We don’t accomplish anything in this world alone… and whatever happens is the result of the whole tapestry of one’s life and all the weavings of individual threads form one to another that creates something. – Sandra Day O’Connor
“Our uniqueness, our individuality, and our life experience molds us into fascinating beings. I hope we can embrace that. I pray we may all challenge ourselves to delve into the deepest resources of our hearts to cultivate an atmosphere of understanding, acceptance, tolerance, and compassion. We are all in this life together.” – Linda Thompson
Designer duo Pankaj & Nidhi marked their debut at India Couture Week,2019 with their maiden couture collection ‘MOSAIQ’ . As the name suggests, Mosaiq takes inspiration from the decorative art form of the same name that originated thousands of years ago but flourished particularly in the 6th-15th century Byzantine empire, when it was gloriously used on walls and ceilings in basilicas and churches. Their designs are eclectic, make generous use of colour, and are inspired by craftsmanship, symbolic and cultural objects from across the world. Pankaj & Nidhi’s ensembles use a contemporary language, and target women who prize authenticity.
Designer duo Shyamal and Bhumika showcased their couture collection ‘The Renaissance Muse’ at India Couture Week,2019 . As the name suggests, their couture was inspired by the iconic period of renaissance which marks the rebirth of art, architecture, music, couture and theatre from the medieval ages to modernity. The designer couple used traditional embroidery techniques using unique materials and fine detailing season after season. One gets to see intricate embellishments and surface ornamentations with elaborate beading, silk thread embroidery and floral motifs in gold zardozi thread. Inspired by inlay samples in museums, vintage European paintings, architectural details, mogul florals, renaissance costumes, and most importantly the 15th century opera theatre set, the designers have used the most colourful silk threads in delicate embroideries that adorn lustrous silks while making a slight departure from the traditional fashion.
“I want to paint the air in which the bridge, the house and the boat are to be found – the beauty of the air around them, and that is nothing less than impossible”
Six Yards of Magic….by Joy Mitra
Recently I saw a shoot and a fashion show of Joy Mitra which was on Saree. In today’s India, where dresses, Pallazos are taking over the dressing pattern of Indian women, this move was surprising! But each and every design was so beautiful and immaculate that I couldn’t resist doing a story. Another reason for my motivation for this story is that in recent times, I haven’t seen such beautiful handloom sarees with such fine hand embroidery. Sharing with you all my recent tête-à-tête with Joy Mitra.
“My idea of artistry has always been ‘try everything until you find out what works.” – Usher
“I’ve gone the full spectrum – from gospel to blues to jazz to soul to pop – and the public has accepted what I’ve done through it all. I think it means I’ve been doing something right at the right time. “- Lou Rawls
I love music-specially the soothing one! Being a North Indian and grown listening to Rafi Sahab, Lata ji, Kishore Kumar, Mukesh, Talat Ajij Sahab, Michael Jackson, Madonna, I have a taste which yearns for good, classy music only. To some extent Jagjit ji filled that void, but in today’s time, singers age seems as old as a Billboard Chart! In such a situation, I happened to meet a trio called Aditya, Manish, and Ash who have started a band called The Unplugged Project. They have been performing since last 4 years, but their music journey goes way beyond 10 years. Corporate turned musicians and singers, experiment with all kind of music- from Jazz, to Bollywood, to Pink Flloyed . Recently they have launched their online video ‘Faasle’ on youtube and they are getting rave reviews about it!
We live in a paradox called ‘life’. We keep marching towards our future, but we have to equally respect our past, our heritage. We are what we respect, we are what we long for! – Anonymous
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