Through this year’s theme, “Panorama” TEDxMICA talked about looking at the world through a bigger lens to broaden views and embrace the panorama of life.
TEDxMICA took place recently at the Mani Ayer Auditorium at the MICA campus, Ahmedabad. The independently organized event, licensed by TED, featured local voices and TED Talk videos under the theme of “Panorama”.
Through this year’s theme, “Panorama” TEDxMICA wanted to talk about looking at the world through a bigger lens and brings together speakers who have dared to broaden their views and embrace the panorama of life. The idea and the target was to spread the essence of the event as far as possible. The speakers bring with themselves not only experience but also learning from different aspects of life. Such is the power of TED talks and MICA is proud to be a host of the event.
Himanjal Patni, the organizer of the event has some thoughts about the event, “We had a very exciting line up of speakers this year from all walks of life and we hoped to make this event an enriching experience for everyone. This year’s theme panorama resonates with all our pursuits of breaking free of our boundaries and experiencing the entire spectrum of life and our speakers had prepared some interesting talks on these lines to leave us with impactful learning.”
Speakers at TEDxMICA included:
Dolly Thakore – She is a recognized name in the theatre and film industry and has been one of India’s leading newscasters and television hosts. She has worked as a casting director for many notable movies like Richard Attenborough’s Gandhi.
Jithin C Nedumala - He is the co-founder of Make A Difference (MAD), which today touches the lives of more than 5000 children with around 3300 volunteers nationwide.
Manish Mundra - Manish Mundra is an Indian film producer, philanthropist and businessman. He is the founder and head of Drishyam Films, and Managing Director of Indorama Eleme Petrochemicals Limited.
Rajeshwari Sachdev – She is a well-known Indian actress who has worked in Hindi, English, Marathi and Punjabi cinema and is best known for her role in Shyam Benegal's film Sardari Begum (1996), for which she won the 1997 National Film Award for Best Supporting Actress.
Anu Menon - She is an Indian television actress and theatre artist best known for her alter ego Lola Kutty, the popular Channel [V] VJ.
Joseph Radhik - He is one of India's most celebrated wedding photographers, known for his breathtaking imagery and mastery of the craft and top of the wish list for prospective brides and grooms everywhere.
Gautam Bhimani – He is a well-known sports commentator and has worked with Sunil Gavaskar, Greg Chappell, Harsha Bhogle and Ravi Shastri. A copywriter, radio jockey, radio commentator and DJ, he is also a successful author of an engaging anecdotal travel book called Reverse Sweep.
Manish Advani – He is the head of Marketing & Public Relations for Mahindra SSG with a focus on cause and Green Marketing which goes in line with his interests in the area of Sustainability.
Dalip Tahil – He is a renowned Indian film, television and theatre actor who has appeared in more than 100 Bollywood movies over a successful career spanning 40+ years.
Antara Telang – She is a 25-year-old Content Director at an e-learning startup called Laugh Guru, based in Mumbai.
Milee Ashwarya - She is the Editor in Chief for Commercial and Business books at Penguin Random House India. Her focus has been on discovering the best Indian voices and promoting debut writers while publishing a range of bestsellers across segments.
Pamposh Bhat – She is a New Delhi-based environmentalist, climate change expert and award-winning writer. At present, she is India coordinator, for Supporting India-EU climate change policy dialogue funded by the Delegation of European Union to India.
Dr. Ranjana Kumari – She is the Director of Centre for Social Research as well as Chairperson of Women Power Connect. She has served as the Coordinator of the South Asia Network against Trafficking (SANAT) in Persons and is currently a member of the Global Safety Advisory Board of Facebook.
About TEDx, x = Independently Organized Event
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or fewer) delivered by today's leading thinkers and doers. Many of these talks are given at TED's annual conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, and made available, free, on TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.
TED's open and free initiatives for spreading ideas include TED.com, where new TED Talk videos are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from thousands of volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed; the annual million-dollarTED Prize, which funds exceptional individuals with a "wish," or idea, to create change in the world; TEDx, which provides licenses to thousands of individuals and groups who host local, self-organized TED-style events around the world; and the TED Fellows program, which selects innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.
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