Speakers and Performers

Meet speakers of tedxIISERPune 2021

Anuradha Kapoor

Anuradha is an activist, gender trainer and an eloquent speaker. She has consulted many women and human rights organizations, academic institutions, and UN agencies. She is also the founder and director of Swayam, a non-profit feminist organization committed to advancing women's rights and ending gender inequality and violence against women. She has co-authored numerous articles, research, and manuals on the issue of violence against women.

K VijayRaghavan

Prof. Krishnaswamy VijayRaghavan FRS is an emeritus professor in the field of Developmental Biology and was the former director of the National Centre for Biological Sciences, Bengaluru, India. He currently serves as the 3rd Principal Scientific Advisor to the Government of India. He has received several honours for work from his group, some of which include the Padma Shree award, the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar award and the Infosys prize in Life Sciences.

Sundar Sarukkai

Sundar Sarukkai is a philosopher of the natural and the social sciences. He has been actively involved in taking philosophy to different communities and conducting philosophy workshops for children through his initiative of the Barefoot Philosophers. His latest book, Philosophy for Children: Thinking, Reading and Writing, is being published in English, Hindi, Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam, and Bengali. He is currently a Visiting Faculty at the Centre for Society and Policy, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.

Thomas Talhelm

Thomas Talhelm is a Associate Professor of Behavioral Science at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and the founder of Smart Air, a social enterprise that provides a low cost and effective alternative to expensive air purifiers. Thomas’s work with Smart Air has helped people across the world breathe clean better and has made clean air more accessible and affordable to the masses.

Brahmanand S Siingh

Brahmanand Siingh is a two-time National Award winning filmmaker, a vastly published author, and a life coach. With films that have touched international audiences; more than 3000 published pieces in print and web; and a multidimensional approach to looking at life and living, Mr. Siingh has touched the lives of million across the globe.

Ajit Mapari

Dr. Mapari is the founder of Fit2Sport, a state-of-the-art sports specialty clinic in Pune. His area of work includes injury prevention & management, sports-specific fitness guidance, and program execution; providing related services to sports events. With his expertise, he has guided many national and international athletes and professional sports teams along with recreational and fitness enthusiasts.

Mukund Thattai

Mukund Thattai is a renowned professor of biology at NCBS, Bangalore. Initially starting as a physicist, his fascination took him into biology, and he often refers to himself as an "accidental biologist". He explores the theoretical concepts of biology using mathematical modelling and in-silico methods.

Priya Abraham

Dr. Priya Abraham is a clinical virologist and the Director of the National Institute of Virology in Pune. Previously a Professor in the Department of Virology at Christian Medical College in Vellore, she was invited to take up the reins of the institute by virtue of her outstanding work in the field of virology. She was appointed two months before the first COVID-19 cases were reported in India, putting her in the hot seat since then.

Vidhi Jain

Vidhi Jain, an eminent learning activist, is the co-founder of Shikshantar- a movement to challenge the culture of schooling in India. She is currently engaged in working with the Families Learning Together and Unschooling initiatives and is deeply passionate about the slow food movement.


Performers

Jnana Aithal

Dancer

Ritvik Upadhyay

Magician

Meet speakers of tedxIISERPune 2020

Abhay Shukla

Dr Abhay Shukla is a public health physician and Senior Programme Coordinator at Sathi CEHAT. He is the co-author of the book Dissenting Diagnosis which uncovers the exploitation of patients by the medical sector in India.

Arun Gadre

Dr Arun Gadre is a gynaecologist and Coordinator at Sathi CEHAT. He is the co-author of the book Dissenting Diagnosis which uncovers the exploitation of patients by the medical sector in India.

Col M P Cariappa

Dr Cariappa is an ex-military Public Health Specialist and now population health architect in the philanthropic space.

IISER Student Group

Pratyush, Nagananda and Aravint are students of IISER Pune with a passion for Indian classical music. Pratyush has trained in Tabla for 10 years, under Sh. Debasis Roy and Sh. Anup Joshi. Nagananda has trained in Carnatic vocal and violin.

Kartik Rajan

Kartik Rajan, or KC Vlaine as he is known in the Pune Spoken Word Poetry circuit, is a professional copywriter, sound designer and musician. His poetry ranges features a conversational style and often lighthearted irreverence for human life.

Manjiri Bhalerao

Dr Bhalerao is an associate professor of Indology at the Tilak Maharashtra Vidyapeeth, Pune.

Nishad Matange

Dr Matange is a biologist who works on the metabolic correlates of antibiotic resistance-associated fitness costs in bacteria.

Rohini Godbole

Dr Godbole is a professor and researcher in High Energy Physics at IISc, Bangalore. A Padma Shri awardee, she is also a member of the Women in Science Panel of the Indian Academy of Sciences.

Sakshi Kapse

Sakshi Kapse is a performing artist, choreographer and a Contemporary and Bharatnatyam Pedagogue. She has graduated in Contemporary Dance from Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts, Bengaluru. During the professional training programme, she was not just trained in different styles of Contemporary but also in various dance forms like Ballet, Bharatnatyam, Kalaripayattu, Chhau, Devarattam and Kutiyattam. She has been a part of many Dance and Theatre Festivals and has worked with renowned International Choreographers in a very short period of her career.

Sameer Sharma

Sameer Sharma is a software engineer from Delhi, and has been living in Pune for the last 5 years, where he began performing poetry. He has compiled and edited a hindi poetry anthology by the name Khatnama, which has sold 1000+ copies.

Sayantan Acharya

Sayantan Acharya is a documentary filmmaker and creator of the award-winning documentary “Geography of Drought: The Voices of Marathwada” in collaboration with a NAAM Foundation survey which sent people to various parts of Marathwada.

Sayli Kulkarni

Sayli Kulkarni is a performing artist, choreographer and a Contemporary and Bharatnatyam Pedagogue. She has graduated in Contemporary Dance from Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts, Bengaluru. During the professional training programme, she was not just trained in different styles of Contemporary but also in various dance forms like Ballet, Bharatnatyam, Kalaripayattu, Chhau, Devarattam and Kutiyattam. She has been a part of many Dance and Theatre Festivals and has worked with renowned International Choreographers in a very short period of her career.

Shardul Bonde

Shardul Bonde is a National Award-winning magician

Shubhi Dixit

Shubhi is a spoken word performer and writes in English. She is the winner of the slam poetry contest organized by Bullock Cart Poetry and performed in Pune Literature Festival 2018. She is inspired by the works of Ilya Kaminsky, Anis Mojgani and Olivia Garwood.

Siddhartha Jayakar

Siddhartha Jayakar is the co-founder and CEO of Labyrinth Cinematic Solutions.

Suneeta Vardarajan

Dr Vardarajan is a theoretical physicist and mathematician working on black-hole physics and Ricci flows.
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