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FICCI Ladies Organisation Hyderabad 10th Annual Session
Hyderabad July 17th, 2012: Ms. Rekha Reddy takes over as Chairperson of FICCI Ladies Organisation - FLO Hyderabad Chapter from Ms. Pinky Reddy and Ms. Swapna Cherukuri hands over reigns of Young FLO to Ms. Mourya Boda at the 10th Annual Session and Change of Guard Ceremony held today at Park Hyatt. Mr. Sabyasachi Mukherjee, the renowned fashion designer was the Chief Guest on the occasion.

The FICCI FLO Hyderabad Chapter will have Mrs. Jyotsna Angara, as Vice Chairperson, Priyanka Ganeriwal Allahabadi as Secretary and Usharani Manne as Treasurer. Young FLO will have Ashita Nawalgaria as Vice Chairperson, Shakuntala Devi as Secretary and Samia Alam Khan as Treasurer
Key Note Address: Saree- symbol of quintessential Indian women.

The Indian Saree is a timeless garment with a history that dates back to over 5000 years. Designs, patterns and even wearing style have changed, but the saree is still the most exquisite single piece garment for a woman. Nothing identifies a woman as being Indian so strongly as the saree; it is the quintessential Indian female garment.

The Sari is like a canvas to the weaver, block printer, textile designer or the mill hand. A hand woven, and hand created sari is the most down-to-earth organic attire one can wear. When you wear that hand-woven sari, you are paying tribute to Indian craft persons who have stubbornly stuck to the skills, traditions and secrets of thousands year old Indian culture.
And Sabyasachi will put together a presentation which will be a tribute & about the handloom textile heritage on India focusing on 4 textile belts of India: Kanchipuram, Kota, Kashmir (Pashmina), West Bengal (Jamdani).

Sabyasachi Mukherjee
Is an graduate from the National Institute of Fashion Technology, India with three major. Sabyasachi's design philosophy is very simple and clear- 'Personalized imperfection of the human hand'. Deserts, gypsies, prostitutes, antique textiles and cultural traditions of his home town, Kolkata have been a lifelong inspiration for this designer who believes that "clothes should just be an extension of one's intellect". He uses unusual fabrics, texturing and detailing, 'fusion' of styles, 'patch-worked' with gorgeous embellishments in a vibrant diverse color palette to make the feeling of going back to the 'soul'. His creations evoke images of ancient and medieval ages. He describes his own collections as 'an International styling with an Indian soul'. In his designs, he tries to maintain a non-commercial balance in an extremely aggressive, commercial and competitive industry. His collection is for people who prefer to walk a path less traveled and who definitely believe that slowing down is not equivalent to dropping out.
He pioneered the use of Indian textiles, albeit in a modern context. His unique contribution has been the use of indigenous methods like bandhani, gota work, block printing, hand dyeing etc. in construction of modern silhouettes.

In 2004, Sabyasachi took a step ahead with Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week and The Miami Fashion Week of America with a bohemian take on Indian textiles and his collection was called The Frog Princess'. With this, Sabyasachi arrived on the global fashion scene with

He forayed into films by designing costumes for Sanjay LeelaBhansali’s landmark film: 'Black', which earned him critical acclaim along with the National Award in 2005 for the best costume designer for a feature film. Since then, he has designed for other Bollywood movies such as 'Babul' and 'LaagaChunari Mein Daag', 'Raavan', 'Guzarish' and 'Paa', 'No one killed Jessica' and 'Kahaani'. He is the youngest board member of the National Museum of Indian Cinema.

He earned the distinction of being the only Indian designer to be invited to showcase at the Milan Fashion week 2004 facilitated by Indo-Italian Chamber Of Commerce. Along with accolades, he was also voted by Asia Inc. a Singapore based Business magazine as one of the ten most influential Indians in Asia, alongside AishwariyaRai, Priyanka Gandhi, Sabeer Bhatia...et el

In 2009, Sabyasachi opened his first flagship store at Kolkata. Sabyasachi sells out of five flagship stores and is a part of various multi designer stores in India. His future plans are to start an Indian inspired kids wear brand and to establish a contemporary clothing brand for mass India that completely employs and thrives on weavers and artisans at a grass root level. Sabyasachi aspires to grow a 'people tree' enterprise that encompasses Indian tradition, culture, and history and converts it into an intellectually and aesthetically aspirational global super brand.

