It was a royal Diwali at DLF Emporio as Royal Fables mounted its first big show post Covid. As festivities filled the air, the platform presented 51 fantastic fables of design, adding many more interesting elements and new heritage stories to the show.
The textile tale this year was enriched with the celebration of poshaks as created in heritage studios of Rani Jaykirti Singh Baria, Ochre, Araaishh from Sherkot, and Geetanjali Shekhawat. Chiffons, a maharani staple returned in all its splendor with Just Chiffons, Preeti Singh Daspan, and Sri Tana Bana. Master weaver Nirmal Salvi brought in his stunning patolas as the splendor of Varanasi looms got recreated by Rajkumari Alka Rani, Sri Tanabana, Kalyaani, and Shree by Srishti. Art transcended into clothes with Label Pratham creating sarees with Pichwai art hand painting and Rani Sunita Singh of Khajurgaon recreated florals in fabric painting.
Committed to presenting the finest art, Princely India has to offer, Royal Fables brought, for the first time, Basoli art created by master artists under the artistic patronage of Jyotsana Singh at Amar Mahal Museum and Library, Jammu & Kashmir.
A reputed school of miniature paintings known for its vivid, evocative colors, bold lines, and deep-set facial patterns; it is being conserved under the caring patronage of the royal family. Named after Basholi, a town in Kathua, Jammu & Kashmir, India, it was founded by Raja Bhupat Pal in the 16th century. Princess Mriganka Kumari of Jammu & Kashmir also recreated the tradition of handmade furniture, chiseled and carved from the finest woods and inspired by the art deco era that influenced Princely India.
In art as well came Ajay Singh Peelwa who is not just a conservationist but also paints his beloved horses and Cheetahs on canvas.
He brought with him a special Cheetah painting which was unveiled by Maharaj Kumar Ranjit Sinh of Wankaner, the man who is instrumental in bringing the cheetah to India. Pichwai art by Princess Vaishnavi Kumari of Kishangarh recreated the romanticism of the era of art brought alive by her ancestor the poet king Nagari Das in the 18th Century.
Aulerth jewelry is finessed in design, brought to life with fine jewelry craftsmanship, which gets created in partnership with leading fashion designers—currently partnered with: JJ Valaya, Suneet Varma, Tribe Amrapali, and Shivan & Narresh.
Aulerth’s goal is to significantly reduce the destructive carbon footprint behind jewelry.
Under its culinary platform Kitchen of the Kings, Royal Fables presented the culinary fable of Nawab Kazim Ali Khan of Rampur (Avadh), Kanwarani Vijaya Singh Sirmaur (Himachal), and Thakur Shivraaj Singh of Limdi (Panch mahal and Mewari).
Also, from Rampur came Ustad Shakhawad Khan who is one of the few, remaining singers who can sing compositions of the late Nawab Sir Raza Ali Khan of Rampur.
Also filling the evening with their unique notes were Soul Diviners who presented music by Siddhant Bhatia and Keerthy Narayan taking classical Indian notes to a new-age trance realm.
The highlight of the evening though was a heritage drive with Heritage Motoring Club of India that featured 13 rare cars including the Maharani of Baroda’s 137 Rolls- Royce Phantom 3, coach built by Kellner, Paris.
The Chief Guests of the evening were Their Highnesses Maharaja Brajraj Singh of Kishangarh and Maharani Meenakshi Devi.
Techniques of handmade jewelry were also celebrated by young women of royal lineage like Baisa Pushpita Singh who makes achkan buttons from vintage coins, and Vibha Shekhawat who creates the most stunning Rajput jewellery and Jewels of Bikaner’s jadau jewels.