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IIM Shillong rides the eclectic bandwagon with TEDx

Our Bureau New Delhi | Updated on February 19, 2014 Published on February 19, 2014

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IIM Shillong recently hosted its second TEDx event with nine speakers from various fields of life sharing their ideas and experiences on the theme ‘Riding the Eclectic Bandwagon’.

The event saw participation from the students and faculty at IIM Shillong, other local institutions and officials from the Government of Meghalaya.

The first speaker B. N. Suresh, Director of the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, elaborated on how to face challenges and create opportunities from them.

The second speaker was filmmaker and LGBT activist Sridhar Rangayan. In a thought-provoking talk, Rangayan shared the social taboos and problems faced by people of different sexual orientations.

Prukalpa Sankar, founder of Social Corps, urged the audience to challenge themselves in the ‘Game of Life’ and defy the conventional rulebook.

In a riveting talk, the next speaker Robert Lyngdoh analysed the reasons for the alienation faced by the people of the North-East from the rest of India, and the possible remedial measures to stop it. He pointed out that eco-tourism and inclusive tourism were the way forward for the north-eastern States.

Pauline Warjri, freelance musician and founder of the Aroha Choir, created magic with music as she talked about the power of music educators. Her talk ended with a performance by the Aroha Choir to a song composed by her. The famous duo Rocky and Mayur, hosts of TV show Highway On My Plate, spoke about Indian food and eating habits in ‘From evolution to revolution’.

Dinabandhu Sahoo, inventor of the ‘carbon dioxide capture box’, was the next speaker. His talk was on ‘farming the sea’, on using algae for a greener and better world and fostering a ‘Blue Revolution’ in the process.

Last but not the least was Roshan Abbas, who spoke about ‘Roadless’ travel, an alternative to the road less travelled. Abbas emphasised the need to ‘fail fast’ but ‘learn faster’ and to aim high all the time.

Inspired by TED, a non-profit organisation devoted to ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a programme of local, self-organised events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience.

Published on February 19, 2014
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