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MUST WATCH Inspiring Ted Talks by Indian Speakers

Presenting 34 Ted Talks by Indian Speakers that will inspire you and ignite your passion while connecting you to the world of knowledge and possibilities. Go ahead, watch these and live your DREAM!

Anil Gupta: India's hidden hotbeds of invention

Anil Gupta is on the hunt for the developing world's unsung inventors -- indigenous entrepreneurs whose ingenuity, hidden by poverty, could change many people's lives. He shows how the Honey Bee network helps them build the connections they need -- and gain the recognition they deserve.

Follow your Passion | Ananda Shankar Jayant | TEDxGatewayWomen

She believes that cancer is only one page in her life and that her focus on her art, and tuning into her dance, helped her tune out of cancer.Ananda holds aAnanda holds a Masters degree in Ancient Indian History, a M.Phil in Art History and a Ph.D in Tourism. She actively lectures on breast cancer support and advocacy issues, having successfully battled the illness over the last two years.A senior officer of the Indian Railway Traffic Service, Ananda is currently posted in Secunderabad India.

Dr Ananda Shankar Jayant, is celebrated as one of India’s leading classical dancers, choreographers and dance scholars. Ananda was diagnosed with breast cancer in July 2008.She underwent surgery, chemotherapy, radiation and Herceptin therapies for 2 years. Through it all she continued to dance, teach, choreograph , travel and perform on tour . She is in remission now, and continues to be under maintenance therapy and regular surveillance.

Ananda has been decorated with two national awards : “Padma Shri” in 2007 and the Sangeet Natak Akademi Puraskar for Bharatanatyam in 2009.

She has also been honoured by the Govt. of Tamil Nadu with the “Kalaimamani”, and with the “Kala Ratna” by the former Govt. of Andhra Pradesh

A TED speaker in 2009, Ananda’s TED talk is now much viewed and highly ranked as one of 12 Incredible TED talks on cancer.
In January 2015, the Huffington Post ranked Ananda’s TED talk as the 1st of 5 greatest TED talks by Indians.

Arunachalam Muruganantham: The first man to wear a sanitary napkin

In under 12 minutes, listen to the fascinating journey of a workshop helper - from being rejected by the same women whose lives he wanted to change - to now gearing up to create jobs for a million women.

The thrilling potential of SixthSense technology | Pranav Mistry

At TEDIndia, Pranav Mistry demos several tools that help the physical world interact with the world of data -- including a deep look at his SixthSense device and a new, paradigm-shifting paper "laptop." In an onstage Q&A, Mistry says he'll open-source the software behind SixthSense, to open its possibilities to all....

Kiran Bedi: How I remade one of India's toughest prisons

Kiran Bedi managed one of India's toughest prisons -- and used a new focus on prevention and education to turn it into a center of learning and meditation. She shares her thoughts on crime and punishment from the stage at TEDWomen....

Thoughts on humanity, fame and love | Shah Rukh Khan

"I sell dreams, and I peddle love to millions of people," says Shah Rukh Khan, Bollywood's biggest star. In this charming, funny talk, Khan traces the arc of his life, showcases a few of his famous dance moves and shares hard-earned wisdom from a life spent in the spotlight.

Raghava KK: What's your 200-year plan?

You might have a 5-year plan, but what about a 200-year plan? Artist Raghava KK has set his eyes on an ultra-long-term horizon; at TEDxSummit, he shows how it helps guide today's choices and tomorrow's goals -- and encourages you to make your own 200-year plan too....

TEDxSSN - Dr. Pawan Agrawal - Mumbai Dabbawalas

Dr.Pawan Girdharilal Agrawal is the CEO of the renowned Mumbai Dabbawalas. A Proficient professional with fascination towards enlightening and encouraging students in Academic field, he is involved in conducting research and contributing to the design and delivery of courses for the entire educational fraternity, and fostering a positive learning environment by embracing a wide range of teaching methodologies.

He has proven abilities of working as a teacher & playing pivotal role as the Co. founder of various educational institutes and schools. He is presently the President of Institute of Management & technology, Mumbai, and the Lions Club of Ghatkopar, and the Editor of a monthly, Guruwani. He has numerous accomplishments to his credit along with initiating inspirational projects related to establishment of various institutions including the Kamalabai Educational & Charitable Trust, the Agrawal Institute of Management & Technology, and the Dadasaheb Govindram Literacy Centre.

