Currently in Hollywood,the bare midriff is becoming the trend.This midriff look flaunts one of the most desired symbols of beauty and health today:flat, toned abs.Jane magazine fashion editor Elizabeth Kiester once commented,"A woman's stomach and waist is the most feminine part of her body. It's sexy, but not overtly sexy like cleavage,"Many celebrities have started to flaunt their midriffs at the red carpet, on stage, and in photo shoots.Gossip Girl star Leighton Meester flashed her abs in a body-hugging, long-sleeved shirt and skirt, while Nicole Richie showed a little ribcage in a floor-length, deconstructed dress cleverly missing its middle, as shown on Celebuzz.Rihanna's super fit routine includes elliptical training, which is easier on joints than running and just as effective at fat burning. The star alternates her cardio time with weight training for muscle tone, as well as lunges and jumping rope.Another curvaceous, toned singer is Jennifer Lopez. Daily Mail reported that she recently credited the Dukan Diet with part of her self-care routine, . The diet alternates between high protein, high fiber, and unlimited vegetables to achieve one's ideal weight.
On the other hand, baring the midriff has always been a fashion in Indian women attire.Indian women have traditionally worn saris that bares the midriff,especially South Indian women.The gap on the midriff between sari and the choli presented the elegance of a woman’s graceful sway of her gait.One of the reasons can be that in ancient Indian tradition,the navel of the God Vishnu the Protector is considered to be the center of the universe and the source of life.From his navel a new world of the future emerges. This has been depicted in many ancient Indian sculptures as a lotus emerging from the navel on which God Brahma the Creator is seated.Due to this the midriff is set to be left bare in a sari.Another reason could be due to the hot tropical weather of India.Since the sari is entirely wrapped around the body,the midriff is bared in order to cope up with the heat.Rathi Vinay Jha, director general of the Fashion Design Council of India told,"The bare midriff keeps you cool".In modern fashion trends too,the sari is considered to be the classiest midriff revealer.Men are intrigued by the demure floor-length attire and tantalising display of a bare midriff in the back.
By the Indian Physiognomy of a women's body,when the waist of a lady is fat, it indicates her loose character. A waist that is narrow, well formed, not too small nor very large or fleshy,smooth and hairless, is the sign of good luck. If the waist is bent, big, flabby, hairy, rough and crooked, then the lady will be wicked, shrewd and unfortunate. Short, soft belly with veins visible is a sign that woman is sweet and passionate.Hair on the waist indicates an unfortunate woman with a loose character.The sari adapts to a woman's body, rather than defining it, allowing for pregnancy and otherwise expanding girth. And in a culture where having enough to eat is not a given, rolls of fat around the midriff are a sign of prestige, rather than indulgence.Dr.Torsekar, a paediatrician from India who works in Toledo, Ohio once told,"It maybe hard for American women to imagine going to work with an exposed midriff, but for Indian women, the midriff is considered no more suggestive than the forearm."In 2006, the Government of India honored Shobana with the Padma Shri for her contributions towards the arts.
Shobana made her début in the Malayalam motion picture April 18 (1984) at the age of eighteen.The movie was directed by Balachandra Menon. She acted alongside Mammootty in Kanamarayathu (1984). The same year she entered the Tamil film industry and acted in Enakkul Oruvan directed by S. P. Muthuraman alongside Kamal Haasan. In the subsequent years, she acted in many Tamil films. She acted with Rajinikanth in films like Siva and Thalapathi, the latter being directed by Mani Ratnam became a landmark film in her career. Shobhana became a leading heroine in Telugu film industry too. She has to her credit of being the lead opposite Nagarjuna Akkineni, when he made his début in film "Vikram". Shobana won her first National Film Award for Best Actress from the government of India in 1994 for her brilliant performance in Fazil's Manichitrathazhu. She received her second National award for best actress in 2001 for her role in the English language film Mitr, My Friend, directed by Revathi.
Shobhana is an accomplished Bharatanatyam dancer. She did her dance training at the Chidambaram academy in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. Her guru is the legendary Bharatanatyam dancer Chitra Visweswaran. Shobhana is famed for her Abhinaya, a pivotal element in Bharatanatyam.She performed in Kuala Lumpur before the King and Queen of Malaysia.Shobhana's skilled execution of dance movements and her extraordinary beauty has led many to consider her as the most beautiful South Indian actress from the 1980s through the 1990s. She is often equalled to the curvaceous beauty of Indian sculptures.Shobana is well recognized for her performance in the movie Rudra Veena with Chiranjeevi. She was also a part of Mani Ratnam's stage show, Netru, Indru, Naalai.