Hand painting on textiles, creating modern day costuming and restoring vintage fabrics that are frazzled with time, Jyoti Singh and her fashion studio, Rang Riwaaz, relive the splendors of the past. Based in Gurugram, she works with master artists to create what she calls art textiles or aesthetic fashion cameos. She recreates a complete durbar through fabric paint on the pallu of a chiffon sari, painstakingly restores an old brocade to its original glory or simply designs what she calls, “Past perfect fashion.”
Born in Avadh and raised amongst art, she created Rang Riwaaz as an ode to the traditional Indian artisans who dot her town of Lucknow, hand painting, embroidering and weaving the finest threads that were worn by the merchants and nobles of this historic city. “Lucknow is a town of tehzeeb and textiles. I have always seen it not just as a hub for chikankari but also a haven for Varanasi looms, hand painting and mukaish ka kaam. Silks are steeped in its culture, given that Benares is but a few kilometres away. As are rare embroideries that the Avadhis relished. Our parents lived in colonial bungalows and made frequent trips to the chowk to buy textiles that were truly rare.”
With Rang Riwaaz this is just the aura Jyoti tries to recreate. She designs for women who are not just classy and confident, but also aware of their heritage and history. Says Jyoti, “The collections at Rang Riwaaz are designed as an ode to ancient craftsmanship and its skillful meeting with modern aesthetics. Me and my entire design cell strives hard to preserve the intricacies of vintage crafts, at the same time making it contemporary enough to appeal to the young and modern woman.”
With an eye to fashion and an ear to history, Rang Riwaaz as a brand is constantly on a lookout for gems from Indian craft and culture. Above all, the brand reflects the cultural heritage of its clients. Hence a typical floral sari, reminiscent of the Raj era is detailed with a rich, hand-embroidered border. A row of rare brocades in the most vibrant of colors is appliqued together to complete a lehenga. And the entire Ram darbar is hand-painted onto a pallu of a sari.
Sustainability too is at the core of this brand. “We aspire to establish an organisation where we nurture the indigenous craftsmen and provide them a balanced working environment and enable them to understand the concept of quality, productivity and the need to preserve the hand craft legacy of India.” Jyoti has very painstakingly gathered and brought back artisans who had drifted into menial jobs. She shares, “There have been instances when few of our current employees have taken up jobs like society guards, vegetable vendors.” Another endeavour at Rang Riwaaz is to provide sustainability to women craftsmen. The brand hopes to create a world to create an environment where crafts people happily bring their children back into the traditional profession.
As heritage arts and vintage clothing have always been at the core of Rang Riwaaz’ philosophy, the label has a dedicated team for Legacy Clothing Restorations that has revived and restored clothes dating back to 17th century. The division is always busy with restoring the grandmother’s and great grandmother’s trousseau saris and lehengas which the families had treasured as an heirloom. “This has been one of our most loved endeavours, popular across the world especially with the Indian diaspora.”
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WASHINGTON: Actor Tom Holland has recently confirmed that he will portray the role of late legendary Hollywood icon Fred Astaire in an upcoming biopic by Sony Pictures. As per The Hollywood Reporter, the 25-year-old confirmed the news while promoting ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ at a London event. “The script came in a week ago. I haven’t read it yet; they haven’t given it to me,” he told the media. Further details like who is the writer of the project are not disclosed yet. Another Astaire project also is in the works of Amazon Studios and Automatik, with Bell starring as the legend and Margaret Qualley playing Ginger Rogers. Academy Honorary Award winner Fred Astaire was a dancer, singer, choreographer, and television presenter. He is widely considered the greatest dancer in film history. His stage and subsequent film and television careers spanned a total of 76 years.
