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DNA of Creativity, Music & Art





“Hum na to koi particular style follow karte hai and na hi koi professional training li, bus jo b aagya aan do!”

DnA is a duo of two amusingly talented and creative lads of Shimla- Dixit Dutt and Anshul. That is precisely why they are known as DnA; simple yet catchy, ain’t it? The very catchphrase also defines their work of art and music.

Before we go on to show you why these two local boys made to HW City Lifestyle, here’s a little yet sweet inspiring bio of our stars of this week.


Anshul is a painter, who used to practice on his walls and canvas until some of his friends asked him to paint on their T-Shirts. A couple of years back, when a friend asked Anshul to paint his favorite rock star on a T-Shirt, he took that opportunity for fun sake but after the first masterpiece he painted, Anshul popped up with the idea of making it his career. Although his parents want him to join a good B-School after he completes his B Com but he dreams of becoming something which he loves. While Anshul puts his thoughts and creativity on T-Shirts, Dixit Dutt takes care of the marketing and business expansion of DNA.


Dixit Dutt is a B Com as well but his adrenalin rush is only stimulated by playing innovative fusion music that he composes on his own. Interestingly, the naturally talented boy has not received any special training, yet you do not believe your ears when he plays with a flair of a maestro. He got us completely mesmerized when he played like a pro his self-composed tune based on some classical raga that I cannot remember the name of due to my poor knowledge in the subject. Dixit Dutt is an artist by heart, yet he knows how to convert a mere talent into a flourishing business idea. He takes care of the marketing and business expansion of DNA.


When we asked them if they have taken any professional training, they told us in the typical Shimla lingo, “Hum na to koi particular style follow karte hai and na hi koi professional training li, bus jo b aagya aan do!”

Now let us catch up with their captivating artwork, which showcases both passion for music and flawless skill of the hand.

From Bob Marley to Pink Floyd, Anshul has painted more than 100 T-shirts by now and they are making good bucks out of that. The thing to appreciate here is that they are not digitally printing the T-shirts unlike tons of people nowdays selling in the name of customized Tees. Anshul does each T-shirt with hand and puts up a distinctive theme to each, making it truly exclusive for the wearer. They started with fabric paints but now they are quite excelling in Biomechanical painting.


When we asked them about their future plans, Dixit Dutt told us that they are now planning to try Kangra Paintings on T-Shirts. “While I was reading Sarat Chandra Debo’s,‘Image is Everything’ an idea popped up in my mind, that through our art work we should try the Kangra paintings on T-Shirts. It will help in promoting and preserving the state art.”


Meeting and knowing DnA was indeed a wonderful experience. We were in fact enchanted to see the dedication, skill and those infectious smiles that lit when they began telling all about their art and music. We wish the duo lots of success for future and hope they inspire and enthrall with more of their great

Let us wrap up with Dixit’s self-composed classic base melody.

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A duo of Shimla chics, who write for their love for the city want to keep exploring and sharing the endless grandeur of Shimla with the readers. Already established as content designers, both of them are Masters in Journalism and Mass Communication. As they love to put it, their peculiar fixation with the city drives them to volunteer for HW.

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HPTDC’s Online Service for Ordering Food for Takeaway and Home Delivery Launched



HPTDC Online Food Order Service

Shimla-An online facility to place orders of food was launched by the Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation on July 21, 2020. It was informed by the HPTDC, Managing Director Kumud Singh. She said the Corporation has introduced a facility to place an online order of food for takeaway and home delivery at its selected properties.

“The public can place orders for a variety of tasty, hygienic and healthy cuisines at their homes by placing online orders,”

she said.

Consumers can place online food orders at these properties by visiting its website ( Currently, the orders can be placed from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM. The HPTDC staff has been imparted special training to take all necessary steps for prevention of COVID-19, she said. The food is prepared by trained Chefs of the Corporation in safe and hygiene environment, she added.

She informed that this service has initially been started at Hotel Peterhof Shimla, Goofa Ashiana Restaurant Shimla, Hotel Kunzam Manali, Cafe Monal Kullu, Cafe Raviview Chamba and Cafe Satluj Rampur. She said that this service will be extended to other properties in a phased manner.

