirty years, he has been the creative force behind some of the most successful plays in the country, from Larins Sahib, which was the first Indian play to be staged at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival to I’m Not Bajirao, Class of 84, Pune Highway and The Siddhus of Upper Juhu.

His association with Prashant Godbole goes back to the days of the iconic Hamara Bajaj campaign on which the two worked as a team, a partnership that spanned across three agencies.

Today, he is the Managing Director and Creative Head of daCunha Communications, where he has helmed the creation and development of the iconic Amul butter billboard campaign, the longest running outdoor campaign in the country. He also writes a weekly column in Sunday Mid-Day and has been exploring the photographic medium since 2010, using his lens to capture locations as diverse as Turkey, Greece, France, Egypt, Italy and Varanasi.

Prashant Godbole:

With an advertising career spanning about 30 years, Prashant has seen his work win over 250 metals at award shows like Cannes Lions, D&AD London, One Show, the New York Festival, Asia-Pac Awards and others. He started his career as the art director on the iconic ‘Hamara Bajaj’ campaign, with Rahul da Cunha and has been the driving force behind some of the most talked about campaigns in the industry since.

His journey as a photographer began with the Airtel – Express Yourself campaign, which won accolades for the slice-of-life quality of its imagery. His recent work for the Mumbai Mirror – Hated By Some campaign won him the Photographer of the Year award at Goafest and also picked up metal at the Cannes Advertising Awards, and his work on the Indian Outdoor Advertising Association campaign won gold at Goafest, ADAsia, and picked up silver at Clio Awards in the photography category. His work has been part of group exhibits both in India as well as abroad.

Today, aside from being one of the founder-NCDs of creative boutique ideas@work, he works on photography projects for reputed brands and gives guest lectures at various art schools and photography schools across India. He is passionate about photography and lives to capture on film, life as it unfolds in a moment.

Rustomjee Urbania Presents The Wizard From Far West

Come witness the story of Rohan, a 9 year old spoilt boy whose encounter with the actual world one evening will make him and perhaps you – the audience reckon the virtues and importance of family in life!!

Date: August 6, 2017

Time: 10:00 AM – 11:05 AM

Fee: 250 INR

Age Group: 4 Years & Above

Duration: 65 mins

CALL: 98190 94929 / 98190 60920

ADDRESS: LEON’S WORLD CENTRE FOR HOLISTIC LEARNING & DEVELOPMENT, RUSTOMJEE CAMBRIDGE INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL, RUSTOMJEE URBANIA, THANE (W) – 400 601.

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Synopsis of the play:

Rohan is a 9 year old child who wishes to be independent. One evening while he is wandering around the streets, he experiences events which make him realize the importance of family, values and virtues in life. Every time he gets into a trouble he is constantly rescued by Mandrake the Magician who uses live magic to help Rohan. The play as a whole presents the relevance of social, civic and family values culminating at imbibing kindness in children.

The story will be presented by Prudence Theatre.

Post Event blog – The Legend of Lachit

Theatre is an experience which cannot be compared to reading a story or watching a movie. In fact, studies have shown that children are able to better relate to characters, follow a story line and empathize when they are watching a play. This aspect of theatre was very clearly on display at the Leon’s World, Rustomjee Urbania, which hosted the play The Legend of Lachit.

The stage came alive as Dr.Pooja Jain, a Secret Passages storyteller, brought the story of the unsung hero Lachit to the rapt audience at Leon’s World. Incorporating music to add to the drama of crucial scenes; she narrated how at a time when the Mughals had attacked Assam and the people had lost their bravest soldiers, best arms, and above all, hope; a hero was born in war ridden Saraighat. Lachit Borphukhan, one of India’s real life Super Heroes, whose story of grit, wit and valour would be told and retold to children of Assam for eons to come.

The theatre at Leon’s World was almost packed to capacity as close to 50 kids and parents came to experience this novel form of entertainment on Sunday, 2nd July. Some of them had even participated in the Q&A Contest on Rustomjee Leon’s World WhatsApp Group, where parents had helped their children do a bit of research into the history of Lachit and the Ahom dynasty; 10 lucky winners had received free passes from Rustomjee Leon’s World.

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The children also actively participated in a session of reflecting on the best part of the story where they expressed themselves through the medium of art by drawing their ‘reflections’.

Rustomjee Leon’s World is making theatre a regular feature and new plays will be hosted on the first Sunday of every month. Just another way of adding to the holistic development of children – something that Rustomjee Leon’s World strives for.