About FLO:
FLO was established in 1983, as a division of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) which is the apex body of industry and commerce in India. Its primary objective was to create a platform that voiced the concerns of women entrepreneurs, businesswomen and professionals and promote entrepreneurship and professional excellence. As an all India organization for women, FLO has chapters in Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Gawhati and Coimbatore with its head office in Delhi. The Hyderabad Chapter of FLO was launched in 2001 and today has over 350 members. FLO endeavors to enhance the various skills of women through its educational and vocational training programmes, talks, seminars, panel discussion and workshop on a wide range of subject. It also focuses on women related legal and social issues like uniform civil code, domestic violence, etc. In its own capacity, FLO interfaces with women in business and the government to empower them in their professional and entrepreneurial endeavors.

Rekha Reddy-Chairperson FLO Hyderabad (2012-2013)

REKHA REDDY is an Associate 1st Master, Ohara Ikebana and the President, Ikebana International Hyderabad Chapter. She hasgiven several demonstrations in India and abroad. She has been teaching Ikebana and holding workshops for 17 years. She has done her Masters [M.Sc] in Foods and Nutrition with a scholarship from APAU-AP Agricultural University and has received two gold medals in her Master's course.

A university basketball captain, she has written articles on travel, flower arrangement, gardening and nutrition for local and national publications. Rekha has also authored a book 'Petals & Palette', its pagesjuxtaposing Ikebana with MF Husain's canvas.

CHAIRPERSONS MESSAGE
Greetings from Hyderabad!
It is with enthusiasm and humility that I take up the mantle as Chairperson of FLO Hyderabad. FLO is on the brink of entering its fourth decade of existence. Along with my team, I hope to focus our efforts towards helping women develop their entrepreneurial and professional skills and support them through our programmes. With the clear objective of making our organization more inclusive and broad based, we hope to reach out to Tier 2 cities like Vishakapatnam, Vijayawada and Tirupati. Our parent organization FICCI, has excellent relationships with several institutions in the country and abroad and we will take the help of this network in achieving our goals. We will concentrate on imparting 'information' in different areas and fields in the form of talks, workshops and inputs through written matter. Members can use these in improving their work in existing fields or in their future entrepreneurial endeavours. This year again we strive to move with the focus of FLO's goals in mind and our success depends on everyone's support and encouragement. I look forward to an eventful year with active participation by all the members.

FLO Committee (2012-2013)
Vice Chairperson: Jyotsna Angara A Communications and Public Relations Professional. She has worked with varied industry verticals & large multinationals. A Psychology graduate she is a trained Glider Pilot and Para- jumper who has represented Andhra Pradesh at national level competition. An enthusiastic individual she enjoys working as a team player in a multitask environment. Working for the under-privileged is her passion.

Secretary: Priyanka Ganeriwal Allahabad! is eminent wedding planner of the city and runs a firm called Weddings N More - a complete wedding solution firm. She is a Post Graduate with specialization in HR & Training and worked for Deloitte Consulting. She has recently launched her 2nd venture - a new party boutique "Party Hunterz" the only one stop shop for all party needs & supplies. Over the years, she has held many posts in the FICCI FLO & YFLO committee .Also is the chairperson for Utkarsh 1

Treasurer: Usha Rani Manne is a first generation co-promoter of the Polmon group of companies, which are engaged in offering measurement and automation solutions, primarily for the pharmaceutical industry. She is an MBA and leads the administrative, finance and human resource functions. She has been conferred the "Outstanding Women Entrepreneur of the year 2007" from FAPCCI Usha believes firmly in the importance of entrepreneurial initiative and financial sufficiency

Programme Mentor: Padma lagadapati is a director in Telesto Properties Private Ltd,Lanco Horizon Properties Private Ltd& Emerald Orchids Private Limited. She was the Governing Body Member (2010-2011) - FICCI Ladies Organization .She was also part of the SAARC Chamber of Women Entrepreneur Council & Ex-Chairperson - Women Cricket Association, Andhra Pradesh State. She has also won PINK RIBBON AWARD - for Breast Cancer Awareness given by KIMS Hospitals, Hyderabad.

Programme Coordinator: Ch.Sumalatha a popular wedding planner of the city sought after for her traditional decor, residing in Hyderabad for 25yrs. She is an instructor of Ikebana. She loves travelling, gardening, cooking, reading and to meet people from different walks of life. She is a member of Hyderabad Toastmasters Club.
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