Posts tagged ‘hall of fame’

October 17, 2013

Hall of Fame: Samant Chauhan

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WIFW: Samant Chauhan SS14

Young Indian fashion designer, Samant Chauhan designs beautiful clothing for both women and men.  He exhibits internationally and is on an upward trajectory after many years of dedication to his art.

Samant was born in Rajasthan and is passionate about working with master weavers from his area.  The NIFT graduate embarked upon fashion after first completing a physics degree at Bhagalpur University.  Samant consistently selects neutral and softer tones to counter the colourful spectrum typically offered by other designers in India.

So Samant, please tell me about your latest collection.

This is the series of Rajputana and this is the fourth season we are doing the same concept.

What is Rajputana?

Rajputana is about reviving the Rajputana name.  Rajasthan’s ancient name is Rajputana and I belong to that place which is one of the reasons I wanted to work on it.

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WIFW: Samant Chauhan SS14
The first season we did a collection, the story was based on how the Britishers influenced the entire Rajputana region … so we were inspired by a lot of Victorian motifs and shapes and volume. 

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August 16, 2012

Hall of Fame: Anjum Chopra

Charismatic and ambitious 35 year-old Indian cricketing champion, Anjum Chopra was attending a conference in New Delhi  when I stole half an hour for a wonderful interview.

How did your parents’ encouragement and support of your profession in sports help to shape your success?

Support, help, guidance, everything is because of my parents.  I would not be where I am today if I did not have their support or without their help.

How did they help you develop your sport beyond high school or college level? For example, I’m not sporty at all, however, my sister was but she was certainly never encouraged to take it to national or international level by my family.

For me that wasn’t a problem.  I managed to graduate from the best sports institution in the country, then I went to the People’s College – one of the best in Asia and then I did my MBA so education-wise I did have to go learn, get a managerial job but at the same time my hobby or my passion was sport.

Now, to start playing cricket wasn’t difficult but not many girls played cricket and there were still comments like: girls play cricket as well?! 

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June 1, 2011

Hall of Fame: Rwituja Gomes Mookherjee

Young Gun Rwituja Gomes Mookherjee heads the British Council’s Creative and Cultural Economy portfolio for India & Sri Lanka. Previously based in Delhi, she now lives in Bangalore and organises innovative and enterprising arts and culture events for the benefit of young and old and pushing those involved in the creative industries to aim higher for international recognition.

Please tell us what exciting projects you are running just now.  The most exciting project that I currently manage is the Young Creative Entrepreneur award programme that aims to find emerging talent, enterprises and innovators within the creative industries in India giving them the platform to raise their profile internationally. It allows for unparalleled cross-sectoral networking opportunities to collaborate and develop commercial linkages between India, UK and the international market.

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