20th - 23rd October | Swabhumi, Kolkata

The warmth and affection of Kolkata honed the enterprise of The India Story, encouraging it to dream bigger and seek further. The theme in the second edition of TIS was ‘Revive Reinvent Relove’. The second edition of TIS was curated by Nil of devrnil, Swapan Seth was the Convenor of the TIS Advisory Board and Shantanu Moitra was the Creative Director.

The India Story in 2016 also introduced a section dedicated to young and upcoming designers called “What’s Next”, curated by Anahita Kayan to showcase complexity through simplicity. Anahita is the Founder and Creative Director of The Space at 9/2.

Rajput Mughal Revival, curated by Rahul Jain, Mitchell Abdul Karim Crites & Amitra Sudan Saha, an extraordinary gathering of contemporary ustads, master artists and artisans, who carry on today the royal art and craft traditions of the Rajput kingdoms of Rajputana, the Land of Kings, and the legendary artistry of the Mughal courts of Fatehpur Sikri, Delhi and Agra.

The India Story Design Awards (TISDA), held on October 21, was envisioned as award for recognition of excellence and innovation in the field of design. Celebrating India’s greatest design thinkers, practitioners, retailers and educators from established businesses to emerging practices, from entrepreneurs to educators, from manufacturers to retailers, The India Story Design Awards will represent what is at the heart of India’s design culture. The jury for TISDA comprised Abin Chaudhury, Anamika Khanna, Anavila Misra, Anindita Ghose, Aparajita Jain, Raj Mahtani, Rakesh Thakore, Shefalee Vasudev and the convenor of the Advisory Board, Swapan Seth.