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Sharmila Tagore
06 Apr 2016 | Mrs. Sharmila Tagore
I first visited Antara in September 2015. That we were going to a beautiful place, was clear to me. I had heard a lot about Antara.

On the flight to Dehradun, we experienced a fair amount of turbulence but we chatted nonchalantly pretending to ignore the buffeting the aircraft was getting. When we landed, the pilot told us that this was one of the more turbulent flights he had ever done and it made me even more keen to get to Antara!

I’m not a stranger to Dehradun; I made the film ‘Doosri Dulhan’ there with Shabana Azmi and Victor Banerjee, Victor later bought a house in Mussoorie and has lived there for many years. I returned several times over the years-sometimes with my husband, who was chief guest at several events and functions. We have several friends in charming houses dotting the valley and I even had an association with Dr AK Singh who is now based out of the Max Hospital in Dehradun when he treated me for an ailment in the past- he was so knowledgeable and not driven by commerce. All these experiences led me to really liking Dehradun.

The first time I went to Antara, I was struck by the beauty of its location. Perched high above the Tons River with the purple hills of the Himalayas in the distance, banks of trees everywhere, this was a very pretty location indeed. Antara is also extremely well-planned with walking paths, golf carts, spaces that I believe will eventually be just right without being ostentatious or garish. The colour palettes they have used are lovely along with their attention to detail on lighting, curved edges, acoustics – all these are things I notice as I am sure others do too. The food we ate was light and delicious and served impeccably by extremely well-trained staff. It is this very staff that will look after residents once they start moving into Antara.

To live in a community that is culturally and socially matched is a blessing and I can see this will happen at Antara. I can see many pluses of living here; not being cut off, having a full life, volunteering at an NGO and yet having all the privacy one needs. One cannot discount things like these. I can completely and utterly understand people wanting to draw away from the rat race, yet lead a full life at Antara.

Before I end, I have a word of praise-first for the superb team at Antara, and second for Tara for her wonderful leadership qualities, of her commitment and practical approach to problems. I have seen her treat people older than her with utmost respect and this, perhaps, is the leitmotif, the very DNA of Antara and, really, nothing could be better than that.

About Mrs. Sharmila Tagore
Mrs. Sharmila Tagore is one of the most admired actresses of the Indian Film Industry. After starting her film career in 1957, there was no looking back for the talented actress – and accolades like National Film Awards and Filmfare awards are a testimony to her unmatched screen performances. She is UNICEF’s goodwill ambassador in the causes of HIV/AIDS along with supporting multiple socio-cultural and community projects and was awarded Padma Bhushan in 2013.
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