Netra, a western-classicial violist married Raghava a contemporary
artist. New York based Netra spoke to Sakshi Singh.
I had a traditional Iyer-Iyengar style wedding in Bangalore. The
saris for the Vratham (pre-wedding puja), Janavasam (pre-wedding
procession), and Muhurtam (wedding ceremony) were all specially
woven for my wedding. My mother-in-law and her sister gave the mill
the gold to be woven into and embroidered into the saris, and they
chose the patterns. It took several months for these saris to get
ready—but it was worth the wait and effort, because the sarees were
stunningly beautiful. My mother-in-law sourced antique jewelry from
her own collection and from friends, and my traditional look was
created with antique jewels and temple jewelry.
A good friend, Nayana Billings, who used to run Squeeze Salon
in Bangalore and who now lives in the UK, did my hair and makeup.
I wore an unconventional purple Kanjeevaram saree and gold blouse
for the Janavasam (pre-wedding procession)—this I teamed with purple
and gold bangles. The function had a lot of fireworks so Raghava
wore a dress with fireworks posters—it was put together by our old
friend, Bangalore fashion-guru Prasad Bidappa. The jacket was created
by the internationally well known Indo-French design team Hemant
Lacoanet--it featured posters of firecrackers from Sivakaasi, India’s
city of firecrackers. For the wedding function I wore a mustard-orange
kanjeevaram while Raghava wore a very simple, traditional South
For my post-wedding party, I wore a simple pink dress designed by
two of my best friends, Raj Shroff and Neetu Gupta. My reception
dress was created by my designer friend, Rehane who is based in
Chennai. It was a long shiny gold dress, completely covered in beads,
with a long flowing train. I visited Rehane four times because the
dress had to be an exact fit. We had to tighten it up on the day
of the party because just before the wedding I had a stomach infection
and had lost a bit of weight. :-) For the reception, I wore a very
simple necklace from my mother-in-law's collection because the dress
itself was so bright and shiny!
Raghava's outfit for the
reception was also designed by Rehane. It was an Indo-western oufit
with a sleeveless embroidered jacket and trousers.