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Published on 26 October 2013

Regal Repast

  • The gallery at The Foyer, Qutub Mehrauli was transformed into a venue for exhibitting fashion, jewellery, art and photography all reflecting India's erstwhile royalty's passion for design and art

It was a gathering of India's erstwhile royal families who came out in large numbers to showcase their creativity and love for design and craft. The fifth edition of Royal Fables, a three-day heritage extravaganza, was set on its way by Rajmata Shubhangini Raje Gaekwad of Baroda, Harsimrat Kaur Badal (MP from Bathinda) along with Anshu Khanna, founder, Royal Fables.

The gallery at The Foyer, Qutub Mehrauli transformed into a venue featuring fashion, jewellery, art and photography courtesy the participants of royal descent. There was photography by Yuvraj Vikramaditya Singh of Jammu & Kashmir, fine art from Kangra by Tikarani Shailaja Katoch of Kangra and miniature art by Princess Vaishnavi Kumari of Kishangarh. For art lovers there was more in terms of wildlife art by Princess Krishna Kumari of Panna, Aapji Vikramaditya Singh of Palaitha and Kanwarani Padmini Sinh of Chhota Udaipur.

The event also marked the launch of the Royal Fables Patronage Collection for Nanhi Chhaan Punjab Public Charitable Trust that included hand-painted dupattas by Rajkumari Alkarani Singh of Pratapgarh and miniature art by Princess Vaishnavi Kumari of Kishangarh. Attention grabbers at the show were the organic cotton kurtas by Kanwarani Kamini Singh of Seohara and fine silk stoles by Rajkumari Gitanjali Shah of Tehri Garhwal.

Wow wedding

  • Vivanta by Taj-Surajkund recreated The Great Indian Wedding in a two day extravaganza, to promote the property as a wedding destination

Chilled out mehendi ceremony by the poolside, a pectacular sangeet ceremony in the evening and a sparkling wedding suite done by the famous milliner Little Shilpa. But, surprise, surprise, there's no sign of a bride and groom.

In a bid to promote its property as a wedding destination, Vivanta by Taj-Surajkund recreated The Great Indian Wedding over two days. In order to make the event memorable, the hotel took the services of the renowned Indian fashion designer, Nida Mahmood, who is famous for her quirky and kitschy designs.

  • One of the high points of the do was the mehendi ceremony at the hotel's poolside bar

For starters, the afternoon's high point was the mehendi ceremony. The hotel's poolside bar was covered with marigold flowers for the occasion and Mahmood lent her designer touch to the venue by using light bulbs filled with gold sequins. Bright cushions in her signature pop shades adorned the recliners and the poolside was lined with porcelain teacups decorated with fresh orchids. There was a mehendi stall as well and plenty of eatery options like Chole Kulcha, Paav Bhaaji stalls and a kebab and a pasta station too to keep the taste buds occupied.

The evening came alive with the sangeet ceremony organised in the hotel's courtyard, which was illuminated with innumerable bulbs suspended over the fountains for a dash of drama. However, the highlight of the evening was a musical performance by the local folk singers jamming with electronica band.

  • Fashion designer, Nida Mahmood's quirky and kitschy designs gave a special edge to the wedding gala

Also, one couldn't miss the Violet Line Metro Menu -- a tribute to Delhi street food. For the uninitiated the Violet Line is the metro line that runs from Badarpur Metro Station to the Central Secretariat. On offer was Paani Poori inspired by Central Secretariat, Ram Ladoo inspired by Nehru Place, Bullseye by Vivanta Ambassador and the famous Garam Rasgulla at Lajpat Nagar.

Besides, the hotel also offers a unique experience for the 'just married' couples. You can choose between a Nuptial Suite done by Little Shilpa or go for an Indulgence Suite. The highlight of the Nuptial Suite is the bedroom, which is done in hues of gold. So, the upholstery is done in gold, there were gold-coloured lampshades and golden wallpapers curated by Shilpa from France. The Indulgence room on the other hand, has a separate spa room within the suite for the newly weds.

Additionally, one of the main attractions of the hotel is the Jiva Spa that offers tailor-made experiences according to one's needs. The brides-to-be could indulge in the Sringaar, a signature Jiva Experience, while the friends and family could go for Aroma Therapy, which is a one-hour session. Voila!