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What is TED?

TED is a non-profit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages. Meanwhile, independently run TEDx events help share ideas in communities around the world. TED is dedicated to researching and sharing knowledge that matters, through short talks and presentations. The goal is to inform and educate global audiences in an accessible way. Scientists, researchers, technologists, business leaders, artists, designers and other world experts take the TED stage to present “Ideas Worth Spreading”: valuable new knowledge and innovative research in their fields. Thanks to online videos, TED has attracted an international following that has grown into the millions. This enthusiastic reception prompted the TED organization to turn their website into the home of TED Talks, a lovingly curated, constantly growing educational archive. These talks are now viewed or listened to more than 3 billion times annually.

What is TEDx?

TEDx is a grassroots initiative, created in the spirit of TED’s overall mission to research and discover “ideas worth spreading.” TEDx brings the spirit of TED to local communities around the globe through TEDx events. These events are organized by passionate individuals who seek to uncover new ideas and to share the latest research in their local areas that spark conversations in their communities. TEDx events include live speakers and recorded TED Talks, and are organized independently under a free license granted by TED. These events are not controlled by TED, but event organizers agree to abide by the TED format, and are offered guidelines for curation, speaker coaching, event organizing and more. More than 3000 events are now held annually and many of the TEDx talks are also uploaded on the official TEDx YouTube channel which has a following of more than 32.7 million.



“How often have you found yourself stuck in a fix, with seemingly no way out? Don’t let that deceive you though – a conundrum can be one of the most enriching moments in a person’s fleeting life, for that is what gives you all the power in the world to get out of that devious snare trap. From cowering down to the mammoth of a problem confronting you, to rising above it, and soaring higher and higher, every bit of your imagination and every thought that goes into it, and every solution the magic that is the human brain comes up with, all point to the incontrovertible idea of a prism of possibilities existing for every problem the spectrum of life poses before you. All you need to do is sit back, take a breather, and rack your remarkable brains until a breakthrough springs out of the box to the tune of pop goes the weasel, and leads you down the little yellow road winding towards the next big adventure that life is.”


Dr. Vinod Scaria
Principal Scientist, CSIR Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology (CSIR-IGIB), Best known for sequencing the first Indian genome.

Dr. Vinod Scaria is an Indian biologist and medical researcher pioneering in Precision Medicine and Clinical Genomics in India. He is a clinician turned computational biologist with a stellar record, having over 200 publications in international peer reviewed journals in addition to being on the editorial board of reputed journals such as PLoS ONE, PeerJ, Frontiers in Systems Biology to name a few.

Dr. Vasanthakumar Namasivayam
M.D. Medicine, MPH, MPP, IAS, Executive Director, Uttar Pradesh Technical Support Unit, University of
Email ID: drvasanthias@gmail.com

Dr. Vasanthakumar Namasivayam (Vasanth) is a medico turned IAS officer who is currently serving as the Executive Director of Uttar Pradesh Technical Support Unit, University of Manitoba, which was formed to provide techno-managerial support to the Government of Uttar Pradesh (GoUP), pursuant to the Memorandum of Cooperation between the GoUP and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, in order to enhance maternal and child health outcomes in the state through better implementation of the RMNCH+A program.

Dr. Samir Parikh
Psychiatrist, Director - Fortis National Mental Health Programme, Fortis Healthcare

Dr. Samir Parikh is an eminent psychiatrist and is the Director of Fortis National Mental Health Program, Fortis Healthcare. He completed his MBBS, then  DPM and  MD in Psychiatry from Civil Hospital, Ahmedabad and topped the university in both. 

Ms. Kalyani Potekar
Sportsperson and India's fastest female superbike racer

The queen of motorsports has a record of a 2.05 minute lap on NCR’s Buddh International Circuit, has ridden across many states in  India and abroad and even represented India internationally in Thailand and Taiwan. With a B.Sc in Physics and Photography and a Best Rider Award as a National level horse-rider, she graduated from the California Superbike School and went on to become one of the FMSCI-recognized “outstanding women” in the motorsports category and making collaborations wih well known automotive, travel, lifestyle and FMCG brands.

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Ms. Tiasa Adhya
Conservationist and Wildlife biologist, recipient of the Nari Shakti Puraskar and the Wildlife Conservation Network scholarship, co-founder of The Fishing Cat Project and Member, IUCN Species Survival Commission

Ms. Tiasa Adhya co-founded The Fishing Cat Project in 2010, the longest running research and conservation project on a lesser known and globally endangered species that resides in wetlands. From the day she realized that Fishing Cats are related to wetlands and wetlands are linked with climate change, the connection between Fishing Cats and us as two species beaded onto the same string, became clear. She is pursuing a research degree at The University of Transdisciplinary Health Sciences and Technology, Bangalore

Mr. Soumitra Dandapat
Social Entrepreneur and  co-founder of the Kishalay Foundation, who aims to transform rural education in the Sundarbans

An IT professional with over 14 years of experience, Mr. Dandapat is the founder of Success Scholar, a startup to train young students on soft skills and make them ready for  industry, and the co-founder of Kishalay Foundation which focusses on improving the quality of education in rural India with their main focus currently being the Educationally Backward Blocks (EBBs) of Sundarbans. 



19 February 2022
0900 Hours (IST) onwards


Bhagyajyoti Priyadarshini

Bhagyajyoti Priyadarshini is a 3rd year MBBS student from SLN Medical College and Hospital, Koraput. She is currently pursuing Sangeet Bhaskar (masters) in Odissi dance under the guidance of Guru Dr. Pitambar Biswal.


She has been learning the artform since 16 years and has also performed at the Biswa Odissi Utsav 2021 (Odissi International) hosted by Samskritiki and the Sarat Mahotsav 2021 organized by Sangeet Natak Academy. She also won the Jury Award at Nritya Ragini 2021 by Nrityabhoomi, Alipurduar.


Sadakat Aman Khan

Popularly known as Mr. Harmonium,  Sadakat Aman Khan is an Indian Music Personality & an author based in Malda, West Bengal. An Indian Harmonium Player who performs Hindustani classical music and fusion music, he is all set to make us delve into the enchanting mystique of the music he creates. He belongs to the Patiala Gharana Lineage and is the grandson of Legendary Sangeet Acharya Md. Yunus Khan and son of renowned vocalist, Ustad Sahadat Rana Khan.

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