FICCI FLO Lucknow organizes virtual event "Royal Women"
The Lucknow Chapter of FICCI Ladies Organization (FLO), organized a virtual event, "Royal Women: Walking the thin line between Tradition and Modernity".
Lucknow: The Lucknow Chapter of FICCI Ladies Organization (FLO), organized a virtual event, "Royal Women: Walking the thin line between Tradition and Modernity".
Her Highness, Maharani Radhikaraje Gaekwad is one of the most accomplished and progressive Royal Women in India. Born into the princely family of Wankaner, Gujarat. Radhikaraje completed her preliminary education in Delhi and later Mayo College Ajmer. A keen student of heritage and culture she graduated in history hons from the prestigious Lady Shri Ram College and attained her masters’ degree in medieval Indian history from Delhi University. Radhikaraje worked as a journalist with Indian Express before marrying Samarjitsinh Gaekwad and moving to Baroda.
Presently she is actively involved in running family trusts such as the Maharani Shantadevi Hospital Trust, Maharani Chimnabai Stree Udyogalaya, both organizations serving and supporting lower income families and the Maharaja Fatehsinh Museum Trust, housing some of the most acclaimed works of Raja Ravi Varma amongst others. Being greatly interested in heritage textiles, Radhikaraje also works closely with her mother in law, Rajmata Shubhanginiraje Gaekwad in reviving the lost old weaving techniques of Chanderi. Radhikaraje and Samarjitsinh have two daughters, Padmajaraje 13 yrs and Narayaniraje 11 yrs.
In a candid conversation with the event chair, Mrs. Simu Garg, Her Highness, Radhikaraje Gaekwad shared many anecdotes about her early life, her marriage into the prestigious Royal family of Baroda and her work. She gave the audience, an unfiltered glimpse into her charmed life.
She also talked at length about how the changing times had motivated her to take a more active role in conservation of her heritage, be it the royal jewellery or her ancestoral home or preserving the art of weaving heritage chanderi textiles.
Talking about the event, FLO Lucknow Chairperson, Mrs. Puja Garg said, " It was an honour to host such a dynamic and charismatic person such as her in our midst today. Time has changed the way royal women are perceived in the modern era. This change is primarily due to the fact that these women are now coming out of their homestead and taking up a prominent role in various fields like revivalism, politics and social service to name a few and are using their power and privilege to bring about a positive and lasting change in society. "
This event was open to all FLO members, pan India and even to other guests invited for this much awaited talk.