A princess’s diary: Vaishnavi Kumari adds royal touch to ET Women’s Forum, wants to build a modern-day legacy

The princess doesn’t need to wear a crown to advocate her region’s artistic legacy.

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Princess Vaishnavi Kumari of Kishangarh royal family
Adding a royal touch to The Economic Times Women’s Forum was Vaishnavi Kumari of the erstwhile royal family of Kishangarh, Rajasthan. Dressed in a flowy black kurta and pants with a printed long jacket that added a dash of colour, Vaishnavi spoke of building a modern-day legacy and taking on the role of an art patron in the state her ancestors once governed.

But first: what does it mean to be a modern 21st century princess? “Many times, when I interact with people, especially in larger cities, I often get asked where’s your crown. To that, I say that this is not Frozen,” Vaishnavi said.

Moving on to the subject of being heirs, she said, “Unlike most places, my sister and I, just us two girls [no male heirs], are the custodians of our culture. We have the responsibility of taking our legacy forward. Fortunately, both our parents instilled in us a tremendous sense of empowerment.”


Princess Vaishnavi Kumari of Kishangarh royal family​
Princess Vaishnavi Kumari of Kishangarh royal family

Kishangarh is renowned for its unique style of miniature painting. A style Vaishnavi hopes to preserve through Studio Kishangarh, founded in 2010. Working with artists and their families, the studio hopes to bring a contemporary touch to the traditional art form.

“All princely states and royal families patronised the arts. But because of advancements in technology and lack of patronage, many art forms are dying. In the handicrafts space, it’s the relationship between the patron and the artisan that is key. The collaborative effort produces beautiful pieces,” Vaishnavi said.
Lakmé Fashion Week 2019: Bebo, KJo, PV Sindhu Set The Ramp On Fire
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The much-awaited Lakmé Fashion Week (LFW) Summer Resort 2019 was all about elegance, glamour and grace.

The fashion extravaganza witnessed summer and spring collections from well-known designers like Gaurav Gupta, Anita Dongre, Ajay Kumar Singh, Bobo Calcutta, Helena Bajaj Larsen & Yavi.

Big names from the Tinsel Town like Kareena Kapoor Khan, Anil Kapoor, Kangana Ranaut, Vidya Balan, Karan Johar, Tabu, Mouni Roy, among other, turned showstoppers for designers at the five-day long event.

Here's a look at other celebs from the B-town who set the ramp on fire.

(In pic from left: Kareena Kapoor Khan, Karan Johar, PV Sindhu)

The much-awaited Lakmé Fashion Week (LFW) Summer Resort 2019 was all about elegance, glamour and grace.The fashion extravaganza witnessed summer and spring collections from well-known designers like ..
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Actress Kareena Kapoor Khan walked the ramp for designers Shantanu and Nikhil at the Grand Finale of the Lakmé Fashion Week. The 38-year-old actress was wrapped in a scintillating black gown from the Recruit SS’19 Couture Collection.

Actress Kareena Kapoor Khan walked the ramp for designers Shantanu and Nikhil at the Grand Finale of the Lakmé Fashion Week. The 38-year-old actress was wrapped in a scintillating black gown from the..
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Actors Anil Kapoor (R) and Jahnvi Kapoor (L) turned showstoppers for designer Raghavendra Rathore at the Lakmé Fashion Week. The Kapoors paid a tribute to the bandhgala where both, dressed in black, walked down the ramp high on both energy and style.

Actors Anil Kapoor (R) and Jahnvi Kapoor (L) turned showstoppers for designer Raghavendra Rathore at the Lakmé Fashion Week. The Kapoors paid a tribute to the bandhgala where both, dressed in black, ..
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'Dangal' star Sanya Malhotra (L) walked the ramp for designer Narendra Kumar. She sported the gym-look pairing black and grey and completed the look with a yellow long jacket and black shoes.

'Padmaavat' star Aditi Rao Hydari (R) turned showstopper for designer Sailesh Singhania. The actress glittered in a stunning golden outfit and completed the look with an elegant necklace.

'Dangal' star Sanya Malhotra (L) walked the ramp for designer Narendra Kumar. She sported the gym-look pairing black and grey and completed the look with a yellow long jacket and black shoes. 'Padmaa..
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Director-producer Karan Johar walked the ramp for designer Gaurav Gupta on the opening day of Lakmé Fashion Week (LFW) Summer Resort 2019. The 46-year-old wore an red and black suit, with embellishments on the shoulder and chest.

Director-producer Karan Johar walked the ramp for designer Gaurav Gupta on the opening day of Lakmé Fashion Week (LFW) Summer Resort 2019. The 46-year-old wore an red and black suit, with embellish..
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Actress Malaika Arora sported the mermaid look in a grey gown at the Lakmé Fashion Week. The 'Chaiya Chaiya' girl showcased a creation by designer Manoj Agrrwal.

Actress Malaika Arora sported the mermaid look in a grey gown at the Lakmé Fashion Week. The 'Chaiya Chaiya' girl showcased a creation by designer Manoj Agrrwal.

The Lakmé Fashion Week wasn't all about Bollywood, stars from the sports world also graced the ramp. Badminton ace PV Sindhu walked the ramp for desinger Misfit Panda. She wore a sublte white dress and completed the look with quirky purple shoes.

The event witnessed another star from the badminton world, Saina Nehwal. The 31-year-old walked the ramp in an elegant yellow dress by designer Vaani Raghupathy. She completed her look with a choker necklace.

Wrestler Geeta Phogat also joined the line-up of sports stars at the Lakmé Fashion Week. She turned showstopper for designer EKA.

(In pic from left: PV Sindhi, Geeta Phogat, Saina Nehwal)


The Lakmé Fashion Week wasn't all about Bollywood, stars from the sports world also graced the ramp. Badminton ace PV Sindhu walked the ramp for desinger Misfit Panda. She wore a sublte white dress a..
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Actresses Karisma Kapoor (L) and Soha Ali Khan (R) turned showstoppers for designer Punit Balana and Neha Agarwal at the Lakmé Fashion Week. While Kapoor donned a black and white outfit for the event, Khan sported the princess look in a white gown.

Actresses Karisma Kapoor (L) and Soha Ali Khan (R) turned showstoppers for designer Punit Balana and Neha Agarwal at the Lakmé Fashion Week. While Kapoor donned a black and white outfit for the event..
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Ranveer Singh walked the ramp twice at the Lakmé Fashion Week; once in a creation from the 'Love Jain' collection (L) and once in a colourful bandhgala by designer Raghavendra Rathore (R). The 33-year-old actor also spoke about his upcoming movie 'Gully Boy'.

Ranveer Singh walked the ramp twice at the Lakmé Fashion Week; once in a creation from the 'Love Jain' collection (L) and once in a colourful bandhgala by designer Raghavendra Rathore (R). The 33-yea..
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Actress Vidya Balan walked the ramp for designer Anavila Mishra in an elegant black saree. She completed the look with black earrings.

Actress Vidya Balan walked the ramp for designer Anavila Mishra in an elegant black saree. She completed the look with black earrings.

A graduate from institutions like National Institute of Fashion Technology in Delhi and the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London, Vaishnavi brought academic rigour to the initiative. That, mixed with her natural inclination towards art and aesthetics, has helped her realise that we “live in a large world but can think locally”.

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Before signing off, the most obvious question. Any political ambitions? “Yes, at some point in time, but not now. Eventually perhaps,” she said.


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