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Anamika Khanna, 

Director and head designer
age: 43
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Operating from her studio in Kolkata, Khanna resists easy labels. Be it ethnic bridal wear, to contemporary, western-infused designs, she is known for her versatile range. Although not trained in fashion designing, Khanna started her business with ₹10,000 and hasn’t looked back since. This year, the pandemic affected her business. But Khanna has operated with what really can be called grace under pressure. The fashion industry was severely hit, and orders have shrunk. Despite that, Khanna has managed to stay afloat, ensuring none of her staff were laid off. Her studio has focussed on the targets and have accomplished them.