Raghavendra Rathore is known as the pioneer of the classic Jodhpuri Bandhgala. The lifestyle designer who has roots in royal Rajasthan pretty much put the traditional aesthetic of the state on the global fashion map.
Apart from making waves in the fashion industry with his designs, Rathore is also credited with setting up a first-of-its-kind design school in India, the Gurukul School of Design (GSD) in Jaipur. The iconic designer had to wade through some initial criticism for the idea of the institute, but eventually joined hands with those who believed in his vision for design education, including Amrapali Jewels.
Taking inspiration from the traditional gurukul methodology, the GSD curriculum draws from the ancient values of Indian education and everyday life, and combines them with modern technology and industry-relevant lessons. The contemporary course allows students to replicate what a designer does in professional life. The essence of the GSD methodology is Design 360 through Gurukul Well-Being. The four-year integrated programme of Bachelors in Design combines everything that a design entrepreneur or aficionado needs to know and hone. Students inculcate the ability to envision and relate their ideas on a larger scale by drawing parallels to historical, environmental, socio-economic, and technological contexts, hence learning to function independently and realise the true potential of their work. The curriculum also places significant importance to the mental and physical well-being of the students by exposing them to modules like yoga and personal grooming.
If creativity is your forte and the world of design your calling, this school in Jaipur offers a great platform to polish your skills. In a world where borders are constantly blurring, GSD teaches the value of world culture through design.