You & I Monthly - 1 July 2020 - Maharani Gayatri Devi - Royal Issue

COVER STORY

India’s Most Magnificent Maharanis - Maharani Gayatri Devi, Sita Devi, Durrushehvar, Indira Raje

Born with diamond-studded spoons in their mouths, these Maharanis changed how royal women behaved and paved the way for a whole new generation. You & I looks at four regal path-breakers

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SPECIAL FEATURE

(Anshu Khanna, Founder Royal Fables shares the journey of nine blue-blooded designers, artists, and creative professionals who personify the idiom ‘Vocal for Local’ with You & I.)

The world of refinement as we see today owes its allegiance to the myriad craft studios and art ateliers that thrived within forts, palaces and Havelis of India. Homes, where in the past century, resided princely families and their royal entourage of personal attendants, available to fulfil their every whim.

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IN THE SPOTLIGHT

 

I Have Always Had a Love and Connection to Hyderabad: Prince Azmet Jah

The charismatic and down-to-earth Prince Azmet Jah, the eldest son of Prince Mukarram Jah and Princess Esra, is undeniably passionate about his life, family and work. A groundbreaking photographer throughout his career, Prince Azmet has continued to push boundaries and innovate after decades of professional work. Even though he spent most of his life outside India, his connection and love to his roots in Hyderabad has been very strong. In a rare interview, Azmet opened up about his documentary on his great-grandfather, the Nizam of Hyderabad and how he is planning to carry forward the legacy of his ancestors.

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We are all very close and a cohesive family together. Princess Shehkar Jah

Princess Shehkar, the daughter of Prince Mukarram Jah and Princess Esra, has accepted her place in history without letting it define her. Despite her experiences and achievements, she leads a simple life. Beautiful, vibrant and classy she has redefined the look of the modern monarch with her sense of style.

Princess Shehkar shared what it takes to become a true princess; her efforts to help the Siddi community; her work in setting up the museum shop at the Chowmahalla and her passion for wildlife and ocean conservation.

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Being the son of the Nizam is a wonderful honour: Prince Azam Jah

Prince Azam Jah, also known as Alex, the Nizam’s second son, is cloaked in compassion and humility. He is involved in real estate and equities. His early childhood was spent between Australia and Hyderabad, and in particular, the Chiraan and the Chowmahalla palaces. Having lost his birth mother at a young age, family is very important to him and he truly values the time he spends with his father, the Nizam, Princess Esra, and his siblings, Prince Azmet and Princess Shehkar. He is passionate about the Mukarram Jah Education Trust, wildlife and thoroughly enjoys travelling and exploring the world.

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INDIA’S MOST EXOTIC JEWELS - Nizams Spinel Sarpech, Carved emerald, Baroda Pearls, Kapurthala Sword Hilt, Jahangir’s Emerald Cup, Spinel Bead Necklace

In 1995 Christie’s managing director in London asked me what we could do to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Indian Independence that would take place in 1997. My immediate response was to suggest we held a spectacular auction of important Indian jewels in celebration of Indian cultural heritage, tracing their traditional designs from 1600 to the present day. My managing director loved the idea and so one of my long time ambitions, to hold a sale purely of Indian jewels and jewelled objects, became an exciting reality.

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