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Lalla Roukh


Ryan Brown, conductor

Bernard Deletré, director
Anuradha Nehru,* choreographer
Chitra Kalyandurg,* assistant choreographer 

Colin K. Bills, lighting designer
Poonam Bhagat,* costume designer 


Marianne Fiset,* Lalla Roukh

Emiliano Gonzalez Toro, Noureddin

Nathalie Paulin, Mirza

Bernard DeletréBaskir

David Newman, Bakbara

Andrew Adelsberger, Kaboul


Opera Lafayette Orchestra and Chorus


*company debut


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Poonam Bhagat

Poonam Bhagat, 52, launched her label T A I K A in January 1991 . In these 22 years she has become one of the leading fashion designers in India and is also on the Board of Governors for The Fashion Design Council of India , a non-profit organization, which is the apex body of fashion design in India, represented by over 350 members. Founded on the premise of promoting, nurturing and representing the best of fashion design talent in the country; its prime objective is to propagate the Business of Fashion. She is also a core group member of The Earth Foundation, an NGO that provides for under-privileged girls. She organizes a fashion show each year at their gala fundraiser where Ambassadors of various countries and their wives walk the ramp for the benefit. This year in March 2013 there will be 31 diplomats who will take to the ramp under her guidance.


TAIKA, which means “magic” in Finnish , is known for its use of  natural and eco-friendly fabrics with a strong play of colors and masterful applications of embroideries and appliqués to create silhouettes that are edgy , contemporary yet classic . She designs only for women. The label sells from the finest designer boutiques pan India and has made successful international forays into Milan , Rome, Tokyo , London , New York , Johannesburg and West Palm Beach , Florida.


Her collection for Spring Summer 2013 was inspired by the vivid world of Central Asian tapestry and aptly named “A Slice of Samarkand & A Bite of Bokhara.” Samarkand and Bokhara have fascinated her ever since her visit to Uzbekistan in 2002, where she went on behalf of CIS to showcase her designs through a  fashion show in Tashkent.  The result was a swirling, twirling, whirling kaleidoscope of fluid ensembles in reds, blacks and ivories with a splash of emerald and a dash of indigo.


Poonam Bhagat lives in New Delhi and is also an avid poet.