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Royal art on display

This design exhibition, that opens tomorrow, will showcase works of artists and designers of royal lineage.

art and culture Updated: Sep 25, 2012 00:41 IST
Shibani Bedi

It is not every day that history is put out in the open for one to see, touch, feel and take home. But as part of the fourth edition of Royal Fables — an exhibition to promote designers, artists and craft patrons of royal descent — regal designs and artefacts will be reproduced by 23 blue-blooded scions of India for the modern day collector to buy. “Royal Fables demystifies intricate designs of the past to a modern realm. The cornerstone of the initiative is relevance, fusion chic, affordability and functionality - suitably decked with the glamour of exclusive lineages,” says Anshu Khanna, the founder of the exhibit.

“I’ll showcase paintings and miniature artefacts in traditional Rajasthani and Kishangarh styles made by local artists. The aim of my studio is to give employment and patronage to these artisans for the work they do. Most of the things which will be put on sale are inspired by traditional art forms but made for modern homes,” says Princess Vaishnavi Kumari of Kishangarh. Jewellery designer Rani Kavita Singh of Jodhpur says, “From regal reflection to elegance, there’s something for each disposition in my collection. The inspiration lies in the simplicity of creating something that appeals to all women.” The event, which opens tomorrow, will not just see regal traditions in the form of quilts, upholstery, jewellery and paintings but also saris, achkans, sherwanis, brocades and lehngas. “I am revivalist. My collection is inspired by classic royal costumes which have been handed down through generations,” says Umang Hutheesing, who will be putting on display his bridal collection this season.

The participants
HH Maharani Radhikaraje Gaekwad of Baroda: Raja Ravi Verma-inspired saris
Princess Diya Kumari of Jaipur: Palace atelier and museum shop
Princess Jyotsana Kumari of Kashmir: Pashmina and enamel jewellery
Princess Vaishnavi Kumari of Kishangarh: Miniature art
Nawabzadi Saba Sultan

Ali of Pataudi: Precious jewellery
Kanwarani Poonam Singh of Nalagarh: Festive saris
Kunwarani Shailaja Katoch: Museum shop
Prince Richard Holkuar: Reva maheshwari saris
Rani Sushma Kumari of Sahaspur-Bilari: Festive saris
Rani Kavita Singh Jodhpur:

Precious jewellery
Thakurani Darshana Kumari of Mandawa: Pure gold & silver woven saris
Rajkumari Alka Singh Pratapgarh: Hand-painted saris
Preeti Singh Kuchaman: Quilts
Baisa Pushpita Singh: Semi-precious jewellery
Yuvrani Vidita Singh of Pratapgarh Rajasthan: Art
Rohini Singh: Festive embroidered shawls
Rani Sandhya Kumari: Lucknowi Mukesh and

Hand-painted saris
Rajni Mallah: Scarfs and shawls in cashmere
Kanwarani Padmini Singh: Artworks
Kanwar Bhumendra Singh: Scarfs
Elizabeth De Chambrun: Precious jewellery
Umang Huteesing: Traditional poshaks
Kamini Singh from Seohara: Organic yoga wear
Tanushree singh from Kalankar & Pratapgarh Rajasthan: NGO products

Catch the opulence
What: Royal Fables
When: September 26-28
Timing: 11am to 7pm
Where: The Imperial, Janpath Road
Entry: By invitation. Contact 011-40600913
Nearest metro station: Patel Chowk on the Yellow Line

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