After designer Anamika Khanna’s Grand Finale show at the Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum was disrupted by the Sena workers in March this year, I thought the organizers of Lakme Fashion Week will never ever venture anywhere near the heritage museum. But I have been proven wrong. At the forthcoming Lakme Fashion Week, Winter/Festive 2015 they are having a ‘Reinvent Benaras’ at Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum on the Handloom and Textile Day on 27th of August. But this time nothing will go wrong as the event is curated by none other than the BJP Spokeswoman and designer, Shaina NC. Shaina won’t be haunted by Sena or any such moral police as she is from the ruling party.
In fact Shaina NC, who I thought was famous only for zillion ways of draping saris and Parsi embroidery has virtually become the all-important ‘Benarasi Ambassador’. Being a BJP spokesperson matters. The new government’s textile policy is anti handloom and pro power loom yet none of the ruling party members miss the opportunity of doing lip-service for Weavers of Benaras because our loving PM – Narendra Modi is the MP from Varanasi. The plight of the weavers hasn’t changed a bit but many have benefitted from lavish government funding by doing ‘Benarasi’ themed shows.
Everybody is stuck upon Benarasi these days. The Abu Jani and Sandeep Koshla’s show at the Bridal Fashion Week is based on Varanasi.
Anamika Khanna was in tears went Sena workers vandalized her show at Bhau Daji Lad Museum and she had to hurriedly shift the show to Palladium Hotel. But Shaina NC will have a gala time at the same museum and might even have the Maharashtra CM grace the occasion. Remember Devendra Phadnavis on the ramp at Shaina NC’s show at the NSIC that caused a traffic nightmare…