Qissa Ghar brought a unique syncretic mix (union of different religions, cultures, or philosophies) to the forefront, creating a collaborative retelling of a selection of age-old creation myths from various cultures across the nation.

Everything that is true of India is equally untrue, every point has its own completely valid counterpoint. What holds the vast fragile fabric of India together are the rich stories the locals tell themselves. Indians are a plural, rich, proudly maximal culture. The vast historical narrative inherited is not a burden, but a playground.

Within this immersive neural net of stories are scattered "epiphany" lamps that use old-world materials and processes like stained glass and wood carving, to create moments of connection between the vast network of stories that populate the pavilion. Tropes of India are used freely, in playful abandon. Learn more about the Qissa Ghar here.

The Abwab: India Pavilion was supported by Pidilite.

About The Busride Design Studio

Ayaz Basrai is co-founder of The Busride Design Studio, an architecture and interior design firm in India working on the built environment with projects ranging from hospitality and entertainment, to immersive media and film. The team is made up of architects, interior and industrial designers who search for solutions from the macro to the micro, from the slightly mad to the totally insane.

Ayaz also heads the Busride Lab, headquartered in Goa, which works to develop open source intellectual pursuits, and is actively engaged with teaching and re-skilling in the domain of heritage conservation and futures research.

Together the Studio and the Lab aim to create an active connection between research and practice at the intersection of architecture, technology, design and art. Learn more about The Busride Design Studio.

Busride Design Studio is working in collaboration with Fernando Velho andMansee Badve. Featuring artists; Sameer Kulavoor, Aniruddh Mehta, Avinash Kumar, Hanif Kureshi, Lokesh Karekar, Sajid Wajid Shaikh and Upasana Nattoji.

About Fernando Velho
Fernando Velho is an architect who has collaborated with design practices from across Asia, North America and Europe, and founder of Studio Woodpecker; a design-build studio blurring the boundaries between designer and craftspersons, specializing in furniture and interior design solutions for both the hospitality and the residential sector. Fernando also teaches an urban design studio at the Goa College of Architecture.

About Abwab

Abwab translates as ‘doors’ in Arabic and is an annually remodeled exhibition dedicated to commissioning work from across the Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia with a purpose to promote design talent and stimulate information exchange, uniquely experienced at Dubai Design Week.

About Pidilite

Pidilite is a consumer-centric company, committed to quality and innovation by design.
An Indian multinational, it has been a pioneer in diverse categories like adhesives, sealants, construction chemicals, and polymer emulsions. With a legacy of trust and strong in-house R&D, the company has a global presence in 70+ countries with 8 manufacturing plants overseas. Through brands like Fevicol, Dr. Fixit, Fevikwik, M-Seal, and Fevicryl, Pidilite has forged strong bonds with people from all walks of life. Learn more about Pidilite.