Pichwai Paintings by Princess Vaishnavi Kumari of Kishangarh

Presents the Handcraft Legacy of Princely India. 

28th | 29th March, 2022 | Leela Palace, Bengaluru 

24th March, Bengaluru: 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.