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As per The Hollywood Reporter, Hemsworth shared a short video via the Russo Brothers Instagram account, with a caption declaring that the action sequel is “coming in hot…or actually, freezing cold.” In a snowy location, Hemsworth appeared, slightly bloodied, on a train with stuntman-turned-director Sam Hargrave, who helmed the 2020 hit. “First day shooting on Extraction 2,” Hemsworth said in the video, adding that they are in Prague. “Two things are different from the last film. One: very very cold. Two: I’m alive. How? You’ll have to find out. Watch the movie. Stay tuned,” he added. ‘Extraction’ told the story of Rake, an Australian black market mercenary who is enlisted to rescue the kidnapped son of an international crime lord. Upon its release, the film was viewed on Netflix by an estimated 90 million households. The upcoming sequel has been penned by ‘Avengers: Endgame’ filmmaker Joe Russo.
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MUMBAI: Samantha’s new movie has been titled ‘Yashoda.’ The shooting of the project commenced on Monday with a puja ceremony. Sivalenka Krishna Prasad, who has produced films such as Aditya 369 and Sammohanam, is making ‘Yashoda’ under his Sridevi Movies banner.
Touted to be a new-age thriller, the film will be directed by director duo Hari and Harish. Samantha plays an author-backed role in ‘Yashoda.’ The film will release in Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam, and Hindi.
Speaking at the shoot commencement event, Sivalenka Krishna Prasad said, “We all know that Samantha attained pan-India attention with ‘The Family Man 2.’ In accordance with her current image, we have conceived a thriller that caters to a wide section of the audience.”
The filming of ‘Yashoda’ is expected to be completed by March 2022. Still, more details about the cast, crew and the film’s release date will be announced soon by the makers. On the work front, Samantha has ‘Shaakuntalam’ and ‘Kaathu Vaakula Rendu Kaadhal’ in her kitty.
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NEW DELHI: There is no better feeling for parents to see their children growing up and working hard for their dreams. Music maestro A.R. Rahman could easily relate to this as his daughters Raheema Rahman and Khatija Rahman are proudly following his legacy.
Both Raheema and Khatija are musicians. They have even performed along with their father. Speaking about his talented daughters, A.R. Rahman told ANI, “They have the toughest mindsets. Anything they do, they feel like they have to be good enough…all these things come to their mind. So I keep telling them not to be worried about anything, just do it, just do the stuff and then you will have your own personality…God will bless you and nobody is going to compare them.”
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MUMBAI: Priyaank Sharma the brainchild of Dhamaka Records has released Padmini Kolhapure’s iconic song from Prem Rog, ‘Yeh Galiyan Yeh Chaubara’. The song is sung by the actress herself in her soulful voice and melodious tune.
Earlier, Dhamaka Records had topped all the music charts and made headlines for their stellar song, Hum Hindustani, featuring 15 legendary artists including, Amitabh Bachchan, Lata Mangeshkar, Shraddha Kapoor, etc. Now Priyaank Sharma’s label has released the biggest heartwarming wedding anthem and it is sure they will yet again top all the music charts.
Talking about the song Padmini Kolhapure says, “While working on this song, it took me back to the memories of shooting the song back in the day. It makes me so happy to feel that zest again and I’m elated to be able to recreate the iconic song once again!’ Priyaank Sharma on launch of the song said, “I wanted to recreate this song even before we started the label. This has been my mothers most special song for me and to get a chance to recreate it and release it on our label is more than special! A big big thank you to Saregama, we hope everyone gives as much love to it as they gave the original.”
Priyaank and Paras Mehta who launched their music label, Dhamaka Records say, “I wanted to recreate this song even before we started the label. This has been my mothers most special song for me and to get a chance to recreate it and release it on our label is more than special! A big big thank you to Saregama, we hope everyone gives as much love to it as they gave the original”, adding to this Paras says, “The iconic song and the legendary Padminiji is a win-win combo and makes it the perfect anthem for this wedding season. We are so thankful to Padmini ji for lending her soulful voice to the recreation.” The song features Aimee Misobbah and Amaira Bhatia and is out now on Dhamaka Records‘ YouTube channel.
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