28th November, 2016, Pune: TEDxPune had organised an independent TED event on the 26th of November, 2016 from 12 noon to 6 pm. The event had attendees ranging from all age groups and interest ranges. The TEDx event is an offshoot of the TED talks, events that began in 1984 to discuss technology, entertainment and design. They have since grown to 2,300 international events on a broader list of topics.
The event started on a high note with a performance by Naadbramha. The starting never seen before at a TEDx event, Naadbramha was high energy and full of Puneri culture and attitude. Following was an opening speech by Ashwin Naik, Organizer for TEDxPune event. He is an entrepreneur, adviser and investor in healthcare, social enterprises and technology enabled health.
Next was a talk by Sumitra Naik. Teenaged Sumitra is the Under 18 Rugby Captain of India. Sumitra gives credit for her support to her curiosity and her mother who never tried to shun it. “I rather ask questions, than sit worrying about who people will think. I will only learn if I ask”, she said in her engaging talk.
Sumitra Naik was followed by Ajay Saxena. Ajay Saxena’s why not question is “Why Not Teach”! When addressing the deficit of educators v/s students in our country, Ajay said “We are not short 1 million teachers, we are short 1 million super heroes.” Ajay Saxena is working on amalgamating technology and teaching so that technology is a tool in the hands of the teachers to provide sound and appealing teaching patterns.
Next was Muzaffar Ansari. The uneducated humble man from Chandeli works with scholars from all over the world for their cultural and history based Theses. “I wanted to make a change in the way my town was being perceived, I just did what was needed.” Muzaffar Ansari, also known lovingly as Kalle Bhai, spoke about how b taking keen interest and thinking practically, he has made Chandeli beggar free, a homogenous market and the town with the most protected monuments in the country.
After the stereotype braking talk by Kalle bhai, was a fun performance by Pune Duo Parag Bhide and Abhishek Tripathi. Their musical renditions of Nani Teri Morni and Lakdi Ki Kaati, had the audience smiling and singing along with gusto.
Next was Dr. Sonali Kataria. Dr. Sonali Kataria delivered a touching and impactful talk about her work with children in the autism spectrum. Having experienced it first hand with her child, Dr. Sonali’s talk was all about “not treating, but assisting to overcome”. “When our vision gets hampered, we don’t treat our eyes. We wear a pair of spectacles so we can overcome the problem”, she shared. Dr. Sonali Kataria’s Sunrise Learning, works on that very principle for autism.
Next in line was artist Wajid Khan. The dynamic artist shared his history and art with the attendees of TEDxPune. Coming from humble beginnings, Wajid Khan has “spent nights on the streets”, but never let go of his talent and dreams. He is just as encouraging to budding artists now, to ensure that the dark times that may have affected him, don’t get to them.
Following the soulful talk was Tanvi Kulkarni. “Why not question the norms”, she started off. Tanvi Kulkarni and her Sahjeevan Foundation, work on equal treatment of animals. “No one’s life matters less than the other” she iterated several times in her talk. She spoke of small interventions that can be done to ensure harmonious, mutual co-existence between species.
Next was a performance by Tron. Their light dance, in complete darkness, was awe-inspiring. “I thought that you need so many tools and camera tricks, like they do in the movies, but that dance was really awesome”, shared one of the attendees after the performance.
Following that as a talk by Rwitwika Bannerjee. The ever smiling Rwitwika spoke of her endeavour, Swaniti, to review and refresh the way public service and public leadership is viewed and followed. She spoke of how we, as a society, are at a precipice of change, with a “cohort of taking the main stage, participating through protest”, she says. In her opinion, there is a passionate drive about the youth to pursue public service and make a change. This is what drives Swaniti to perform small interventions to make a change.
Following that was a very engaging talk by Sarang Gosavi. “My journey started with lying about going to Goa, and heading to Kashmir instead”. Sarang Gosavi spoke of how his work has evolved from talking to Kashmiris about their issues during a random travel, to helping, educating and mentoring them in different technologies and subjects, to setting up Koshur Krunch and giving the province a specialty industry, providing employment and support to several Kashmiris. “I have gotten death threats for my work, but then I saw that I had a massive family of Kupwara villagers, and the death threat made no difference anymore”, he shared!
The event finale was a fantastic performance by TMKC (Teri Music Ki Chahat) a retro-repair band that doesn’t use any electronic music mediums, other than their mics. Thanks to TMKC, the attendees were taken from the serious and inspirational TEDx mood, to a rock concert mood, of sorts.
Infosys was the presenting sponsor for the event, while Motul was the platinum sponsor. Brands like Hazel Outlook, The Daftar, Viniage, SJPL Sonigara, Headstart, Campus Times Pune, Westend, BookMyShow, Golds Gym, Fracktal Works, Botree, Shrishti, Seamedu, Pune Digital Marketers, Xebec, and Krisang Pictures, were associated as partners for the event.
TEDxPune flag shipped in a massive and impressive way, only giving the attendees the promise of better TEDxPune events to look forward to in the future.
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