Saree ka Gunijan Khana

Saree ka Gunijan-Khana:

Styling sessions, performances and films celebrating the Saree


@ 1AQ / 1A Qutab Minar, Mehrauli Road, New Delhi 110030

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Film Screenings: The Sari Series 

Friday 4 May, 7 pm onwards at 1 AQ

Border&Fall approached three filmmakers for this project to explore the sari through multiple perspectives. Bon Duke brings his distinct editorial and movement based visuals; Q, a provocative vision and lens on Indian culture; and Pooja Kaul her intimate and sensitive storytelling. Shown successively in a 30 minute series.

Sundar Sari by Pooja Kaul : A woman finds a bundle of saris which evokes memories of young love, blurred and elusive but ever present.

Sari Men by Q: A poignant film about the men behind the fabric. While women wear it, men are a large part of the process of making and selling the sari. From weavers to shop assistants, this is a film about the gentle flow of the sari through gaps in gender. Shot across Lucknow, Delhi, Kolkata and Banaras, ‘Sari Men’ pays homage to the dedication and precision of the craft.

Untitled by Bon Duke: The saris of singular women come alive in this modern dance interpretation piece. Once worn by traditional dancer Chandralekha, artist Beatrice Wood, Madame Chorosch – founder of India’s first indigenous design label, contemporary dancer Ruth St. Denis and Sarla Thakral – India’s first female pilot, historical textiles stand tall with the saris of equally special present day women.


The Saree in Dance: Conversations, Recitations, Performances 

Saturday 5 May, 7 pm onwards at 1 AQ

In conversation with three young dancers: Mrinalini Msriin (Kathak), Ranjini Nair (Kuchipudi), and Shreyasi Gopinath (Bharatnatyam). The conversation will revolve around the use of the drape in these particular dance forms, and also foreground personal influences and anecdotes from the dancers. The dancers will also recite, enact, and perform to poetry and narratives from mythology that use the Saree as a leitmotif.


The Saree Styling Jam

Sunday 6 May, 12 noon onwards at 1 AQ

A flirtatious glimpse at how to experiment with draping styles and accessorisation, and make Saree wearing more fun, dynamic, and personal.  Features talks and interactive modules on Saree styling by Saree bloggers, designers, wearers & stylists.

Featuring David Abraham (leading fashion designer, Abraham & Thakore), Nisha Narayanan (COO, Red FM), and Patricia Dhar (style blogger, Armayla).

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