Photo: Himachal Watcher

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Fursat Se- Shimla Based Cultural Community to Plant 550 Trees on 550th Birth Anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev ji



Shimla-On the occasion of 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Devji, Fursat Se, a cultural community based in Shimla plans to plant 550 trees. The founder of Fursat Se, Amrita Bhasin, is working towards creating safe spaces for promotion of art, literature and open dialogue through the medium of events.

“We invite 550 people (&more) to pledge and plant one tree each and help us initiate a Green Movement by the people and for the people,”

She said.

Anyone interested in this, can pick a local tree sapling and plant it in allowed areas of the neighborhood and pledge to take care of it, and send the information on the same with a picture and hashtag #TreeTalesIndia to Fursat Se. For pledging, volunteering and becoming a part of this initiative you can contact them, and Fursat Se will share the pictures from their social media handles.

The initiative is organized by Fursat Se- A Cultural Community in association with- Swach Himalayas, a Himachal based NGO started by Savitoj Singh, that works towards spreading awareness about various environmental issues, undertakes initiatives like regular visits to old-age homes, orphanages through numerous community driven events and Unbox Himachal valley- a Himachal based start-up by Shivee Sirmauri, working towards empowerment of rural women by providing employment opportunities and reviving old cultural handicrafts.

Fursat Se- 550 trees plantation

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Himachal’s fitness enthusiast shines at Indian TV Reality Show




Himachal's Fitness enthusiast sachin sharma of Shimla

Shimla: Sachin Sharma, a handsome man of 26, is currently a person who stands in contrast to Himachal Pradesh’s ill-famed youth struggling with drug and substance abuse – a crucial issue that has sounded an alarm in the State. Sachin is the one who joined a gym at the age of 19 – an age at which teenagers are struggling to escape from the jaws of drug/substance abuse, especially Heroin (Chitta).

Sachin, born in a middle-class family of Deha village, Theog, Shimla district, recently appeared in what could be called India’s first fitness reality show “Indian Fitness League.” It wasn’t a bodybuilding show, but the challenge was to undertake tasks designed to check who is the fittest. Sachin was the only one from Himachal to have made through the auditions. He was selected as one of the 40 fittest people of India. He earned the special attention of the hosts of the show as well as among other competitors.

The next episode of the TV show would be telecasted on October 6 on Discovery Sports at 4 PM.

To know more about him, Himachal Watcher interviewed him (Watch Video). We found that his story is inspirational in its own way:

Far from ill and unhealthy habits, he doesn’t smoke, doesn’t drink or take anything that would toy with his physical and mental fitness. He definitely doesn’t take steroids. Since last seven years, he has followed a strict discipline in diet and habits. He didn’t compromise with his studies either. He completed his schooling from Dayanand Public School in Shimla.

In 2018 he completed his post graduation in Masters of Business (MBA) from Himachal Pradesh University and had procured a placement for himself too.

He wasn’t born with a silver spoon in his mouth so placement did matter for him. His father Mohan Lal Sharma and mother Subhadra Sharma are both serving with the Crime Investigation Department (CID), HP, as Assistant Sub-Inspector (ASI) and Head Constable respectively. It wasn’t easy to manage an additional expenditure of Rs. 15,000 – 20, 000 on his protein diet for seven years.

At this point, his decision-making ability was put to test. He had to choose one of the two: job placement and passion for fitness. He listened to himself and decided to seek a career in the fitness industry.

Though Sachin’s body is in good shape, he isn’t actually a bodybuilder. He is a fitness enthusiast, who has trained without a professional trainer or a mentor. He made ample use of YouTube to learn. He didn’t take up fitness as his passion because he was inspired by someone. He was his own inspiration.

He first received an opportunity to get on a stage at annual Mr. Himachal competition. Later he won the Maruti Suzuki Devils Circuit held in Chandigarh.

Now, after his tremendous performance at the IFL, Sachin has received sponsorships and was inducted in the TG Athlete group. Opportunities in the fitness industry have begun to appear before him. He believes that someday, he would extend support and guidance to other fitness enthusiasts of the state, which he could hardly receive for himself.

He is an idol for the youth of Himachal, especially because fitness is an antonym to drug/substance abuse and indiscipline. In the majority of cases filed under the Narcotics, Drugs & Psychoactive Substances (ND&PS) Act, the accused are reported to be between 20-25 years. A couple of days back Shimla Police arrested a 22-years-old local boy with a packet of Lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) stamps. 

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