Call­ing all men: Would you wear the trendy ma­n­arkali?

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It’s too fem­i­nine for me. I would rather stick to suits. What a has­sle it will be to pee wear­ing a ‘ma­n­arkali’


In­dian gods and kings have worn cloth­ing that didn’t ad­here to mod­ern gen­der stereo­types


Anarkalis, the re­gal, frock­style kur­tas are al­most ev­ery wo­man’s favourite tra­di­tional In­dian at­tire. Ac­tor Mad­hubala im­mor­talised this gar­ment in her de­pic­tion of Anarkali, the royal cour­te­san in the film Mughal-e-Azam. Kathak and Kathakali dancers also wear anarkalis for per­for­mances.

And now, there’s an anarkali for men, too! Though Mughal em­per­ors, such as Ak­bar and Shah­ja­han, wore them with ele­gance, this is quite a nov­elty for the 21st cen­tury male. Nick­named ‘ma­n­arkali’ by the fash­ion­for­ward folk, these are anarkalis spe­cially de­signed for men who have the swag to rock the look. A re­cent fash­ion show in the Cap­i­tal saw male mod­els don­ning colour­ful anarkalis. Even Bol­ly­wood stars, such as Ran­veer Singh, Anu­pam Kher and Ali Fazal, have been seen wear­ing dif­fer­ent ver­sions of the ‘ma­n­arkali’.

“Beauty knows no bor­ders, much less ar­ti­fi­cial con­structs like mas­culin­ity or fem­i­nin­ity. The ma­n­arkali is about cel­e­brat­ing the univer­sal spirit of beauty. We wanted men to ex­pe­ri­ence a new form, some­thing our present gen­er­a­tion is not used to. That’s how the man-anarkali was cre­ated,” say de­sign­ers Abu Jani and San­deep Khosla.

De­signer Gau­rav Khanijo says that it’s an in­ter­est­ing take on an­grakhas. “I’m proan­grakha! They are flared at the bot­tom and struc­tured at the top, per­fect for mus­cu­lar and tall men.” De­signer Anju Modi feels, “This at­tire has a very royal, Mughal ap­peal.”


Above left and left: Mod­els from Abu Jani San­deep Khosla show; Above: Fabio Di Leonardo, a fash­ion chore­og­ra­pher

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