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
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.