Finishing touch: Amrish Pershad at a stage for a wedding in a hotel in New Delhi. Photo: Pradeep Gaur/Mint

In an eight-part series starting today, Mint profiles some of the people who embody this change, from the masters of dying crafts to the pioneers of new industries.

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