He has been awarded �Best Teacher Award� for the year 1994 -95 by Dnyan Prasarak Shikshan Sanstha, Mumbai for his exemplary contribution in the education field. Dr. Pawan has completed his Ph.D thesis on the title, �A study of Logistics and Supply Chain Management of Dabbawala in Mumbai�. He has travelled worldwide spreading awareness about the Dabbawalas and delivered lectures at Paris, Netherlands, US, UK and at management institutions all over India. He has been appreciated for showing empathy for the socially weaker strata of society and initiating various activities for their upliftment of the economically Backward Areas in Mumbai.


Harsha Bhogle: The rise of cricket, the rise of India The tale of a major global cultural phenomenon: Cricket commentator Harsha Bhogle describes the spectacular arrival of fast-paced 20-20 cricket as it parallels the rise of modern India. He traces the game from its sleepy English roots to the current world of celebrity owners and million-dollar player contracts...

New experiments in self-teaching | Sugata Mitra

Indian education scientist Sugata Mitra tackles one of the greatest problems of education -- the best teachers and schools don't exist where they're needed most. In a series of real-life experiments from New Delhi to South Africa to Italy, he gave kids self-supervised access to the web and saw results that could revolutionize how we think about teaching.

Great change comes with small steps | Mansi Mehta | TEDxDumas

Mansi Mehta is 15, her journey has been inspiring! Against all odds, she got the courage to work for the girls who do not get formal education. She runs a foundation to educate girls from marginalised background and advance her dream of a literate country.

Mansi Mehta is a 15-year old student studying in Surat. She has published a collection of poems under the title "I AM ME" dedicated to Nobel Laureate Malala Yousafzai. She is amongst the few teenagers in the city to run her own foundation where she teaches underprivileged girls and advances her dream of a gender-equal country through education. She has been awarded the Garima Award by Gajera Trust for her work.

Being one of the few to join the prestigious league of teenage TEDx speakers in India, Mansi takes inspiration from personalities like Sudha Murthy & Malala Yousafzai and preaches the idea that people need to accept the social disparity between genders, for the society to collectively move forward...

It is okay not to have a plan | Mithila Palkar | TEDxNITSilchar

Actor Mithila Palkar is a popular singer of Hindi and regional languages and an actor. In this talk, she discusses following your passion and learning along the way.

She hails from Mumbai -- born and brought up in this city of dreams. She went to college at MMK College and since her school and college days she has been active in cultural activities particularly singing....

Art of Quitting | Pawan Kumar | TEDxDSCE

Pawan Kumar says "Quitting is OK". He explains this through the steps of his life as to how he quit, got on and moved at the right stage. Like quitting college to do theatre, then quitting his mentor which was a bold move in his life to do theatre on his own, then quitting his home space to learn more. He then moved to Mumbai and worked in various domains. He became a part of backstage crew, editing, corporate films, ad films and did everything for survival. He observed that many people who come to Mumbai, wait for some kind of magic to happen. He later figured out that this is not what he has to become! His next bold step was to quit Mumbai. He came back to Bangalore and did one show and decided to continue with it. He then started writing scripts and making films as an associate director. He released various movies in 2010 like Pancharangi and Manasare in kannada (local language).
He then quit working in associations and then started directing movies on his own!
He didn't gave up on his passion and did what he wanted to do always by quitting things that didn't make sense at that point of time. So to all those people out there, "It's okay to quit!"

Pawan Kumar, a film director​, actor and screenwriter in the Kannada film industry.
His directional debut "Lifeu Ishtene", "Lucia" - a psychological thriller, "U-turn" and "Ondu Motteya Kathe" (Yet to be released in India) in recent times has made a tremendous impact on the Kannada film industry.
The man behind the lens is all set to throw his web of thought and entangle your mind...

What makes life complete? | Gaur Gopal Das | TEDxMITP

Gaur Gopal Prabhu explains how Life is like a jigsaw puzzle and we can only experience completeness when all pieces are in their right place. Explore the different dimensions of life and put them together to make it holistic and fulfilling.

For over 2 decades, Gaur Gopal Das has been guiding students, celebrities and corporate leaders all over the world.
Based on the timeless wisdom coming down from ages, his talks make the audience think deeper and find simple solutions to difficult problems.

An Actor Rewires | Sumeet Vyas | TEDxBITSGoa

From writing scripts for short films when unemployed to bagging enviable roles in web series, actor Sumeet Vyas is redefining ‘cool’. He has become a recognisable face through his appearances in movies like Parched, English Vinglish and the popular series Permanent Roommates.

