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Casting a spell on the audience 24-Feb-2017
Women magicians steal the show at the event organised to mark World Magicians’ Day Magicians from across India gave some ‘magical moments’ to the jam-packed audience at Kalabharathi on Thursday evening. The organisers put up a ‘houseful’ board before the start of the show and many visitors, with invitations, were stopped at the gates as there was no space in the auditorium. The event was organised by the Indian Magic Academy, founded by magician B.S. Reddy, to mark the second anniversary of the academy and also the World Magicians Day.A total of eight woman magicians from all over India performed to the delight of the gathering, particularly children. Producing flowers and umbrellas out of thin air, converting playing cards into a hat, pouring coloured liquids into a vessel and pouring the liquid back into bottles with their original colours were some of the acts by ‘Divas of Magic’ (female magicians). Magicians Bhasha and Amarnadh enthralled the guests with their acts like tearing a newspaper into pieces and rejoining it in a split second and showing simple tricks that could be performed by enthusiasts with a little bit of practice. Their performances were used as a stopgap arrangement in between the items presented by the ‘Divas of Magic’. Guinness Record holder B.S. Reddy seemed to have literally cast a spell on the audience with his magic wand. The public moved to the edge of their seats and watched him in awe as he performed the ‘vanishing act’. A big glas...
 
2 City Girls Sizzle At Miss India 18-Feb-2017
11 vie for top three spots at State-level auditions of Miss India 2017 contest. There was glamour, excitement and a show of confidence and poise as 11 contestants from different parts of Andhra Pradesh contested for the top three spots of the State level audition rounds of the 54th edition of Miss India 2017 held for the first time in the city on Friday. Of the 11 three contestants were selected who would be representing AP in the south zonal rounds of the Miss India beauty contest to be held in Bangalore on March 5.
 
Alka Yagnik Show 17-Feb-2017
3 budding singers to share stage. The Nightingale of Bollywood Alka Yagnik will be performing in the city on Saturday at the AU Convocation Hall for a fund-raising show under Rohit Memorial Trust’s Gyan Lakshmi Project. Three young budding singers from the city will get a chance to share the stage with her and showcase their musical talent on the occasion. V. Akhila, J.V. Srividya and Anuhya Vinjamuri the top three winners of the ‘Voice of Vizag’ competition held to encourage local talent will be performing with the Bollywood singer. Addressing the media here on Thursday G. Anantram trust chairman said the three winners were selected from 212 contestants. Apart from getting a chance to perform with Alka Yagnik the top three winners will be given a cash prize of 10,000, 7,500 and 5,000. This apart in May the 20 semifinalists will perform for a show on the best of A.R. Rahman he said. The proceeds from the show will go towards the ‘Gyan Lakshmi Project’ which works for cancer survivors and women’s health issues, particularly in rural areas.
 
VSP As a Film Hub Yet To Take Wing 16-Feb-2017
Government inaction, lack of well-quipped studios and humid weather blamed. The long undulation coast line offering myriad virgin locations world naturally form the backdrop of reel-life tales that a film-maker would like to narrate. Considering the scenic sports such as the golden beaches, Buddhist sites, Yerramatti Dibbalu, Araku-Valley, Lammasingi, the largest steel plant and Dolphin's Nose, one would think that the City of destiny has a palette of ideal locales for a cinematographer to put his camera to good us. However, the proposal to develop the port city into a film hub continues to gather dust. Lack of adequate studios along with completely equipped pre-production and post-production units is the primary reason why the long pending proposal has failed to make a headway.
 
Zoo Park Yet to Receive World Aid 09-Feb-2017
Visakhapatnam: The World Bank has agreed to sanction $ 6 million (Rs 36 crore) towards the reconstruction of the Indira Gandhi Zoological Park, which suffered damage to the tune of Rs 2.5 crore during 2014 Hudhud cyclone. This is for the first time the World Bank is funding a zoo in South Asia, according to the World Bank officials. But under the present system it will take months or may be years for the funds to get transferred to the zoo, according to sources from the Forest Department. Unlike previous years the World Bank will transfer its funds to the State government from there to the office of the Project Director of AP Disaster Recovery Project and subsequently to Pay and Accounts Office for disbursement.
 
