Winners of Anant – The Design Competition Felicitated
GJSCI, in its endeavour to revive some of India’s dying arts forms, held a jewellery contest aimed at promoting design development, product innovation and diversification of Hupari Payal (Kolhapur), Tarakasi (Cuttack), Thewa (Rajasthan) and Gajra (Bhuj, Gujarat). The objective behind the concept was to encourage these arts and create contemporary designs around them, and, in turn, help uplift and upskill artisans to expand the jewellery design repertoire for domestic as well as international markets.
The selection of the winners was tough as they were rated on various parameters like detail, concept and originality, ease of manufacture, sales potential and creativity. After a stringent scrutiny by a panel of leading experts from the gems and jewellery industry, Sanjay Kothari, chairman, GJSCI, along with Rajeev Garg, executive director and CEO, GJSCI, invited renowned celebrities from the gems and jewellery industry to be jury members.
Among these were celebrity jewellery designers Roopa Vora, Indra Jadwani and Varuna D. Jani, while the retail section comprised some prominent personalities like Rajiv Popley of Popley & Sons, Sunil Datwani of Gehna Jewellers, Sumesh Wadhera of Art of Jewellery and Soma Bhatta of Retail Jeweller.
In the overall category, Sakshi Agrawal won the first place; Varuni Goyal bagged the second prize; and Pooja Mishra secured the third. Consolation prizes in individual art forms were given to Shreya Nath ( Thewa), Namrata Singh ( Hupari Payal), Aashi Jain ( Tarakasi) and Smriti Agarwal ( Gajra). Special prize winners were Tanvi Chitalia, Vrinda Agrawal, Kalyani Sanjay Choudhary, R. Rukmani and Sneha Israni.