His character Mikesh was fun and goofy which made him forge an instant connection especially with the youth. He's an effortless actor with a great deal of flair. Watch the video to see how he became one of the finest actors as described by Sumeet himself.

Changing Gender Dynamics in Current Structure of India | Laxmi Narayan Tripathi | TEDxSIUHinjewadi

Laxmi Narayan Tripathy talks about Changing Gender Dynamics in current Social-Economic Structure of India. Laxmi Narayan Tripathi is the first transgender rights activist to represent Asia pacific in UN 2008. She is a Hindi film actress and a Bharatnayam dancer based in Mumbai. Also an Ex-Bigg Boss contestant. Laxmi has served NGOs which conduct LGBT activist work. In 2007 she started her own organisation, Astitva which works to promote the welfare of sexual minorities, their support and development.

A taboo-free way to talk about periods | Aditi Gupta | TEDxGatewayWomen

Aditi is a social entrepreneur and Co-founder of Menstrupedia, working towards spreading awareness about menstruation. Aditi is a social entrepreneur and Co-founder of Menstrupedia, working towards spreading awareness about menstruation. As a Ford Foundation research Scholar she has conducted extensive research in understanding the scenario of menstrual unawareness in India and its impact on a girl’s life. Aditi along with her husband Tuhin Paul has designed effective educational tools for girls and schools using storytelling and sequential art for educating young girls about menstruation in a society where the subject is a major taboo. Menstrupedia’s website receives 200,000 visitors per month. The comic book designed by them is available in Hindi and English now and 15 schools across India and using the books to educate school girls about periods. The books have been shipping to Uruguy, US, Uk, Sweden, Philippines, Nepal, Pakistan and Nigeria.They are working on Nepali and Spanish translation of the book which would be ready to be printed and distributed locally in Nepal and South America.

How I “wasted” my Miss India Title | Shilpa Singh | TEDxIIITD

The evening’s penultimate speaker was the alluring Miss India Universe (2012) Shilpa Singh who spoke about stepping out of your comfort zone and seeing things through.

Winner, Miss India Universe 2012. Shilpa Singh represented India at the Miss Universe pageant in Las Vegas, and finished in the top 16. She has a B.Tech degree in Computer Science. In addition to this, she is a trained painter and dancer, and has done many modelling assignments. Furthermore, she has also starred in different advertisements and is soon going to make an acting debut in a movie. Currently, she is working as the marketing head for a startup. Her diverse personality continues to have a positive effect on a lot of women, and has empowered many.

Success Mantra : Being Original | RJ Naved | TEDxIIITD

The final speaker to grace the stage of TedxIIITD was RJ Naved from Radio Mirchi (98.3 FM). The audience witnessed his wonderful voice explaining the need fochange and how doing is much more effective than wanting.

RJ Naved lives up to his expectation of being the funny man. Being an RJ, he has the power to influence a wide variety of audience. Riding high following his win at the India Radio Forum Awards, Radio Mirchi's RJ Naved tickles the funny bone with his one-liners and the all-famous murgas.

TEDxNarimanPoint - Nandita Das - Transformation in Education

Alongside a successful and award winning career as an actress and director, Nandita achieved a Masters degree in Social Work from University of Delhi and has continuously worked with various NGOs. As a chairperson of the Children's Film Society, Nandita is passionate about producing and delivering high quality films for children. As an actress, she is known for her performances in Fire (1996), Earth (1998), Bawandar (2000) and Aamaar Bhuvan (2002)....

The Secret To Achieving the "Impossible" | Ravi Dubey | TEDxGGDSDCollege

Ravi Dubey is an Indian television actor who has recently entered into the arena of motivational speaking. At TedxGGDSDCollege, Ravi Dubey talks about his caabout his career , his family and the path that led him where he is today. He emphasizes on the importance of gratitude and delusion in a person's life and how they help you maintain the optimum level of sanity and insanity inside yourself, which in one way or another, leads you to achieve something that is apparently "impossible". Many can grab the attention but only few win the spotlight. One such personality is Ravi Dubey, a profound actor and a performer of his kind.
He has become a household name with his effortless acting, stupendous stage presence and alluring personality. Having done all sorts of reality shows, stage shows etc , he has time and again proved his versatility as a performer. Apart from being an actor, he has a flair for dancing too.
Within just 10 years of his acting career, he has an unparalleled benchmark of his performance in shows like Saas Bina Saural and Jamai Raja. A civil engineer by qualification, he has worked in top management with many real estate organizations in Delhi/NCR Region. Having the audacity to leave a well settled life, he chose to be a man of significance by taking an unbeaten path, thus starting his journey from the scratch. He has a tinge of quirkiness in his demeanor through his apt coming timing and is an engaging stage host too...

