A Regal Endeavour
The rich cultural imprint of imperial India was on show at the sixth season of Royal Fables at Hotel Imperial in the capital. Political bigwigs, elegant royalty and New Delhi’s social set brushed shoulders in this initiative that drew a huge number of footfalls post the grand inauguration.And after shopping-filled days, where the royals exhibited a plethora of attractive creations, as the colourful fiesta drew to a close, it was the perfect time to celebrate on a high note with a sundowner party.
The courtyard of the Imperial Hotel was packed with vehicles – many of them vintage – as the guests made their way to the venue to experience the rich repertoire of craft and fashion that had been created by the royals themselves. Most of the erstwhile royals were dressed elegantly in delicate chiffons, exuding grace as they mingled with the varietal of people who came to see and buy.
The art wall had the visitors stop to take a second look. Curated by United Art Fair, it included works by Yuvraj Vikramaditya Singh of Jammu and Kashmir, Tikarani Shailaja Katoch of Kangra, Princess Vaishnavi Kumari of Kishangarh, Aapji Vikramaditya Singh of Palaitha, Rajkumari Vidita Singh of Barwani and Yuvraj Aanjaneya Pratap Singh Deo of Jarasingha.
As the shopping extravaganza reached its finale, the action moved to the open air verandah outside the huge halls for the sundowner. HH Rajmata Madhavi Raje Scindia of Gwalior was the chief guest and HH Maharani Radhika Raje Gaekwad of Baroda was the guest of honour. Among those seen on the occasion, celebrating its success, were Yuvraj Vikramaditya Singh, Yuvrani Chitrangada Singh and Princess Mriganka Singh. There was a formal unveiling of Diva’ni’s heritage couture collection, The Laxmi Vilas Ravi Varma collection, which was an ode to the works of the late Raja Ravi Varma. Coolers did the rounds at the regal shenanigan as did tasty niblets. The gathering was entertained by a live performance by River, a young band – a relaxing finale to a well-choreographed fiesta!