Krishnayan is reviving the traditional arts of India and is giving them a new lease on life in todays’ contemporary context. Our goal is to bring the craftsmen back into the mainstream of Indian life and raise their status from community artisans to national artists. The flagship store was launched in October 2015 in the heart of New Delhi and now we are looking to find outlets overseas.
Our clientele includes people from all ethnicities as our products appeal to the masses. If you are interested in the various arts from India, then you can recognize the same. And we know that some of these forms are dying. Since retiring from the National Museum Mrs. Lal has been devoting her time and energy to artists from remote parts of India and is bringing these traditional designs of India rendered in the non-traditional medium of textiles and art objects to the mainstream.
Rupali Mathur is one of the twin daughters of Mrs. Krishna Lal. Though a lawyer by trade, Rupali’s interest in the arts has been since childhood. Rupali grew up in a household surrounded by artists and art. Rupali’s exposure to the artists was right at home; national artists, folk artists, specialty artists, all would spend a lot of time in their home, and at times even work from there. Rupali always loved interacting and learning from the artists.
Rupali’s passion for the arts is in her blood. While raising her family Rupali has traveled across the globe and lived in Dubai, South Africa, and the USA. Rupali has held several exhibitions for Krishnayan overseas. Rupali is responsible for expanding the brand in the USA by bringing the art to not only the Indian audiences at Diwali Mela’s, etc. but also to large US corporate employees. With her partnership with Country, Carts Rupali has held exhibitions at offices of large corporations like Johnson and Johnson, Beckton Dickinson (BD), and GenRe.
Rupali believes that we need to help, nurture, and take care of craftsmen as it is the only way that art will thrive!
Krishnayan has been the brainchild of Mrs. Krishna Lal, retired Curator of textiles from the National Museum of India. Mrs. Lal has spent over 50 years in the field of decorative arts and textiles. She is a decorated officer of the government of India and has received several accolades for her work while serving at the National Museum as well as after retirement. She has received a commendation from India’s first prime minister, Shri Jawaral Lal Nehru, and also from India’s first lady Smt. Gursharan Kaur, wife of prime minister Shri Manmohan Singh. She has been featured on National television and several publications and has also published several books, including a book on Kantha Art, Phulkari Art, Bidriware, and one on our national bird the peacock.
Surbhi is an entrepreneur with experience in shaping and growing businesses, along with 20 years of experience in the corporate world, working extensively with businesses at start-up stages. She held leadership roles at esteemed organizations in India, including GE, Naukri.com, Jeevansaathi, 99acres, and led large teams. She has set up processes from scratch and scaled them up to make them profitable. Her forte has been into product development, Sales, Marketing and Customer services, and E-commerce.
Surbhi’s taste towards the rich fabrics and colours has been largely influenced by being brought up in an environment of homegrown businesses into handicrafts, looms & fabrics, designs, and decors. This has led Surbhi to join Krishnayan and shepherd the business to its next level of growth. Surbhi believes that India has a treasure of art and artisans and much of them are going unnoticed and wants to bridge the gap between the local artisans and the art connoisseurs.
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