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A Royal roar

Here’s your chance to experience everything that’s royal — from finery to cuisines and art — at a fete that opens in the Capital today

lifestyle Updated: Oct 17, 2013 18:40 IST
Aakriti Sawhney

Visiting a palace to experience the life lived by royals is everyone’s dream. And, nothing makes it easier than the royals themselves choosing to exhibit a part of their lives to us. Their food, art, exotic finery, darbar music and much more is yet again coming to the Capital as part of Royal Fables, an exposition that brings in designers and artists of royal descent.

Celebrating its fifth edition, Royal fables founder Anshu Khanna says, “What initially started as a design platform has today, turned into a platform that not only promotes design but is taking the whole legacy of royal India forward. Our aim is to deconstruct old legacy in contemporary vocabulary.”

Look out for hand-painted saris from Kanwarani Kamini Singh of Seohara, jewellery from Rani Kavita Kumari Sahiba of Jodhpur and more. The fete will also see a specially curated art section, a first-of-its-kind at the event. Curated by Sunaina Anand, the exhibition will see artworks from and by the royals. This includes Baroda style portraits and landscapes by late HH Maharaja Ranjitsinh Rao Saheb Gaekwad of Baroda, photography by Yuvraj Vikramaditya Singh of Jammu and Kashmir and wildlife art by Princess Krishna Kumari of Panna. “The exhibition is a mix of photography, drawings, enamel ceramics and paintings. It also includes patronage collections from different parts of the world,” says Anand.

Another interesting feature at the exhibit is a collection of products inspired by phulkari as an ode to Silai schools led by Harsimrat Kaur Badal, MP, Bathinda. “I want phulkari to become one of the most famed embroideries of India. I am happy that the patrons have so graciously come forward to showcase this collection of art, design and fashion,” says Badal.

Fact File
What:
Royal Fables
Where: The Foyer at One Style Mile, Qutub, Mehrauli
When: October 18-20
Timings: 11am to 7pm
Nearest Metro Station: Qutab Minar on the Yellow Line