Royal Fables
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Traditionally, Indian royals have been the biggest patrons of good design. They not only nurtured the local craft of their kingdom but also attracted the finest, avant-garde in design and luxury from across the globe.

Living an exaggerated life in opulent palaces, they kept the famed ateliers in distant Europe busy creating bespoke jewelry, art, costumes and objects d’art. Luxury houses in London and Paris thrived on the fabled whim of the Maharaja. Products made for the Maharaja pushed the bar of indulgent extravagance ever higher.

Many present day heirs of this legacy continue to recreate the glorious past through their own design sensibility and inherited eye. Designers in their own right, they recreate history in a contemporary mould.

Saluting these blue blooded scions of a regal legacy, Anshu Khanna, a leading communication, design and branding professional presents Royal Fables-a rare exhibition that show-cases the creations of designers, artists and craft patrons who belong to the land’s leading royal families.

A very richly designed exhibition that re-creates the ‘living room of the royals’, Royal Fables narrates the romantic fairy-tale of life lived in a palace. It presents heritage inspired fashion, jewelry, art and lifestyle that has been brought to life in ateliers housed within quaint havelis and historic forts and palaces.

Everything they create is deeply inspired by a regal past, yet it is reproduced to fit contemporary life-styles. The trick is in making old turn new, the intricate simple and that which is heritage, very modern. This is the singular element that inspires this show. Royal Fables simply echoes that, demystifying royal designs of the glorious past into a modern idiom for connoisseurs of today.

RoyalFables Season 9


Unveiling The Regal Treasure Trunk of Art, Textiles, Costumes, Jewellery, & Home Products.
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Royal Fables
Sustaining Heritage
Past walks into the present
Royal Fables
Palace Karkhanas
Presenting India’s first royal memorabilia brand
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The Baroque Maharaja
Umang Hutheesing follows the sea trail to distant Mexico
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Quintessential luxe
 
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Kitchen of the king
 
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Archival Revival
Thumri is like a resplendent garden
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A Tryst with Tradition
 
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Season 9
 
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Skills Are As Old As Time
 

Archival Revival
Thumri is like a resplendent garden

The immortal lines epitomize the agony of the poet separated from his beloved........Awadh. Or Appaji, the thumri queen who left a generation of fans shattered. Akshat Kapoor, a fan, a shishya and a beloved of Padma Vibhushana Girija Devi remembers the legend. Read more.

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Sustaining Heritage
Past walks into the present
Anshu Khanna

The royals’ tryst with opulent design is historic. Anything they touch must be made in gold and encrusted with diamonds and precious stones. Read more.

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Palace Karkhanas
Presenting India’s first royal memorabilia brand.

Historically, the great Indian design treasure trove came alive under the patronage of the benevolent Maharaja. He, with his evolved sensibility and inherited eye, found the most talented craftsman, artist, weaver, jeweller and patronized them, not just with lavish designs but also his own sense of color, texture and proportion. Read more.

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Kitchen of the king

Cooking is a veritable art form, especially when it is practiced by royal chefs inside sprawling palace kitchen. It is here, within these walls that the phrase, ‘God is in the detail’ holds center stage. Read more.

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Quintessential luxe

When all that sparkles is not just gold but also the finest diamonds and precious stones, then the one brand that resonates is DIACOLOR.Patronized by royals and stylish glitterarti alike, DIACOLOR is best defined as jewels that personify the Raj era. A rich vocabulary of craftsmen ship founded by its Creative Director, Rishabh Tongya, DIACOLOR adds the vibrance of precious stones to the finest diamonds. The brand recreates the magic of classic forms like the brulettes, the invisible settings and the rich solitaire strings that every woman dreams to possess. This season they also launch the Titanium colelction that has a sense of panache and chutzpah to it. Read more.

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The Baroque Maharaja
Umang Hutheesing follows the sea trail to distant Mexico.
- Anshu Khanna

The connect between India and Mexico is historic. It dates back to the Imperial era, when Mexico, an erstwhile Spanish colony, was viewed as the gate to Latin America. When Indian silks and spices along with other oriental rarities found their way into the Latin American region through the Spanish corridor housed within the heritage city of Puebla. When ships full of far Eastern and Asian delicacies wound their way through the high seas to grace the homes, chapels and palaces of Mexico. Read more.

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A Tryst with Tradition

Is heritage dressing for the feeble at heart? The sari dressers and shalwar protagonists who are not westward bound in their fashion search? Is cotton only for the activist, the journalist and the thinking woman who wants to be taken seriously at all times? What happens when a veritable treasure trove of heritage design, crafted in royal palaces of India is unlocked for a bunch of young style icons who are setting the online ablaze with their fashion blogs? Deepali Poonacha, silently witnesses the amazing reaction of some of the nation’s leading bloggers as they walk into the Royal Fables head offices where awaits them a treasure room full of hand spun saris, hand embellished chiffons, chunky, vintage silver and Rajasthani poshaks. She tells the tale Read more.

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Season 9

Royal Fables Season Nine was held at the mecca of luxury, DLF Emporio in New Delhi and was a two day affair. This edition we launched India's first royal memorabilia store, THE PALACE KARKHANAS, that welcomes you to live life king size. From fashion to cuisine we also brought alive KITCHEN OF THE KINGS that brings back the culture of state banquets.

