Interview: Jyoti Singla

•October 17, 2017 • Leave a Comment

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Spreading love for art

By Jamil Khan | DUBAI

JYOTI SINGLA, an Indian expat, is one of the few professional artists who has mastered the classical South Indian style of painting, Thanjavur, commonly known as Tanjore. She caters to the high demand from the art loving community that come from various backgrounds.
In a recent interview with The Gulf Today, Singla, an artist, housewife, mother of two and entrepreneur said that she learned the classical form of art 20-years ago in Delhi through a private tutor who had learned this art as a family tradition for generations.


“I moved to Sharjah after I got married and utilised all my spare time to practice and produce Tanjore paintings. With time, I have also started painting to produce various types of artworks in mix media from oil on canvas, abstract, ceramic, wood, glass and others to include a wide range of themes,” she said.
Singla’s artworks range from Tanjore paintings to others and are in high demand by Indians who buy these for religious purposes while other communities buy them to decorate their homes and other living spaces.
Now that her sons are grown up and moved away for higher education, she dedicates much of her time for painting. She has also started tutoring for groups and individuals from her home as her faithful clientele spread the message of her classed through word of mouth. She produces Tanjore paintings on orders at home, serving as a workshop with all the essential tools and also showcases her artworks during gatherings with family and friends.
“Working at home not only gives me freedom but also flexibility and I feel comfortable while managing family affairs,” she added. Producing a Tanjore painting is a tedious task since it portrays devotional icons in simple iconic compositions with foils of 24-carat gold as mostly they are Hindu gods, goddesses and saints.
“I have been importing raw material, fabric, precious gems, etc. from India to maintain the high quality. These paintings are characterised by particular sizes, religious figures and exclusive materials which gives them long life and lasts generations in a family,” she said.
A series of steps were included to produce a Tanjore painting from tracing, foil with gold, clay work, setting stones and finally painting with vivid colours which takes around one month for a small piece and further two weeks for a big one. Some of her Tanjore artworks are themed on Krishna, Radha Krishna, Bala Krishna and Ganesha.
Besides producing Tanjore paintings, she also doesBuddha paintings, oil paintings, wooden work and others according to the demands of clients who know her skills and admire her skills. She also participates in many group and solo exhibitions held in malls and other places where the visitors expressed admiration for her and started buying her artworks through orders.
Currently most of the non-Indian families buy these Tanjore paintings as a souvenir or art piece for their homes as a small piece, around 12×12-inches in size, costs from Dhs1200 and goes up according to the size and the amount of gold used. Singla has been approached by local clients to make artworks of Arabic calligraphy with the use of gold foil, while some prefer gold work in other type of paintings.
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Expo Pakistan 2017

•October 13, 2017 • Leave a Comment

No visa fee for delegates of upcoming Expo

By Jamil Khan | DUBAI

AROUND two dozen UAE-based companies have confirmed their participation in the 10th edition of countryÕs biggest trade show, Expo Pakistan 2017.
For this Expo the government has waived the visa fee for delegates. The delegates, coming from the UAE will be provided comprehensive hospitality packages.
he 4-day exhibition Ð promoting local products,Êservices, fresh produce and other prominent items Ð will be held in Karachi Expo Centre from November 9-12. This was stated by the officials from Pakistan mission in the UAE during a press briefing held recently in Dubai
The exhibition will be organised by Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP). Addressing the press, officials highlighted the overall trade between the two countries and said that during the current year, the imports from Pakistan have increased. “The UAE is one of the major importers of Pakistani products as mangoes seen 29 per cent rise with $22 million trade. Import of citrus fruits (kinno, orange, etc.) was $17 million, while import of Pakistani rice fetched $216 million with an increase of 36 per cent,” said Dr Nasir, commercial councilor at Pakistan Consulate, Dubai.
Kamran Riaz, commercial counsellor at the Pakistan Embassy in Abu Dhabi said, “With the tremendous efforts by Pakistani missions in the UAE and ministries including National Shipping Corporation of Pakistan (PNSP),”a dedicated vessel to bring fresh produce from Pakistan, will start operation in the first quarter of next year. This will not only reduced the shipping time and cost but also cater to the need of high quality Pakistani fruits and vegetables in the local market besides.”
Ahmed Sheikhani, President, Pakistan Business Council Dubai told the gathering that they are coordinating with other business councils in UAE and its members to participate in the Pakistan Expo 2017 and not only witness the local products but also get benefit of the packages offered. “We have around 3,000 members, Pakistani businesses in Dubai, and we are encouraging them to visit the expo and coordinate with other communities to get benefit from it,” he said.
-Published At The Gulf Today

