The Grand Inquisitor

Whether it was abuse of absolute power or political intrigue, the Czars of Russia who ruled for more than a 1,000 years courted decadence like no other. It is this Byzantine influence in Rastrelli’s Winter Palace or the sheer grandeur in the neo-classical St Isaac’s cathedral and a lot more opulence that Rohit Bal has recreated through his ode to the country in ‘Kehkashaan’.

By Asmita Aggarwal

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Fragrant Memory

The density of the colours, and the smell of a fresh garden of roses came alive with Varun Bahl straying from convention by reinventing the kurti as he reassembles European architecture through potent and distinctly white imagery.

By Asmita Aggarwal

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Valley of pleasure

Whether it was Sahib Jan played by Meena Kumari in Kamal Amorhi’s unforgettable Pakeezah or Umaro Jaan by the lithe-footed Rekha, the tales of unrequited love and courtesans have lived on in our collective memories. It is this ethos that gets recreated through Tarun Tahiliani’s ode to the woman, who dances despite the deep pain that will reside in her heart forever.

By Asmita Aggarwal

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