Royal Fables in collaboration with FICCI Flo arrives in the Garden City of India, with a Heritage Exhibition, at Leela Palace Hotel on 29th March

FICCI Flo, Bengaluru hosts Royal Fables, India’s only authentic platform for reviving and showcasing the craft, culture and cuisine of Princely India. Presenting before the heritage lovers of Bengaluru for the first time, the forum presents a one-day pop up featuring ‘hand’ Made in India at its finest.

Held on 29th March at Leela Palace, Bengaluru, the exhibition is a coming together of products made in Indian palace studios helmed by designers and design professionals born to blue blood. As well as a few, handpicked craft and textile ateliers known for their heirloom creations. With H.H. Maharani Radhika Raje Gaekwad as the Chief Guest, the exposition will open with the grand finale dinner of FICCI Flo 2021-22.

Hosted by the Chairperson for the year, Revathi Raju and the FICCI Flo Committee, the dinner will feature a collaborative culinary presentation by H.H. Rani Shailaja Katoch of Kangra- Lambagraon, Princess Mahima Kumari of Bikaner and Anushka Raje Ghorpade, Sandur. Sharing their royal kitchen recipes with the Executive Chef, Leela Palace Bengaluru, Zafar Ali, they will regale the guests with amazing stories on their family’s culinary heritage.

Says Revathi Raju, “It is my honour to bring this exhibition to Bangalore that celebrates and revives old crafts and promotes our traditional weavers. The idea of hosting the Royal Fable exhibition in Bangalore has been brewing in my mind for a long time. I thank Anshu Khanna, curator of Royal Fables for coming on board with this. We had a shared vision in the preservation and promotion of culture and heritage of our rich past and bringing the usage of Indian art and craft into focus. This collaboration is the result of that vision. Through this association generations young and old can traverse through our textiles and designs from the Royal past, bringing it into the present and finding a way to sustain it in the future.”

A float capturing the ‘Nafasat of Avadh’, the delicacy of life lived by the Talukdaars of the region, three scions of this heritage, sisters and Princesses of Pratapgarh, Alka Rani Singh and Rani Archana Kumari Badnore along with Kanwarani Kamini Singh Seohara will unveil the gracious life of royal Uttar Pradesh. Its beauty rituals, poshaks, paan potlis, silver etc. A cameo of the exhibition held on 29th March at Royal Ballroom will be unveiled. Prasad Bidappa will be in conversation with the royal delegation on stage along with art historian Cynthia Meera Frederick.

Shares Anshu Khanna, Founder, Royal Fables, “Bengaluru is a city that is steeped in culture. The world looks up to it for its royal palaces and pleasure gardens. I am thrilled to be able to bring our regal story to the city with the dynamic women of FICCI Flo.”

Another precious highlight is a talk by celebrated couturier and costume collector Umang Hutheesing on Design over the years. He will be in conversation with Safir Anand, leading IPR lawyer and brand evangelist.

The exhibition on 29th March, 2022 will be inaugurated by Ambika Raje Ghorpade Sandur. Royal Fables will present thirty rare craft stories curated from across the country. Block printed cottons by Rani Jaykirti Singh Baria, art inspired chiffons by BBG Royals from Awagarh. Embellished formals from Rosetree, restoration stories by Rang Riwaaz, rare embroideries by Charu Saigal, embroidered chiffons by Preeti Rathore, Daspan, Patan Patolas by Nirmal Salvi, elegant jewels from Amrita Rana Nepa as well as antique border saris from Ashok Maaney, a designer from Bengaluru will be on display.

May the power to promote indigenous culture remain in the hands of those who know its intrinsic value. Jai Hind Let’s welcome royal India to the city of culture.

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