First lets play Soundharya’s choice of music
Tell me a bit more about yourself .
I am Soundharya Muthukrishnan, born and raised in the Middle-East, I’ve been learning Carnatic Music for the past 14 years, which kept me rooted to Indian Traditions and values in a way. My teacher always made sure I knew what I was singing about. She would take time explaining the great epics and meaning of the Krithis she taught. During my annual vacation to India, I would make it a point to visit temples and try to make use of all the cultural versatility and beauty that India offered. This string of connect was always there.
(The purple/blue saree was handed down by my paati (Grandmother). I wore it during my visit to the village temple.)
I’d see my mom drape sarees and I’d copy her by draping a dupatta! I moved to Chennai to pursue my education and the four years I have spent here has been so beautiful and life-changing. The cultural scene in Chennai is extremely unique and extravagant. Chennai taught me a lot of things about myself and gave me a unique sense of Identity.
(The yellow+red saree was my mother’s wedding saree. I paired it with a green brocade blouse and some temple jewellery. I purchased the Embellished chappals in Delhi. )
Why sarees, of course you look lovely in them but this generation is increasingly shying away from them .
I began wearing sarees almost four years ago, when I was in High School. I go to concerts, temples, functions and poojas all in sarees. It is my go-to choice! The reason why the Saree attire appealed to me, is the possibility of combinations. I could wear a simple saree with a different blouse and it would exude a totally different character. How sarees add elegance, class, fun and beauty all in one!
I often host shows and compere for events. I make it a point to incorporate sarees even in formal environments. I pick simple cottons in neutral colors to blend in, as well as make my own unique statement.
What would be your advice to adopt the saree look in daily and office wear .
My personal style in terms of draping sarees is simple silk-cotton paired with an embellished blouse. I usually keep my sarees traditional pairing it with jhimikis and a big bindi/pottu. My saree collection by itself, is small. My mother’s collection however is not. I often buy sarees from Rangachari – A traditional store that sells woven cottons and Sundari Silks – My go to for Kanjeevarams.
(The Orange saree is a kanjeevaram saree that I bought in Sundari Silks. I particularly liked the border detail and its colors. I matched the saree with a kemp stone jhimkis that I borrowed from my mom.)
What is your personal style ? Where do you shop your clothes from ?
My personal style in terms of draping sarees is simple silk-cotton paired with an embellished blouse. I usually keep my sarees traditional pairing it with jhimikis and a big bindi/pottu. My saree collection by itself, is small. My mother’s collection however is not.
I often buy sarees from Rangachari – A traditional store that sells woven cottons and Sundari Silks – My goto for Kanjeevarams.
Your favorite movie actress and why . Maybe someone whose sense of style you admire ?
Most of my sense of style was developed by looking up pictures on the internet and seeing my relatives dress up. I love Vidya Balan’s sense of style, in terms of how she pulls of traditional Silk sarees. I also like Konkana Sen’s effortless looks. Sonam Kapoor has also inspired my choices in ways.
Soundharya , it was a pleasure to feature you on the blog. And as I said that your parents did give you a very apt name . For more such beautiful pictures – follow Soundharya here .