Moscow Pays Trib­ute To In­dian Jew­ellery

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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.

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