How "SHE" became an IAS officer | Surabhi Gautam | TEDxRGPV

Surabhi Gautam was born in an orthodox village of Madhya Pradesh, where girl child had unequal rights. Years later she walks into the same village and the enentire village is celebrating her success. She talks that knowledge is the only art of recognition.

Surabhi Gautam is a RGPV Alumni, and has secured AIR 1 in Indian Engineering Services (IES), she has worked at Bhabha Atomic Research Center and Indian Railways. She has recently Secured AIR 50 in UPSC Civil Services Exam.She completed her in an ordinary engineering college and went on to work in BARC as a scientist through gate score. Later she prepared vigorously for IES-2013, with flying colors she became the first ranker. She then chose to work in Indian Railways of Signal Engineers and currently serving the nation. Surabhi Gautam is a RGPV Alumni, and has secured AIR 1 in Indian Engineering Services (IES), she has worked at Bhabha Atomic Research Center and Indian Railways. She has recently Secured AIR 50 in UPSC Civil Services Exam.She completed her in an ordinary engineering college and went on to work in BARC as a scientist through gate score. Later she prepared vigorously for IES-2013, with flying colors she became the first ranker. She then chose to work in Indian Railways of Signal Engineers and currently serving the nation....

Redefining Storytelling | Rana Daggubati | TEDxHyderabad

Rana daggubati is a National Award winning film maker, Digital post enterpreneur and a successful actor in Telugu, Tamil and Hindi films. Having inherited a a passion for cinema from his illustrious family, Rana's first film as a Producer " A belly full of dreams" won
him the National Award for best film, in 2006. His recent film the magnum opus Baahubali - The beginning and the conclusion has become one of India's most successful film globally. Rana Daggubati is a National award winning filmmaker, Digital Post entrepreneur, and a successful actor in Telugu, Tamil and Hindi films. Rana Daggubati made a sensational debut in Telugu and Hindi simultaneously as the lead actor in the political thriller ‘Leader’ and the crime thriller ‘Dum Maaro Dum’ in 2010. Having inherited a passion for cinema from his illustrious family, Rana’s first film as a Producer “A Belly full of Dreams” won him the National Award for best film, in 2006. His recent films the magnum opus Baahubali - The Beginning and the Conclusion directed by the India's ace director SS Rajamouli has become one of India’s most successful film globally. Rana has won several other awards for the roles he has essayed in films.
Rana is accredited with having transformed the evolution of the digital postproduction landscape in South India. A suave businessman, his company, Ramanaidu Studios is one of India’s largest integrated production powerhouses offering production. ...

Don't be a By-stander, Speak Up! | Sripriya Somasekhar | TEDxRuakura

What would you do if you experienced systemic injustice? After escape would you work, fight, to affect change? And would you have the personal strength to personal strength to realise that the only way to change the world is to first face the fear that has been culturally ingrained within you?

The theme of TEDx Ruakura 2016 was Morphosis.

Sripriya Somasekhar, who is now completing her Phd, has made it her life’s mission to break down the barriers that prevent women from reporting incidents of domestic violence.

Born and raised in India, Sripriya immigrated to New Zealand four years ago to finish her Phd, and for a better future for her family.

India. Home to more than one billion people. Where a woman is raped every 29 minutes, and where an act of domestic violence is reported every five. And these are only the cases that are reported.

Unfortunately Sripriya’s research in New Zealand show that we have many of the same problems here as well.

How my alter ego helped me find myself | Anu Menon | TEDxMICA

Perhaps, Lola Kutty, a character that Anu Menon famously played for years is much more popular and recognizable than her. While one would think she'd lose herself in the character, Anu talks about how she truly found herself in Lola

Anuradha Menon is an Indian television actress and theater artist best known for her alter ego Lola Kutty, the popular Channel [V] VJ. She is also VJ Laila on Channel [V]. Originally from Kerala, she grew up in Chennai and later moved to Mumbai to where she got her break into Indian theater. She has performed in many notable plays including Zen Katha, Sammy! and Only Women. Lola Kutty also appeared in the 2009 movie Quick Gun Murugun as the Locket Girl, and in the 2014 film Happy New Year as a television reporter....