The sari refuses to go out of fashion and The Saree Festival 2014 is here to prove just that. A three-day festival in the Capital at Alliance Francaise celebrates the diversity of the six yard, tracing its evolution and its portrayals.
Curated by Red Earth, the festival includes a Saree Mela with handwoven and designer saris, traditional designs and modern motifs, and the latest digital prints in saris. Himanshu Verma, founder of Red Earth, says, “India has a rich heritage of fabrics, designs, weaves and drapes of the sari. The Kanchivaram , the Mysore silk, the Banarasi, and the Phulkari, among others have lent their own distinct flavour to the six yard drape. But we do not have a single festival that celebrates this attire.”
The festival, which began on Friday, comprises a series of talks, seminars, music and dance performances and film screenings. The seminar titled “Love Saree: Notes from my love affair with the drape” on Saturday will feature designers David Abraham (of Abraham and Thakore), Bharatanatyam exponent Geeta Chandran, Dastkar’s chairperson Laila Tyabji, CEO of Nasscom Foundation Rita Soni and musician Tritha Sinha. They will discuss how different practitioners have used the drape in their distinctive way. Another talk titled “The saree as a visual device in Ravi Varma’s paintings” by art historian Rupika Chawla will take the audience through a journey of the various sari types and draping styles — from the Maharashtrian and the Gujarati to Mysore’s royalty.
Gangoobai (2013), film by Priya Krishnaswamy and produced by National Film Development Corporation of India, will also be screened. It tells the story of a childless widow Gangoobai, who lives in Matheran and works as a domestic help. She comes across a Parsi gara saree, instantly falls in love with the expensive, custom-made creation and dreams of owning one herself.
The festival is on till May 4 from 11 am to 8 pm at Alliance Francaise.
For details, visit http://www.thesaree festival.com