On April 13th, at precisely 4:56 pm, a flash-mob broke out in New York City’s Time Square. The dancers had an excellent reason for celebrating. They are on their way to Tampa Bay for the Indian International Film Academy Awards. IIFA promises there will be more flash-mobs in other cities as they make their way here. Smith & Associates Real Estate certainly thinks coming to Tampa Bay is something to dance in the streets about.
However, it’s not just flash-mob dancers who are making their way here. Approximately 30,000 tourists are expected to come to Tampa for the event, happening from Wednesday, April 23rd through Saturday, April 26th.
Due to the international appeal of Indian cinema, the IIFA Awards are held in a different location every year. Cities around the world vie to be the cultural powerhouse that hosts the Bollywood Oscars. Tampa is the first city in the United States to be given this honor.
The stars of Indian cinema are heading to Tampa, but India’s influence is already seen in home decor. I find the vibrant colors and symmetrical patterns to be uplifting and calming, and have been thinking about incorporating Indian design into my home decor. Here’s what inspires me:
1 | The parchin kari of the Taj Mahal
No, I’m not planning to have my home’s spandrels inlaid with carnelians, garnets, or any other gemstones. Instead, I’m looking for a vase, inlaid with colored glass, to let glimmer in the Florida sun that shines through my window.
2| The Madhubani wall painting in the home of Rajshree Pathy
While this wall painting is certainly complex, the repeating shapes and patterns keep it from being overwhelming. Something this stimulating would be great in a playroom!
A little about the homeowner: Rajshree Pathy is a businessperson and an art connoisseur. She is the chairperson and managing director of Rajshree Sugars and Chemicals Limited and the founder-director of the Coimbatore Center for Contemporary Art and the Contemplate Art Gallery. As the founder-director of CoCCA, Rajshree Pathy founded the India Design Forum, a nine-day celebration of design in India and its influence on the international design world.
She describes her home as a museum, a resort, and an artist’s retreat.
3 | The craftwork of the people of Pipili
Pipili is a town of artists in Odisha, India. They are famous for their brightly colored applique work depicting village scenes, flowers, and animal scenes. My neighbor has a Pipili umbrella for shade on her porch. I’m looking for a piece that will stand out against a dark wall.
What designs and handiworks from India inspire you?