Hello Wonderful people,
I could finally stitch together a wonderous moment of flying up to a destination for materializing my dream of shooting for Ritu Kumar at Jammu Kashmir. With my whimsical imaginations as a budding blogger I tried to contribute my love for this City which is so unique in all its attributes and colors by creating visuals of legendary Ritu Kumar Designs with the striking architectural heritage of Jammu Kashmir. Since my final year thesis topic also revolves around the cultures of Jammu & Kashmir, my thoughts are still hurling around the pristine air of that place so I decided to combine my architecture and blog forces into documenting a contemporary ‘Reinvent Classics’ by Ritu Kumar against Dogra Attires. Although my current thesis situation requires tons of hardwork and dedication which I must be getting back to later today and now coming back to what went behind making this shoot a success , being in my own native place I decided to leap up to my very own colored Spectrum of Being a Dogra . Based up at the crown of India, Dogra dynasty from ancient heritage has overflown into the human borders of cultural, architectural and clothing attires of modern day Dogri people . Even today tourists from all around the world visit Jammu Kashmir for its geographical beauty but i want to show the world that along with natural abundance this city is well sound in its architectural beauty and its antique marvels.
I remember visiting Ritu Kumar, Flagship Store at Kalaghoda Bombay , I had a feeling to pick up something which has its roots sensitized to traditions but is equally modernized into present day contemporary wear. While scrolling through the subsections I drifted towards ‘Reinvent Classics” until I stumbled across a black suit in fluid crepe, which had short kurta, a jacket and patiala set. It had a unique block printing that has been inspired by the traditional tapestry weaves. The multi color weave prints on the kurta are well complimented with a solid black jacket which reminded me of its similarity with a traditional Dogri Suit, although a contemporary version of it. It is something that we youngsters would actually wear.
On a spree of reinventing classical attire of clothing and shelter I visited four destinations in Jammu that have been standing tall since the provincial times. Let me show you a glimpse of each marvelous piece of art and architecture.
Outfit Courtesy –RITU KUMAR / Photography- HIMANI SHARMA / Location – JAMMU
MUBARAKH MANDI COMPLEX JAMMU
The palace was the royal residence of the Maharaja of Jammu and Kashmir from the Dogra dynasty. It was their main seat till 1925 when maharaja Hari Singh moved to the Hari Niwas Palace in the northern part of Jammu. The palace is located in the heart of the old walled city of Jammu and overlooks the Tawi river.
AMAR MAHAL PALACE
Now been converted into a Museum. It was built in the nineteenth century for Raja Amar Singh, a Dogra king by a French architect on the lines of a French Chateau.The palace built in red sandstone with red bricks is in a picturesque environment on a hillock overlooking the Tawi river valley. Built in the European castle style, the palace has sloping roofs with turrets and tall towers. When built during the reign of Raja Amar Singh, it was the tallest building in Jammu. The imposing building has long passages on three sides, which are covered by sloping corrugated tin roofs. The passages are supported on columns with wooden framework. The first floor of the palace building has French windows with connected balcony. The top floor has a bay window. The windows also depict triangular projections in classical Greek architectural style, which are fitted over ornate false columns, which are fitted over ornate false columns.
It is important to not take down these energetic mohallas so that the sense of community living is not lost. Live Examples of Such Vibrant Mohallas where each house has its own unique sense of ancient architectural style are Pir Mitha Mohalla, Mast Garh Mohalla, Julaka Mohalla, Kasaba Mohalla, Moti Bazzar, Kacchi Chowni, Panjtirthi, Fattu Chakan. These are the most safe and co-ordinal communities since the residents know each other from generations and every house has its antique architecture style.
While walking through this narrow chilling street, we came across this amazing facade of an ancient home.The residents were so proud to believe that it has been staying almost same for generations and they do not feel the need to modernize it because they believe age old things have their own hypnotic charm. It is because of people like these India has so much heritage intact.I tried submerging myself with the subdued whitewashed antique walls and love contrasting affair of Ritu Kumar Black suit with whitewashed walls.