As one of the world’s largest gem pro­cess­ing hubs and a lead­ing for­eign ex­change earner, the In­dian gems and jew­ellery sec­tor holds much prom­ise for both the econ­omy as well as the global jew­ellery mar­ket. This es­pe­cially au­gurs

Marwar - - News - Ma­neck Davar Editor

well for or­gan­ised play­ers like the KGK Group, which has seen ex­po­nen­tial growth over the last few decades un­der group pa­tri­arch Navrat­tan Kothari, whom we have fea­tured on our cover this is­sue. Not only does the group count among the big­gest jewellers in the world, but also com­mands con­sid­er­able in­flu­ence with its pres­ence across the en­tire value chain of the gems and jew­ellery trade. Kolkata, the city which gave Mar­waris their first taste of suc­cess as a business com­mu­nity, con­tin­ues to be the play­ing field for many Mar­wari in­dus­tri­al­ists. One among them is San­jay Bud­hia, whose hard work, com­mit­ment and ded­i­ca­tion has taken the Pat­ton Group to great heights of suc­cess. We have pro­filed the plas­tics and en­gi­neer­ing prod­ucts gi­ant, whose name and fame has al­ready crossed na­tional bound­aries and is now poised for con­quer­ing newer ground. Mar­waris and cot­ton share al­most an in­sep­a­ra­ble bond with both pioneer­ing in­dus­tri­al­ists as well as pre­sent-day play­ers hav­ing made a pile deal­ing in the time-tested com­mod­ity. We bring you the story of one such en­tity, T T Lim­ited, which has grown man­i­fold through the ef­forts of its man­ag­ing di­rec­tor, San­jay Ku­mar Jain. Not only has the com­pany seen im­prov­ing turnovers un­der his lead­er­ship, but has also di­ver­si­fied from cot­ton ex­port and gin­ning to oil mills, agri­cul­tural com­modi­ties, fab­rics and re­tail. Once largely con­fined to the in­doors, with chang­ing times many Mar­wari women are seen to­day join­ing their male coun­ter­parts to take the fam­ily business for­ward, or go­ing on to achieve goals on their own. Priti Rathi Gupta, daugh­ter of Anand Rathi, the founder of Anand Rathi Group, is an ex­am­ple. Not only has the scion of the fi­nan­cial ser­vices gi­ant proved her met­tle by found­ing the group’s com­modi­ties and fi­nance wings, but also bal­ances work with her role as a daugh­ter-in­law, wife and mother with aplomb. Away from the world of enterprise, we bring you the story of econ­o­mist-turned-painter Nayanaa Kan­odia, whose L’Art Naif genre paint­ings have earned her both name and recog­ni­tion. Kan­odia’s works are a unique mix of colour, ex­u­ber­ance, en­ergy, pre­pos­ter­ous­ness and satire that put her in a league of her own. Pre­sent­ing art through an­other per­spec­tive, we bring you a photo es­say fea­tur­ing mu­seum trea­sures ac­cu­mu­lated over four cen­turies by the Mar­war-Jodh­pur king­dom of Ra­jasthan, some of which are cur­rently on dis­play at an on­go­ing ex­hi­bi­tion at the Mu­seum of Fine Arts, Hous­ton. Ti­tled ‘Pea­cock in the Desert: The Royal Arts of Jodh­pur, In­dia’ the dis­play in­cludes ob­jects of In­dian courtly life. With the wed­ding sea­son knock­ing on the doors, it’s time once again to take a look at what the jew­ellery mar­ket has on of­fer this year. In a trend story, we bring you tips from top jewellers to clue in this year’s brides-tobe on how to turn their spe­cial day into a glit­ter­ing, fairy-tale af­fair. With all this and more, we bring you yet an­other in­ter­est­ing is­sue of Mar­war.

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