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About Us

What is TED?

TED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. Since then its scope has become ever broader. TED is now an annual event that brings together the world’s leading thinkers and doers to share ideas that that matter in any discipline—technology, entertainment, design, science, humanities, business & development. On TED.com, the best talks and performances from TED and partners are available to the world for free.

What is TEDx?

TEDx was created in the spirit of TED’s mission, “ideas worth spreading.” The program is designed to give communities, organizations and individuals the opportunity to stimulate dialogue through TED-like experiences at the local level. At TEDx events, a screening of TED Talks videos—or a combination of live presenters and TED Talks videos –sparks deep conversation and connections. TEDx events are fully planned and coordinated, on a community-by-community basis.

What is TEDxKids@NMS?

Full of groundbreaking ideas and eye-opening speakers, the second edition of TEDxKids@NMS will be sure to broaden horizons, ignite thought, and spark conversations. With the sole aim of promulgating individualistic, captivating thoughts and stories, this platform brings with it an extraordinary theme: ‘Wonder…spring to new ideas’. Often associated with child-like curiosity, the ability to truly ‘wonder’ is something most people lose over time, even when wondering is the first and most essential step towards ideating. Wonder provides people with a new lens through which they can view the world, a world sans preconceived notions, conformity, and mediocrity. And a world stripped of stereotypes and presumptions is the birthplace of all magnificent, pioneering concepts which can change the course of history. This capacity to wonder is what we, along with our passionate and ingenious speakers, strive to ingrain in our audience.

Speakers

ILEANA CITARISTI

A soul seeker

Spirited and bold, Ileana Citaristi was brought to India from Italy by the pull of dance as a form of abstract expression. Starting off as an actress in Italian theatre, she came to India and learned Kathakali, followed by the Odissi and Mayurbhanj Chhau dance forms. The first ever dancer of foreign origin to receive a Padma Shri, she is now a performer, dance instructor and choreographer in Bhubaneshwar, with many notable productions, which she has showcased all over the world.

JASH SEN

A Dreamer who Succeeded

Jash Sen will most certainly remind you that it’s never too late to follow your dreams. She can be described in many ways: a graduate from the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta, a worker in the IT industries in India and the United States of America, a high school mathematics teacher in London, and a writer who never truly forgot her desires. Aspiring to be a writer from a young age, but eventually losing hope, she started the mythical, gripping Wordkeepers trilogy in 2010, after giving up her job in the IT industry and starting to teach. Her trilogy is now a best-seller, with fans eagerly awaiting the release of the third and final book.

Nidhi Chaphekar

A woman who chose to survive

An airhostess whose life was ordinary up until two years ago, Nidhi Chaphekar has a deep, ingrained love of flying. A mother of two, she became the face of the brutal Brussels attacks in 2016, where she suffered from extreme burns, a broken foot, and embedded metal sherds all over her body, which she has still to recover from fully. She never gave up hope, however. Doing everything in her power to fasten the healing, she kept on with physical therapies and attempts to walk, always doing a little extra – and she triumphed. Now a motivational speaker and author, she is a true example of what not losing heart brings.

Ashish S. Kulkarni

The Face of Indian Animation

A dedicated pioneer with a fun-loving personality, Ashish S. Kulkarni dreams of the day when all artistic talent in India is recognized. With a love of movies and remote-controlled airplanes, he began his astounding journey as a science graduate, eventually moving on to the animation industry and taking it by storm. He is best known for the movie ‘Krishna aur Kans’, which is the first Indian animated feature film selected for the open category at the Oscars. He continues to strive to turn India into the global leader in animation production.

Arti Sonthalia

A Compassionate Soul

Beginning as a writer for the ‘Chicken Soup for the Soul’ series, Arti Sonthalia is an empathetic, peace-loving individual who loves long walks and spending time with her son. Going on to write three beloved bestsellers after realizing the problems faced by children of all ages worldwide, she has been nominated to be the recipient of the FICCI Children’s Book of the Year 2018 award.

Vijay Bedi

Vijay Bedi is third generation for wildlife filmmaker & photographer. He is the youngest Asian to have won the Green Oscar and only Indian to won nomination at television highest awards Emmy® Academy of Television Arts & sciences. As nature conservationist, Vijay captures images that not only celebrate the mystery and beauty of the nature but also bring attention to the pressing issue which engender our biodiversity. Through his films and photographs, he wants to collaborate with artistes, journalists and policy makers to spread the message of our Planet’s immense biodiversity and the need to conserve this natural heritage. Vijay’s award-winning work has appeared in many publications worldwide & broadcasted on prime time.

Avni Vats

A Girl with wings

Avni Vats is a brilliant student with a love for murder mysteries, sitcoms and chocolates; she is a student of Cathedral School in Mumbai and holds interest for Mathematics and Astrophysics. Apart from that, she is a promising ballet dancer, a national level swimmer and a prolific debater. She religiously spends two hours a week teaching the less fortunate. That’s Avni in a nutshell.

Aadya Sanghi

An Adroit Programmer

A deep, thoughtful yet bubbly student, Aadya Sanghi is characterized by her far-reaching interests, which range from philosophy, writing and ballet to computer science and technology. Enthusiastic about everything she does, she loves challenges and deals with anything life throws her way with a bright smile on her face. She strongly believes that computer coding helps students in their lives, and advocates all children learning coding with a messianic vigor.

Our Team

Pranjal Gehlot

Curator

Riya Agarwal

IT Head

Sanjhal Jain

Creative Head

Suhani Ritu Swaytank

Logistics Head

Disha Chordia

Social Media and Communications Head

Nandini Sharma

Photography Head

Davina Agarwal

Deputy Creative Head

Ishita Goyal

Deputy Photography Head

Aditya Dogra

Deputy Social Media and Communications Head

Pakin Pongpaiboon

Deputy Creative Head

Ishika Goyal

Deputy Logistics Head

Nandini Kotawala

Deputy Creative Head

Prisha Poddar

Deputy Social Media and Communications Head

Saivedant Ahluwalia

Deputy IT Head

Navya Bharadwaj

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