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A royal affair: Bringing automotive paintings to the limelight

The unique Royal Fables exhibition’s eighth season starts in the city soon. A lowdown on what to expect.

art and culture Updated: Oct 08, 2016 07:44 IST
Henna Rakheja
The unique Royal Fables exhibition’s eighth season is soon to begin in Delhi.
The unique Royal Fables exhibition’s eighth season is soon to begin in Delhi.

Thanks to her royal lineage, Vidita was accustomed to seeing vintage cars around her house and even as a child, their charm was undeniable to her. Soon, she took to painting these vintage beauties. Today, The Continent and a Lady, one of her many works, defines the lesser known genre of automotive paintings.

“When attending a vintage car show, I saw a foreigner looking at a vintage car and painted that scene on my canvas,” says Singh, who belongs to the royal family of Barwani, Madhya Pradesh, and will display her work at Royal Fables Season Eight.

These, along with other exquisite artworks, attire and artifacts will be part of the show which will see participation from 36 royal families, and 15 designers and jewellers inspired by the erstwhile families of royal India.

Painting titled The Continental and a Lady by Vidita Singh of Barwani, Madhya Pradesh.

From the intricate embroideries revived by Umang Hutheesing to the contemporarised dhokra work by Meenal Kumari Singhdeo of Dhenkanal, everything will regale you with the charm of a world lesser known. “My grandfather-in-law settled nomads from Bastar in a village near our house in Dhenkanal, Odisha,” says Singhdeo, telling us how the 300 families in the village create dhokra artifacts even today.

“We focus on designs which are more utility-based. They make a variety of things, right from camera stands and jewellery to feng shui and vastu artifacts, everything is made by them. We give them the essence and they create the designs with anthill mud, without using any moulds,” adds Singhdeo.

It is through this initiative that the new generation of royalty is endeavouring to preserve ancient arts, craft and cultures of an era bygone.

Catch it live

What: Royal Fables Season Eight

Where: The Oval Room at The Mansion, Hyatt Regency When: October 15 and 16 Timings: 11 am to 8pm

Nearest metro station: AIIMS on Yellow Line