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Skills Are As Old As Time

He is, to say it proverbially, wedded to his regal roots. Images of his majestic home in Kotwara and the life within it emerge as cameos in every medium that he delves in. Be it his body of work in cinema that spans from the restless tale of a taxi driver in Gaman, to a courtesan’s tryst with destiny in Umrao Jaan and more recently Jaanisaar. Or his journey with Sufi music that above all captures the performing art history of Avadh. Or even the Kotwara Couture Collection that centres around farshis, sheraras and kurta pyjamas, synonymous of his region. Raja Syed Muzaffar Ali and his wife Rani Meera Ali of Kotwara dedicate their full life to skilling. A commitment to train the present generation of artisans, imploring them to follow the footsteps of their ancestors. In a bid to ensure that craft does not die and history remains intact, the Alis celebrate skilling in this the 25th year of Kotwara House of Design. Together they have their NGO Dwar Pe Rozi has not just revived forgotten rich crafts but also provided sustenance to crafts women of their state. He tells his story of skilling. . Read more.

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SEASON 1

The first ever Royal Fables show was hosted in association with and under the mecca arcade of luxury: DLF Emporio, New Delhi in October, 2010. The show presented evolved creations by designers of blue blood who opened their Pandora Boxes to present rare weaves that interspersed gold threads with silk, contemporized pichwas , hand done quilts, museum inspired jewelry, the finest Pashmina, regal poshaks and hand embroidered, ombre dyed saris in chiffon that are worn by Indian Queens. The exhibition saw a resounding response from the large number of special invitees that included Delhi’s glitterati and the veritable who’s who. The press and media too were extremely appreciative. Read more.

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SEASON 2

Royal Fables travelled to Hyderabad in May 2011, to showcase in the luxurious environs of Taj Krishna, Hyderabad. The royal delegation was welcomed with a lavish sit down dinner and reception held at the Falaknuma Palace. Leading luminaries of this metropolis sat along with the royal delegation in the 101 hall where the erstwhile Nawab family of Hyderabad used to host their royal banquets. Day two saw the unveiling of the exhibition at the beautiful Crystal Ballroom of Taj, Krishna. A resplendent show, elegantly designed it was a complete sell out, covered extensively by the media. Read more.

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SEASON 3

Season Three held at The Metropolitan Hotel, New Delhi featured the works of fourteen designers of royal lineage who re-created their rich heritage of design in a contemporary idiom. Held in collaboration with Khushii, a leading NGO spear-headed by legendary cricketer Kapil Dev, the exhibition saw many a leading royal families attend the formal opening. Delhi’s gracious visited the show on all three days in large numbers.

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SEASON 4

September 2012 saw the biggest rendition of this unique regal platform as Royal Fables took the capital city by storm. Held at The Imperial, New Delhi, the three day extravaganza was eagerly awaited by scions of the leading royal families as well as other very prominent personalities, luxury seekers and collectors of the art. Along with heritage inspired arts, crafts, jewellery and home products, on display were exhibits of rare original costumes, art, craft and regalia for the connoisseur's viewing pleasure.

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SEASON 6

The recently held Royal Fables Season Six grew to a grandiose scale and was held both in Mumbai and New Delhi.
in New Delhi Royal Fables presented the royal cuisines of four princely states as well as a costume show by Umang Hutheesing. The exposition was held at The Imperial, New Delhi.
In Mumbai was held a royal dinner and fashion show at The Crystal Room, Taj Mahal, Gateway of India, while the exposition came alive at
The Palladium, New Delhi

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SEASON 7

Royal Fables Season Seven, Delhi Chapter found a new home at The Oval Room, The Mansion where the exhibition centered around a showcase of rare Antiquities by French beader Jean Francois Lesage, chandelier restorer Regis Mathieu and Titus Museum of Vintage Automation while the Mumbai Chapter, opened with a very unique fashion show that had the royal scions themselves walk in their vintage poshaks.

Royal Fables was then invited as the anchor story of the first ever Vancouver Bridal Week held in April 2016 at The Vancouver Convention Center. Team Royal Fables took this an an opportunity to also launch the ROYAL FABLES TRUNK COLLECTION that can be made available both online and in brick and mortar stores and exhibitions as a homogenous story. The Collection also travelled to Dallas and Los Angeles. At LA Fashion by Rohini hosted an engaging afternoon for the city’s swish set to meet and greet the visiting royals from India.

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SEASON 8

Royal Fables Season Eight started off with a bang in New Delhi and was a two day extravaganza. Held at Hyatt Regency, Royal Fables curated an artistic collaboration between the royal custodians and contemporary masters who revisit the regal bastion of design to interpret it in a modern language

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SEASON 9

Royal Fables Season Nine was held at the mecca of luxury, DLF Emporio in New Delhi and was a two day affair. This edition we launched India's first royal memorabilia store, THE PALACE KARKHANAS, that welcomes you to live life king size. From fashion to cuisine we also brought alive KITCHEN OF THE KINGS that brings back the culture of state banquets.

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