Joy Bimal Roy

Joy Bimal Roy is the son of Bimal Roy (legendary filmmaker) and Manobina Roy (one of India’s pioneer woman photographers). He started his filmmaking stint as an assistant director to Shyam Benegal, and years later, made a biographical documentary, ‘Remembering Bimal Roy,’ which received rave reviews at international film festivals. He has his own designer label, ‘Touch of Joy’, is presently writing the first of his books on the behind-the-scenes happenings of the Hindi film industry of yore, and designing clothes and interior spaces. He aspires to be a film costume and set designer.
  • Kalamkari

    Kalamkari — the art of hand painted clothing

    I found this Kalamkari piece in a plastic bag stuffed with other bits and pieces of fabric in the inner recesses of my sister Yashodhara’s¹ cupboard. It was obviously a pallav piece that had seen better days, when it had been part of a saree. My sister Aparajita gasped when...
  • Kantha

    Kantha embroidery of Bengal

    Kantha is a kind of embroidery native to Bengal and is almost exclusively practised by women, many of them from home. It is a source of income for a lot of rural women who probably sell their exquisite craft to a middleman for a song, not knowing the astronomical price...
  • Simi Garewal

    A Rendezvous with Simi Garewal

    I once went to interview Simi Garewal for a video film presentation on Subhash Ghai which I had been asked to make on the completion of 10 years of Ghai’s company Mukta Arts. Simi was gracious to a fault and went as far as to serve our crew delicious home-made...
  • Elton John

    When Elton John came to Bangalore

    It’s not as though I was a great fan of Elton John, but 20 years ago, when I heard he was going to perform in Bangalore, I instantly decided to go for it. That wasn’t a time for online bookings so I had to request my friend Saras Karnad in...
  • Border

    Saving a sari border

    Could love be having to say you are a sari? It certainly could. This border belonged to a sari gifted to my sister Yashodhara¹ 35 years ago, on 4th September 1985 by Partha Biswas, Aditi Biswas’s husband. Our dear friend Maina Bhagat’s son Romil had come to stay with us in 1985...
  • Garad

    Garad — pure silk sari with red border

    The original saree (header pic; on the extreme left) was a Garad saree from Bengal, worn traditionally by married women when performing a puja. It is made of pure silk and has the classic traditional red border. I guess it borders (no pun intended) on blasphemy to meddle with...