Pakistan Property Show 2017

•October 13, 2017 • Leave a Comment

50 exhibitors to showcase projects in property show

By Jamil Khan | DUBAI

COMMUNITY members in the UAE are having the first ever real estate exhibition in which over 50 developers will showcase a wide range of housing portfolios to tap the demand of overseas Pakistanis.
The first edition of the two-day Pakistan Property Show will be held at Za’abeel Hall 5, Dubai World Trade Centre on Oct.20-21. The show will feature leading Pakistani real estate developers and brokerage houses showcasing a wide spectrum of profitable real estate options.
This was announced by the Ali Khan brothers, founders of Emerging…
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GITEX Tech 2017

•October 10, 2017 • Leave a Comment

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CDA, Ajman govt department showcase digital solutions at GITEX

By Jamil Khan | DUBAI

THE Community Development Authority (CDA) of Dubai rolled out a bundle of new or upgraded smart applications at GITEX Technology Week 2017.
CDA is presenting one of its most innovative initiatives to date, targeting elderly people who live alone in Dubai. The service includes installing sensors in older persons’ homes that use radiation to detect changes in the occupants’ conditions, without the need for surveillance cameras. The device produces health readings and monitors movement to ensure the user is in good health; these readings are then sent to the call centre in the Community Development Authority headquarters, which remains vigilant for anything out of the ordinary.
Thani Bin Jarash, Executive Director of Corporate …
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Riverston Centre Dubai

•October 10, 2017 • Leave a Comment

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By Jamil Khan | DUBAI

WITH highly qualified teaching and training staff, the Riverston Children’s Centre (RCC), a centre dedicated to children’s specific learning needs and support, has started its service portfolio by offering an Early Intervention Programme (EIP) to support children’s development by enhancing their strengths and addressing needs. The programme launched for ages 3 to 6 at its facility in Dubai’s Umm Suqeim neighbourhood.
This age bracket has been proven to be a crucial stage in a child’s development and learning resulting in better outcomes when any needs are addressed. The full-time EIP will provide intensive specialist support early on and in …
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Al Amal by Aster Healthcare

•October 8, 2017 • Leave a Comment

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By Jamil Khan | DUBAI

THE Aster DM Healthcare has decided to appoint around 100 persons with disabilities in its workforce in the UAE, India and GCC to celebrate its 30 years in the healthcare sector. Procedures have already begun in this regard.
This was stated by Dr Azad Moopen, Chairman & Managing Director Aster DM Healthcare, while talking to The Gulf Today on the sidelines of Al Amal, a day-long event held at the Dubai Club for People of Determination (earlier known as Dubai Club for the Disabled) on Saturday.
The event Al Amal (the hope) was organised by Aster Volunteers of Aster DM Healthcare as its CSR initiative.
“With the blessings of Almighty and support of UAE Rulers, the Aster DM Healthcare has completed 30 years in the healthcare sector to provide excellent facilities to the community. To celebrate three decades serving the society, we have launched a series..
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PAD Safety First Awareness Session

•October 2, 2017 • Leave a Comment

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By Jamil Khan | DUBAI

SCORES of Pakistani community members participated in the ‘safety first awareness session’, organised by the Pakistan Association Dubai (PAD) in collaboration with the Dubai Police and Pakistan Consulate in Dubai.
The event was part of the Dubai Police safety awareness campaign with Hamdan Ahmed Al Muhairi, First Lieutenant as the chief guest
The interactive session was conducted by Omer Usman, an officer from the Dubai Police who highlighted the force’s initiatives to promote road safety. He also identified dangerous habits of drivers which lead to big accidents. Mobile phones and social media are major challenges…
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