We commissioned this artwork to commemorate the opening of our flagship store at Kala Ghoda, Fort, Mumbai. This place has a special meaning for our brand as it began its journey here over a decade ago.
The name Kala Ghoda means Black Horse, a reference to the presence of a black stone statue of King Edward VII (as the then Prince of Wales) mounted on a horse that was built by Jewish businessman and philanthropist Albert Abdullah David Sassoon. This statue was removed from the precinct in 1965 and subsequently placed inside the Byculla Zoo (Veermata Jijabai Bhosale Udyan). The memory of this iconic statue still lingers on even to this day and this area is called Kala Ghoda Artist: Archana Pereira
“The first time I visited Mumbai, over a decade ago in the year 2007, I came here and got acquainted with the Kala Ghoda festival, I took part for a few years and that’s when our brand started garnering attention and piqued the interest of many. I began by opening my first store at the Mumbai Airport, and now, finally I have got the opportunity to come back to where it all began – at Kala Ghoda!” – Anand Prakash
A bookmark inspired from patterns on the Amer Fort, Jaipur. We have taken inspiration from this monument and our Amer range features stationery, journals, home decor and jewelry. On my many visits here, I have been enamoured by its tales and this range is a fitting tribute to this timeless inspiration. To give it the authentic feel like every Anand Prakash range, even our packaging mimics the texture of the walls of this magnificent fort, when you run your hands over the texture you get the exact feel of its walls. This range will be launched at our new Kala Ghoda store in Mumbai.
People think I am a magician; they come to me with ideas and requests that sometimes leaves me stupefied. I have to shake myself and ask if it is real.
An ex-princely state asked us to recreate the whole palace in 24K gold plated intricate brass lines. At first, it sounded impossible but then the real magicians at Anand Prakash executed it to perfection.