Floating Restaurant Mooted For VSP 07-Feb-2017
VISAKHAPATNAM: If plans of AP tourism department turns into reality, a floating restaurant will become an added tourist attraction in the port city. Floating restaurants are famous at Phuket in Thailand and Goa in the country. As the state government is leaving no stone unturned to lure tourists across the globe, it has allowed private companies with experience in running such tourism projects to start ventures in the state. Accordingly Goa-based Champions Yatch Club Pvt Ltd signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with AP government's Youth Advancement Tourism and Culture (YAT&C) at the recently held CII-AP Partnership Summit to set up a floating restaurant and operate a fast ferry on a pilot basis in the port city.
 
Dogs Steal the Show 06-Feb-2017
Wagging its tail gleefully and obeying the commands of the master meticulously, different breed of canines entered the rink to entertain the viewers who assembled at the grounds to witness the dog show here on Sunday. From big Golden Retrievers to bushy Spitz, restless Yorkshire Terrier to friendly Beagles, exotic breeds such as Poodle to Shih Tzu, Labrador Retriever to the miniature Dachshund, over 500 dogs and 45 breed varieties sashayed down the arena at the event organised by Vizag Canine Welfare Association (VCWA) at A.S. Raja Grounds.
 
It’s a Sea of Humanity at Beach 06-Feb-2017
3-day Visakha Utsav draws to a close on grand note. Thousands of visitors thronged the Beach Road here on the last day of Visakha Utsav on Sunday. There seemed to be something for every one to chill out with multiple events organised as part of the festival. The power glider was fun for the adventure-loving, replicas of temples was a great draw for those with a spiritual bent of mind, the classical, folk and tribal dances and traditional arts a treat for those with taste for culture while the flower show caught the fancy of those who wished to see nature in bloom. The replicas of various temples put up at Ramakrishna Beach saw a long line of devotees in the evening. Sri Varaha Lakshmi Nrusimha Swamy temple of Simhachalam, Sri Kanaka Mahalakshmi temple of Burujupeta in Old Town, Anakapalle Nookambika temple and the popular Sampath Vinayagar temple were some of the replicas on display. Venkatesh of P.M. Palem was pleased at the arrangements. Having darshan is not taking much time and ‘prasadam’ is offered he said.
 
It's Carnival Time in City 04-Feb-2017
3-day Visakha Utsav gets under way on a colourful note. It was carnival time at Beach Road on Friday. Visakha Utsav is not only an event for Vizagites but it appears to have appealed even to the tourists. The entire thee-km stretch of the road from R.K. Beach to YMCA is decked up with stalls and amusement parks and the tourists were seen having a gala time on the day one of the three-day utsav. Food stalls There are about 50 food stalls selling cuisines from different parts of AP.
 
Adventure Sports Primary Attraction 03-Feb-2017
Visakhapatnam: The tourism and cultural fest Visakha Utsav 2017 is being held from February 3-5 on RK Beach. Organised by the AP Tourism department and supported by Vuda and GVMC, several cultural and sports events are slated to be held during the event. This year thrust has been given on adventure and water sports off RK Beach to popularize these sports in Vizag. The main attractions include speed boat, jet ski, quad biking, bungee jumping, all-terrain vehicles, and paragliding (depending on the weather and wind conditions). Interest in these sports and adventure activities is growing among the public, specially the youth and children. Visakhapatnam district is also endowed with hills, seas and beaches, making it feasible for adventure sports such as paragliding, scuba diving, bungee jumping and so on. In Araku alone there are three sites suitable for paragliding while open water scuba diving courses are held near Thotlakonda said Balaram Naidu coordinator for water sports in Visakha Utsav and director of Live in Adventures.
 
 
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