Renowned fashion designer Rohit Bal, aged 62, finds himself in critical condition as he battles health complications at the intensive care unit of Medanta Hospital in Gurugram. The celebrated designer is grappling with issues stemming from a pre-existing cardiac condition, necessitating emergency medical attention.
This health crisis isn’t the first time Rohit Bal has encountered medical challenges. Reports indicate a history of hospital visits and rehab stays due to alcohol-related issues. In November, he faced a severe health setback, with friends rushing him to the hospital in a near-fatal state. Doctors had to undertake measures to flush out alcohol and sleeping pills from his system during that episode.
Rohit Bal’s struggles with health, particularly linked to alcoholism, underscore a broader issue faced by the designer. His emergency angioplasty in February 2010, following a heart attack, is another instance of the toll his health has taken.
Born on May 8, 1961, in Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, into a Kashmiri Pandit family, Rohit Bal is a prominent figure in the Indian fashion industry. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in History from St. Stephens College, University of Delhi, and pursued fashion studies at the National Institute of Fashion Technology in Delhi.
Bal’s illustrious career began in 1986 when he co-founded Orchid Oversea Pvt Ltd with his brother Rajiv Bal. His independent collection debuted in 1990, marking the inception of his distinctive designs that cater to both men and women. His creations often feature intricate patterns and luxurious materials, with a notable use of peacock and lotus motifs.
In addition to his contributions to fashion, Rohit Bal has collaborated with Khadi Gram Udyog and designed costumes for the popular Indian game show “Kaun Banega Crorepati.” His retail footprint includes flagship stores in major cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Ahmedabad, Kolkata, and Chennai.
Beyond fashion, Bal has ventured into jewelry design and boasts an international clientele, including celebrities like Cindy Crawford, Pamela Anderson, and Uma Thurman, alongside various Indian luminaries. His accolades include awards such as ‘Designer of the Year’ at the Indian Fashion Awards (2006) and the Kingfisher Fashion Achievement Awards (2001). He was recognized as the Lakme Grand Finale Designer for 2012 and, in 2020, received the title of “Iconic Fashion Designer of the Country” at the Rajnigandha Pearls India Fashion Awards.
As Rohit Bal faces a challenging health journey, the fashion world remains on edge, hopeful for the recovery of an iconic designer whose influence extends far beyond the runway.