Bengaluru is no stranger to glitzy events like festivals, fashion shows and parties. However, On September 20, Bengaluru was chosen the venue for a special event. A fashion show was organized by Manipuri designer Robert Naorem which took place in the city. The event titled, Kanglei Fashion Extravaganza was organized by Naorem with a noble purpose, t0 to gather funds for flood victims of the North east. It is well known how the recent spate of floods has wrecked havoc with public life in states like Assam and Arunachal Pradesh. The event was also meant to promote the region.
The annual event also took place in last two years but then the venue was Imphal, the capital of Manipur. It was named Manipur Fashion Extravaganza earlier.
Speaking on the event to media, Naorem said, “I always wished to take the show to different cities of the country to spread awareness about northeast. There are a lot of issues going on in my hometown so, at this point of time I don’t want to do a show in Manipur. The show promotes fashion and our culture, and youth from the state.”
The ace designer who now stays in Bengaluru said that he changed name of the show with a purpose. He feels changing the name to Kanglei lends more impact as it is a regional name for Manipur. Naorem also added that the show is essentially a tribute to the entire northeast region though it showcased Manipuri fashion exhibits.
The designer, now in his late 20s revealed the event included designers mostly from his home state. However, models from adjacent states like Arunachal Pradesh and Assam were also part of the gala event. Naorem was aided by the Dynamic Manipur foundation and the entry was kept free to ensure the event gets maximum number of visitors.
The extravaganza started with unveiling of Manipuri handloom work and viewers were enthralled to witness varieties of saris with thread work. Authentic Manipuri attire ‘phee and phanek’ was also showcased at the event.
The event also included a few popular models like Nayanika Chatterjee and Carol Gracias. Naorem said he wanted the event to have a link between Karnataka and the Northeast. However, he evaded using anyone from Bollywood. He said he did it purposely since including Bollywood stars diverts attention of viewers. The focus was on fund raising and showcasing fashion of the region.