Moscow Pays Tribute To Indian Jewellery
Jewels on display at One-Pillar Hall.
It is a matter of great pride that Dr. Elena Gagarina, head of the State Museums of Moscow Kremlin, Alex Popov, founder chairman of the Indo-Russian Jewellery Foundation (IRJF), jointly undertook the task of putting India’s longstanding jewellery history into perspective through an exhibition titled “India: Jewels that Enchanted the World.”
Opened to the public from April 12 to July 27, 2014, at the State Museums of Moscow Kremlin, it is one of the most comprehensive exhibitions on Indian jewellery chronicling the legacy of five hundred years of Indian jewellery, from the 17th century to the present day.
To commemorate the exhibition, Popov hosted a gala dinner at the Vetoshny Atrium in Moscow which was attended by India’s ambassador to Russia P.S. Raghavan, India’s joint secretary of ministry of commerce and industry Siddharth Singh, GJEPC chairman Vipul Shah along with several other major industrialists, royals and society figures.
Dr Irina Bokova, director-general of UNESCO, in her speech via satellite transmission, praised Popov and Dr. Gagarina’s effort towards the project.
The evening, which was catered by renowned chef Hemant Oberoi of Taj Mahal Palace in Mumbai, also saw the auction of 19th century gold and ruby bracelet and a special sari whose proceeds went to the Russian Children’s Hospice Foundation.
The exhibition, conceived by Dr. Gagarina and Popov, brought together scholars and enthusiasts from India, UK, Switzerland and the USA to realise this ambitious project.
Showcasing India’s artistry and craftsmanship, the exhibition encompasses more than 300 pieces of jewellery and jewelled objects generously loaned from over 30 museums, institutions and private collections from around the world; of which some pieces are on display for the first time.
Lenders to the exhibition include the al- Sabah Collection, the British Museum, the Doha Museum of Islamic Art, the Khalili Collection, the Musée Barbier-Mueller, and the Victoria and Albert Museum as well as the world’s greatest jewellery houses such as Cartier, Chaumet, Mauboussin and Van Cleef & Arpels. The 21st century is represented by two of India’s leading jewellery designers – late Munnu Kasliwal’s creations for The Gem Palace and Viren Bhagat – both famous for their exquisite designs, fine craftsmanship and consummate glamour.
Kalpana Kasliwal, wife of the late Munnu Kasliwal, and Alex Popov.
Viren Bhagat (left) with his son Jay Bhagat.
India’s Ambassador to Russia P.S. Raghavan
(Left to right) Vipul Shah, GJEPC chairman, Suresh Shah, GJEPC convener, Pankaj Kumar Parekh, GJEPC vice-chairman, Anil Sankhwal, regional chairman, GJEPC – Delhi, and Siddharth Singh, joint secretary, ministry of commerce and trade at the gala dinner.
GJEPC chairman Vipul Shah and IRJF chairman Alex Popov at the gala.
Alex Popov, Dr. Elena Gagarina and Prof. Nasser David Khalili with a 19th century silver carriage from the Khalili collection.
Musicians performing at the gala dinner.
A “Peacock” brooch by Mellerio, Paris, c 1905, on display at The Belfry.