Designer Shamlu Dudeja Organizes Grand Fashion Show to Celebrate the Revival of Kantha Stitch

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Celebrating the advent of the festive season and commemorating 30 years of Kantha Revival, Shamlu Dudeja, organized a dazzling fashion show at the ITC Sonar. The evening was conducted in the presence of the eminent personalities from the city including the Chief Guest the former governor ofBengal M. K. Narayanan and ITC GM Atul Bhalla.

The event also saw a short film being showcased on Kantha following which the fashion show saw decked up models walking the ramp in Kantha creations created by fashion designer Paromita Banerjee Sarkar, with jewellery by Neha Agrawal. The entire event was wonderfully orchestrated by choreographer Nayanika Chatterjee.


Speaking at the event about Kantha, Shamlu Dudeja said, “Kantha story is all about a little stitch. It is based on a running stitch. Today Kantha is appealing to women all across the world. When Kantha started, women were not paid for it. As stitch art Kantha has not only delved into the mythology but also modern representations including Rabindranath Tagore’s writings, travelling across nations depicting his work as a humble homage.”

The fashion show saw academician Gouri Basu (principal, Loreto House) in resplendent traditional Thakur Bari attire speaking about the history of Kantha following which models were seen in beautiful black and white creations as well as Kantha team leaders walking the ramp.

The evening also saw models walking the ramp in multi colored Kantha creations, and in cream variations as well. Isheeta Ganguly closed the show with her soulful music to which the Friends of Kantha walked the ramp including ITC GM Atul Bhalla and wife Kangan Bhalla, danseuse Tansuree Shankar, Laura Amalir (spouse of director Alliance Francaise du Bengale Stephane Amalir), Meeryung Hall (spouse of the U.S. Consul General in Kolkata Craig Hall), actor Arjun Chakraborty and wife Neelanjana Chakraborty, academician Gouri Basu, Neha Agrawal, MP Lok Sabha Dinesh Trivedi and wife Minal Trivedi and former Governor of Bengal MK Narayanan with wife Padmini Narayanan.


Following the fashion show, Usha Uthup took to stage to enthrall the audience with her soulful numbers. Also present at the event were dancer Aloknanda Roy, business personality Sandeep Bhutoria, US Consul General to Kolkata Craig Hall, actor Ramanjit Kaur and Honorary Consul to the Royal Norwegian Consulate MS Nayantara PalChoudhury among others.

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