Interview: Designer Tejas Gandhi on His Debut Stint of Draping Ma Durga During the Upcoming Durga Puja (Sholoana Bangaliana Exclusive)

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Video: Interview of Designer Tejas Gandhi

Fashion Designer Tejas Gandhi who had been in the fashion industry for quite a long time had worked with many models and celebrities. However the designer will be seen in a new avatar as he will be styling Durga idols at some reputed Durga Pujas in Kolkata. Sholoana Bangaliana correspondent caught up with the talented designer at Royal Bengal Tiger Cafe. Excerpts from the conversation…

Priyanka Dutta, Sholoana Bangaliana- Which Durga Puja committees have approached you for the job of styling the goddess?
Tejas Gandhi- The three Pujas that I am associated with are Jagat Mukherjee Park, Shastri Bagan in North Kolkata and Samaj Sebi in South Kolkata. This is my first year of styling the goddess and I am honored that three Puja committees gave me this job of decking up the goddess.

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What is the brief that you have been given by the committees?
Tejas Gandhi- Three Durga Pujas but their theme and styling are different. North Pujas has a certain way of styling the goddess and I have to take care of that aspect. As far as Samaj Sebi is concerned, they like to keep things traditional. But they have given me interesting concept and they have opted for a not so traditional theme. I just hope that I will be able to do justice to the job assigned to me.

We all sat down together- me and the committee members. We discussed everything and everyone gave their opinions. I then sat down and tried to incorporate those ideas in my designs.

What is the biggest challenge that you are facing?
Tejas Gandhi- The biggest challenge is the fact that most people think that draping an idol is so easy. She will not move. But it is difficult and also interesting. This is also challenging because I will have to drape three goddesses under different themes. I have to think what will look good and how will it suit with the theme.

What are your expectations from the people who will go out for pandal hopping and then watch your work during the Pujas?
Tejas Gandhi- I don’t have high expectations. My only wish is that they love my designs and appreciate the labour that I put in. I don’t want to disappoint them.

We hope that the visitors will not be disheartened and wishing the talented designer all the best for his endeavors!!

Interview by:

Priyanka

Priyanka Dutta takes a keen interest in lifestyle and entertainment related news. She also enjoys interviewing celebrities and other renowned personalities. Priyanka holds a post graduate degree in English and Mass Communication. Journalism is her passion and she has reported for many a reputed international web portals.

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