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Naina Gade displays the beauty and style of India to the world
Television producer Naina Gade has been behind some of the most intriguing and entertaining shows about India.

Some artistic endeavors like dance and fashion can be written off as superficial but that is a gross mistake. These pursuits serve to lift the spirit and are accessible to everyone in their own interpretation. Television can sometimes be labeled similarly. 

Naina Gade has spent a fair amount of her career as a producer and writer behind TV productions which illuminate this very idea. Sometimes witnessing the experience of others who partake in the enjoyment of these creative actions encourage the rest of us to do so. Gade has propelled some of the most beloved shows of this ilk in India. Recently, it's Hollywood who is calling upon her to contribute her talents to their latest ideas.

While some stories are linear from inception, Naina's work for Fox Traveller India's Style and the City is proof that it can be fashioned afterward. As post production producer, she took raw footage and sculpted the stories into heartwarming episodes. Style and the City took the audience on a fashion journey through the various cities of India to create a unique outfit for a celebrity, inspired by a personal memento from their life. Naina focused on the designer, presenting their story and evolution of the outfit. As with any well-crafted tale, it's more about what we all share than the uniqueness of one individual.

In an episode featuring actress Gul Panag, she gave a small colorful trinket to designers Shantanu and Nikhil which set them on a journey to the western part of India and the Runn of Kutch (a salt marsh in the Thar Desert; one of the largest salt deserts in the world and inhabited by the Kutchi people). The natural beauty of this formidable land is breath taking. The designers travelled to small neighboring villages and the annual festival of kutch to gain inspiration from the local skills, colors, and patterns in their tradition. The outfit they created for Panag was exquisite and a history lesson of this region and its people. Naina found crafting this story to be uplifting for herself and others.

She relates, "Fashion has a way of defining individuals. It is a measure of both aesthetic and cultural progress punctuated by decades of different trends and styles. It's like two sides of a coin; it has molded us, and we have molded it. Throughout the century, fashion has been influenced by times of war, politics, social movements, and more. I think the most rewarding part of my work on the show was of course the appreciation of the audiences but apart from that, I saw the entire country by just being in one small room in front of the screen at the edits; truly remarkable!"

Equally as culturally relevant yet in a very different form are programs Jhalak Dikhh La Jaa (BBC Worldwide ? India) and Nach Baliye(Star TV) where Gade served as post production producer on these shows which are the Indian versions of Dancing with the stars (winner of 16 primetime Emmys) and BAFTA Award Winning Series Strictly come Dancing. These shows created the same overwhelming response from Indian audiences that its British and American iterations received. Twice per week celebrities donned costumes, rehearsed, and performed on camera. Judges and guest judges included Priyanka Chopra-Jonas (Victoria Leeds in Paramount Pictures Baywatch starring Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron), Shilpa Shetty Kundra, Kareena Kapoor, and a host of others.

Naina politely shrugs off the notion that some misinformed people have, that a producer is just the cash cows void of contributing much that is beneficial. While logistics and finances may be imperative for a producer to be skilled at, the creative opportunities are numerous as well. Still, it's the thrill of being an essential part of manifesting programs which excite the public, that is her true compensation. 

Naina confirms, "The best reward anyone can get is to hear their work being appreciated by the audience. All the handwork and the creativity that goes into entertaining people is well paid off when you have your friends, family, and people in general come to you and tell you how much they've enjoyed your work."

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