Kangana Ranaut, Masaba Gupta, other celebrities pay tribute to veteran fashion designer Satya Paul after his passing in Coimbatore
Celebrities including Bollywood actor Kangana Ranaut, fashion designer Masaba Gupta and movie director Madhur Bhandarkar took to their social media profiles to pay tribute to veteran fashion designer Satya Paul who passed away at 78 in Coimbatore.
Veteran fashion designer and the founder of the acclaimed Indian clothing brand, Satya Paul passed away on January 6 at an age of 78 at the Isha Yoga Centre in Coimbatore. Paul was best known for his use of vivid colours and unique patterns, and his designs were worn by several Bollywood celebrities including Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Madhuri Dixit, Malaika Arora, Karisma Kapoor, Sobhita Dhulipala, Adah Sharma, Hina Khan, to name a few. Paul’s son Puneet Nanda in a long emotional Facebook post shared the news of his father’s demise. “Satya Paul, 2Feb 1942 - 6Jan 2021, Thank you to all who have sent messages... a few notes about his passing,” Nanda wrote.
He further stated that the fashion mogul suffered a stroke on December 2 and after being treated at the hospital, he expressed the desire to fly back to the Isha Yoga Centre which has been his “home since 2015.”
“He had a stroke on Dec 2 and as he was slowly recovering in the hospital, his only wish was to get all the things he was being monitored and poked with - removed so he could fly away. We finally got clearance from doctors to take him back to Isha Yoga Center, his home since 2015. As per his wish, he gently passed on with blessings of the Master,” Nanda wrote. Nanda also threw light on Paul’s “inner journey” to spirituality and his bond with his spiritual “master,” founder of Isha Yoga Centre Jaggi Vasudev or Sadhguru. “Most people are not aware, more than as a designer or entrepreneur, he has been steadfastly a seeker. In the ‘70s his inner journey started with going to listen to talks with J. Krishnamurty, later he took sannyas from Osho. After Osho left in 1990, though he wasn’t seeking another Master, he discovered Sadhguru in 2007,” the Facebook post read. “He immediately started enjoying the path of yoga and eventually moved here in 2015. He has been a doorway for hundreds of people towards spirituality and all the Masters he was so blessed to have been with,” the post further read. Sadhguru also condoled Paul’s demise in a tweet writing, ““#SatyaPaul, a shining example of what it means to live with immeasurable passion and unrelenting involvement. The distinct vision you brought to the Indian #fashion industry is a beautiful tribute to this. A privilege to have had you amongst us. Condolences & Blessings. -Sg.” The official Instagram account of Satya Paul also honoured him sharing several portraits of him. “Celebrating the beautiful and inspiring journey of our founder, Mr Satya Paul 1942-2021,” the team wrote along with a series of pictures. Several celebrities also paid tribute to the iconic fashion designer, including Masaba Gupta, who has briefly worked with the label as a creative head. She wrote on her Instagram stories, “A true example of an actual BRAND, homegrown. Put in corporate hands at the right time and one with a signature that will stand the test of time. Fashion schools – Please introduce young Indian design aspirants to this brand in schools and various other homegrown brands. We can be inspired by the story of Chanel etc but we must learn what happened on our soil first.”
Kangana Ranaut also tweeted a prayer for the designer.
Director Madhur Bhandarkar tweeted, “Sad to hear demise of most influenced Fashion Designer Satya Paul sir. His immense contribution in the fashion industry will be always remembered, My heartfelt condolences to Puneet Nanda and the family. #OmShanti.”
(With ANI inputs)