From A Reporter
SHILLONG, Feb 24: IIM Shillong successfully hosted the fifth edition of TEDxIIMShillong at Hotel Polo Towers, Shillong, on February 18, 2017, featuring an exceedingly diverse set of speakers who have carved out a niche for themselves in a variety of fields including social activism, culiry arts, architecture, fashion, media, and public administration. From live magic performances to TED Talk videos on classical music, the event showcased the best of ideas that the thinkers and doers across the tion had to offer. Based on the theme ‘Alchemy of Choice’, this year’s edition underscored the transformative power of choice.
The list of speakers included Pankaj Bhadouria, winner of the first season of MasterChef India, Sheila Sri Prakash, acknowledged as one of the leading design thinkers of our age, Asha Bhat, winner of the Miss Supratiol pageant in 2014, Deepika rayan Bhardwaj, documentary filmmaker and men’s rights activist, Suhani Shah, psychosomatic counsellor and illusionist, Gaurav Jai Gupta, accredited with winning ELLE’s Young Creative Fashion Entrepreneurship Award in 2010, and Tilotama Varma, the first female Indian Police Officer from the state of Uttar Pradesh to be awarded the President’s Police Medal. While Bhadouria painted the proverbial canvas with a refreshing look at the Alchemy of Food, Bhardwaj, with her gripping rrative, compelled the audience to ponder over the plight of the ‘Martyrs of Marriage’. Sri Prakash highlighted the instrumental role played by design thinking and sustaibility in modern day architecture, and Tilotama Varma spoke about the choices she made as an IPS officer.
Shah captivated the audience with her illusionist charm, and Asha Bhat enraptured the audience with the story of her journey from “boots to heels”. Gupta tickled a lot of funny bones, even as he spoke about the remarkable choices he made as an avant-garde fashion designer. The second edition of TEDxIIMShillong grabbed the attention of the TED community and earned the license holder a chance attend TEDGlobal in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. With all in place, the event is expected to scale equal, if not greater heights.