This is a full length pleated costume with a Moghul-style collar and full length sleeves. Blue flowers decorate the cream and gold designs of the garment. The inside of the dress, which can be seen in this image, is lined with blue gold and white flower designs. This costume was used by Ram Gopal in his kathak performances.
|Date of Creation / Publication|
|Associated Person/ Organisation||Gopal, Ram|
|Collection and Reference Number||Ram Gopal Collection (GB 2661 RGL)|
|Copyright||The Creator and/ or associated person or organisation where applicable|
|Access to originals||The originals are located with Ann David, academic researcher and friend of Ram Gopal, and with Pam Cullen, Executor of the Ram Gopal Estate.|
|Series notes||This grouping consists of several digitised costumes worn by Ram Gopal for various performances throughout his career. Each item was hand made and tailored to Gopal's design. His productions were always spectacular and vast sums were spent on the costumes, which could be insured for as much as £25,000. Some were made of cloth of gold, made by Indian weavers and sewn by Gopal's own tailors in India. The cloth was so expensive that when it began to wear, it was sent back to India to be melted down and woven again. Particular costume details included peacock feathers, which were considered lucky and served as protection against the evil eye. The costumes were kindly loaned to SALIDAA for digitisation by Pam Cullen,executor of Ram Gopal's Estate.|
|Collection notes||The digitised material in the Ram Gopal Collection dates back to 1938 and includes black and white as well as colour photographs, several flyers and extracts from books including Ram Gopal's autobiography. The items also include newspaper articles, images of dance costumes, slides, advertisements and performance programmes.|