Satya Paul: Indian designer who made the sari fashionable dies at 78

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Indian fashion designer Satya Paul, whose prints helped to modernise the traditional sari, has died at 78.

A favourite of many Bollywood stars, the designer made his name with his use of contemporary colours, patterns and materials.

He set up India's first sari boutique in 1980 and launched his own label six years later.

Paul died on Wednesday after suffering a stroke last month, his son Puneet Nanda said.

"Those who have been with him at any point in life would recall him as one who showered his love without hesitation or any barriers," Nanda wrote on Facebook.

"It is the greatest testament to him as he went joyously, without fear."

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