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British Council Winners Bowl 2007

The Lost Music of Rajasthan

December 7, 2011

Last nights ‘imagine‘ on BBC One was amazing. There are still 3 weeks left to watch it on iplayer if you missed it.

Good to see John & Faith Singh again. The Singhs were most generous hosts who looked after me & Jigisha Patel when we stayed on their Anoki Farm in Jaipur, as part of the British Council (BC) research project back in 2006. This whole amazing experience was pre blogging (hence a much longer than usual post today) and the effects on my work after being immersed in a culture that is full of complex, beautiful, colourful pattern was profound.

Part two of the project was Indian Designer Jigisha Patel travelling to Rosedale to collaborate with us on a piece for the BC. Jigisha is an amazing designer who has successfully sold her felt rugs into Habitat and her Bandhanhi Scarves into the V&A Museum Shop. The piece we made together, commissioned by the British Council for the winner of Indias Creative Future is still one of my favorites.

Priya Patil, fashion/accessory designer from Mumbai received the bowl and was announced Winner & India’s Creative Future 2007.

Last nights visual and musical feast  brought back many memories, not least John Singh’s mission to collect music and listen to Rajasthan Musicians.