Head of Jury 2017
Chayan has organised several festivals and events in India, Australia and Europe. Australian National Multicultural Award Winner, Winner of French Government's La connaissance de la France, he has been contributing to Brisbane's multicultural arts sceen for the last seventeen years. He organised 'The Big Bachchan' retrospective with Brisbane International Film Festival in honour of Indian screen legend Mr. Amitabh Bachchan. Sarkar was the man behind the extraordinary organisation and execution of Indian Screen Legend Dr. Amitabh Bachchan's historical visit to Brisbane in 2011 along with Queensland Govt. and Queensland University of Technology (QUT) when the megastar received his Honorary Doctorate from Queensland University of Technology.
Narendra Kumar was a part of the second graduating class from National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) New Delhi in 1990. He has been in the fashion industry since and has played various roles in the industry over the past 25 years from being a brand consultant to launching brands.
Narendra Kumar, aka Nari started his own label Narendra Kumar in 2000, the brand within 12 years was listed as one of the best men's brands in the world by the international editions of Esquire's Magazine for their curated list of leading men's fashion.
Nari, is currently the Creative Head for Amazon Fashion India. He has worked on conceptualizing the fashion cell & building the core team to launch Amazon Fashion. He also looks after social media activities, editorial content, range forecast and brand alliances. Additionally he was instrumental in setting up the imaging studio for Amazon.
Narendra has designed for and styled Mr. Amitabh Bachchan for 'Kaun Banega Crorepati' season 8, which entailed creating 70 different looks. His association with Bollywood goes a long way, he has worked on various films such as Fashion, No Smoking, Blue etc. Nari is also a personal stylist to many Indian film celebrities and sports personalities. Nari's has also been for the last 6 years the Brand Ambassador for Swiss International Airlines in India.
He was India's first Fashion Editor setting up the first international fashion magazine ELLE in India, by creating the concept of a fashion editor for the very first time in the country.
He is on the board of advisory members for the Lakme Fashion Week and helped in conceptualizing the implementation of a fashion week in India.
Along with running his own fashion design company, Narendra has been a consultant for many of India's leading textile mills such as Raymonds, Reid and Taylor, Grasim, Arvind Brands, as well as Madura Brands. In addition to this he has also helped conceptualized and launched the AND label.
Nari also developed the work wear line for WESTSIDE as well as their youth brand Nuon launching them at fashion week.