Kalbeliya dancer Gulabo Sapera, who was supposed to walk the ramp Friday for designer Pallavi Jaipur at the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week (WIFW), opted out at the last moment after her son met with an accident.
Her niece Ganga filled in for her absence. No details are availabe about Gualbo's son's accident or his condition.
“Unfortunately, Gulaboji’s son met with an accident and she couldn’t make it. I am really waiting to go back and meet her. I hope for the best,” Pallavi told IANS after the show.
“But I am obliged by her effort. She couldn’t make it, but she has sent her niece Ganga because she didn’t want to ruin the show. She told me that ‘performance will happen and the show must go on,'” she added.
After her performance Ganga, who calls Gulabo her guru, said: “I never thought that I would ever perform in a show like this. The entire experience was really nice.”
Pallavi took inspiration from Rajasthan for her collection, a mix of Western and Indian wear with garments like gowns, dresses, anarkalis with Rajasthani embroidery.
The colour palate included red, beige and orange.
Through her show, Pallavi even tried to create awareness about female foeticide.
“I know Gulabo-ji since a very long time. She had walked the ramp for me in Jaipur when I did a women achievers’ show and she told me that she was the victim of female foeticide and how her family had buried her because they didn’t want a girl child,” she said.
"But her mother couldn’t accept the fact and after three hours she went to the same place and brought her out from and she was alive. Such women have been my inspiration because in the most difficult circumstances they have managed to stand up and come out as a women of substance,” she added.