Speakers at TEDxIIMRanchi 2014



Dia Mirza

An Indian model, actress and producer, who won the 2000 Miss Asia Pacific International title , the actress is an active member of Cancer Patients Aid Association, PETA, Child Rights and You (CRY), ADAPT, Greenpeace India, and the Coca Cola foundation. She is also associated with campaigns such as Sanctuary Asia's Leave Me Alone and Female Foeticide.

Brinda Karat

A prominent campaigner of gender issues and worker’s movements she is the first woman member of CPI (M) Politburo. Author of ‘Survival and Emancipation: Notes from Indian Women's Struggles’, her active involvement in the women's struggles add to the strength of book on the wide ranging concerns of the women's movements in India from a left perspective.

Vineeth Vincent

A beatboxer, musician, emcee and performing artist from Bangalore started off as a professional emcee in Bangalore  in 2007 and later went on to be selected  as part of the final eight and performed with Voctronica. According to the Guinness World Records, the previous record for the largest human beatbox ensemble involved 1,246 participants and was achieved by Vineeth Vincent and Christ University (India) in Bangalore, Karnataka, India, on 5 February 2011.

Tathagat Avatar Tulsi

Listed as one of the most gifted Asian youngsters by TIME magazine, mentioned as "Superteen" by Science, "Physics Prodigy" by The TIMES, "Master Mind" by The WEEK and listed by Outlook as one of the smartest Indian youngsters he is an Indian physicist, best known as a child prodigy. He completed high school at the age of 9, earned a B.Sc. At the age of 10 and M.Sc. At the age of 12 from Patna Science College (Patna University). In August 2009, he got his Ph.D. From the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore at the age of 22.His story has been showcased by National Geographic Channel in the program My Brilliant Brain with the episode named "India's Geniuses".

Mrs.Vijaylakshmy Subramainam

An eminent Carnatic music vocalist, she has performed extensively in India and abroad since the age of twelve and conducted numerous workshops and lecture demonstrations on the various aspects of Carnatic Music. Her book "Apoorva Kriti Manjari" is a collection of twenty rare compositions of the Trinity of Carnatic Music A doctorate in music, Vijayalakshmy was awarded the prestigious Fulbright Visiting Lecturer Fellowship in 2010 Under the banner 'Music for a Cause', she has been performing regularly in homes for the elderly, as well as in schools and centres of special education.

Emma Dawson Varughese

A Global Cultural Studies scholar, Dr Dawson Varughese holds a University of Nottingham, PhD, English Studies and works at the intersection of world literature and cultural studies, drawing on ethnographic research paradigms to conduct her fieldwork.

Harsh Mander

A social worker and writer he is the Director of the Centre for Equity Studies and a Special Commissioner to the Supreme Court of India in the Right to Food case. He writes on issues of communal harmony, tribal, Dalit and disabled persons' rights, the right to information, custodial justice, homelessness and bonded labour .In his latest book Looking Away- Inequality, Prejudice and Indifference in New India writes a stinging critique of the privileged in India, arraigning them for their indifference to the poverty and injustice around them, and arguing that it is their very act of "looking away" that allows the sorry state of affairs to persist.

Tanvi Girotra

Named Global Teen Leader at the Three Dot Dash - Just Peace Summit in New York and represented India at the G(irls) 20 Summit in Toronto, 2010, this young Lady is the founder of Becoming I Foundation - an internationally recognised youth led organisation that brings young people face to face with community development projects. She started her journey back in 2007 when she began using her skills as a theatre performer to encourage children to come to school and went on to starting her first project in 2010.She has been awarded the Karamveer Puraskar - a national award for social justice and citizen action and the Youth Award for Contribution to Humanitarian Development at the United Nations.