A two-day gala was organised in the Capital to celebrate 10 seasons of Royal Fables, an exposition that celebrates art, architecture, textiles, cuisine, jewels and collectibles of the royal families
The event opened with the launch of Bespoke Discoveries by Khanna Jewellers – a service whereby connoisseurs of fine jewels, can custom create their heirloom piece of jewellery. Held over a panel discussion moderated by Harmeet Bajaj and chaired by the erstwhile royals such as Princess Nandini Singh of Jhabua, Rani Archana Kumari Singh of Badnore, Tarini Gupta, Shivani Varma, Atisha Pratap Singh, Bela Madan, Khushboo Bagga, Reshma Punj, this launch witnessed the unveiling of the bespoke piece created by Khanna Jewellers, by Maharani Meenakshi Devi of Kishangarh. All the panellists turned up in Charu Parashar‘s royal couture creations.
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At Season Ten at The Oval Room, The Mansion, Hyatt Regency, collectors and connoisseurs witnessed a rich and robust cache of Palace Atelier collections. Festive hand embroidered shawls, printed pashminas from Nepal, ombre dyed saris, rare weaves, quilts, table ware and home linen by royal scions, hand painting and digital prints in all their splendor…its royal India is its full glory.
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The royal art section presented contemporary remakes of miniature art, tribal art, Islamic calligraphy, wild life paintings, all produced within Palace Studios under the direct patronage of the royals themselves, and even paintings and photography by royal scions themselves. The miniature art of Kangra, Kishangarh and Jaipur; Oleographs from the Ravi Varma Collection from Laxmi Vilas Palace; the Gond art from Jhabua; wild life photography by scions of leading royal families comprised the show.
Dr Karan Singh and Union Cabinet Minister for Women & Child Development, Maneka Gandhi, who are also patrons of Royal Fables, launched the book, The Living Art and Craft Tradition of Jammu and Kashmir, authored by textile designer Madhu Jain. In 2005, Jain began work on a Government of India-commissioned Kashmir project. The long-term objective of the project was to restore employment lifelines to local Kashmiri artisans by sourcing, developing, marketing and popularising Kashmiri handicrafts in India and abroad. Dr Karan Singh threw open his personal collection in Amar Mahal museum in Jammu which provided critical reference points as well as the photographs in the glossy book. Over the course of the project, Jain mixed traditional and contemporary design in Kashmiri handicrafts, presenting this to leading museums in New York—The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Arts and Design, American Museum of Natural History, and Rubin Museum of Art. The book is a by-product of the project, and charts the history of Kashmiri crafts and details its myriad crafts.
ROYAL HERITAGE AWARDS
Anshu Khanna, the architect behind Royal Fables, is excited to make new announcements in the forthcoming editions of the exhibition. She says there will be multiple editions in smaller towns in addition to a big-scale expo in Mumbai which also will also showcase Kitchen of the Kings. An online store is also in the pipeline. But the most exciting announcement will be that of the Royal Fables Heritage Awards. In a first, the awards recognise the solitary journey of the royal scions in conserving their inherited legacy in these democratic times.
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