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EVENT Artworks transformed into garments and modelled by eminent performers…New Delhi witnessed an unusual evening recently.

Designs on lifeShridhar Iyer, Niren Sengupta, Manisha Gawade and Alka Raghuvanshi at the event.
Designs on lifeShridhar Iyer, Niren Sengupta, Manisha Gawade and Alka Raghuvanshi at the event.

“Ehsaas”, aptly described as a rare extravaganza of fashion and art, saw the coming together of visual artists and acclaimed performers of classical arts in a most unusual ramp show.

A fraternity frequently criticised for its lack of unity put up a cheerful front, with 31 artists walking the ramp in clothes featuring designs by eminent visual artists. Presented under the aegis of Ekaya at The Claridges Hotel in New Delhi, the event was spearheaded by artist and curator Alka Raghuvanshi, whose artworks too featured on the garments and accessories.

Others whose abstract and figurative paintings were featured were Niren Sengupta, Sanjay Bhattacharya, Sridhar Iyer and Manisha Gawade. The designs were digitally created on tussar silk from Bhagalpur in Bihar and crepe textiles by traditional clothier Ekaya.

Ehsaas is a collection of 20 saris, 12 bags, 25 ties and 25 stoles. Ehsaas turned out to be a visual treat for art connoisseurs as it brought cultural icons like Birju Maharaj, Sonal Mansingh, Madhup Mudgal, Uma Sharma, Shovana Narayan, Shubhendra Rao and others together on the ramp for the first time.

It was apparently the first time in recent history that 31 top dancers, musicians, painters and theatre persons participated in an event of this sort. The show was inaugurated by veteran danseuse Yamini Krishnamurti.

Alka Raghuvanshi said, “All the arts have a shared heritage and in Ehsaas they converge seamlessly. It is perhaps the first-ever serious attempt to use contemporary art to create works of wearable art for a larger audience. I imagined some of my friends from the performing and visual art scene wearing these creations as they had very distinct personalities and it was as if canvases had found a figurative dimension in my attempt to converge art, fashion and handloom.”


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