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The show starts with the influences on Muzaffar Ali’s life, that include his parents and their lifestyle, steeped in the culture of Lucknow, mingling a mix of British living with nationalism. It moves to his job in Bombay with Air India, which spurs him to make his first film, Gaman. The story goes through with the themes of other films like Umrao Jaan and Anjuman and traces the textile and craft stories he wove into each.
Through the narrative the story also explores Muzaffar and Meera Ali’s involvement with fashion through their label KOTWARA and recording and presenting the textile and crafts of India through a series of evocative short films.Dancers recreate scenes from Muzaffar Ali’s films, models walking the ramp in costumes inspired by his films as well as the crafts he has captured in the short films. Kathak ballets that recapture the magic spun during the Jahan-e-Khusrau and Wajid Ali Shah festivals will also showcase new fashion lines from the Kotwara label.
The fashion segments will bring to the fore the romantic sensibilities Meera Ali brings to the Kotwara label, and the contemporary thrust that their daughter, Sama, now head designer at Kotwara, is adding to make Kotwara a coveted musthave in the ‘now generation’s ‘ wardrobe.
Live music for shows and ballets will be composed by Muzaffar Ali, and rendered by musicians on instruments from across India
Creating an atmosphere of romantic luxury, the ambience, orchestrated by Meera and Muzaffar Ali will evoke a mood that will draw the audience into a gentle world of dreams. Specially created craft accessories, flowers and lamps will invite the guests into a languid past.