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Sharmila Tagore

Veteran Actor, FIMA Advisory Board Member & Guest Facutly

She was born in Kanpur and educated at Loreto House, Kolkata and Asansol. She began her career in films in 1957, with Satyajit Ray's "Apur Sansar" ( the World of Apu ) and has, until now, acted in over 100 Bengali and Hindi films, notably " Nirjan Saikate" ( Bengali, 1963) " Mausam" ( Hindi, 1976) and Abar Aranye" ( Bengali, 2003) for all of which she won the National Award: and "Devi" (1959), "Anupama" ( 1965), "Satyakaam" (1966), "Aradhana" (1968), "Amar Prem" (1972), "New Delhi Times" (1986), "Mississippi Masala" (1988),"Viruddh" (2005) and "Antaheen" (2009) (Bengali) The ministry of Culture and Communications of the Government of France honoured her, in 1999, by making her an "Officer de L'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres" ( Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters ).Napier University in Edinburgh recently conferred honorary doctorate of art on her.Read More

 

ILA KUMAR VALIA

Director - Frankfinn Institute of Modeling & Acting

ILA started her career with the handling of the homecoming of Sushmita Sen, the first ever Ms. Universe title holder from India and thereafter for over 15 years was a part of the organising team for the prestigious Femina Miss India contest. Ever since then she has been involved in scouting for the right talent. They were then trained in various aspects such as public speaking, styling, physical fitness, hair styling and makeup etc, before they went on for participating in various International pageants such as Miss Universe, Miss World, Miss Asia Pacific and Miss Earth. During her tenure there were many International winners with the likes of Aishwarya Rai, Diana Hayden, Yukta Mookhey, Priyanka Chopra, Lara Dutta, Diya Mirza, Parvathy Omnakuttan besides many others such as Neha Dhupia, Gul Panag just to name a few. Read More

 

Sayali Bhagat

Guest Faculty

Sayali Bhagat is an Indian Actress and a former Beauty Queen. She won the Ms India - World crown in 2004. She made her debut in Bollywood with the movie 'The Train' Co - starring Emraan Hashmi. She is the brand ambassador of some premium products like Kisna Diamonds, LG Mobile -Pakistan. Editor of Brand U - a fashion magazine from grooming dales. Has walked the ramp for most of the designers in the country - to name a few - Ritu Kumar, Satya Paul & Suneet Verma etc. Has participated in most fashion festivals. Like Rome Fashion Week, Milan Fashion Week, Lakme Fashion Week and Dubai Fashion Week. Has done ads for brands like Allen Silly, Sony Ericsson phone, Ritu Kumar etc.... Read More

 

Parvathy Omanakuttan

General Manager (GM) - West

Parvathy has been the winner of the Miss India 2008 and also the 1st runner up at the Miss World 2008. Prior to entering Miss India she had also the title of Miss India South 2007. Parvathy has been a Mumbai girl and done her Graduation in English Literature from Mithibai College of Arts, Science and Commerce. She herself is a quick learner, very observant person with great perseverance. She has a genuine connect with people and always has a positive outlook towards life.

She now has 6 years of experience as a fashion and ramp model and has walked for all the leading designers in India and has also walked for all the Fashion Weeks in India. She has also walked for international brands and designers like Vivienne Westwood, Nick Hart, Nikki Beach Lifestyle, Mark Fast, Bora Aksu, Adam Saks, etc

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Ms. Samantha Kochhar

Managing Director, Blossom Kochhar Group of Companies

Ms. Samantha Kochhar, the young and dynamic Managing Director of Blossom Kochhar Group of Companies, took over the company three years ago, after the demise of her father Col. Virender Kochhar, former Managing Director, Blossom Kochhar Group of Companies. Her business acumen is the culmination of her education, industry experience and leadership skills during her role as the Chief Technical and Creative Director, Blossom Kochhar College of Creative Arts & Design for the past 25 years.

Beginning her career at the tender age of 11 under the guidance and tutelage of her mother Dr. Blossom Kochhar, Founder and Chairperson, Blossom Kochhar Group of Companies, Ms. Samantha Kochhar was immediately consumed into the industry. She also brings to the table her remarkable academic sensibility and creative flair in the hair, make up and beauty industry along with her various tie ups with leading brands such as MUD (Make Up Designory, Los Angeles), L’Oreal , Christian Dior, Guess, P&G, Unilever, Schwarzkopf, Lakme and Wella. As a make-up, hair and beauty stylist she has enjoyed the privilege of being associated with prestigious assignments such as the Miss World 1996 Pageant, The Ricky Martin Show, and the Jeremy Spencer Show. She has also handled the hair and make-up for numerous Indian and Foreign films including the French film, Eight to Nine and Meera Nair’s film, Monsoon Wedding.Read More

 

Sumiko Murgai Nanda

She is one of the best known Fashion Photographers of India. She shoots fashion with a highly artistic eye. Working with both colour and black and white, she loves to experiment with extremes of lighting, composition and styling. She has documented the works of many leading designers across borders including Tarun Tahilyani, Rina Dhaka, Rohit Bal, JJ Valaya, Suneet Verma, Manish Arora, Ritu Kumar to name a few.

Besides this she has many commercial ventures to her credit. Recently she had also dabbled with life style and food photography. Has done assignments for premium life style brand-Good Earth. Sumiko was always interested in the visual medium and used to sketch and paint in her early years, but finally it was photography that she found most interesting. Read More

 
 
 
 
 
 
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