Video: Kolkata Boutique PALKI Presents Unique Durga-Puja Themed Designer Fashion Show

Durga-Puja Themed Designer Fashion Show by Palki Boutique of CalcuttaCalcutta, Sept 25, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Palki, a signature fashion boutique of Kolkata with branches in Jaipur, Jamshedpur, Cuttack and Tinsukia, was established in the year 1998 by Mrs. Lata Harlalka. Started as a small venture from Harlalka’s home, this flagship store is now popular among Indians from different parts of the world.

Mrs. Lata Harlalka is supported on her venture by Mrs. Anvesha Harlalka and Mr. Vikram Harlalka. The Collection is primarily indo-ethnic, consisting of sarees for party wear and wedding occassions, and an extremely popular line of bridal-wear lehengas.

The designs are blending of traditional crafts and contemporary cuts.The fabric collection comprises of traditional benarasis, brocades, silks amongst other heritage fabrics. These are textured with hand prints and dyeing, then embellished with artforms like  mukaish, dabka, zardosi. The modern cut in ethnic wear is the USP of Palki.

The designs are crafted by Mrs. Lata & Mrs. Anvesha Harlalka along with a huge team of inhouse designers most of them graduates from prestigious design institutes.

On 25th September, 2011, Palki arranged a fashion show at The Hotel Hindustan International, Kolkata based on the theme of “Durgotsav” to celebrate the spirit of the biggest festival of Bengal.

At the fashion show, Palki has presented an array of garments specially designed to celebrate and honour women achievers of Kolkata.

The background of the ramp was unique with bamboo craft and the theme of the presentation was relevant with excerpts from Shree Shree Chandi, songs of Tagore and Agomoni Gaan (songs to welcome Devi Durga) amalgamated with readings mainly from works by Tagore and Bankimchandra Chattopadhyay.

The presenters conceptualized the evening to welcome autumn, specially Devipaksha (time between Mahalaya and Bijoya Dashami) and to present Mashishasurabadh (killing of the demon by the Mother Goddess Durga) on the ramp itself.

This was an evening where fashion met culture through the concepts of  elocutionist Sujoy Prasad Chatterjee, who weaved in readings and songs in between the ethnically crafted fashion sequences. The songs were basically puja melodies sung by Riddhi Bandopadhyay and Nabanita Chatterjee. White was the ruling colour on the ramp with dresses like Benarasis, lehangas and other sarees made from Tussar and other indigenous materials crafted with woven benarasi borders, zardousi works, etc.

Palki designers created the dresses to catch the colourfulness of the season and to establish the duality between the good and the evil (God and Demon).

The models walked the ramp under the aegis of Tina wearing the latest creations from Palki. They walked the ramp in a circular way to establish the spirit of Durga, better to say the spirit of women, as the universal power. Spotted walking the ramp were theatre personality Dolly Basu, elocutionist Sutapa Bandopadhyay, danseuse Rubena Chatterjee, corporate executive Sahana Mitra, social worker Tulika Das among others.

Many city based celebrities from different cultural fields were present at the venue to cheer for Palki’s latest creations as well as exclusivity of the event. The guests were treated to a lavish Bengali spread after the show.

Watch some video excerpts of the unique fusion of Durga Puja and latest Indian designer fashion.

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